Slideshare is great! It’s an opportunity to share what you know and what you’re passionate about as well as the chance to improve your knowledge and explore new horizons. It is a great way to expand your personal network and to develop your professional brand. You can also embed Slideshare presentations into websites, blog posts, etc, and they can be accessed by most devices.
There are limitations in the file formats you can upload and share in Slideshare. Also, sometimes images can be distorted or you loose the fonts you so carefully chose once you upload your presentation or document into Slideshare. And, of course, there’s the matter of yet another social network login/identity to manage.
In an educational environment, we might want to share information or have students share information in a similar format to Slideshare but you might not necessarily want to jump through the Slideshare hoops (opening an account, creating a presentation in, say, PowerPoint, uploading the presentation, spitting chips because all your fonts have been lost, etc.) If you are using Google Drive, you can share content and embed in a similar way to Slideshare straight from Google Slides. Some of the advantages are:
- Create and share straight from Google Slides
- You’ll see exactly the fonts and layouts you used
- After embeding, can be viewed on multiple platforms (e.g., Windows, Mac, PC, iOS, Android)
- You do not have to create a different account with yet another service provider (plus, Slideshare has age limits depending on what country you are in)
- You can add links to any slides you wish to (Slideshare limits which slides you can add links to)
- You can limit who sees (and protecting students’ provacy) what by, say, embedding in a Google Sites website within your domain
Below I have embedded a Google Slide presentation demonstrating how to embed a Google slide presentation in a similar way to Slideshare presentations (yes, I know, that’s all a bit Matrix like but, trust me, it’s pretty simple!!)
By the way – if you like the template I’ve made it available in the Google Drive template gallery – click here to preview.