Record your presentations

This is gratifying. I got a note today from someone who saw one of my presentations over a year ago:

“My name is Daniel . . . .  Just tonight I listened to the CD from your session at the ASCD conference in 2007. Your topic was Blogs, Podcast and Other New Communication Tools..
You mentioned two things in your presentation, 1. a resource list you handed out at the end of the session and 2. access to your powerpoint.

“You offered a number of references through the presentation.  I was driving and could not write them down.  If you wouldn’t mind sharing the documents, I would appreciate it. ”

I’m glad the conference session was recorded, and I was happy to point him to my presentations on Slideshare and to the bibliography posted on this blog.  That’s what this is all about.

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2 Responses to Record your presentations

  1. justread says:

    I too have been using Slideshare to upload slideshows and then embed them on my blog and wiki. I’m currently preparing a workshop to teach other teachers how to take PowerPoint to the next level. I had hoped to include Slideshare as part of the workshop. I’m torn now though. Yesterday, as I was researching, I clicked on the “Most Viewed” tab at Slideshare. Front and center was a slideshow, “Heavenly Bodies” of fully nude young–very young–girls. I sent an e-mail to Slideshare voiceing my alarm but haven’t gotten a reply. I don’t feel comfortable now introducing the tool in my workshop. I don’t know how–or if I could or shoule–defend it if somewhere were to view a nude slideshow. I know, as a parent, I wouldn’t want my child exposed to such a slideshow.

    So–what to do. I know many useful Web 2.0 tools contain inappropriate content, and it is our job as educators to teach our students to be responsible, to censor inappropriate material. But…it’s still alarming–the in-your-face fully nude photos that some would label child pornography.

    What are your thoughts? Have you dealt with this issue?

  2. paul says:

    How quickly the world changes. That’s news to me.
    It’s really too bad, isn’t it?
    One option would be to post your presentations on your own blog or web site, but then you don’t have the resources (tags, links, etc.) of the larger SlideShare community wrapped around it. While SlideShare does give viewers the option to flag content as inappropriate, that’s after-the-fact. And even when content has a warning attached to it, viewers can just go ahead and click through anyway. This deserves more thought.

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