Week 13: Slide Sharing

Logos:  Zoho Show, slideshare and Animoto

Cindi Hickey

Welcome to week 13 of 23 Things Kansas.  I’m Cindi Hickey, WebJunction Kansas Coordinator and Director of Library Development for the State Library of  Kansas.  I will be your guide for Week 13:  Slide Sharing.

Introduction: It’s April in Kansas and I think that we have finally achieved Spring!  Now that you don’t need a parka and galoshes I know you would rather be outside than online.  Take your camera with you and you will have a head start on this week’s activity.  The topic for our lesson this week is online slide sharing.

The term “slide sharing” (also known as presentation sharing or presentation hosting)  refers to websites that let you upload or create slide shows (presentations) and then share them with your friends, followers and the public.  (Don’t worry.  You get to decide who can see your slide show.)  You can use slide sharing tools to upload a slide show and use it anywhere or create a slide show that tells a story or sends a message.

Blue DotSharing/Productivity/Community: Slide sharing websites are social media that blend sharing, productivity and community into one tool.  Slide sharing websites allow you to share your work by linking your slide shows to other online social media — Twitter, Facebook, Delicious.  Some slide sharing tools also let you e-mail your slide show or embed it on your website or blog.   Slide sharing websites are communities — you can connect to other slide sharers through comments, invitation and by linking your slide shows to your blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts.  Most obvious, however, is the productive nature of slide sharing.  Because you can use slide sharing sites to put your slide show online, you can access, download or run it from the website making it available anywhere your are, anytime you need it.  But don’t worry!  If you don’t have computer software for creating presentations, you can create them online with two of the slide sharing tools featured below.

Red DotTools: There are many slide sharing websites with more popping up everyday.  For this lesson, we are going to look at three slide sharing websites that offer a variety of tools and features.

Slideshare – http://www.slideshare.net: Slideshare bills itself as the world’s largest community for sharing presentations and documents.  You can upload PowerPoint, OpenOffice and Keynote presentations, and Word, Open Office documents. You can share them on your blog or website, or send a URL to friends by email.  You can find presentations and documents on almost any topic by searching or through tags.  It is completely free.  Supported Formats:  Presentations=pdf, ppt, pps, pptx, ppsx, pot, potx (Powerpoint); odp (OpenOffice); key, zip (Apple Keynote).
Documents= pdf, doc, docx, rtf, xls (MSOffice); odt, ods(OpenOffice); Apple iWork Pages.  Max file size: 100MB.

Zoho Show 2.o – http://show.zoho.com:

Zoho Show is one component of an suite of productivity and collaboration tools.  The full list of tools can be found at http://www.zoho.com.  Zoho Show is a an online tool for making presentations.  It includes themes (slide backgrounds), clipart and drawing tools (shapes), drag-and-drop and is very easy to use.  When you create and save a presentation you can Access, import, edit and share it from anywhere; you can run your presentation remotely and you can share it.  You can upload pictures or you can connect to your Flickr or Picassa account to pull in pictures already loaded to the web.   Zoho show also allows you to upload existing slideshows.  Supported file formats are MicroSoft PowerPoint(.ppt, .pps) or OpenOffice(.odp, .sxi).  Imported file size is limited to 30 MB or less.  You can also export a presentation created in Zoho in one of five formats, including PPT and PDF.

Animoto – http://animoto.com/:  If you want a jazzy, video-like slide show with music, transitions and more then Animoto is for you.  In fact, I hope you all will try an Animoto slide show because it is so much fun.  As the Animoto website says, “Turn your photos & videos into pure amazing.  Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique video pieces from your photos, video clips and music. Fast, free and shockingly easy.“  Just gather up your photos, graphics and videos (if you have some) and get started.  The easy to use interface will help you get everything uploaded and arranged.  You can even upload your own music or use the stock music Animoto provides.  Then set back and let Animoto make you look good.   (Well at least as good as your uploads.)  Try it.  I think you’ll like it.

Yellow DotInstructions:


  1. First and foremost this week – HAVE FUN!  Slide sharing is a great way to tell a story, present your case or share a message with the public or just your friends.  (Hint:  There is still time to join Snapshot Kansas 2010. )
  2. Choose your slide sharing website.  You can pick from the websites showcased above or pick any other slide sharing website you like.  (Check out 10 Useful Online Presentation Tools to Promote Business if you want to sample some other slide sharing websites.)
  3. Create a slide show of 5 or more slides.  You can create your slide show offline and upload it to your selected slide sharing website.  Or you can create it online using Zoho Show, Animoto or any other slide creation website you like.
  4. Share your slide show.  Use the slide sharing website’s sharing tools to share it.  Put a link on your blog so you’ll have a record of it and post your slide show link to the comments area of this lesson and/or the 23 Things Kansas mail list at 23thingsks @ googlegroups.com (No spaces.)

Please note: This week is Kansas Library Association conference week and that is where I will be from Tuesday to Friday.  Feel free to send me questions at chickey @ kslib.info (no spaces), but please be patient.  I will check mail everyday, but I may not be able to reply until evening.  If you attend the conference look me up at the State Library booth.

Now – Go forth and create!

88 thoughts on “Week 13: Slide Sharing

  1. Isn’t Animoto the most fun you’ve ever had? It is for me. I could spent hours doing this and getting nothing else done. I’ve created a short Animoto video using pics from our annual Pie Throwing contest in December. Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy doing it. I’ve got to purchase a full license so I can create longer videos. I’m embedding the code here but I’m not sure if that’s the best way to do it. I’ve also embedded it on my lbsblog

    Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

  2. To All re: Zoho public url problems -
    Sorry for the problems with the Zoho urls. I am able to get to your slide shows by going to your public directory and then clicking on the slide show. For example, for Shirley Douglas’s slide show, I took her url – http://show.zoho.com/public/sddouglas/William%20Allen%20Whi – and deleted everything after her Zoho username – http://show.zoho.com/public/sddouglas/ – then I was able to click on her slideshow to open and view it.

  3. Here’s one more thing you can do with a PowerPoint slide show. Earl Givens, our tech support guru at the State Library converted the Pittsburg Library Snapshot Day PowerPoint into a video using Camtasia. He also added a musical background. The he loaded the video to YouTube. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoH_T3WrEaI

  4. Nice opinion. I found your blog via bing while i was searching for hosting. I will recommend your site to our clients and I am sure they hopefully think the same about your article on this site.Cheers

  5. Help! I made a power point presentation but I could not get it to upload to slide share. I tried using animoto but it only showed two pictures. I went to photoshow.com and added photos but it took forever to upload. I even left it overnight but it still was not finished so I gave up. What do I need to do?

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