Slideshare.net – Business Resources

Slideshare.net is a website that shares presentations, documents, PDF’s, videos, and webinars.  These can be about almost any topic as long as someone has shared it on the site.  This has many great resources, two which I will discuss: How has the Personal Computer Evolved and The Accounting Equation.

What is it “How has the Personal Computer Evolved”?

This is a slide presentation discussing how both the computer and the personal computer have evolved over time and how the personal computer has changed our lives.

What do I like about it?

  • Visually dynamic.
  • Organized.
  • Pictures to help engage viewer.
  • Discusses people who were important in the making of the computer.
  • Adds humor (once again increases engagement).

  • Discusses advantages and disadvantages of computers.
  • Discusses different types of technology.
  • Point form so information is short and to the point.
  • User friendly.

What do I dislike about it?

  • It has an Overview slide and next is an Introduction slide that basically tells the viewer the same thing.

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This presentation fits in with the first module in the Information Processing 10/20/30 curriculum.  To be specific, it fits with learning objective 1.2 (pg 14) which states: “To identify the changes and trends of computer as well as the differences in current technology.”  This presentation covers all of this: beginning with the start of computers, the presentation works its way to computers today and even discusses the different types of current technology.

In the classroom, I would use this as a presentation, of course telling my students where I had found it, and while going through it, I would ask questions like “What are the advantages/disadvantages of technology?” before we get to those slides.  When we get to the slides discussing the new technologies, I could also ask my students if they could think of anything else to add to the slide or if there is a technology that hasn’t been discussed but should be mentioned.

2. What is “The Accounting Equation”

This is a presentation on the introduction to the accounting equation and it’s components.

What do I like about it?

  • Visually pleasing.
  • Diagrams/pictures.
  • Engaging.
  • Organized.
  • Easy to understand words and language.
  • Provides a definition and later provides types of assets, liabilities and owner’s equity.
  • States that these three have the same relationship with one another (Accounting equation).
  • Provides examples.

What do I dislike about it?

  • Doesn’t introduce topic as the curriculum recommended it (which the curriculum introduces it in terms that the student isn’t learning anything new explaining the relationship in terms that they know).  However, the presentation does put it into these terms when defining, but then the author immediately uses the assets=liabilies+owner’s equity.
  • Goes through terms quite fast (doesn’t provide a lot of examples).

Where does this fit into the curriculum and how would I use it?

This resource fits in with learning objective 1.9 in Module 1B of the Accounting 10/20/30 curriculum (pg 13).  This objective states: “To prepare a Balance Sheet using proper format, showing its derivation from the accounting equation, and to identify it as the statement of financial position on a certain date.”  This resource better fits with the first part of this objective as it introduces the accounting equation and the terms assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity (in notes section).

In my classroom, I could use this presentation (giving credit to the author!) to introduce the accounting equation and the terms that go along with it.  This presentation provides a nice visual way to introduce this concept and provides a few good examples, definitions, etc that would help students understand the accounting cycle.  Throughout this presentation I might ask students questions like “what are some examples of these?” at the definitions of assets, liabilities, and owner’s equity slide.  Also, at the end of the presentation, I might ask students to make a guess on how they think the balance sheet will be set up in relation to the accounting equation.  Then, I would go into what an actual balance sheet would look like.

Evaluation of Slideshare.net

Overall, slideshare.net appears to be a user friendly site but can be quite a frustrating site.  When you type in key words that you are looking for in a presentation, most times  you don’t get presentations that are about that topic or have 50 – 100 slides on some other related topic.  One example is when I searched for “revenue and expenses,” “accounting equation,” and then “accounting cycle.”  When searching for the first two, I couldn’t find a presentation on those topics and then when I searched the last, I found a couple presentations on either one of them or both.  However, when you can find the presentation on that topic, quite a few of them are actually very good resources for those topics.

If I had to give the site a numerical value, I would give it a 7/10.  For the resources, the first would be a 9/10 and the second would be 8/10.

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