What is it?
Basically, it is basically like PowerPoint except it’s online and has more animations which are a lot better! Specifically, here’s a blurb from the website’s “about” section:
“SlideRocket is a Web-enabled transformation of the way people create, manage, deliver, and share presentations. SlideRocket provides a level of rich internet application functionality that far surpasses today’s Office-lite web tools. It will be the first online productivity application that not only matches the features available in desktop apps like PowerPoint and Keynote, but extends beyond those tools by embracing Enterprise/Web 2.0 mainstays like community, sharing, security, and collaboration to provide a complete presentation management system.” – Sliderocket.com
What Do I Like About It?
- Very easy to use! I previously tried a different site (impressr) and I found it extremely difficult and frustrating.
- Has similar features as PowerPoint but, as it says, it “goes beyond” PowerPoint.
- Neat animations.
- Can include voice clips that you have made or ones that have already been created.
- Embed videos and links into the slides.
- Stored in the cloud so you can access the presentation from anywhere.
- Visually engaging.
What Do I Dislike About It?
- Almost seems too similar to PowerPoint.
How Would I Use This In My Teaching?
This could be used in any classroom where a teacher wishes to do more of a direct instruction type of lesson (or others but most likely for this purpose). In my classroom, I might use this to present information on a topic before going into practice problems with my students. I could use this for the solutions as well but for some types of math questions, it might not be worth the time trying to key in all the symbols and equations needed to show the solution.
Evaluation of Slide Rocket
Overall, Slide Rocket is a very easy to use website where you can store your presentations online and make them easily available to the public. It is very similar to PowerPoint but has more interesting animations and designs. I would definitely use this in my classroom and prefer it over PowerPoint. However, if I were given the option of using this technology over SMART Notebook (for example), I would definitely choose the SMART Notebook because of its interactive aspects.
If I had to give this website a numerical value, I would give it a 9/10.
If you would like to see a presentation that I created on Slide Rocket, see my post “Personal Learning and Tech Task 8” or click here!