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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


  • "SlideShare features a vibrant professional and educational community that regularly comments, favorites and downloads content. SlideShare content spreads virally through blogs and social networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Individuals & organizations upload documents to SlideShare to share ideas, conduct research, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses." ( 
  • Some things that you can do on SlideShare:
    • Upload presentations publicly or privately
    • Download presentations on any topic and reuse or remix
    • Embed on blogs, websites, company intranets
    • Share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn
    • Zipcast: free, no download, 1 click web meetings
    • Leadshare: generate business leads with your presentations, documents, pdfs, videos
    • Slidecast: sync mp3 audio with slides to create a webinar
    • Embed YouTube videos inside SlideShare presentations (


Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, SlideShare can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Class Meeting - Use SlideShare to hold a class meeting regardless of student location. This connects distance students into the class and gives them a sense of identity.
  • Take It Viral! - Got a great presentation that everyone should see? Use SlideShare to load the presentation to social media for wider viewing.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Be Sure They Read It - Use SlideShare to post lesson presentations from the classroom. The analytic tools in SlideShare help you know if the presentation was viewed.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Research Collaboration - Use SlideShare to trade research data and ideas with colleagues. SlideShare can also be used to share the presentation as a "funding pitch" during the grant-seeking process.

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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