Ideas for application of Dropbox

The first thing to do is to create a sharing folder for each class you teach so you can make information available to your students (PowerPoints, hand-outs, reading assignments, whatever).

You can call this folder anything. For my history classes, I usually use the word “share” and create folders with names like “Ancient History Share.” When you go to your Dropbox page on the web, this screenshot gives you some idea of what you will see.

Dropbox is used in a number of ways. Here are several:

  • To store additional copies of hand-outs. Students know to re-download and print on their own here if they missed a hand-out due to an absence or simply lost it (no one ever asks you for another copy).
  • To distribute PowerPoint presentations – most are too large for email.
  • As a way for students to turn in homework assignments. It’s an easy electronic homework drop (compared to email) and will time stamp submissions.

Dropbox can also be a useful tool in managing student projects and presentations. In classes students use Dropbox to submit the visual components of class presentations, for instance. It’s a huge time saver, as it otherwise takes several minutes for students to log in/out of their school accounts to access presentations. If you don’t have individual accounts, you’ll quickly find ways to let Dropbox help you work around that issue.

With Dropbox,you also can visually determine that students have completed a particular portion of a project or presentation assignment. Best of all, since all presentations are “turned in” to same same virtual place, every student can access his or her presentation via one log-in (a huge time saver when you’re trying to get through many presentations in a single 50-minute class).

http://plpnetwork.com/2012/08/10/dropbox-a-superb-classroom-tool/

Why do we use Dropbox?

Take your docs anywhere

Save files on your computer, then access them on your phone from the road. Everything you keep in Dropbox is synced automatically to all your devices.

Send videos quickly

Send your entire wedding video to family with a simple link. It’s easy to share large files with anyone — even if they don’t have a Dropbox account.

Keep your photos safe

Back up vacation photos automatically from your phone or computer. That way, memories are safe as soon as you make them, and you can relive them from any device.

Work on slides together

Edit a presentation with teammates without emailing files back and forth. When you edit a file in a shared folder, everyone gets the update automatically.

Never lose a file again

Left your phone on the train? Your photos, docs, and videos are safe. Just sign in to Dropbox from any device, and your files will be there waiting for you.

https://www.dropbox.com/

Ideas for Application of Slideshare

COLLABORATION

  • Enrich face-to-face educational setting
  • Students are editors, writers, and publishers
  • Promotes students interaction
  • Facilitates writing as a process
  • Promotes creativity

GLOBALIZATION

  • Allows world-wide publishing
  • Art of teaching is faster and more effective
  • Focuses on writing, editing, and revising

PROMOTES PRODUCTIVITY

  • Allows students and teachers access to work from many locations
  • Conflicting student schedules don’t hamper group projects
  • Students are more interested in completed their work on a global, interactive stage

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1neeOLXkYnrq4ZawejgMBvmjoc4cOEgO7CA-dX_rR8AI/edit#slide=id.g113661d0_0_115

How do we use Slideshare

1.  Design, Design, Design

SlideShare’s users expect high-quality content. Meet this requirement, and you can expect to be rewarded by clicks and shares. Ignore it and prepare to watch your content sit around not doing an awful lot.

SlideShare itself has written about what makes for a well-designed presentation. In short, presentations should:

  • Not use overwhelming background images, since this can make text hard to read. Instead, use a light-coloured, subtle background so that people can read what you have to say clearly.
  • Not centre-align all text and images, since this can create a chaotic, disjointed effect.  Rather, only align some of your text centrally. Move supporting text to the left for a more balanced look. 
  • Not consist of only one font size. Draw attention to the more important parts (words or sentences) of your slide with larger fonts and use smaller fonts for less important information of a slide. 
  • Not overuse drop shadows. Drop shadows, especially thin, dark shadows against a white background, look blurry and cluttered. If you need to use a drop shadow, only ever use it on the header (never the body).
  • Not use poor quality images. Nothing looks as unprofessional as a poor quality or low resolution image. If you want to use an image for the background, make sure it is in the 1000 pixels size range. Anything smaller should only be used as part of a slide, never a background.  
  • Not use tacky or cheap fonts. Fonts which appear childish or tawdry will put viewers off instantly (I’m looking at you, Comic Sans). But this doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with fonts.

2.  Use Keywords to Rank Higher

No surprises here. Like any content, using keywords will improve your contents’ internal and external search ranking. This means your presentation should contain common relevant search phrases, as well as certain important words.

You should also include your keyword or phrase in the title and description or your presentation, as well as in tags. And make sure that you use a keyword as a file name when you save your content to the site. 

SlideShare presentations already rank pretty well in Google. Making sure yours is keyword-optimised will give you the best possible chance of getting spotted.

3. Make it Valuable

It can be tempting to create slideshows that harp on about how great you or your product/service is. But generally such presentations do not perform very well.

Like any good content, your slideshows have to give readers valuable industry information. This may be the results of a survey, a summary of a whitepaper, speculative industry insights, or market reports. 

Whatever information you choose to use as the basis of your presentation should be relevant to your target audience and give them insights and information they haven’t seen before and can’t get elsewhere. 

If you can consistently deliver such information, your SlideShare account will take off big time. 

http://www.commsaxis.com/what-how-and-why-to-use-slideshare/

Why do we use Slideshare?

Learn faster, smarter

Build your knowledge quickly from concise, well-presented content from top experts. Instead of scrolling through pages of text, you can flip through a SlideShare deck and absorb the same information in a fraction of the time.

 

Learn any topic

Get up to speed on any topic. You’ll find content from experts in every imaginable field – from Google’s Eric Schmidt to the White House – who have contributed to over 35 categories and 18 million uploads.

 

Share your insights and get noticed

Show what you know through a presentation, infographic, document or videos. Visual formats help you stand out and resonate more with your readers. When you upload to SlideShare, you reach an audience that’s interested in your content – over 80% of SlideShare’s 70 million visitors come through targeted search. This can help you build your reputation with the right audience and cultivate more professional opportunities.

http://www.slideshare.net/about