broadcasting your PowerPoint–live

With PowerPoint 2010 for Windows or 2011 for Mac and a Windows Live account, you can broadcast your PowerPoint slide show with just a few clicks. Why would you want to do that?

Well, if you teach in one of those auditorium-sized classrooms, your students can watch the slides from their seats on laptops and mobile devices, instead of trying to see what you are projecting on a small screen. The service can be used similarly for conference presentations in large halls.

If you distribute the link to remote viewers, they can see the slide show as well–but here are the limitations, which you can also read here:

  1. your narration of slides (audio) would not be broadcast
  2. any links you follow to new web pages would not display in viewers’ browsers
  3. videos in your PPT would not display in viewers’ browsers

These are some pretty serious limitations for educators, especially when there are many software applications that will package your narration and PPT together (Adobe Presenter, Captivate, or any screen-capture software). It’s a step in the right direction, and fine if you just want remote viewers to see your slides, but it has a way to go to be the right fit in education.

Without the ability to hear your presentation, you might as well upload the slides to SlideShare and let remote viewers watch them at their leisure. Can you think of some use I am missing?

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Categories: communication, education, mobile learning, online learning, presentation

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