Using this tool "Individuals & organizations upload presentations to share their ideas, connect with others, and generate leads for their businesses. Anyone can find presentations on topics that interest them. They can tag, download, or embed presentations into their own blogs & websites." (Slideshare, 2009)
This site has the ability to connect students and teachers around the world. In the report, Effective use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enhance learning for disadvantaged school students, it is stated that "ICT's provide new modes of communication to network locally and globally" (Blackmore et al, 2003) Slideshare is giving our students the opportunity to work collaboratively with each other from different sides of the globe. This would be a great way to teach our students about how their environment may impact on how they learn. A task could be set for students to search for a presentation on a particular topic that is put together by a student from a different country and culture. They then search for another presentation on the same topic, but this time the author would be from a different country or culture again. What would the differences be? I assume the basics would be the same, however, perhaps the pieces of information that would be the main focus for a presentation from one culture would be completely opposite in another culture. Students could find that certain age groups are more advanced or less advanced educationally in different cultures and as a result of this finding, they could explore what factors influence this. These kind of activities give our students a great opportunity to understand different cultures and their influences. Something that I think is a crucial lesson for all to learn.
Slideshare - http://www.slideshare.net. Retrieved August 14th, 2009
Blackmore, J., Hardcastle, L., Esme, B., & Janet, O. (2003). Effective use of information and communication technology to enchance learning for disadvantages students. Commonwealth of Australia. Retreived August 14th, 2009, from http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/school_education/publications_resources/profiles/effective_use_technology_enhance_learning.htm