Want to display your PowerPoint presentations on your iPad in class? There is a great new, free app for iPad from brainshark that makes it possible. It’s called slideshark, and couldn’t be easier to use. Here is what you do:
- First, create an account at slideshark.com (click the Register button in the upper right of the page). This will give you 25MB of free storage to which you can upload your presentations. More storage is available, of course, for a fee.
- Next, upload one of your presentations to the account. It will automatically be converted for web display. It is now ready for display.
- Download/install the free slideshark app from the app store. (Did I say it’s free?).
- Finally, start your iPad, open the slideshark app, and login to your slideshark account. The presentation(s) you have uploaded will be displayed.
- Download a copy for offline display.
- Press the Present button and voila, you are presenting PowerPoint, with animations, fonts, colors, design preserved on your iPad. Just tap or swipe to advance the next slide or animation. Note that embedded audio or video will not play in the slideshark presentation, nor will transitions, animated gifs or 3rd party add-ins, but for most of us these minor inconveniences will be outweighed by the convenience of using the iPad to present, rather than having to lug around a laptop or, worse, depend on the classroom computer.
How do you delete them? Delete the presentation from slideshark.com and it will also be deleted from your iPad. Remove it from your iPad to free up memory, but until you delete it from slideshark.com it will always be available for future download.
I can hear you thinking: so how do I connect my iPad to the classroom projector? You will need the VGA adapter for iPad from Apple. Just connect it to the external VGA cable—probably among a sheaf of dangling cables on the rostrum. You can call the AV dept. for help. If you are displaying on a big screen LCD display rather than a projector, you may want to get the HDMI adapter instead. In this case, you will probably have to supply your own HDMI cable, however, unless there is a spare in your classroom. They are inexpensive through Amazon. Most, if not all, of the projectors on campus are not cabled for HDMI, though the newer ones have HDMI ports.
OK, that’s it. Simple, free, and it works.