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What is a slidecast?

A slidecast is a term that is used to describe an audio podcast that is combined with a slideshow or diaporama presentation. It is similar to a video podcast in that it combines dynamically-generated imagery with audio synchronization, but it is different in that it uses presentation software, such as PowerPoint, to create the imagery and the sequence of display separately from the time of the audio podcast's original recording. 

An alternative definition of the slidecast is the online distribution and syndication of video recordings of live slideshow presentations and accompanying narrations.

Why use a slidecast?

  1. Display of relevant photographs or text
  2. Alternative to camera video recordings

Possible Educational Applications of Slidecasts

  1. Recorded lectures
  2. Student presentations
  3. Exam review
  4. Concept introduction / wrap-up
  5. Presentation archives

Examples of Slidecasts

Free Slidecasting Tools

More Slidecasting Tools

How To Get Started with Slidecasts (SlideShare)

  1. Prepare your PowerPoint presentation
  2. Sign-up for a free account at SlideShare
  3. Upload your PowerPoint presentation
  4. Record the narration for your slidecast as a single .mp3 file 
  5. Upload your .mp3 file to an online server and make it publicly available, such as in a public folder in the Blackboard Content Collection
  6. Copy the URL of the .mp3 file.  Turn your uploaded presentation on SlideShare into a slidecast.  Paste the URL of the .mp3 file where prompted.
  7. Sync the timing of each slide to the audio markers you designate.
  8. Embed the finished slidecast into Blackboard! 
See step-by-step instructions here