SLIDEFINDER is an online search tool which specializes in finding just Powerpoint presentations.
“Let’s not re-invent the wheel.” How many times have you heard that while attending a presentation or conference. The statement generally refers to teacher created materials and the sharing of those materials. It’s a great concept that tends to be short on execution or follow-through. I’ve been involved in at least three “repository” initiatives – places where teachers can upload and share resources yet all of them (and many more besides) have withered and fallen by the wayside.
Perhaps a better a plan is to allow a search tool like SLIDEFINDER to index all our stuff (or, at least all our Powerpoint presentations) and make them available via search.
I mention Powerpoint specifically because that’s all today’s offering, SLIDEFINDER looks for when doing a search – Powerpoint presentations.
While the SLIDEFINDER home page looks a little different then the standard Google inspired minimalist theme favoured by most other search site, the large text-box beneath the site name logo is a pretty good “give-away” as to the site’s main function.
To use this tool, a person simply enters a search term in the site’s text box. The results page which returns, is a list of first slide thumbnails taken from the presentations located on the Net in a grid form. Click on the thumbnail to view the presentation. Click on the green arrow beneath the thumbnail to download the presentation. It’s that easy.
For more complex or focused searching, there are a number of advanced searching options.
To give SLIDEFINDER a test, I used it to do a search for presentations on “Digital Literacy”. It found over a thousand.
Bottom line? I like SLIDEFINDER. It’s easy to use and seems very effective at finding a lot of presentations on any of the search terms I tried. One thing I’m not sure about is copyright status. Presumably, all the presentations found during SLIDEFINDER search can be downloaded and used legally. Unfortunately that’s not actually stated on the web site or at least not where I could find it.
The site is free to use and no account is required for access.
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