As college students, we have all been assigned a class presentation. To help us, we turn to software like Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides or Prezi. They are easy-to-use and accessible from almost any device.
Creating a good presentation is one thing. But running it on a classroom computer is the vital part. What if there are software or hardware compatibility issues and your carefully crafted presentation won’t load? Here are some ideas to make sure your presentation goes smoothly no matter which computer you use
Favor a flash drive?
One option is to upload your presentation file on a USB flash drive, connect it to your classroom computer, open it and press play.
This might be the most popular approach among Metro State students.
When I see my classmates use this method in class, their presentation runs smoothly — most of the time.
But using a flash drive has more cons than pros. First, there may be cross-platform issues between your personal computer and transferring the information to a campus computer.
Or you could lose or break your flash drive on the way to class.
If you want to avoid these issues, test out the target computer in advance and make multiple copies of your presentation file in various file-formats
Opt for e-mail or web storage?
Another approach is to attach the presentation file to an email and send it to yourself or your professor. In COMM 103 Public Speaking, my professor required us to send our presentation files to her email account and then use it to run the presentation.
Similarly, web storage services like Slack, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, D2L Locker or Home Drive (H:) can be used to store your file and then download it on the classroom computer. This is an improvement over a flash drive as you won’t lose access to your file in any scenario.
But these techniques present privacy issues as you must log into your email account while your classmates see it projected on the screen. They can see your email address or StarID, your personal messages and files
Take my advice: Link to your lecture
Want all the features mentioned above, while also eliminating privacy and hardware issues? Google Slides is the way to go
Log into Google Drive at docs.google.com/presentation and create a presentation. When it’s ready, click on the “Share” button (blue button on the top right) and then on “Get shareable link.
This generates a link that is too lengthy to memorize or copy down. To shorten the link, go to TinyURL.com. This website can shorten a long shareable link.
While this is a two-step process, it has many advantages
To run the presentation, just type your TinyURL link into the web browser and run it. This protects the privacy of your accounts and email.
Furthermore, using Google Slides lets you collaborate with classmates or group members.
You can all edit and run the file from any device. You can convert and save the presentation as a PDF, .ppt (PowerPoint) or text file format.
Creating a shareable link is a handy technique for more than just class presentations. Use this versatile approach to share your papers, projects or PDFs, and access them from anywhere