Day 61 (of 185) always download for presentations….don’t trust the cloud/internet

Day 61 (of 185) always download for presentations….don’t trust the cloud/internet


One of my bugbears….presentation is going on and then the facilitator has a “neat video to share” and I see the dreaded shortcut link… part because I’m curious which ads will pop up at the end of the online link (there’s always something “interesting” that pops up) and I’m left to wonder if the link will work….or if they’ll need to re-log-in to the wifi….or the link copied is missing a final letter…or one letter too many….or….



So, my advice whenever you want to use a webpage or video to show….download it and embed it in the presentation. After all….

  • The wifi will have connection errors right when you need it
  • The link will be messed up and not be “quite right”
  • There will be commercials that interrupt the “live” sharing of the video
  • The website will be “down” when you access it live



Ways to do ensure things work….

  • take a screenshot of the specific website pages you want to highlight
  • download the video into an appropriate format for your display – but try the “ss” shortcut
  • (these are also good activities to think and learn about copyright!)
  • practice your presentation without a wifi connection to make sure you can do everything you want to do
  • even during a ‘teachable moment’ for a ‘great thing to suddenly share’ <— save this until the end both to manage time and to not tempt fate!



Don’t let the cloud/internet/etc derail your presentation….nothing worse than having part of your presentation not work and see the audience as a whole take advantage of the “pause” to get distracted by their phones, newsletters or hockey pools….because then it becomes that much tougher to get back “on point”.  Be safe and be prepared!

About technolandy

Educator in BCs Sunny Shuswap Pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Utilizing ePortfolios & Descriptive Feedback
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