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Wiki page created by: Daniel Mills, Sam Ostafinski, Jessica Kerns, Hannah Lattner, Ann Lucas, Cayla Mustin, Duy Nguyen, and Jamison Bower



I. Purpose of Zoho Show

What does Zoho Show do?

Zoho Show allows users the ability to create and share projects through an internet connection. This is a very "user friendly" application that allows users to share presentations with others, import presentations from other presentations, and view public presentations. This application is comparable to Microsoft PowerPoint. 3 

Who is the target audience of Zoho Show? 

Zoho Shows target audience is anyone and everyone that has access to a computer and wants a more updated way of communicating with others. Here are some examples of who might use Zoho Show and what they would use the application for.  2 

  • Teachers, can create presentations at home and not have to email them to your school computer
  • Students, you can create impressive school projects
  • Researchers, Zoho Show is just what you need to organize your thoughts                           
  • Grandmothers, spice up family get-togethers with a great presentation                                                                                                                 
  • Moms, use Zoho Show to maintain an online scrapbook of your child
  • Corporate high-flier, need we explain how important presentations are to boost your career?

What kind of presentations can you create?

Zoho Show gives users the ability to give/watch presentations in real time. It also allows you to save the presentations you create online, that way no matter where you are you can pull up your presentation.

Can you use Zoho Show in the class room?

This is a useful tool for classrooms because some schools don't have the educators to teach certain subjects at their schools so they have to have educators from other schools come in and teach the subject. If an educator isn't able to travel to the different school to teach they could just create a Zoho show presentation and a supervising educator at the other school could just click on the URL and the course could be taught via the Zoho show. Below is a list of useful additions that Zoho Show has to make presentations simpler for educators. 1

  • More than 50+ Default Themes 
  • Shapes and Symbols Support
  • Extensive editing support for text, images and bullets.
  • Clip art support
  • Zoho Meeting and Zoho Chat integration
  • Enhanced importing of PowerPoint presentations

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II. History and Development

Who developed Zoho Show and when?

 Zoho Show is a part of the Zoho Office Suite that was produced by a division of AdventNet Inc. Zoho applications are an online office suite, the Zoho Office Suite was first launched September 2005 as a word processor. They developed the software to model an online application that would rival Microsoft office. The first Zoho Show Application was made public in June 2006. In December of 2007 Zoho Show 2.0 was announced. The new Zoho Show 2.0 added these features to the original application.4  

  • Upload PowerPoint files up to 10MB from your PC or the web
  • Export to PowerPoint 
  • Remote sharing 
  • Embedding in other WebPages 
  • Many symbols and visuals available including arrows and clipart
  • Embedding YouTube videos 

What the goal in mind when Zoho was created?

The goal of AdventNet Inc was to bring together a wide range of online applications making it easier for individuals and businesses to manage all their work while dramatically reducing the cost. They also want working online to feel more rewarding, more collaborating, and most importantly more enjoyable for users of all ages. A main goal of the Zoho Suite was to allow users to access and edit their work on any computer where internet access is available.5 

Where is Zoho Show headed today?

The developers of AdventNet Inc. are working to improve all the applications of their Zoho Suite. They have not yet announced a new release of an updated version of Zoho Show but, don't be surprised if they come out with a new and improved version of Zoho in the near future.

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III. How to use Zoho Show

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 How to:

 Set up an account?

  • Start at th website
  • On the right hand side, under the sign in, click Sign Up.
  • Next fill in a user name, your e-mail, and your password twice (once to create a new password, and again to verify).
  • (If you do not want to use Zoho as your main e-mail carrier, then you may also use Google or Yahoo!)
  • Fill in the word verification box, check the terms of service box, and if you want, the newsletter/updates.
  • Lastly click Sign Up! 6


Create your own presentations?

 After creating your account, the main page will have all the applications listed, chose Zoho Show.

  • Left-hand side, there is a button for 'create show', click it.
  • Start with title slide, the add slides with 'add slides' button
  • Change font size and color next to 'new slide' button
  • Add clip art or video by clicking "Insert" then select image or link, clip art is on the bottom tab to the right

Watch others presentations?

  • Select "Remote"button at top bar, then make presentation remote.
  • Next invite members to presentation7


Make your presentations private and public?

  • Presentations are private automatically
  • Click "Publish" and make public.

Change the language for people who don't speak English?













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IV. Uses outside of education

How is Zoho Show useful in the international business world? 

  • In normal Microsoft PowerPoint, when a business person makes a first draft and sends it to their client, the client would send it back with what they think the corrections should be.  Then the businessperson edits the original draft, and sends that second draft to the client. As this process continues, the client and business person would have many messages in their inbox, and might get confused which draft is the most current. With Zoho Show, there is only one copy of the program.
  • Also, not everyone has Microsoft Office. However, as long as the client has internet, they can get to the Zoho Show. 
  • Unlike in e-mail, there are no attachments that take a long time to load. 8 

Unique ways of using Zoho Show

  • Can make custom templates in business presentations
  • Can make presentation public and embed it onto blogs
  • Can make scenes by adding pictures on top of pictures. 9

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 V. Related to other applications

Are there similiar applications?

How is Zoho Show better than the other applications?

The collaborative nature of this application leads to a more efficient way to share and work on projects with other people all over the world.  Zoho Show is also fast, you do not have to do the whole open-send-edit-resend-as-e-mail attachment issue, which is what you would have to do with PowerPoint.13

Zoho has been around much longer than Google Docs so Zoho is also more powerful.  It uses a tabbed interface to juggle between several documents, Zoho offers little features such as, digital signing of your documents, which Google Docs does not have.  Zoho also has a nice simple page layout.15

Advantages of Online Applications:

  • Can be accessed from all over the world
  • Can work on any operating system
  • Simple and intuitive interface
  • Documents can easily be shared and collaboratively worked upon
  • No licensing fee: they are completely free (though some may charge for advanced features)
  • Some online applications have portable editions, which can be accessed directly through portable devices such as iPods13

Can you use a Zoho Show presentation in/with other applications?  

  1. Zoho Show's most important feature is that you can import Power Point (and open office) files.
  2. Zoho files can also be exported to power point files or put up on the web with a single click.
  3.  Zoho can integrate with Google and Yahoo! accounts for authentication and for synching up contacts.14

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VI. Zoho Show in education

How can Zoho Show be used in education? 

Zoho Show is a great web-based tool for creating slide show presentations for students of any age-level. The Zoho Show live presentation application, is a tool through which students can do some peer-editing of their classmates' presentations. The Zoho Show live presentation option is useful for students to practice giving presentations online before presenting to a live audience. Presentations created with Zoho Show can now be exported as PPT, PPS, ODP, and PDF files. The new export options are useful for people who want to save a copy of their presentation on their local computer or who would prefer to email presentations as attachments.

The enhancement to Zoho Show that students will really like is the option to undo or redo up to 50 actions. This is similar to option in Google Documents to revert to previous version. The difference is rather than reverting to a previous version, where you will lose the edits made after that version, users can select specific actions to undo or redo. Last month Zoho announced the capability to use Zoho Show for making remote presentations. In the latest batch of improvements, Zoho announced that they will be used to make remote presentations interactive with the inclusion of a chat side bar. This upgrade makes Zoho Show a nice tool for sharing notes and information with students that aren't in the classroom with you. It can also be used by students to chat with one another about a slide show or notes while they are studying for a test. 

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VII. International aspect of Zoho Show

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How can Zoho Show be used in an international setting?

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Zoho Show is available in 12 different major languages in the world¹²: Once an account is created, the users can change Zoho Show settings to their own language. Zoho Show is a cheap, effective, and organized way for a group of people to create a presentation internationally. Many companies have branches across the globe. Employees often had problems in the past putting together a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint and working on it via e-mail which could be a hassle to work with. Zoho Show allows the group to add or edit the presentation once it had been uploaded. Zoho Show saves time because any member could work on the presentation in Zoho Show's website which contains one copy. For example, a company wants to create a sale pitch presentation that can be use across many different countries. One of the employees then creates the first draft, then any of the other members in the group may contribute until the finalization of the presentation. They each can download the presentation without asking for it in an e-mail.

 Zoho can help in several possible settings for different profiles of people:

  • Profit organizations: Information of product or service can be launched to prospective overseas customers.  Example: For paying attendees to international conferences, attendees who can't attend the conference due to scheduling conflict or personal finance can opt to pay a cheaper fee by viewing the presenters' slides through the personal invite by the organizers.
  • Non-profit organizations: Creation of public awareness of organizations' goals is made easier and at no cost by making the slides available for the public to view
  • Health care: People with physical impairment can benefit from reading presentation slides created by established health care officials
  • Socially: Family and friends can share pictures with captions through PowerPoint slides and yet able to control the number and identity of viewers versus the current methods: sending images via e-mail which is taxing, sharing images via YouTube,  personal website or blogs is potentially dangerous as personal images are broadcasted to members or/and public etc.

Can Zoho Show enhance international education opportunities?


Zoho Show works similar to Microsoft PowerPoint. A teacher could create a lesson on Zoho Show then publish it to the public. That lesson could then be taught in any country in the world as long as the learner has the proficiency to understand the language used in the presentation. An expert could create a presentation about a topic and make it available to the public, then people around the world who are interested could watch the presentation any time. Zoho Show could also be use as a distant learning tool. The instructor teach an online class for students in universities across the world. Zoho show can host multiple contributors both in the collaborative work and eventual presentation. It can easily be used to connect remote users from schools across the country and continents.

Are there disadvantages using Zoho Show internationally?

Most disadvantages of using Zoho Show internationally is technologically related. Zoho Show was first created in 2007 as a 2.0 application. In less developed countries, the computers being used are often older version and is not up-to-date due to the cost of new computers and relation of affordability of the citizens. Zoho Show had recently been updated, new gadgets and new power tools were added to improve the quality. But most older computers run on a very slow speed and do not have the graphic card large enough to support Zoho Show's applications. Running Zoho Show on older computers may cause a system failure or the computers cannot even access the page. Time lags occur because it's web-based. High speed internet connectivity is paramount and inherently, that would mean the profile of viewers is only restricted to subscribers who have high speed internet access. Possible issue of plagiarism since information can be copied and distributed over multiple systems.

How does Zoho Show differ in Singapore than the United States? 

While there are numerous official languages in Singapore, the first language is English. Hence, there is no difference in terms of usage of language. The difference may be the purpose in the usage ofthe Zoho Show between these 2 countries. Most people in the United States use Zoho Show for education and commerce. In Singapore, the people there use Zoho Show for creative purposes such as a slide show profile of their organization or funny pictures to share with people they know, overall Singaporeans use Zoho Shows mainly for entertainment and social purposes.

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VIII. Zoho Show's current educational value

Blogs on Zoho:

Glenn Moses provides a wonderful example of how he and a student used Zoho in his blog; "First, I uploaded her [the student] presentation to Zoho Show. Then I gave her the rights to collaborate and present. Then I sent her an invitation to the presentation. What this allowed us to do was look at the same part of the presentation at the same time; she on her computer me across town on mine.I called her home phone using Skype, she had the presentation up in Zoho Show on her computer, flipped through the slides as she presented and I was able to get a much deeper understanding of this student's knowledge. As she presented I asked her a few questions that got her to show her understanding of her American Government class and the conflict she was telling me about. Aha! A direct connection to her government class. Borderline grade no more. Cha-ching!Here is what I love about this: There are pay programs that can do this, notably Elluminate and Centra, but I was able to do this for free. Well, almost. At 2 cents a minutes in Skype, by 17 minutes, the whole thing cost me 34 cents.I spoke with the student at graduation and she said at first she was a little nervous, but after a little bit she got more comfortable. What I didn't know, is that she had the call on speaker and was actually giving the presentation to both her mother and me. I think that would be enough to make anyone nervous."
There are many benefits to using Zoho and not all are only applied to educational purposes. One might also use Zoho for business purposes or in any other circumstance were a project management application is needed. According to David Glumac; if you are looking for a free or affordable project management app. and an alternative to MS Project he suggests Zoho Projects. "The team at Zoho is one of the coolest "Web 2.0" companies out there. Their online office suite includes tools for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, note-taking, wikis, CRM, project management, invoicing and other applications. Being web-native, all Zoho applications are operating system indepedent. It supports creating tasks, ownership, setting deadlines and tracking milestones; working with calendars, Gantt charts, reports, share supporting files---all the cool features expected in a project management package."


Videos of Educational Zoho Use:

Not quite set on Zoho yet? Just listen to what Lee Keller and Kim Cavanaugh have to say about it in their examination of online office applications and how they could play a role in education in this video;  "Online Offices-Part Two" found at


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  1. Unknown User (dbmills)

    Hello Group 22,

          I am your project manager for project 2! I am very excited to be working with you guys on this project. We need to get the ball rolling as soon as possible so we aren't stuck trying to compile this huge project in the last few days! Also, I know that none of us want to take the final exam. I think if we all corporate and communicate with each other we have the possibility to create the best project Dr. Newby has seen. To start out I want you all to introduce yourself, where you are from, what kind of teacher you want to be, what your favorite sport is and why, and something no one else knows about you! This activity will help us all know each other a little bit better because we will have to put up with each other for the next 5 weeks!

    I am Daniel Mills; I grew up in a Lafayette, IN which most of you know is right across the Wabash river. I want to be a Algebra one teacher teaching freshmen. My favorite sport is basketball because you can play it in any weather condition. I also have 5 siblings, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and I always wanted a dog but my mom never would let me have one!

    One more thing I forgot to add....think about what primary role you would like to be! The roles are researchers, writers, editors, formatters (webpage), visual design (of webpage), and lesson planners. Before Wednesday March 27th, I would like everyone to post what role they believe that they could perform the best at. We will discuss and assign roles in class on Wednesday. I don't want to have to assign roles to you all because you know what you can do best but, if it comes down to it I am required to assign the primary roles. Also, think about what secondary roles you could do and post those as well!

    1. Unknown User (sostaf00)

      Hey Group,

           My name is Sam Ostafinski and I am a freshman in Elementary Ed from Valparaiso, Indiana. I want to teach 4th or 5th grade or middle school social studies- I haven't decided yet.To tell all of you a little about myself- I am an identical twin. My younger bro's name is Kevin. My favorite sport used to be running because I used to be fast, but since I don't run very much anymore, I like basketball because I am tall and can score over shorter, weaker people. Also, I need to watch any history channel show or movie that covers World War 2. I don't know why.

        I agree with Daniel about communicating and being teammates, and that we can create a project that will have a superior rating so that none of us will have to take the final. So, I will be be a good teammate and do all that needs to be done in order for our team to be successful. I like to research, write, or edit - whichever one I get chosen for - I can do.

  2. Unknown User (hlattner)


     I'm Hannah Lattner and I just switched my major to Math Education.  I would also like to teach Algebra.  I'm from Evansville, IN right by the Ohio River.  My favorite sport would have to be basketball because I grew up playing it and I love to watch the games.  I love being outside and doing things like going boating.  I'm probably out on a boat almost every weekend during the summer. 

    I hope we can all work together and have fun on this project and get a good grade so we don't have to take the final!  I can do research or design...whatever is fine and if there is any work needed in any other area I will be glad to help out!

  3. Unknown User (alucas)

    Hello everyone,

     My name is Ann Lucas, and I also just changed majors to Elementary Ed, which I'm gearing for K-3 grade, not sure yet. I'm from Wakarusa, IN, a very small town that(smile) Not a *huge* sports fan but basketball is pretty fun to watch. No one knows this, but one of my favorite vacation spots is...Nebraska. Its where I was born, and my aunt lives there.

    I am all ready and fired up to get this project done right! If its open, I really enjoy creative stuff like design and organization. So, if noone objects I'd like to help with designing, and if not that I'm pretty organizational minded. Also, don't hesitate to give me something to work on, I'm open to work on any part of a project necessary.

  4. Unknown User (cmustin)


    I hope everyone's break went well, sorry I am just now posting on here. I did not have internet over break at all and just got on in over a week! But,

    My name is Cayla Mustin and I am in Agriculture Education.  I was in Horticulture Production and Marketing last semester, and decided it was not for me, rather either teaching or Extension. Extension is in each county, and if you are familiar with 4-H, I am hoping to be an Extension Educator, helping educate not only students, but also adults in counties.  I am from Lebanon, Indiana, not a very large town, but is getting bigger and more of a familiar town.  It is about 40 minutes away!

    I am not a big Sports fan, but I do know enough to know that we won yesterday!! Barely! And also we won the Big Ten!! Instead of sports, I am interested in Music.  I am in the Purduettes, a part of Purdue Musical Organizations, which are ambassadors for Purdue traveling all over Indiana and sometimes outside to promote Purdue in the best possible way.  I am not just some crazy music person, like some people think of, but I do know things about sports.  My brother, Brad is 20, and plays tennis at Marian College in Indy, and my sister Courtney is 25 and is the Varsity Cheer Coach at Lebanon, and also at Marian College, so I watch basketball and Football when I sit with her at the games.  I was the manager for Track and Volleyball in high school.  As you can see I like watching sports, just hate playing. 

    One thing very few people know about me is that I do not enjoy being in Purduettes.  Actually the only people who know are my sisters and some really close friends.  Ask me why in person, and I am more than willing to tell you about it.

    I do not really know what to say on here, so I think I am done rambling about myself.  If I did not answer everything sorry, just ask me, I am a fairly open person (wink)

    I hope we can get out of taking the final too! I like visual design a lot. But, I think I could do any part of this project, as long as you guys are there to help me, as I will be to help you.  My secondary would be editor, in high school I was a co-editor on our Yearbook staff. So I helped Design and edit a lot of the pages in our Yearbook.

  5. Unknown User (jkerns)

    Hey everyone,

    My name is Jessica Kerns and I am from Noblesville, IN. I'm actually in the process of switching my major to Elementary Education from Movements and Sports Sciences, I decided that I didn't want to be in college for the rest of my life. I'm very involved in my sorority and am actually the New Member Educator for my house so that keeps me very busy!! I have one younger sister who is actually going to be a boilermaker next year (smile) so im excited for her to be up here and show her all around.

    As for my role in this process I would rather be a researcher or a lesson planner, just because those are something that I'm good at doing. I'm not the best at editing so I wouldn't give me that role. I hope everyone had a good break and I'll see everyone today in class!! Hopefully we won't have to take the final exam on Saturday of finals week.

  6. Unknown User (dnguyen)

    Yo ho me hearties,

    I am Duy Nguyen. I grew up in Vietnam, a small distant country in Asia. I moved to the United States when I was 11. I have one little sister. She's 6 years old.  I love teaching children. I planned to be a Math teacher in anything from 6th to 12th grade. I'm not sure if i can keep up with the little ones because I know when I'm home, my little sister will drain all the energy out of me. I'm not much of a sport person. I watch different types of sports once in a while. The only sport I am able to perform well is badminton. Badminton require some stamina but it is slow enough that i don't get all worked up in a short time. I am also a music person. I played trombone and sang all through out middle and high school. I also like dancing. I used to do dancing match against other people during lunch times and formals in school.

    My strongest ability is in visual design, follow by editing, then formatting. I am a poor writter and planner. I heard Dr. Newbie talking about a presentation when we are done with the Project II. I can say that I am a very strong speaker. I love doing speeches and talking with people. I can even do impromtu speeches and sound organized/prepared. Although that's not a roll that we have to pick, but I am willing to present our project during the show case. I will try to do the best of my ability to perform any job given to me. I would have to be honestly frank, there is a very slim chance that we will be able to avoid the final. I would rather try to get the best grade that we can get on this project rather than spend tons of time trying to figure out how to get away with the final.

    Threedleloo, threedleloo, and goodbye, I am looking forward to working with y'all.