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What is Zoho Show?

"Zoho Show is an online-only presentation application that  is it relatively powerful.Any user can access Zoho Show for free. The user only has to generate a free Zoho account to start constructing or collaborating  a presentation.  Whether you're a businessperson, teacher, student, sales rep, or anyone looking to create a cool presentation, Zoho Show is well worth a try." Zoho Show is a comparable program to Powerpoint that offers online sharing of a presentation and is absolutely free for anyone's use. 1 Zoho Shows  closest competitor is ThinkFree Show, which comes in both online (free) and offline (paid for) versions.

Table of Contents


I. Overview of Zoho Show

Development

Zoho is owned by a parent company, AdventNet, which also makes network management software. Zoho itself is a site that features many Web 2.0 applications.  These applications are meant to create a more efficient business environment.The application offers default themes that the user can mold into an original presentation. This large portfolio of tools only requires internet access and a Zoho profile to use. Zoho Show was launched in June of 2006, and in December of 2007 Zoho Show 2.0, featuring many new updates and refinements, where introduced. 2 Version 2.0 of Zoho Show has a number of enhancements — most noticeably the new user interface, which has been completely redesigned.

The above picture shows the view of a program ready to either be presented or to continue to be worked on.  In the center of the picture is the selected slide; in this case it is the title slide.  To the left you can see several slides that are completed.  To the right there are a few tabs featuring the shapes, themes, and clip art, among other things, that one can use in their presentation.  Above you can see various tools and features that can be used with a Zoho Show presentation.

How Does It Work?

Zoho Show is an amazing online presentation application that can be extremely beneficial to its users.Each user is given access to all of the existing features, including those introduced in the Zoho Show 2.0 update. This application is comparable to Microsoft PowerPoint but can be used online.  It includes great sharing features such as embedding or remote viewing with multiple individuals. As long as the user has Internet access and a browser, they can build, edit and view Zoho Show presentations. Zoho Show is "not OS dependent, but browser dependent. Zoho Show can be accessed on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Browsers supported: Internet Explorer 6,7 and Firefox 1.5, 2.0" 11

 After experimenting with Zoho Show, we found there are many ways to share your presentation with other people. It can be available for anyone in the world to see or you can invite specific people to view it. There is also a tab for starting a meeting where you can invite specific people and chat and view your presentation at the same time. The picture above shows how you could host the presentation on one computer while students or colleagues watch from other computers that are connected to the internet.

"Zoho doesn't look and feel like a fancy new web 2.0 application. It is simple and only shows the relevant buttons and links. The whole interface is very responsive. There are multiple ways to share your presentation with other people, including a URL you can send to others while you can still fully control the presentation." 2

The above picture shows the simplicity of the application, yet at the same time the large number tools Zoho Show provides.  Below you can see how connected users of Zoho Show are.

Here's a list of the many features that Zoho Show provides for its users: 3

  1. Access from anywhere, anytime
    Access, import, edit and share presentations from anywhere and anytime
  2. Simple, easy to build, edit and share
    Build and edit presentations on-the-fly using WYSIWYG editor.
  3. Share and Collaborate
    Share your presentations with your friends/colleagues and the shared presentations can be viewed/edited with just a browser.
  4. Maintain versions of your presentations
    Maintain multiple versions of your presentations and track the changes.
  5. Present from Remote
    Give a presentation to a client who is half a globe away. Do your demos while at your seat.
  6. Create slideshows and embed in your blog or website
    Make your presentations public. Embed them in your blog or website for easy viewing by your readers.
  7. Draw using Shapes, Symbols and Flowcharts
    Draw diagrams using hundreds of symbols, flowcharts images stocked in our design gallery
  8. Apply Cool and Elegant Themes
    Apply some pre-built cool and elegant themes for your online presentations
  9. Use Extensive Editing Capabilities (Text, Image, Bullets etc)
    Images can be rotated/flipped and there are lots of bullet types to choose from
  10. Flip, rotate and position your images
    Flip, Rotate and position your images as wish in your presentations using Image Properties.
  11. Jazz up presentations with ClipArt images
    Jazz up your presentations with some nice ClipArt images spanning across various categories
  12. Chat with a participant
    Chat with a participant as and when required during the course of presentation.
  13. Choose from variety of slide views
    View your slides with three different slide views offered in Show 2.0
  14. Import presentations
    Import your presentations with better quality and without formatting issues
  15. Export to HTML
    Export to html for off-line viewing.
  16. Import images from Flickr
    Pull publicly shared images from your Flickr account into your presentation.
  17. Manage your presentations
    Organize, Share and Tag your online presentations
  18. Search for texts in presentations
    Search a text on slide contents, titles, headers and footers.
  19. Add and re-size text on the presentation.  ( Add and re-size the text on your presentation)
  20. Video in PresentationEmbedd URLs for YouTube videos into presentation
  21. Presentation Aids
    Presenter can add notes to the presentation which are only visible to them

Here is a YouTube video showing the new features of ZohoShow 2.0 and some basic skills in creating a presentation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=D14_aLKHZqo

This is a slideshow that is on Zoho Show's main page that explains what it is and what you can do with Zohoshow

http://show.zoho.com/public/zohoshow/show20

This link shows an example of a way to use Zoho Show along with another application (in this case, Skype): 

 http://blogs.zoho.com/show/zoho-show-and-the-changing-face-of-education


II. How Zoho Show Relates to Similar Applications

Zoho Show is comparable to Microsoft Powerpoint in its uses and overall look.  Individuals can create slide shows on Zoho Show that are similar to that of Microsoft Powerpoint. "The ability to create templates through master styles, set detailed image properties, or use existing clip art brings Zoho Show much closer to Powerpoint than Google’s presentations; however, one needs to have in mind that Powerpoint is still a much more powerful tool. For casual online presentation creation, though, Zoho Show will definitely suffice." 4 The greatest advantage of using Zoho Show over Powerpoint is the fact that you can save your project directly in your Zoho Show profile and can recover your project anywhere there is a computer that is internet accessible.  "Zoho Show does not have all the features of PowerPoint. Right now you can’t  animate text and images (though it looks animations and transitions are on the way).  But it’s easy to use, free, and does have a powerful feature that PowerPoint doesn’t have. Learners can collaborate  to create and edit a presentation using the “Share” option on the toolbar." 5 

What makes Zoho Show different from Powerpoint are features like the version control, sharing, publishing it to be viewable online by anyone, and embedding in a blog or website. These are all common collaboration benefits for Web Office tools. But there are some nice extra touches with this new version of Show - e.g. chat has been integrated, so when you're collaborating with others on a presentation you can discuss it in real time. Zoho Meeting has also been integrated, enabling you to share your whole desktop. Overall, Zoho Show 2.0 is slick and compares well with Powerpoint; and has added collaboration features. Plus, not for the first time, it's one-upped Google - whose online presentations software is basic by comparison. 6

Thumbstacks is a similar program that is comparable to Zoho Show.  Both are Powerpoint-type programs that allow the user to create slide show projects that they can present, but  Zoho Show’s most important feature is that you can import Power Point (and open office) files. That’s it’s primary advantage over Thumbstacks. Unfortunately, there’s a 1 MB upload limit on those files, so substantial Power Point files won’t work. Zoho files cannot  be exported to power point files, both Zoho Show and Thumbstacks export to HTML.

Zoho Show is comparable to Google Presentation, as well. One teacher had the following to say about the comparison of the two programs, "Most of my students actually prefer Zoho Show to Google Presentation because they feel that there are more editing options. The Zoho Show live presentation tool may be a tool through which students can do some peer-editing of their classmates' presentations. The Zoho Show live presentation option could be a useful means for students to practice giving presentations online before presenting to a live audience." 8


III. Real World Application

Elementary Lesson Plans

Title:

The Color Wheel

Target Audience:

1-3

Overview:

Each student will color his/her own copy of the color wheel. They will then participate in taking pictures of objects around the school that correlate with the different colors of the color wheel.

Objective:

Upon completion of this exercise, students will be able to recognize and identify the colors of the color wheel. Students will practice observing their surroundings and determining the colors of everyday objects.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word  PDF

Title:

Alphabet Representations

Target Audience:

Kindergarten

Overview:

After reviewing alphabet letters and identifying beginning letters of words, students will use a computer to find pictures of things that start with each letter.

Objective:

Students will be able to identify the letters of the alphabet and find objects that begin with each letter with at least 90% accuracy.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word  PDF

Title:

Animal Classification

Target Audience:

Grades 4-5

Overview:

A lesson plan introducing Linnaeus' system of plant and animal classifications. By using  ZohoShow as a visual, students will learn all about the Animal Classification system and create their own system of classification using everyday objects.

Objective:

The goal is to teach students about animal classification and get them thinking about how classification relates to their everyday lives.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word  PDF

Secondary Lesson Plans

Title:

U.S. President Research

Target Audience:

6-8

Overview:

Students will be assigned a U.S. president to research about. They will research and present a slideshow with information about that president.

Objective:

Students will practice researching with the aid of technology to compile a helpful presentation for their class about their specific president they were assigned. They will memorize the order of each president and important information about each one.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word   PDF

Title:

Author Research

Target Audience:

Grades 9-10

Overview:

Students will choose an author, research him or her, and share the resulting information with the class via ZohoShow.

Objective:

Students will learn to find relevant information and will know enough about an author to create an interesting presentation and share it with the rest of the class.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word   PDF

Title:

The Cell Cycle: Meiosis

Target Audience:

High School Biology

Overview:

A lesson about the different stages of Meiosis. Students will be separated into 8 groups, each given a stage to research. They will then use the online presentation tool, ZohoShow to create their presentations.

Objective:

The entire class will be quizzed over all of the stages and will be able to reference everyone's presentations online as a study aide. The goal is to teach students the process of meiosis and getting them involved with teaching the class for a change of pace.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word   PDF

Title:

Animal Welfare Community Service

Target Audience:

Grades 8-12

Overview:

In this lesson the learners will identify a specific local, state, and/or national animal welfare organization. They will research their identified organization and develop a planned intervention strategy to help persuade others to take up the “cause(s)” of this group/organization using a letter-writing style or other advocacy type of their choice. Students will work in groups using Zoho Show they will collaborate and create a successful presentation.

Objective:

The learner will:

  • State the need for advocacy.
  • Select, research, and identify “a cause” of a local, state, and/or national animal welfare group.
  • Develop a persuasive, effective intervention addressing “the cause” of the identified local, state, and/or national animal welfare group utilizing editorial letter-writing as the advocacy strategy (or other type of advocacy).
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their advocacy strategy based on self and group assessment. 

Lesson Plan File:

Project 2 Lesson Plan.pdf
Project 2 Lesson Plan.docx

Post-Secondary Lesson Plans

Title:

Civil Rights Movement Research

Target Audience:

College Level United States History Class

Overview:

During the civil rights movement section of a US History class, students will split into groups and choose a particular event that interests them.  They will then work together to research that event in depth and present their information to the class.

Objective

Students will expand upon their in-class learning by going outside of class to research an event that is interesting to them.  They will then be able to organize that information in an interesting way to share with the rest of the class.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word   PDF

Title:

French Cultural Presentations

Target Audience:

11-12

Overview:

Students in the French class will be given a  French-speaking country to research. They will work in groups to research information about that country. They will then present the information on a slideshow made with Zoho Show.

Objective:

To integrate culture, history, art, and literature in the French classroom through researching and presenting information about a French-speaking country.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word   PDF

Title:

Biology Presentations

Target Audience:

College Level Biology

Overview:

A project about current issues that are biology related. Students will be separated into groups and each group will choose a current issue that is related to biology. They will use ZohoShow to present their issues to the class

Objective:

The goal is to make students more aware as to how prevalent biology is in everyday issues.

Lesson Plan Files:

Word  PDF

Application in a Business/Industry Setting

In a 2009 update to Zoho Show, a feature was added that can allow the presenter's cursor to be visible on the slide.
"It is easier to follow a presenter when all participants are in the same room and the presenter uses his cursor to pin point a location on the slides. Viewing a cursor on a slide is useful especially when you want to point to a section of an image in a slide, for example. But how does this work over the internet where we are just viewing the slides and not the presenter's cursor? To overcome this, some people use web conferencing apps to share the desktop so that the cursor is visible. With this new update, all participants will now be able to view the presenter's cursor on their slides. Presenters can now point to any specific location on the slide and all participants will view the cursor at their end with the presenter's name on it." This could be useful in a variety of business situations to help employees follow along with the presentations.  8


IV. Demonstration of Educational Value

Zoho Show is a great web-based tool for creating slide show presentations for students of any age-level. The Zoho Show live presentation tool 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 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 an option in Google Documents to revert to a 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. Zoho has announced that Zoho Show can 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 could also be used by students to chat with each other about a slide show/ notes while they are studying for a test." 9


V. How Zoho Show is Used Internationally

Zoho Show can be used in 11 different languages and allows users to interact with other individuals from around the world. The languages that are available to users in Zoho Show are Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Europe), Spanish, and Swedish in addition to English. 10 Zoho Show is also a great tool to use all around the world because of its remote use and presentation features.  Since a teacher could create a presentation, post it online, then remotely give their presentation to people all over the world, Zoho Show could be a great tool to utilize in an attempt to connect with classrooms from other regions.

 VI. Limitations

1. Presentations cannot be printed out

2. Currently, only one person can edit your presentation at a time

3. There is a 30 MB upload limit into Zoho Show

4. There are no options for transitional effects between slides


VII. References

1 http://www.zdnet.com.au/zoho-show-2-0-339288101.htm 

2 http://www.appappeal.com/app/zoho-show/


3 http://show.zoho.com/features.sas 


4 http://mashable.com/2007/12/12/zoho-tackles-powerpoint-with-zoho-show/


5 http://instructionaldesignfusions.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/zoho-applications-educatio/


http://blogs.zoho.com/general/zoho-show-slide-transitions-animation-support-for-google-chrome-and-other-improvements-in-zoho-show


http://techcrunch.com/2006/06/23/zoho-announces-an-online-power-point-type-tool/


http://blogs.zoho.com/general/enhancements-to-remote-presentations-in-zoho-show


http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2008/06/new-zoho-show-features-including-export.html


10 http://www.demo.com/community/?q=node/115912


11 https://show.zoho.com/help/faq/faq.html#7

  

  



 

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