The cancellation of SXSW EDU in Austin due to the COVID-19 outbreak may have affected its launch but Slido did not want to let the introduction of Slido for Education slide. Instead of a physical launch, it has announced online Slide Education, which aims to help lecturers stay connected with their students by powering two-way interaction during live and virtual classes.
Slido for Education features two highly requested integrations — with Microsoft PowerPoint and Zoom Video Webinar — to complement the existing one with Google Slides to help lecturers run everything on a single platform.
“We have planned to announce our new offering at SXSW EDU this week, and we are very sorry that such a great event had to be canceled last minute due to COVID-19,” said Peter Komornik, Chief Executive Officer of Slido.
“Many schools are facing similar challenges now, being forced to cancel classes or move them online. Having started Slido eight years ago in education, we are committed to helping students and their lecturers maintain the connection by enabling a two-way interaction, no matter where they are. We hope Slido for Education will help teachers deliver engaging lectures for their students despite the challenging circumstances,” he said.
Juraj Pal, Vice President of Product at Slido, pointed out that the integration with Microsoft PowerPoint was the most requested feature of all time.
“We are excited that we can make it available to all education users ahead of the general launch. From now on, lecturers can create polls, quizzes and audience Q&A right within the PowerPoint presentation and display them without ever leaving the slides,” added Pal.
From now till July 1, teachers and students globally will enjoy free access to the advanced Slido for Education package.