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Google Presentations

I have been starting to use the Google presentation tool in my classroom and it has been a hit with the students.

To create a Google presentation, follow these simple steps (there are also many YouTube videos explaining these steps and more).

  1. Sign into your Gmail account (or create an account).
  2. Click on ‘drive’ in the black bar on the top of your page. 
  3. Click ‘create’, then click ‘presentation’. 
  4. A box will pop up asking you to select a theme. 
  5. Click ‘untitled presentation’ to rename the presentation. 
  6. Add slides by clicking on ‘insert’ and then ‘new slide’.
  7. Begin typing into the slides!

The Benefits of Google Presentations

  • Google presentations encourage collaboration. More than one person can access and edit the presentation at the same time while using different devices. 
  • Your work is saved automatically.
  • It is all online – no need for USBs.
  • The presentation can be shared with those you choose. 
  • There is only one copy which can be accessed through drive, unlike PowerPoint which needs to be emailed to each person in the group, creating multiple copies.
  • It is user friendly as it is really easy to use. 
  • The teacher can type into the presentation, leaving comments/suggestions for the students to use to edit their work. This instant feedback and in a new and exciting way motivates the students.
  • The students are motivated as they know the whole class can see their work.

My Experience with Google Presentations 

  • In a staff meeting, the presenter shared a Google presentation with the staff members about useful iPad apps for the classroom. The staff members were encouraged to add to the presentation by creating a slide and writing about an app they use in the classroom and how they use it. 
  • While working on a presentation with other staff members, we were able to work on the same presentation at the same time without emailing each other once. Using Google presentations allowed us to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. We could easily see what the other person was working on and provide instant feedback/comments/suggestions.  As we were working on the original presentation, there was no need for someone to collate the work of both parties into a final presentation as you would need to with a PowerPoint presentation.
  • I created a Google presentation about the novel we are reading and shared it with the students in my class. The first slide included images of the novel and the blurb, while the second slide included questions for the students to answer.  The next 28 slides were blank except for the name of a student. Allocating slides makes it easier for the students to work on the presentation simultaneously.  

In class, the students opened the Google presentation and answered one of the questions in their allocated slide. They were so excited to be able to read what other students were writing and to contribute to a class presentation.

Next term, I’m hoping to create a Google presentation that the students can contribute to throughout the term rather than just one or two lessons. Similarly, I’m going to create Google presentation about the book we will be reading throughout the term, except I am going to allow the students to choose their groups and allocate each group to a slide and a question within the presentation for them to work on each week.

Have you used Google presentations?

How have you/could you use Google presentations within your classroom?  



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Google Docs

This week, I attended a CloudShare bootcamp that was all about Google Apps and how they can be useful for my school and my class. Take a look at the video below to gain an understanding of Google Apps.

I attended the bootcamp with other teachers from my school and we are now the Google Guides for our school. We are in charge of creating a Google Site for the students and parents at our school to use. Google Docs is one of the Google Apps we were introduced to. Take a look at the following video for an explanation of Google Docs.

I am so excited about the potential Google Docs has in the classroom – the options are endless! My year five class are learning how to write a persuasive text at the moment. I created a Google Doc that contains a table. Each student has their own row in the table where they are to write their statement of position (introduction to their persuasive text). As the document is online, we are all able to access the same document at the same time on different computers.

I can enter my suggestions/tips in the same box in a different colour and the student can then read my tips/suggestions and edit their statement.  Not only does this help the students save time and motivate them to complete their work, they can see everyone’s statement of position, allowing the students to learn from each other.

Statement of Position - Google Doc Image

As the document can easily be accessed from home, the students are able to share their learning with their parents and family members in an exciting way. As the students type into the document, they are able to see other students type into the online document at the same time. The students know that everyone in the class and their family members will be able to see their work – ta-da – an instant audience that motivates the students!  The students are further motivated as they are able to paste their statement into a class blog post which reaches an even wider audience.

I have been blown away by the excitement and motivation of the students. Some of them have been  checking the Google Doc regularly during the weekend to see if I had replied. They become even more excited when they can see me typing into the Google Doc in real time. The image below sums it all up.

Statement of Position - Google Doc

Other ways to use Google Docs:

  • Each group may have their own row to fill in and respond to ideas from other groups. 
  • Encourage class discussion as each student contributes. 
  • Joint construction of a text – everyone can see it and contribute.
  • Students are able to edit a piece of writing together. 
  • Brainstorming before a task. 
  • Each group could be responsible for researching a particular topic and adding it to a class document.
  • The students are able to publish their own piece of writing all on the same document and provide tips/suggestions on how they could improve it.

Click here and here for presentations with more ideas. 

How do you use Google Docs in your classroom?


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