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