Google Slides in Classroom


I’m going to start with one of the most flexible and engaging Google App for Education which is the Google Slides. It provides you with endless possibilities of enhancing your presentation, hence creating a meaningful and lasting impression on the students or audience at large. 

Why do we use Google Slides? 

Visually stimulating

You can choose myriads of images through different sources, for example, either from your own drive, camera or just browse the web. Pictures are worth a thousand words so use it wisely.

Interactive

Inserting links in your slide will not only make it appear less cluttered but also creates a better flow of the presentation. Gone are the days of boring old slides that merely act as visual aids during a presentation.  

  

Engaging

The new audience Q&A feature in Google Slide creates more engagement between the presenter and the audience. It enables the audience members to submit questions, view everyone’s submission or vote up or down.

Collaborative

When planned and used properly, it promotes highly collaborative sessions ensuring each and every member’s participation and contribution to the task at hand. 

How to use Google Slides in Class and beyond? 

There are many ways to use Google Slides in your classroom. It depends on how comfortable you are using it, how much time you’re willing to spend exploring or preparing and also what sort of outcomes or success criteria you’re looking for in your students’ learning. These are some examples based on my own experience in the classroom.


Digital Storytelling and Creativity

Google Slides can be used to promote collaboration, independence and creativity in students’ learning.

Start with a slide with clear instructions, complete with links to another slide, document, form or even a website.





Students will make a copy of the linked slide and this is where their creativity starts!



Suggest these elements in their digital story:
  • Use Images!
  • Use Shapes!
  • Headlines. Not sentences or no text
  • Try an animation
  • Use backgrounds! Right-click on the slide. Change background.  You can search google images for “non-copyright” images.
  • Have a go with comic book style.

Classroom Presentations and Discussions 

The sky is the limit once the students have discovered and explored the many “cool” features that they can apply to create wonderful slides.You’ll be amazed at the great effort they put in order to create their slides presentation. 

However, bear in mind that instead of focusing on the main task, some students might get side-tracked by taking too much time on adding on features that catch their interest such as animation, slide theme or background. In order to maximize “on-task” time, students should be reminded to refer back to the success criteria and adhere to the time frame given.

Make it a habit for the students to read and respond to feedback via comments on their slides. Even better if you can get students make constructive comments on each other’s work. This practice needs encouragement and monitoring at least at the initial stage.

A slide presentation by a student on the topic of Egypt. 
A slide presentation by a student on the topic of Egyptian God. 
Encourage comments to improve work and share ideas. 

Homelearning

Google slides can be assigned as homework to consolidate their learning and to assess their understanding of topics learnt. It’s one of the most anticipated home learning modes, at least from my students’ point of view. They loved the flexibility and interactivity of Google Slides in presenting their ideas.

Last year, one of my Grade 4 students’ assignments was to create their own adventure stories, incorporating images or other elements to go with their story. I’ve created a slide template for them beforehand and then posted it on their Google Classroom which is wonderful as it gives an option to create a copy for each student. (More on Google Classroom on my next post!)

The results were wonderful! I was impressed with their effort and creativity. The usually reluctant writers had produced a longer and more interesting piece of story complete with relevant, some amusing images to go with it. 

A slide deck created by a student for “Create your own adventure story” home learning.


 

  









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