Google Slides – If you haven’t been using it, then you should be! It is a terrific tool for both Teacher Presentation, Student Creation and Instructional Materials. So much easier and more collaborative than PowerPoint! And, there are some great newer features you might not have used:
Q&A feature – If using for class lectures or instruction – activate this feature to allow students to ask questions, answer questions, vote on topics, make comments, etc. Simply go to the small ‘down arrow’ next to PRESENT in the upper right corner of the slide deck, and activate the Q&A feature. A short URL will automatically be created and added to the top of each slide. Student submissions can be displayed (or not), and they are saved in a history to be viewed later.
Read text out loud – If you are using the Read&Write for Google Chrome extension, you know that it reads the content of Google Docs (and websites) out loud. Did you know that it now reads the text on Google Slides? This is a great support for students using teacher-created presentations, or other slide presentations as instructional material, Google Slide ebooks, etc. Try it here with these Google Slide examples:
I Can Use My Words” (You must have the extension downloaded from the Chrome Web Store)
Because of Winn Dixie (story review student assignment)
Sharing and Collaboration: And of course – Google Slides are automatically ‘shareable’ due their location ‘in the cloud’. Just set the sharing settings so that others can view or comment. Post on your class website for 24 hour access to materials, and terrific student/family collaboration!