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Using Google Slides Effectively

At first glance Google Slides may seem a PowerPoint alternative but you'll discover that it is much more than that! The collaborative and innovative opportunities made available by Google Slides will surprise you. Here we look at some of the best innovative Google Slides lesson ideas that are sure to engage your students and inspire learning.
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Using Google Slides Effectively
  • John Cork says:
    This lesson plan helps students realize the powerful, collaborative nature of Google Slides.  Students contribute to one Google Slide presentation and edit slides simultaneously.  For example, you assign each student a slide and watch them work collaboratively to complete a group presentation.  Alice Keeler, a prolific blogger on everything Google Apps related,  gives step-by-step instructions with explicit instructions with detailed graphics to help guide you through the lesson.
  • John Cork says:
    If you enjoy Google Slides as much as I do then you’re always on the look out for fun and innovative ways to use the cloud based app in your classroom.  This blog post from Edudemic puts forth some very unique ways to use Google Slides collaboratively.  For example, students can collaboratively create a class library of flash cards, outline a project, hold a virtual discussion, create a repository of images with citations or create a digital workbook Take a look and see what you can do today!
  • John Cork says:
    The power of Google Slides comes from its ability to facilitate real-time collaboration to easily connect with other Google Apps.  Additionally, the ability to embed web content like video, audio and images effortlessly is truly awesome.   This informative post at Ditch That Textbook provides educators with 10 activities for using Slides in the classroom.  Several of the projects I found interesting include a global shared presentation, story books, virtual tours or create video galleries.
  • John Cork says:
    Be your own Instructional Design professional! This YouTube lesson teaches us how to effectively use hyperlinks to create an interactive presentation. The 8 minute video demonstrates how to link slides to one another to create an interactive tutorial. In this case the narrator creates an interactive for students to learn the parts of a tree.
  • John Cork says:
    This YouTube tutorial will show you how create a mini-lesson perfect for blended learning or flipping your classroom. The narrator walks us through how to create a clickable menu to navigate to various slides in the presentation. Also included are instructions on how to create a menu button to return to the main menu from any slide. There is also a demo on how to link directly to a Google Form to assess student learning. In a short 5 minutes you'll be on your way to creating your own!
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