Would you like to design student-driven learning experiences that require students to construct knowledge as they create – an idea supported by the Common Core State Standards? This could be easier than you think.
The Google Slides Presentation tool is a great starting point to begin breaking the barriers of traditional tech integration and help you design student-driven learning experiences.
Getting Started With Google Slides
Expert trainer, Susan Oxnevad, discusses what you need to know about Google Slides in her training video Using Google Slides to Construct Knowledge and Encourage Student-driven Learning. Below is advice from Susan’s training session that we wanted to share with you. If you are a member of the Teacher Learning Community, you can watch Susan’s teacher training now to earn your CEUs.
Google slides is a fun, collaborative and user friendly tool. You can use Google Slides in innovative ways that go well beyond the typical student presentation. This technology provides research tools that allow your students to construct knowledge, search for information, and fine tune their student projects. As a teacher you are able to check for accuracy and plagiarism within their presentations.
What Can I Do With Google Slides?
Google Slides has a lot of standard features you might expect.
- Create and edit presentations on the Google Cloud with an easy to use interface
- Work collaboratively on the same presentation – whether it’s your students working together, or a group of teachers on the same team
- Import PowerPoint presentations to convert
- Download the Google Slides you have created in a variety of formats including: .pdf, .ppt, .jpg, or .txt
- Insert multimedia into your Google Slides, like images or videos – great for creating interactive lessons
- Publish your presentation on the web and use the embed feature to showcase on your class website or school blog
Additionally, Google Slides has some features that are especially great for teachers and students. In Google Slides you can…
- Use the comments feature in Google Slides to give feedback on student homework assignments
- Encourage student collaboration through use of comments
- Give immediate feedback to students using the feedback features
- Manage expectations and help students learn from mistakes
- Encourage students to embed charts they have made in Google Sheets for more in-depth information
- Use Google Earth to take screen shots to them upload as media into your Google Slides
One of our members wrote this about Google Slides inside the Teacher Learning Community:
“I like the thought of using google slides for short projects collaboratively. This encourages students to be self-learners.” – Colleen Moran
“This is a wonderful review of Google Slides. This exciting tool makes you want to put your PowerPoint away.” – Julia Gardener
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Susan Oxnevad is an educator, EdTech consultant and designer who is passionate about using technology as a tool for learning. Susan has been a classroom teacher and an active instructional technology facilitator in Chicagoland for more than two decades. She provides professional development for busy teachers via a variety of online and in-person opportunities. Susan blogs about thoughtful ways to incorporate technology as an efficient and effective tool for learning on her own blog, Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners and as a SmartTeacher on GettingSmart.com. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad.