Google Presentations

Google Presentation
From introducing new concepts to creating class scrapbooks, use Google Presents as a visual way of sharing information. View my Fruit Orchards slide show as an example.
  • Create your own Google Presentation.
    • Go to Google Docs. Choose Create New > Presentation.
    • Be sure to make use of the Speaker Notes for narrative, notes, background information and citations. These can be printed along with the slides. To view the Speaker Notes, choose View > Speaker Notes. 
    • Speaker Notes can also be used for posting comments or peer evaluations. Teachers can use them for posting grades. Explore a short example at The Giver.
  • New Concepts. Use the Presentation format for creating short, self-guided tutorials. Introduce the topic. Provide definitions. Show examples and non-examples. Provide some practice. Review the concept. Show practical applications. You could even link to a Google Doc worksheet or activity on the last slide.
  • Practice and Review Concepts. Use the Presentation format as a flash-card type environment.
    • Slide 1 is the problem and slide 2 is the answer. Slide 1 is an image and slide 2 is a labeled image. Slide 1 is the first step and slide 2-5 are the subsequent steps. Slide 1 is the word and slide 2 is the definition and example. End with a link to a Google Doc worksheet or a Google Sites form quiz.
    • Display the problem on the slide, then just the Speaker notes to display the answer and an explanation.
  • Student Presentations. Ask students to create presentations of information. Rather than simply providing slides, ask students to write a narrative in the Speaker Notes. Also, be sure that students cite their sources. 
    • Debate. Two students work together. Each takes a different side of the issue. Slide 1 the topic, Slide two provides the a list of opposing issues. Slide 3 introduces the first issue, Slide 4 provides one side, Slide 5 provides the other side of the issue. Slides 6-8 provide another issue related to the main topic and so on.
    • Persuasive. Ask students to create a persuasive presentation. Use the ReadWriteThink Persuasive Map to organize ideas.
  • Scrapbooks. When creating scrapbooks, use the slide for the visual element of the project. Then, use the Speaker Notes for the narrative. 
  • Comics. Try making comic pages or a comic book. Provide images and ask students to add interaction. To add speech bubbles, choose Insert > Shape and select the speech bubble.
  • Multimedia. You can add a video from Google Videos by choosing Insert > Video.
    • Social Studies/Science. Philosophers of the Middle Ages. Develop presentations around the award winning BBC series Terry Jones' Medieval Lives available on YouTube. The Philosopher is an excellent exploration of scientists of the Middle Ages, also known as philosophers. Another great topic is The King. They are all great at dispelling myths about the Middle Ages. Use the presentation tool to provide an introduction and guiding questions. If you have trouble using YouTube in your classroom or would like to edit YouTube videos, use
  • Kickstart Projects. Consider providing students with a set of visuals. They can choose a subset from the group by simply deleting the images they don't wish to use. This approach can saves students time and focuses attention of specific types of visuals.
    • Science Example: Food Chain/Cycle. Provide 10-15 images of insects, rodents, reptiles, fish, and mammals. Ask students to select images that are part of the same food chain. Ask them to sequence the images and describe the process.
    • English Example: Creative Writing. Provide 5-10 images to jumpstart the creative writing process. They may be images of settings, characters, or situations. Ask students to describe the setting or create a backstory for a character. The presentation format is less threatening than a blank page for some students.
  • Tutorials. Create tutorials that students can use to understanding concepts. Or, ask students to share tutorials they create themselves. Explore student projects such as Sewing.
  • Pathfinders. Create a resource to guide students through the process of exploring a topic. Provide an overview, glossary, search tools and strategies, online and print resources, and project ideas. Go to Infectious Diseases for an example.