Distance Learning Essentials: Google Slides
What is Google Slides?
With Google Slides, schools have the capability to create and present wherever they are - and from any device. This web-based tool is integrated into your Google Drive and can be located when you select a new file, along with Google Docs and Forms. Slides is a great way to enhance standard-looking presentations - minus the convoluted process. Whether you’re new to Slides or setting up online presentations from scratch, you can choose from a vast array of themes and fonts, then embed videos and animations with ease.
Like many tools in G Suite for Education, Google Slides is a highly-collaborative application. As long as you have an internet connection, Slides can be accessed from a remote location - ideal for carrying out virtual team meetings and lessons for training, demonstration and revision purposes via a Google Hangouts Meet session.
Benefits for Teachers
- Save time by choosing from a wide range of presentation themes and templates
- Proficiently format slides, change text, import images or videos and more
- Browse a variety of themes designed for use by schools - from notepad and blackboard to modern, science and technology - with fun and eye-catching graphics!
- Create and edit Slides from your smartphone, tablet or desktop
- Ability to view Slides with both online and offline access
- Edits are made in real-time and changes are auto-saved, so you’ll always operate from the most current version of Slides
- Track previous versions of your presentation using the Revision History feature
- Compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, allowing you to open, edit, save and convert to Google Slides
- Securely share Slides by email or as a Google Drive link, with controlled access to view, edit or comment
- Chat with students or colleagues directly or post comments to their attention
- Publish online using a secure link or embed Slides into your school’s website or blog
Google Slides for Distance Learning
Google Slides is a practical and creative solution to ramping up the engagements and collaboration levels. Teachers can create a slide deck to support video lessons they’re presenting via Google Hangouts Meet or assignments using Google Docs. In turn, students can produce their own Google Slides to accompany virtual presentations to their teacher or to small groups and entire classes online. Not only is this a more engaging style of teaching, it will stimulate your students’ creativity and communication skills.
Why not go even further to create interactive adventure stories and digital books for each subject? Another great idea is to get students involved in ongoing assignments, such as producing interactive journals and portfolios. With Google Slides, teachers can check on their students’ progress at regular intervals with the view and comment features. Your virtual class’ development during any distance learning period can also be shared by keeping department heads and parents informed with recurring presentation reports.
We’re Here to Help You...
At MobileMind, we’re committed to supporting schools for short- and long-term distance learning. We understand it’s a difficult adjustment period - which is why we’re here to help. Take a look at our tips and advice on how practical and easy-to-use online applications, like Google Slides, will benefit your school.
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