Apply Google Slideshows and Videos to Teaching

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Apply Activities: 

After reading the LEARN Tab, you should:

  1. Understand the benefits of slideshows, when designed and used properly, versus Video or Web Pages.
  2. Know some of the benefits of Google Slides.
  3. Know some tips for making effective slideshows.
  4. Have some ideas for using slideshows in the classroom.

For your APPLY task, FIRST, you will develop an effective Google Slide presentation using available features choosing one of 3 Tryout Choices below.

SECOND, you will ALSO do a blog post, and embed your slideshow or video in the reflection blog post.  That's easy - just click the INSERT menu item when you are adding the post, and choose from Google Drive (choose Presentation) or chose YouTube.

Tool Tryout: 

Option 1:  Redesign a text slideshow, adding illustrations.

  1. View an example of a simple slideshow about Illustration Types (by Bram):
  2. View an example of a much better slideshow (by Google):
  3. Choose one of the two starters, make a copy (File / Make a Copy), and create a version with illustrations, fonts and layout that conveys the ideas more effectively, as Google's example did:
    1. Slideshow 1:
    2. Slideshow 2:
  4. Proceed to Reflect - Required Blog Post.
Reflect (Required): 

Post To Blog

  1. Using your personal ePortfolio Blog, write a few sentences about your impressions and experiences with this tool or technique.
  2. Embed the slideshow or video in your blog post. If a slideshow, decide whether to advance it automatically, how large to make it.
  3. Submit a link to your Blog Post as the assignment.
  4. Cross-post the link to the class website, and ask other students to visit and comment.
Teach Tryout: 

Option 2: Create a Concept Attainment Slideshow 

A concept attainment slideshow is not only a presentation (as in the examples in Activity 1) but also includes "categorization" exercises and perhaps a self-test applying these categories to real life. Make one for your internship class.  It can be as simple as six slides (presentation, first question, right answer, second question, right answer, summary).

  1. Read about Concept Attainment. Optionally, view a Prezi about Concept Attainment (go Full Screen).
  2. Explore a model Concept Attainment Slideshow on Customer Service vs. Professionalism (by Bram):
  3. Pick one small concept, for your internship, with two or more categories (e.g. reptiles or amphibians? democracy or dictatorship? noun or verb?)
  4. Create a slideshow from scratch that presents, then gives a sorting / categorization exercise, and maybe also a self-test.
  5. Proceed to Reflect - Required Blog Post.


Advanced Tryout: 

Option 3: Make a Narrated Slideshow Video

Although Powerpoint allows narrations to be added to individual slides, Google Slides require external audio management and production as a video.  For this activity,  create a Webquest or ePortfolio Introduction using a slideshow.

  1. View this example slideshow | video pair to see how animations (displaying one bullet at a time) support narration.
  2. Create a simple slideshow (5 slides max) about your webquest (if you are making one) or about one of your teaching units (for your ePortfolio).
    • Keep slides VERY SIMPLE (few words, great images) but animate your bullets.
    • Add the things you will want to say in the comment box below each slide.
  3. Choose a Screencasting Tool.
  4. Record your narrated screencast (view slides in Present mode so animations work.)
  5. Publish your video to YouTube (both programs do this). Use the YouTube link in your blog post.