Google Slides is sometimes called the Google version of Powerpoint, but if you have used both these tools in the classroom, you know that while the basic idea may be the same, their overall uses are drastically different.
While we do not want to re-create the wheel, it can be frustrating to spend the time converting old Powerpoints to Google Slides, only to have to fix every slide. Consider other options, such as pre-made game templates - I like this Jeopardy one, to save you time.
Google Slides can also be used in several collaborative ways that Powerpoint cannot. Encourage your students to use Google Slides to show what they have learned, but also along with another web 2.0 tool, such as Movenote.
Still struggling for ideas? Consider these:
- Use Google Slides as a review for an upcoming quiz or test
- Have students create a comic strip to review a concept
- Link to a Google Form at the end of a slideshow to check for understanding
- Let students go through the slideshow individually on a device and insert a YouTube video directly into the slideshow for students to watch and reflect on what they learned
If you want to get started, but want a helping hand, talk to your building librarian!