Use Explore in Google Slides to Build Better Presentations

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Google Slides

Google Slides is the G Suite product that lets you create presentations right in your browser. You can even work on a presentation at the same time as other people. All you need is a G suite account, which you have if you have a Gmail account. Google Slides is even easier to use with Explore. (Explore is also available in Docs and Sheets.)

Explore in Google Slides

The Explore feature was added to G Suite in September 2017. Explore can help you design better presentations in less time. Based on the content of your slide, it dynamically suggests designs. If you don’t see any suggestions, you may have too much text on the slide or your images may be too small. Try modifying those features and removing any added shapes to activate suggestions. You can use also use Explore to add images and other content to your presentation.

Add Content with Explore in Google Slides

Use explore to add content from the web or from your Google Drive. When you enter a query in Explore Search, you will receive results from the Web, Images and Drive.

Explore search results for slides

slides explore web resultsWeb Search

Use the Web Search results to find content from the web that you can use. A select number of results are shown in the Explore window. When you click on a link, it opens in a new tab. To see more results, you can click on See all results on Google.

insert image in Google Slides exploreImage Search

Find images and add them quickly and easily to your presentation. Hover over an image to display the + symbol and add it to your presentation. A hyperlink to the source image is automatically added to the inserted image.

Drive

Search your Google Drive for content. Clicking on a result opens the file in a new tab.

Google Slides Challenge

If you are new to Google Slides, do the tutorial from G Suite Learning in as little as 10 minutes. If you’re experienced, redesign an old presentation using Explore.

 

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Cloud Storage Using Google Drive

ISP assigns Google Apps accounts to children from Grade 3. This automatically provides each child with a storage space in Google Drive. We could use Google classroom, but we’ve continued our legacy processes. Here’s how we set up storage:

  • Each student creates a class folder with subfolders for each subject
  • The class folder is shared with the classroom teacher with edit privileges
  • Folders for single subject/specialist teachers are shared with them with edit privileges
  • Each teacher creates a Class Students 2015-2016 folder and adds each student’s folder to it
  • The teacher creates a folder to share work with students (read only by students)
  • The teacher creates a folder where students can share items with each other or with the teacher

Naming conventions are very important when using Google Drive. They enable users to search and find files more efficiently. We use the naming convention of Class Firstname Description e.g. 4P Damianne Math. When there are 2 or more students with the same first name, we append the first initial of the last name e.g. 4P DamianneP Math. Get in the habit yourself and get students in the habit of naming files and folders accurately when they create them, and putting them in the correct folder from the start.

If you do this in Google Classroom, and find the process to be more streamlined with a similar setup, please let me a comment.

Google Apps Exploration

Introduction

Google apps has a host of features that can be used for communication and collaboration. Today, we will explore some of these features and consider their uses in our classrooms.

What is Google Docs?

Overview


Task 1

Create a word processing document in Google doc, share it with someone else in the workshop and work on it with him/her. Can you both edit at the same time? How can you structure your collaborate to reduce the risk of accidental overwriting/incorrect text ordering?

See how other teachers and students use Google Docs

Google Calendar


Exploring the Google Calendar Interface

Creating a New Calendar in Google Calendar

Google Tasks

Task 2

  1. Create a calendar of assessments for one of your classes.

  2. Create a shopping list using tasks.

  3. How can Tasks help you with your organization at home? work?

Google Forms

Task 3

Google Form Assignment

  1. Use Google Form to create a survey that asks at least 3 questions (of different types e.g. short answer, multiple choice, paragraph.)
  2. Share your survey with the participants in this workshop.
  3. Post the title and link to your survey / Google Form on this shared Google Spreadsheet http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tdgKIT7XUdSPvIZLrxkJMRA&single=true&gid=0&output=html.
  4. Take a colleague’s survey.
  5. At the end of the session, create a wiki page with the results of your survey.

Related Google Documents Tutorials for Education

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