The Cart Before the Horse...
Ever get a few steps ahead of yourself? Sure, teachers do it all the time. We often jump into a new activity and miss a few steps here an there that were essential to the learning experience. We backtrack and learn from those experiences and adjust accordingly the next time we try the activity. Well, I did just that.
When I think of things to post or create for my teachers, it usually comes from training or mere conversations in the hallway. I then write the idea as a draft on my blog so that I can remember to work on it later. Earlier in the summer I held some training sessions on the topic of hyperdocs. While planning for those training sessions, I had created a resource on different ways to create hyperdocs in Google Slides. Of course, I wrote it as a draft and it has sat in my list of drafts since June. Whoops! I recently posted about "The Indestructible Hyperdoc" using Google Slides and Google Drawings. That's when I realized that I hadn't shared my hyperdocs in Slides resource to those that were not able to participate in my summer training. Now it is officially shared at the bottom of this post. I hope you find it to be helpful.
Why Hyperdocs in Slides?
Using a Slides presentation as a hyperdoc provides some advantages over a Google Doc. Most of it pertains to the fact that items are easily manevuered using drag-and-drop. It also gives a distinct space for students to respond as you can give each student a slide to start the building process. In my Slides presentation below, I demonstrate three different ways to utilize Slides as a hyperdoc.
- Interactive - Teachers can create an interactive slideshow so that users can click on graphics, text, or shapes to lead to other pieces of information throughout the slide presentation. It is non-linear. The Slides are not intended for students to respond, but to consume information by choice. It is much like when a student visits a website full of links, videos, and text resource. The difference is that the teacher designed it and Slides are much easier to create than a website. A great example of this type of hyperdoc is my slides presentation below or this ABC activity (not created by me).
- Response - Teachers can also create linear learning experiences including video, text, and directions with space for student response. In Google Classroom, you would set up the slides as each student getting a copy so that they can not only receive the content, but insert their own response. Here is a great example of one covering biomes.
- Collaborative - When creating collaborative experiences for students, Google reigns supreme. If you provide these opportunities within a Google Doc, setting up a table is necessary to reduce the amount of conflict over space. In a Slides presentation, each student can have their own slide. This works great for the teacher as all responses are in one slide deck. Teachers can assign sets of slides to groups of students or assign a slide for each student individually. Allow students to use the comment feature (ctrl+alt+m) to highlight responses on their peer's slides. I have a template linked in my interactive slide deck below.