The Indestructible Hyperdoc
This has been the year of Google Slides for me. The entire year has had some focus on it as it is such a versatile tool. Teachers can use it to put together learning resources, have students respond and interact with it, and even create collaborative spaces. The real key as to why Google Slides has been such a success this year is the ability to create spaces where students cannot easily manipulate your template. So often using Google Docs can cause the teacher frustrations as the students will drag items around or even delete content. By editing the master in Google Slides, they are virtually indestructible. (Click here for an example of how to edit the master slides to customize your content.)
This process all really kicked off in October at the ICE Conference. I presented on the Indestructible Hyperdoc and since then have been asked to present on the topic at other locations. I have seen quite a few individuals presenting on the same topic as using Google Slides continues to grow in popularity. Since then I've trained my own staff on how to use it as a great way for teachers to deliver content in a blended learning environment.
Why Google Slides? It comes down to portability. I don't believe you should lay out your learning resources in a learning management system (LMS). What happens if your school district no longer purchases your LMS? What if you change school districts and they are not using the LMS of your previous employer. Google Slides is a portable, flexible option that allows you to transfer to other Google accounts or even download in other formats.
Throughout the school year, I've been building graphic organizers and other fun activities that teachers can import into their own lessons. I've offered this slide deck to my own teachers but decided it was time to push it out publicly so that others may use them as well. You may view the items that are available in my slide deck as it is embedded. I have also included video directions on how to go about making adjustments to the Slides so that you can deliver it to your students for their use. If you would like to download your own copy to your Google Drive, click here.
Slide to Slide
One of the tricks I've been training teachers to do is transfer your Slides from one slide deck to another. This allows you to store a load of resources in one presentation and pull them into any lesson at any time. I posted about it back in February so feel free to look over that previous post. Otherwise, you can skip straight to my video below as it explains the process to import Slides.
Google Slides works great for teachers using Google Classroom as it manages the permissions on Google Drive contents so well. With Classroom, the document can be automatically copied for every student. If the teacher wants to create collaborative spaces, they can easily create multiple copies of his/her template and give edit rights to small groups of students. A nifty trick for accomplishing the process of creating collaborative spaces can be streamlined by using the "reuse post" option in Classroom. I simply create the assignment one time, reuse the post and there is an instant option for creating a new copy of the attached document. This allows me to assign it to a new set of students without going to my Google Drive, making multiple copies, and creating multiple assignments in Classroom. This method also prevents some of the clutter in Google Classroom and students cannot impose on the conversation taking place in other groups. To see this workflow, view my next video.