Google Slides for Collaboration and Assessment
Type of technology: Slides
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: 7
Subject area: Social Studies
Twitter is a great place for education networking. It’s the inspirational source for most of the tech I use in my classroom. Collaborative Google Slides happened across my feed and after a little digging and researching, I was able to create a lesson around it. If you’ve ever used MS Powerpoint, then Google Slides will not be foreign to you. Slides, however, takes presentation to another level.
Have you ever wanted to create an opportunity for virtual collaboration on an assignment? Have you ever wanted students to be more actively involved in their learning? When confronted with this question, I opened my arms wide to using Slides as a tool to arrive at my goal.
The first assignment I designed was based on a pre-reading handout that my students were familiar with. I created a Slides presentation with a template on each of the 33 slides. Students’ task was first, to identify five key words; second, to insert three representative images; third, make a prediction about what they’d be learning and, finally; to ask a question that the pre-read had inspired in them. I shared the editable document version with them on Google Classroom, though you could also do this in NEO. Each student was assigned the slide number that corresponded to their assigned Chromebook number. Students went to work all the while watching the slides around their own grow and expand with key-words, images, predictions and questions. It was a cool experience that I will be repeating. Only next time, to step up the level of engagement, I will have each student visit two other slides and leave a comment and/or helpful feedback.
Another way I’ve begun to use Slides in my classroom is through hyperdocs (a document containing live links). Since the end of first semester, we’ve averaged about one hyperdoc per unit of study. This may look like a Slides presentation with a combination of a reading, a podcast, note-taking, images, videos, Google Drawings and minimalistic feedback tools like AnswerGarden. Once students have turned in the Slides hyperdoc with their answers, I can provide specific comments to each student to support their learning of the topic. I love using hyperdocs in class and Slides is a great medium to make this happen. Added bonus – I stumbled upon Slides hyperdocs already created and shared out for teacher use. I’ve used several of these already. Check out our latest hyperdoc here.
Finally, my plan for the immediate future is to use Slides as an assessment in the form of an e-book. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll provide the template or just allow students to create it. Regardless, I look forward to having yet another technology tool in the toolbox for assessment.