Although they are good tools, it can be tricky to navigate privacy agreements and the skillsets of students under the age of 13. One of our teachers has created a portfolio using Google Slides! How might this work in your classroom? Here are some ideas:
1. Create a Google Slide Template for All of Your Students
Create a Google Slide Show template for students, including spaces for their name, goals, likes, dislikes, pieces of work, standards they have mastered, etc. Make it colorful and customizable, but also provide a basic structure too!
2. Show What They Know in Different Ways
The beauty of G Suite is that it provides students with different vehicles for showcasing knowledge. Here are just a few ideas:
- Students can record a video from their device, upload it to Google Drive, and embed it into Google Slides
- Students can take a picture of an image, import it into Google Drawings, and add labels.
- Share a writing piece from Google Docs with a link
- Showcase the different steps of an experiment by uploading images to your presentation
- Record yourself reading text, upload it to Google Drive, and share the link. Add another recording several weeks or months later to show growth.
3. Make a Copy of Your Template for Each Student
Placing your Google Slides template on Google Classroom is a good way to manage workflow and create a copy for each student.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to use Classroom. If you would like to force students to make a copy of any Google Doc, Slide, Sheet, etc., just use this simple trick.
4. Have Students Present Their Portfolios
Have students present their portfolios several times throughout the year, as a way to review content, showcase knowledge, and demonstrate growth. Whether it is sharing with a partner, small group, or in a teacher conference, students need opportunities to share what they have learned.
5. Use it as a Study Guide
The teacher that I had mentioned earlier uses this as a tool to get ready for state testing. It is a great way for students to reflect on what they have learned, see how things fit together and have the confidence that they have mastered a particular concept.
Do you have any other creative ways of using Google Slides? I'd love to hear them. Please leave a comment below.