Saturday, June 25, 2016

Collaborate with Google Slides!

Shared Google Slides: A Class-wide Collaboration
Created by Allison Schalk, Digital Learning Coach, Lanesville Community Schools

Two years ago when Lanesville became a GAFE schools, I was lucky enough to have a class set of chromebooks parked in my classroom.  When I went to a conference for introducing GAFE to your school and classroom, Matt Miller, author of Ditch That Textbook, shared a shared Google Slides class project that instantly stuck.  Since we’ve gone 1-1, I have used and shared the collaborative Google Slides more times than I can count.  The opportunities are endless so try it once and see for yourself!

  1. Create a Google Slides.
  2. On the title slide, put an explanation of what you would like each student to accomplish on their slide.
3. Create one slide for each student in the class. I like to go ahead and label the title of each slide with each student’s name so they know which slide is theirs as they begin.  If you skip this step to save time, you will end up with kids accidentally writing on another student’s slide.  
4. Click the blue ‘Share’ button on the top right of your screen.  Select ‘Share with all people at your school with the link.’ You can share with anyone that has the link.  That is fine, too; it just allows people to see it without being logged into a school account.  
5. Then, copy the shareable link. Control C is a quick and easy way to copy it!
6. Take that link and paste it (Control V) into your Learning Management System (for Lanesville that is Google Classroom) in the announcements for your class.
7. Each student will work on their particular slide for whatever the topic.  You can have them sign up ahead of time so you don’t have repeats.
8. Once each student has finished, you can pull the Google Slides up on your Smartboard or projector to have each student share their info quickly.  

What I Love About This?
  • In a single class period, your students can learn about 25-30 examples a particular topic instead of just the one they researched.
  • It is QUICK and EASY! No changing out presentations and having to deal with transition time.
  • This format can work for a million different types of lessons.

So, I like the idea, but what lesson will work for me?
Language Arts:
  • Tragic Heroes background information before reading Romeo and Juliet
  • Background research before a large research project to explore topics (We did college information one time during March Madness.)
  • Grammar skills: Students create sentences with errors.  A second slide contains the sentence with the errors/corrections shown.  Use it for DOL.
  • Each person shares a children’s book that shares a universal theme and justifies that theme.
  • Choice story but sharing same skills: beginning, middle, and end, themes, characterization, etc.
  • Exploring the Periodic Table and individual elements
  • Exploring the parts and systems of the body
  • A real life example of a scientific principle or law
Social Studies:
  • Exploration of countries/states/cities in a particular geographical region
  • Local historical sites and their significance
  • Examples of limited and unlimited governments in history and around the world
  • Real life examples of when a certain mathematical concept might be used
  • Student-created word problems with a second slide with the solution to be used for warm-ups

Overall, if there is some type of content to be researched, you can allow your students to quickly research any topic and share out to the full class within a single class period or two depending on the depth of the research you are looking for.

I have also used this as a way for students to share links to videos.  For example, my students made MoveNotes in which they had to analyze a significant quote in a story.  They each shared the the link to their MoveNote in this shared Google Slides so students to have access to each others’ and I could easily view and provide feedback.

So try out a shared Google Slides and see the class truly collaborating and sharing their expertise with each other!

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