It's the beginning of the year and many teachers are setting up their classes and starting to use Google Classroom. Many of those teachers are diving in for the first time. If this is you, then first of all congratulations on venturing into what many call, a life saver when it comes to maintaining a paperless classroom (well, almost paperless). Second of all, there are tons of tutorials and resources, youtube videos that can help you if you are stuck so fear not, my fellow teacher, and read on.
The following is a list of tools that Slides provides which will be handy not only for presenting information to the class but also to teach to your students and have them give it a try on their presentations.
1. Changing the Background of Your Slide
Changing the background from the regular themes could be a handy tool as your slides look more personalized. To do this, once your have your slide ready, you want to follow the next steps:
2. Changing the Shape of your Image
Cropping images can be really helpful when you pick the right one but it takes up too much space or is not centered well. I bet you didn't know that that handy Crop button has more tools for your image.
To get to those tools, click on your image then click on the crop tool on the top panel, click on the drop down arrow following your crop tool. You can change the shape of your image to several shapes including circles, triangles, callouts, and arrows.
3. Transitions and Animations
Both transitions and animations add an extra shot of pizazz to your slideshow. And in case you weren't completely sure which one is which, transitions are motions added in between slides. Animations are motions added to items within a slide.
To add a transition to your slideshow: click on the Transitions button in the mid upper panel. A side window will appear on the right. Choose your transition and click play to see it in action. You can either choose to add it to all or one slide.
To add animations to your slideshow: click on Insert on the upper left side of the screen. Select Animation
then choose your animation.
4. Allowing Audience to Post Questions while You Present
Another great tool added to Google Slides is called Presenter View. When getting ready to present, you may turn on a link that enables audience to ask questions. Simply hover your mouse to Present at the top right hand corner. Click on the drop down arrow next to the button. Choose Presenter View, it will open a new page, select Start New. Your presentation will then have a bar at the top with the presentation's URL at the top. Your audience can ask questions while you present. You may alternate between both pages; presentation and questions page.
5. Turning Your Mouse into a Laser Pointer during a Presentation
When in Presentation Mode, you can turn your mouse into a laser pointer that will allow you to easily point at a specific area of your presentation with ease. Choose the laser pointer at the bottom left side of the screen next to the slide arrows.
And that concludes our list. Hope these serve you well and if you already knew all of them or most of them, more power to you. Keep playing with the program and you will discover even more goodies within this powerful Google tool. For a summary of these and a visual, watch the video below.
Video Credit: Richard Byrne