Google Slides is a presentation program similar to MS PowerPoint; however, it is primarily Internet-based. Google Slides are saved in the cloud, specifically, in Google Drive, and can be accessed from a phone, tablet, or computer with or without an Internet connection. Google Slides can be extended with third-party add-ons.
One of the most powerful features of Google Slides and other Google applications is that multiple people can work on the same document at the same time. This is a huge plus for education. It is possible to share documents with anyone for viewing or editing.
With Google Slides, you can embed video and animation as well as use hundreds of different design elements.
There is integration between MS PowerPoint and Google Slides. You are able to import a PowerPoint document, convert it to Google Slides, and export it back to PowerPoint. It is possible to begin a document by using a template. There is a category dedicated to students and teachers. All edits are automatically saved. Revisions are saved and it is possible to see who made a specific edit.
Google Slides supports presenting to Chromecast, Hangouts, and AirPlay.
Google Slides will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as mobile devices.
The only equipment needed is a computer, smartphone, or iPad with a Web browser.
Access to Google Docs is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:
- Internet Explorer
- Google Chrome
Google Slides is accessed by going to https://slides.google.com/
Learning resources information
Guides and Beginner Instructions
Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Google Slides and its capabilities.
- Google Slides Help
- Get started with Slides
- Excellent Tutorials to Help You Create Presentations on Google Drive
- 6 Video Tutorials to Help Teachers Use Google Presentation in Class
- Getting Started with Google Slides
- Tip Sheet – Google Slides
Here are a number of great ideas for using Google Slides in an education environment.
- 10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes
- 5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides
- Creative Ways of using Google Presentations
- 5 Ideas for Using Google Presentations with Students (*Bonus Videos Included)
- Using Google Slides to create an interactive quiz
- ISTE 2013: Creative Ways to use Google Presentations with your Students (video)
- 7 Tips To Use Google Slides in eLearning
- Google Slides Plus
- 5 Unusual Ways to Use Google Presentations
- Google Classroom: Submitting Collaborative Google Slides
- Google Slides: Whole Class Presentation
- Google Presentations for the Classroom (Video)
Tips and Shortcuts
Here collections of tips and shortcuts for using Google Slides better.
- 5 Creative Ways to use Google Slides
- Google Docs presentation makes PowerPoint weep, beg for mercy (video)
- Narration over Google Slides
- Gallery “Walk” Using Google Slides and Padlet
Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use Google Slides.