Google Slides

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.

Essential Requirements

Google Slides will operate on both a Mac or PC, as well as a mobile devices.

Equipment

The only equipment needed is a computer, smart phone, or iPad with a Web browser.

Software

Access to Google Docs is accomplished through a Web-browser. These are the most common browsers:

  • Internet Explorer
  • FireFox
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari

Google Slides is accessed by going to https://slides.google.com/

Learning resources information

Key Web links

Guides and Beginner Instructions

Here are a number of great guides to help you better understand Google Slides and its capabilities.

Education

Here are a number of great ideas for using Google Slides in a education environment.

Tips and Shortcuts

Here collections of tips and shortcuts for using Google Slides better.

Video Tutorials

Here is a collection of videos that will help you understand and use Google Slides.

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