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Intermediate Presentations

Google presentations is an online presentations editor that allows you to communicate ideas in a visual format.  Once you have created a Google Presentation, you can share, collaborate, comment, and present in an online format to a global community.

Sharing Presentations

When you’re working on a file in Google Drive, you can communicate with others working on the same file, and you can all collaborate on the file in real time. If you and a partner are drafting a document with Google Presentations, the two of you can chat about your progress and make edits to the document simultaneously.

This can also work for group projects. 

Collaboration with Presentations

Students can collaborate in real time on a presentation. They can be across the room or across town and still be working on the same project. Students simply need to share the presentation with one another and they can log in at any time.  This can also work for asynchronous collaboration. 

If students need to work together but are unable to be on the computer at the same time, comments are a way to communicate without deleting the original text. 
Comments provide a way for students to receive feedback without disrupting a student’s work. When a collaborator inserts a comment it appears on the side of the page. Users can view comments, reply to them, and resolve them. Comments disappear after the page has been revised by the author.

Using the Research Tool

In Google Docs, the Research tool can be used to conduct a web search without switching to a different window.
The Research tool includes a drop-down option for Dictionary definitions as well.

There are two ways to use the Research tool and its components: 

For a general topic search, simply click the Tools tab at the top of your document and then select Research. 

A sidebar on the right side of your document will appear and you can begin searching as you would from Google's homepage.

Secondly, you can highlight a word in your document and then right-click and select Research. 

This option will return search results based on the word you've selected.

Once you've found the appropriate source, Google gives you the option of previewing the source, inserting a link from the source, or citing the source in the footnotes of your work. 

When students click on the dropdown menu, they can also do a safe search for images, quotes, definitions, and scholarly articles for their information needs. 

Teachers: This does make patchwork plagiarism easier, so work closely with your librarian to ensure that students are very clear on what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it. 

Note: You can choose to have citations in MLA, APA or Chicago format.  They are inserted as footnotes to the respective page.  Students should copy the citations into a "Works Cited" page.


Using Comments to Collaborate

Google Docs allows you to add comments to a shared document, presentation, spreadsheet, or drawing.

When students are collaborating or conducting peer review, they can use comments to provide feedback to each other as they edit the presentation together. Using the comments option allows students to have a visible conversation without changing the text of the presentation. 

This provides a way to have a conversation about the progress of a term paper, to get clarification from a student about a question, to communicate about a collaborative project with felow teachers and staff, or simply to provide feedback.

To insert a comment, 
  1. click in the document or select the words where you want the comment to be linked
  2. Next click Insert in the top menu bar, then click Comment (you can also press Ctrl - Alt - M on your keyboard if you prefer) 
  3. A comment box will appear to the right of the presentation, where you can type in your comment 
    • This comment will now be visible to others who share the presentation (such as your collaborators or the student who turned in the assignment) 
    • the comment(s) will not display when the presentation slides are printed. 
  4. Collaborators (students, you, etc.) can reply to any comment by typing in the box labeled Reply
  5. You can also click the links to Edit your existing comment, or to Delete it.
  6. Finally you can click Resolve to close the comment from further replies.  Note: You can also leave general comments that are not tied to a specific part of the presentation by clicking the Comments button in the top right corner of the document or presentation.

Bonus Tip

  • To embed your presentation on a web page, first set your sharing policies to public on the web. Then go to File > Public to the web to receive the embed code.

How is DPS doing?

The DPS Google Support Site with further integration ideas and resources can be found here.