In my attempt to avoid sitting through days and days of PowerPoint presentations in my high school computer classes (and boring the students in the process), I decided to upload each of my students Online Safety PowerPoint’s to a Google account and the class joined the presentation. One student talked aloud while everyone listened and chatted about the presentation. The students asked questions in the chat, added their own information and followed along in the presentation.
For the first time I can EVER remember as a teacher – 100% of the students were engaged in the presentation and participated in the chat. The students were enthusiastic and offered insightful and appropriate comments. The students liked being able to add their input without interrupting the presentation. I will definitely use Google shared presentations again.
I love Google Docs and use them all the time in my classroom. Here are a few other ideas:
- Editing stories written by newspaper staff
- Collecting addresses for mail merge
- Collaborative group planning for projects
- Collecting real time data (science experiment, calorie counting, etc)
Check out how other Educators are using Google Docs here!