“Crowd-Creating” a Presentation With Google

Wanting students to work as a class to create a presentation is not a new idea. Some of my colleagues were talking about doing this in science classes by having each student creates a slide, emailing it to the teacher, and the teaching combining the slides into one show to then post on Haiku.  After some discussion, they warmed to the idea of doing the following:

1. Set up a Google Slide presentation (a title slide and one slide for each person or team if desired) that has permissions set to allow “Anyone with the link can edit.” (With this setting, up to 50 people could simultaneously edit the presentation.

2.  Post the link on Haiku

3. Have students create their slides (or edit designated “placeholder” slides so the desired order is maintained)


The result? A presentation created by all, able to be referred to by all, and no time required by the teacher on the back end! It might not seem overly flashy, but the idea is moving through our faculty and they love it.

Haven’t explored Google Slides much?  Here is a link to the Google Help Guide for Google Slides (Presentations).

Getting ready for Lake Geneva

This summer has been busier than anticipated. Since the grad school courses wrapped up, I spent some time checking out the digital support materials for information presented at ISTE this year. While disappointed that I didn’t attend this year, there were some interesting sessions in the “Video on Demand” section and some supporting websites with excellent resources. One of my professional goals is to attend ISTE 2012 with 9 members of our faculty.

The past week or so has been focused on preparing presentations for the Lake Geneva Technology Academy. Designing presentations is interesting, picking the style of presentation is, at times, difficult. My personal preference as an attendee is to sit and listen, take notes, think about what is being shared, let my mind drift on how I could use the new webtools, or who I could share them with. If I am interested in learning how to use  specific tool, I like the workshop-style, walk me through with a hands-on learning opportunity. Earlier this summer I was reading a blog post (please forgive me I can’t remember which one) and the author was reflecting on how she (I remember it was a she) preferred to discuss, be an active part of the discussion and she would choose the participatory session over presentation.

The Google Geography (Maps and Earth) session I’m assembling is workshop-style. We will explore some sites including Dr. Alice Christie’s Google Treks for Google Maps, Google Lit Trips and Real World Math for Google Earth (of course we’ll use the .kmz files in Google Maps too, very cool), and then work on making our own tours in both Google Maps and Earth and customizing placemarks by embedding video, images and other creations.

The wiki workshop is a combination of instructor-led introduction, hands-on workshop practicing wiki skills, and group discussions on applications for wikis in the curriculum.

Finally, there is a Web 2.0/Webtools session. Last year the group informally voted and wanted to see as many tools as I had time to show them and didn’t want to discuss during the session how to use them or deep discussions on how to embed them into the curriculum. I intend to ask the audience for their preference. We will be the last 3-hour session at the end of their week-long workshop. Wow.  I created a Livebinder for the session. I believe it has 90 some resources categorized under an “ABC” theme. The notebook isn’t quite ready for full public access in the Livebinder community, but if you would like to see it, click here. The access code is: etlabcs  The URL sharing page is having an issue as Only2Clicks doesn’t seem to be letting me share a public page by URL at the moment (frustrating). I like Only2Clicks, but if I have to, I’ll try 3x3Links, they seem to be basically the same thing.

On to the handouts. I would like to finish them tonight so tomorrow can be the Twins game and then a drive with little to no work on these presentations!! 🙂

Stay cool!




It really coud be 60 sites in 60 minutes

Have you tried myjugaad.in yet? It allows users to add ULRs either via copy/paste, a tag or popular search with Yahoo, Google, Flickr, YouTube, news search, RSS feeds or delicious, and then it creates a full-screen slideshow showing each URL. The default advance for each slide is 60 seconds but users can reset the timing to a desired pace or manually advance or go back to a previous slide. Add a name to the slideshow and it is ready for prime time. When the slideshow is finished, users can share via URL, email, social networking and bookmarking tools, or embed code. If a user wants to edit a slideshow, simply log back in to MyJugaad.in, click “Dashboard” and all of the slideshows are displayed.

If giving a presentation of a variety of resources and time is of the essence, MyJugaad.in could be a great tool. Embedding a MyJugaad.in slidshow onto a class website or wiki would also be a great tool to showcase websites or certain wiki pages created by students. To check it out, I made this slideshow which highlights cartooning websites I’ve been collecting.

Getting Ready for TIES

So one of the projects I worked on this summer was for TIES, to connect ten web resources to each substandard in the US Government and World History strands of the Minnesota Social Studies Academic Standards. It was an interesting project. The nearly completed “Minnesota Learning Loop” will be unveiled Monday at the TIES Annual Conference and at 10:30, I will be giving a tour of the Learning Loop to anyone who is interested (I think I remember hearing the room can seat 75 people, we’ll see what happens!). I decided that a PowerPoint/Keynote presentation really isn’t the right thing to accompany this presentation so I thought about Prezi and Glogster. I made a Glog as the backdrop, we’ll see if I dig more into Prezi and shift to that…  If you’re interested, you are certainly invited to explore the Glog, I think it is the first official Glog I have created.