Student collaboration in shared Google Slides


Teamwork is a desirable job skill in today’s economy. When we let students collaborate, we prepare them for the future! Here’s how Google Slides can help. See several examples for using this in the classroom and learn four NINJA TRICKS!

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1:30 — Step 1: Create a new slide presentation

2:20 — Step 2: Set the layout the way you want

2:35 — Step 3: Create slides for every student in the class

3:10 — Step 4: Share the presentation with students

4:00 — Ways to share the presentation with students

6:10 — Step 5: Have students get to work on their assignment

8:55 — Activity idea: Simple question/prompt

9:10 — Activity idea: Virtual manipulatives

10:15 — More ideas: Ads, billboards, graphic organizers and more

11:00 — Step 6: Add comments for student collaboration

13:15 — Tips for great student comments

16:30 — How to make sure every student in class gets comments

18:10 — Ninja trick 1: Use add-ons for more Slides functionality

21:00 — Ninja trick 2: Set background to make items un-moveable

24:30 — Ninja trick 3: Copy/paste groups of slides repeatedly

25:40 — Ninja trick 4: Stash useful images around the slide

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  1. Carwilson41
    April 24, 2018

    Great explanation! I have students begin their comments with the receiving student’s name so that if I view all comments I can see who said what to who. I also love grid view for monitoring students. Highlight multiple slides and control “d” for duplicate.

  2. LLC Andover
    April 24, 2018

    …and now (as of about April 18th 2018) Ss can comment on specific text within an object (whereas before, they could comment only on the entire object). This lets them be more specific about what they're commenting on!

  3. Dudley Rosenblatt
    April 28, 2018

    Hey Matt, I love your channel, thanks for doing that!
    I also appreciate the fact you understand about the dynamic of a classroom, so you are always adding tips and strategies for general classroom management. Thinking about that, I was wondering if you had any experiences with students sneaking into others slides and moving things around or applying pranks on other students slides.?
    Thanks once again

  4. Stephanie Walton
    June 10, 2018

    How do you keep students from copying from each other if they can see each others slide

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