Author:
Maureen Moscoso
Subject:
Applied Science, Arts and Humanities, Career and Technical Education, Education, English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Middle School, High School
Tags:
  • Computer Lab
  • Computer Technology
  • Google Account
  • Google Apps
  • Google Slides
  • Presentations
  • Profesional Development
  • Udl
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English

    Google Slides for Beginners

    Google Slides for Beginners

    Overview

    The learner will gain a working knowledge of Google Slides and be able to create effective presentations. The lesson plan also applies the following Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies: Engagement, Representation, Action & Expression 

    Getting Started

    Learning Goal

    The learner will develop skills needed to create a variety of visual presentations in Google Slides.

    Materials

    Students 

    • Each student will need to have access to a computer or mobile device with internet access.

    • Google Account setup prior to lesson

    • Diagram Handout

    Instructor

    • Computer or laptop 

    • internet access

    • projector 

    • Copy of Scavenger Hunt activity in Google Drive. You will need to make sure that it is made public so that students can make a copy for themselves.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of the lesson, the learner will be able to:

    1. Enhance an online presentation by adding, editing, and arranging text, images, and transition effects with Google Slides.

    2. Demonstrate online collaboration by inviting someone to share and edit a Google Slide.

    3. Develop an original presentation from a blank Google Slide. 

    First, please make sure you have access to a personal Google email account. If you do not have one already, please set one up prior to the lesson. Go to Create a Google Account for additional instructions.

    By the end of the lesson, you will be able to:

    1. Enhance an online presentation by adding. editing, and arranging text, images, and transition effects woth Google Slides.
    2. Demonstrate online collaboration by inviting someone to share and edit a Google Slide.
    3. Develop an original presentation from a blank Google Slide. 

    Introduction

    Introduction

    Hook : (Duration: 7 min)

    Ask the learners the following questions:

    1. What tools do you use when creating an important presentation? 
    2. In regards to the visual design and content, what makes for an engaging presentation? 

    Write their answers and examples on the whiteboard. Underline critical features and organize their responses in a conceptual pattern that is organized.

    Bridge (Duration 3 min)

    Connect their results and examples to the learning goals. Inform the learners that they can make engaging and original presentations with Google Slides by enhancing the design and layout. 

    Please answer the following questions and discuss the answers with your peers?

    1. What tools do you use when creating an important presentation? 
    2. In regards to the visual design and content, what makes for an engaging presentation? 

    Demonstration and Activity

    Body of the Lesson

    Effective Modeling (Duration: 10 min)

    The instructor will provide a quick demonstration with the use of the computer and projector, making the application operations visible to all learners. The instructor will also verbally state each action and thought process out loud. Learners will also receive the diagram handout to label symbols, icons, and add any notes.

    Guided Practice & Formative Assessment (Duration: 30 min)

    Scavenger Hunt Activity

    Learners will make a copy of the Scavenger Hunt template, provided by the instructor. The learners will perform the list of specific tasks given in the template. The instructor will walk around and provide coaching when needed. Additionally, learners must share the presentation with the instructor, who will review and provide written feedback.

     

    Create the following activity for learners in Google Slides: 

     

    Scavenger Hunt with Google Slides

    Directions to Learners: You will be able to access the Scavenger Hunt template from the instructor. 

    Before you begin, open the template and make a copy of it. Add your first and last name to the title of the presentation file. Once that is complete you can begin.

    You will complete the tasks given on each slide. 

    1. Change the layout theme of this slide and add a special effect transition.

    2. Add an image of your favorite food and your least favorite food. Add text to label each image. 

    3. Create a Venn Diagram (2 overlapping circles) to compare and contrast your favorite food vs. your least favorite food. (one or two descriptions in each column is fine)

    4. Use Word Art to state your favorite hobby or sport.

    5. Find a Youtube video of a theme park and embed it to the slide.

    6. Change the background of this slide to an image and add 1 more slide. 

      1. On the next slide that you added, do the following:

        1. Use Word Art to name your favorite city to visit. 

        2. Add text to list three things that most people like about the city. 

        3. Share the presentation with a peer and add a comment asking them a question to reply to.

    7. Share this presentation with the instructor and ask at least one question in option to send a message location. 

    As the instructor demonstrates the use of Google Slides, please use the diagram handout to label the missing functions. You are also encouraged to take notes of anything you find useful from the lesson.

    Travel Brochure

    Independent Practice

    Learners will develop a presentation on the city of their choice. The presentation slides must demonstrate the skills that were taught in the lesson and listed in the given rubric. Learners may work begin working on it independently in class and finish it at home.

    Develop a presentation on the city of your choice. The presentation must demonstrate the skills that you were taught from the lesson or instructed by your teacher. 

    Wrap-up Discussion

    Wrap-up Discussion

    (Duration: 10 min)

    The instructor will ask the learners to summarize main ideas from the lesson. Make sure that they can identify the following:

    • The possible uses of Google Slides presentations (Collaboration and types of projects)

    • Features or elements that make a presentation engaging

    • Steps they can perform to achieve those elements

    Instructor Reflection

    • What went well?
    • What did not go as planned?
    • What can be changed?
    • What should be be addressed for next time?

    Now that you have a working knowledge of Google Slides, can you think of possible ways that you can use the application to enhance your learning or presention skills.