In the last part of this blog series on the G-Suite, I focused on tips and tricks for using the hub of the GSuite, Google Drive, effectively. I acknowledged that if used as intended (and kept organised!), the Drive can be a repository of all your files, it can be fully searchable and can save time and money for schools. Today, we will be looking at Google Slides - the presentation application within the G-Suite. Many people will be familiar with PowerPoint or Keynote and many of the features do cross over (which is good and saves times eh?) but I would love to showcase a few of the specific tools and features of Slides (and it has had a recent overhaul in September 2017 which is exciting!).
Google Slides: The Reel
I decided to call Google Slides, 'The Reel', to harp back to the good 'ol days of cinema film reels. I am not quite old enough to remember the reels having to be changed part way through a film but I do remember the whirring of the machine and the 'man in the back'. The Old Cinema I used to frequent in Blackburn is now a church (yes, that way round!) yet I still remember the excitement of queuing up to go and see such timeless classics as Titanic and Jurassic Park (the first one!). Slides, Google's answer to PowerPoint, Keynote and Prezi is an amazing tool for showcasing just about anything.
"The process actually felt easier, more lightweight and straightforward, than I’ve become accustomed to in PowerPoint." (Joshua Kim, InsideHigherEd)
Feel free to download and share this infographic, especially to those already using Slides - we don't always see all the feature updates and this one is amazing. Next up in this series we will look at Google Docs - the most famous of the apps within the G-Suite.