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Innovate Your Presentation Skills with Google

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Creating an effective Google Slides presentation is just one step in the right direction for delivering a message to students. It is another thing to present the slideshow created. So, before you begin and give a presentation to wow your students and potential your colleagues, you need to do some preparation work first. You need to understand what sort of slideshow presenter Google uses. You also need to understand the different ways that you can give a slideshow presentation. You may even want to find out how to publish the presentation online. So where do you start? Start by exploring a variety of presentation strategies and tools that will help make you to be a more dynamic presenter. To do that here is a snippet to a fews tips to get you going.

First, learn about the presenter view. As the presenter, you need to be able to advance your Google Slides presentation forward when you need to or pause it. The Presenter view gives you a means to do that, yet those options are not visible to the audience. You can also turn on Speaker Notes as well from Presenter View or start a Question and Answer session (Figure 1).

The last step is to prepare the presentation. Decide if you want the presentation to automatically advance and loop and decide what type of transitions you may want if any for the slideshow. Additionally, compose your Google presentation notes and add them to the presentation. This is recommended for when you are doing a live presentation and finally, plan and practice the presentation. This one cannot be stressed enough. So, it is not recommended that you skimp on putting time into planning and practicing. In fact here are a few pointers to consider and are highly recommended as part of the presentation planning process: who is my audience for this presentation?, what do they already know (Try adding a polling tool)?, where will I give my presentation (this can be room location and room size)?, and last but not least, what is the presentation timeframe. Once you have addressed the planning questions, set aside time to practice the presentation. Do a trial run and do another. The more familiar you are with the presentation, the better it will be. One suggestion it to deliver the presentation to a friend or family member. Have them listen to the presentation and offer constructive criticism, it can be really helpful.

Google Tools for AccessibilityFigure 1. Button to open the presentation to access Presenter View

Google Slides also offer some new features that should be a part of every presentation. The most notable is the audience participation tool, which Google is calling the “Q&A”. Now, when you are presenting using Google Slides, you can display a short URL for audience to access and submit questions as you present (Figure 2). The audience members can see questions and best of all as the presenter, you can access speaker notes through the Q&A tool. Finally, Google also released a laser pointer feature. This feature allows the mouse cursor to serve as a laser pointer when presenting and can be accessed through presentation mode.

Google ShortenerFigure 2. A short URL for audience to access and submit questions.

So whether you are a new Google Slides presenter or a seasoned Google Slide presenter, Google Slides can help you to create professional presentations for the classroom and for presentation workshop or a conference presentation.


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(@jvanderm):Assistant Professor VanderMolen teaches public health at Grand Valley State University. The contribution of her research is to examine the benefits of assistive technology, UD and UDL. She is also a member of the steering committee for SIGPL.