Friday, June 19, 2015

#Google Slides as a Collaboration Tool

Powerpoint and Keynote certainly have more robust features but the simplicity, collaboration, and compatibility of Google Slides is great.  Instead of just being a sit and get presentation how about letting your participants comment on slides.  This can be a good way to provide them an outlet for questions while not interrupting your presentation.  As time allows you can address any questions or follow up at a later time.
Here are the details of how it works.

  1. First, the presenter must click the Share button in the top right corner of a presentation, enter an email address and change the rights to comment.
  2. Then a viewer selects a slide for which they want to enter a comment.
  3. Click the Comments button.

  4. Type the comment and click the Comment button.
  5. Someone can type a response and click Reply.
  6. Each viewer can click Notifications to set it up to email them any replies.
  7. Using this feature can serve as a back channel of sorts, allows participants to ask questions without interrupting the presentation, and possibly provides and opportunity for participants to answer each others questions.
The next time you create a slideshow be sure to consider using Google Slides.  Yes, it’s simple, but effective.