What is Google Slides?
Google Slides is an online presentation program, which is a part of free web-based office suite software offered by Google in its Google Drive service. Thus, if you have a Google account, you can directly access it through your Google account. Beside Google Slides, there are other programs available within this web-based office suite software namely Google Docs and Google Sheets, but we are not going to discuss about them right now.
Watch this following video to give you general overview of and to make you understand more of what Google Slides is.
The interface of Google Slides is similar to PowerPoint Presentation, but creating your presentation using Google Slides enables you to access your presentation anywhere and at any time as long as you have the tools such as a computer, a Laptop, a smartphone, or a tablet, and an internet connection. So, you don’t have to carry around your flash drive with you. Google slides also enables you to collaborate with your friends anywhere at any time. Google Slides is also compatible with PowerPoint presentation, so that you can upload your existing PowerPoint presentation to Google Slides and edit it on Google Slides anywhere, or you can also download your presentation you have created on Google Slides and present it offline using PowerPoint. Additionally, Google Slides will keep your revision history which allows you to access any version of the presentation you make, and also keep a record of who have made the revision if you are collaborating with other people. Finally, you can also convert Google Slides to different formats such as PowerPoint presentation or PDF
What is Prezi?
Prezi is also a cloud-based presentation tools, which is also similar to other presentation software like Microsoft PowerPoint and Google slides. However, it offers some unique features that make Prezi a good alternative to that other presentation software. It allows users to zoom in and out their presentation media.
Prezi was officially established in April 2009 by co-founders Peter Arvai, Peter Halacsy, and Adam Somlai-Fischer. According to prezi.com, they are now support over 75 million users, and Prezi users have created over 260 million prezis, and still counting.
This What is Prezi? video may help you understand what Prezi is:
Here is an example of prezi by Prezi Training to help you understand Prezi more. Play the prezi by clicking on the arrows:
Why Google Slides?
As it has been mentioned on the previous section above, the interface of Google Slides is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, but Google slides has some features that make it different. One of these features is users’ ability to access the presentation anywhere and anytime as long as the users have an internet connection and the device such as smartphone, a laptop, or a desktop to access the presentation. Another feature is users’ ability to collaborate online with other users even though they are far away from each other. For example, a person in Indonesia can collaborate with a person in the US to create a presentation through this tool. Check this following link to read other features of Google Slides which make it different from PowerPoint.
You can also read more about Google Slides here:
It has also been mentioned previously that Prezi is also a presentation tool similar to Google Slides. However, there are some features of Prezi that make more and more people turn to Prezi nowadays. Prezi offers non-linearity in its presentation meaning that by using Prezi people can show the connection among points in the presentation vividly which make the presentation easier to understand. In other words, Prezi enables audiences to see the bigger picture of what the presenter is presenting. Moreover, Prezi is also a cloud-based tool which enables its users to access their presentation online anywhere and anytime as long as there is an internet connection and a gadget to access it. Prezi users can also download their Prezi (limited to certain types of account) so that they can access their Prezis offline. Read more about why to use Prezi than other presentation tools in these following sites:
Your Second Assignment
Now, let’s learn to create some awesome presentations together.
First of all, learn to create a presentation on Google Slides. In order to create your own Google Slides, you need to have a Google account. Once you have an account, you can go to your Google account (through your email or your Google Drive) and choose create a new presentation. I would like you to collaborate with your two classmates so that you can learn how Google Slides enable you to collaborate with other people even when you are far apart. Use your existing Google account that you use to create a new blog on blogger.com, so you do not need to create a new Google account. Together with your classmates (two of them), create a presentation together through online collaboration (each person will be on his/her own computer) using your own topic. Before you begin creating your presentation on Google Slides, it may be helpful to access the following resources:
- How to use Google Slides with your personal Gmail account
- How to use Google Slides
- These following videos on how to create presentations on Google Slides:
On your Google Slides presentation, be sure that you have explanation (texts), a picture, and a video. Work also on transition and animation that you have learned from the tutorials above. After you finish creating the presentation, later on you will share the link to your presentation on your reflection that you will write on your blog (your second reflection).
Next, learn to create a presentation with Prezi. First, you need to create a Prezi account for students on prezi.com. This time you will create our own Prezi but you can use the same topic. Once you finish creating your prezi, you will also share the prezi that you have created on your blog post for your second reflection. Take a look at these following resources before you create your own Prezi:
- Creating a Prezi
- A video on simple steps to a great Prezi:
After you have created these two presentations, go to your blog and write a reflection based on your experience in learning to create and in creating the presentations using Google Slides and Prezi. Your reflection may include:
- What you think about Google Slides and how to create a presentation with it.
- What you like and what you don’t like about Google Slides
- The link to your presentation that you have created collaboratively with your two classmates.
- What you think about Prezi and how to create a presentation with it.
- What you like and what you don’t like about Prezi.
- Embed the presentation that you have created with Prezi.
- Which presentation tool you like better (Google Slides or Prezi) and the reasons why you like it more.
- Your thoughts on why we should use Google Slides and Prezi for learning and for teaching.
Good luck everyone and enjoy your journey 🙂