Google Slides to Showcase Student Learning
Google Slides are a wonderful tool that can be used in many different ways in your classroom to enhance teaching and learning. They allow students a structured template to digitally capture their learning while collaborating in real time.
One of my favourite uses of Google Slides is to have students develop a digital portfolio, documenting and showcasing their learning journey throughout the school year. Students can use all the features of Google Slides to create their portfolios, including adding links to work samples, inserting images and videos of tactile and handwritten learning activities that they have created during their learning.
After creating the slide deck template, I share a copy with each of my students. They then have access to individually personalise their slide deck and continually add their work samples throughout the unit of work.
Once each work sample is added, I believe it is critical that students take time to reflect on their learning and the thinking they have developed while completing that particular piece of work. I allow space on the Slides for students to make these reflections visible so they can see their growth during the learning journey. By having access to each students’ slide deck, I am able to view their showcased learning and give timely feedback using the comment feature.
A favourite workflow feature of Google Slides, is that it automatically updates itself. So once students have embedded their slide decks in their Google Site Digital Portfolio, all changes are visible instantly. This saves time and allows parents to keep up to date with their child’s learning in the classroom. Alternatively, students can embed their slide deck into other digital portfolio platforms and manually update them or even just share the link of their slide deck with their parents to allow them to view their ongoing work.
This digital artefact of learning can highlight any area of the curriculum and student learning. I have designed a variety of slide decks for my students focusing on the following areas;
- Word Study
- Book Club
- Unit of Inquiry
- Science Experiment
Eleni Kyritsis is an award winning Year 3 Teacher and Leader of Curriculum & Innovation from Melbourne, Australia. Eleni facilitates professional learning workshops around the world that focus on unleashing creativity and curiosity in classrooms.