Thursday, May 5, 2016

Game Changer: Q&A In Google Slides

Get ready for a game changer! Google Slides now allows you to review and respond to audience questions as well as keeping track of those questions and allowing your audience to vote for the questions they want you to answer. This new feature will appear as an option when you enter presentation mode.

When you choose "Presenter View" you are able to use the new Q&A feature along with your speaker notes. You can choose to share questions as they come up, or wait until the end of your presentation. This is helpful to both you and your audience as you preserve the flow of your presentation, but they don't forget the questions they want to ask.
Your audience will see a link at the top of your presentation that will allow them to both post questions or vote on other audience member's questions. Questions may be asked anonymously or by using your Google sign-in info. The presenter can then choose whether or not to share these questions with the audience and how to respond.

For the time being, it seems that if you're in a school-domain using Google Apps for Education, only members of your domain can participate in the online question submission. But you can easily work around this by using a free Google account to create your slideshow.

You could use this to allow students to, anonymously or not, ask questions, or you can pose questions and allow them to post their responses. The audience "voting thumbs up or down" feature could likewise be used in a variety of ways.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Beautiful Multimedia Timelines (made easy)

Timelines can look professional and polished while reinforcing a number of research and digital citizenship skills. The amazing folks at the Knight Lab at Northwestern University have created a template that, with a little help, anyone from upper elementary students to high schoolers, and beyond can make amazing embedded timelines.

Students make a copy of the template in their Google Drives and then enter dates, headlines, links to audio, video, or images they've found online along with their citations. Then following a few step-by-step instructions, they are able to get either a link or embed code to share their timeline with anyone they wish, from their teacher and class to a worldwide audience! Think of all of the ways timelines can be used in your classroom!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Gale Databases and Google Drive

Great news for all Gale Database subscribers! (Which we have access to at SATEC thanks to the Vermont Online Library.)

The sign-in process is now a one-click connection to your Google Drive!

You can highlight important passages, create citations, and save articles for later review. They can be downloaded into your Google Drive and will go into their own folder. You can even collect all citations and download them as a single document.

Remember, in order to access any of the amazing Gale Databases, you'll need our school's log-in (ask your teacher). They can all be accessed from the Library's main page.

In addition to the simple sign-in and saving features, don't forget that these databases offer links to related articles and even the ability to have the text read-aloud while the words are highlighted.

Check out the Research In Context database for all of these topics and resources!