Why I banned Google slides in class

A few years ago I banned the use of Keynote/Powerpoint in my classes for exactly the same reason. I am starting to think about doing the same for iMovie. This year we have been exploring Binumi which encourages higher level thinking to create a similar product. I will post more about Binumi soon.

Teaching the Teacher

I love Google Apps for Education the services keep getting better. There are oodles of scripts and extensions to further enhance the experience for both kids and teachers. As far as ease of use, ability for children to collaborate and a teacher to give feedback nothing beats Google.

Yet there has one been one tool that has been a niggling problem in class.

Slides.

The first thing that most of the kids in my class do when faced with a classroom task is open a presentation. Despite modelling and guiding the kids in design principles, showing them other creation tools, I was still receiving multiple poorly designed slide decks.

Lots of information, bad photos, poor design and a couple of YouTube videos embedded with no context.

When the kids were giving presentations, they were reading off the slide decks. More problematically they weren’t demonstrating a high level of understanding of…

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