Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Google Slides new additions

For many, it's a straight-up battle of PowerPoint vs Google Slides for making slideshows or teaching resources. Since the introduction of Office Mix to PowerPoint, many teachers we work with use both: Office Mix enabling looped video creation which often acts as the extra adult in the room, and Slides being a sharable slide deck full of lesson content.

Recently Google has added lots more features to Slides, and the great thing about G Suite updates is that many new features that get added are suggestions made by the people that actually use the product, i.e people like us. The new features, although subtle, are actually ones that we would use on a near-daily basis.
The ability to link and sync slides from other presentations is a great addition - so means you no longer have to copy slides from previous presentations. Great for teachers who perhaps want to use yesterday's plenary slide as today's starter slide for example, or create new slide decks but use slides from previous presentations.
The ability to add diagrams and add-ons adds extra functionality to presentations, and being able to see slides in Grid View makes moving slides around much easier, especially if tailoring your slides to different audiences.

The new feature we are most excited about is the ability to use Google Keep in Slides - if you are a regular reader of this blog you know how much we love Keep - so integrating Keep into anything will always be a winner for us. In fact, anything that aids efficiency whilst being simple to operate is surely a winner for all, right?

To see a full rundown of all the new features in Slides, mouse over to this link to hear it straight from the horse's mouth.

If you want to organise eLearning training for your team, then please get in touch with the eLearning Team - or if you are a DRET staff member you can see over 75 training videos on DRET.TV including how to use Google Keep.



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