Google is everywhere, and has just added a new, awaited feature to their Google docs services — Google presentations.
Imagine Powerpoint “lite” but with the added element of collaboration, and you get the idea. Imagine how your workflow or that of students is improved if you can collaborate on your presentations ONLINE, simultaneously, instead of via email.
Another interesting feature, just like other Google Docs items, is that you can publish the finished product and Google sends you a link to share it with others.
When you publish it, it brings up a chat window next to the powerpoint. Presumably during a presentation, you could have your audience sign into google, send them your link, and then they could join you and “chat” alongside your presentation while you showed it to the audience. That has some mind-blowing possibilities!
You can also upload existing powerpoint files if they are less than 10 MB. It allows you to present those, and again, “invite” your audience via a link.
It also has some interesting advantages for students, which I’ve outlined in my “first” sample Google presentation.
To find Google Docs, log into your Google account, and click on the “more” button at the top of the Google screen, and select Documents.
To create a new presentation, click “new” on the left toolbar, and select the presentation choice.