Are you a student that needs to create collaborative presentations with classmates? Are you an instructor or a professional that needs to co-present with a colleague?
Google Presentations — Google’s version of PowerPoint or Keynote, part of Google Docs — just got a whole lot more collaborative and useful for group assignments and group presentations. Last week, Google Docs pushed out a discussions component to all users, which allows collaborators to chat online in real time while creating or editing a presentation.
- Collaborators can comment on a whole slide, or just a single component in that slide.
- You can allow presentation viewers (such as your instructor, or your audience) to provide feedback via comments, without giving them access to actually edit your presentation.
You can also convert old Google Presentations to the new format by following these import instructions.
Not Using Google Docs?
Some of the advantages are:
- Google Presentations integrates with other Google Apps you use, such as your CSUF student email account.
- Google Presentations, and the entire Google Apps Suite, is free.
- You don’t have to download any software to your computer.
- You can view and edit presentations from any computer that has an internet connection.
- You can import or export as a PowerPoint file in case you need to give a presentation someplace that doesn’t have internet access, or if you are just required to submit the presentation in that format.