Hello, educators. Welcome to the KQED Education K-5 Teacher Tech Trainings. After today’s workshop, you should be familiar with the concept of slideshows in the elementary science classroom. You should also know the basics of PowerPoint via Google Presentation, some design ideas for structuring and creating a slideshow, and how to navigate the web for good quality images.
The goal of this workshop is to get you to think about slideshows in your classroom and to develop a PowerPoint that covers a unit of science study that you can present to your students.
Here is Nancy’s beautifully engaging PowerPoint about birds. It is a great example of using slideshows for elementary science.
How To Use Google PowerPoint
The following two videos explain how to use Google Presentation. The first is a video about how to register with Google and create a Google Account. Note: You must have a Google Account to use any of Google’s free web-based tools like Google Presentation. The second video explains some of the basics of using Google Presentation.
Below, is a video that explains how to use Google’s PowerPoint application. It is very simple to use, but it much more limited than Microsoft PowerPoint. If you feel a bit apprehensive with the latter, then give a try with Google. You can easily create slideshows and present them to your students. This video covers the program’s basic interface, and how to create backgrounds, text, and images. It allows explains how to present the slideshow.
Remember, when you want to bring an image into your Google PowerPoint project, there are two ways to do this.
I feel that it is easiest to do #1 because you can also paste the URL in your citation slide at the end of the PowerPoint project.
To copy the URL of an image, you right-click and select “Copy Image Location”
Here are the projects that our educators created during today’s workshop
Click on the link to view a project.
The Water Cycle — by Michelle Belding
Vegetable Life Cycle — by Anne Sinclair
The Wind — by Sylvia Trillia
Bears — by Lynn Balestreri
Biology Intro — by Minda Cabral
Apples: Local Fruits Kids Like in California — by Kenneth Fax
Butterfly Lifecycle — by Sylvia Trillia
Plant Seeds — by Trudie Pan
San Francisco Seasons — by Laurie Baker-Flynn
Popular Animals — by Jennifer Phillips
Our Friends the Butterflies — by Elissa Matross
Below, is the comments section. At the end of the workshop, please take a moment to reflect on what was covered today. What did you learn? How may this add value to your teaching practice?