Google Slides – Now With Q & A

Did I ever mention how much I love the educators who share resources on Twitter? Click here for the post from Michael Frederick, Google Slides Engineer that I found last night on Twitter.

On Star Wars Day (May the 4th), Google released a game changing update for Google Slides called Slides Q & A.  While you are presenting a Google Slideshow, your audience can ask questions and even +1 other participants questions.  As the presenter, you get a great presenter view with presenter notes and a laser pointer (which has a cool tail to it). But, even more impressive is the ability to check the audience feedback without leaving your slideshow.

I had 2 big ideas when I first read about this:

  1. Using this as a keynote presenter would be a powerful way to get feedback from my audience. All the responses would be in my presentation instead of checking a Twitter feed or Today’s Meet on another device or screen.
  2. When students do partner presentations, one person can present while another member handles the feed of questions.

Today I started my day by showing it to a Spanish teacher, Mr. Tim Ashe, and he took it and ran in a completely different direction with it. He instantly saw it as a way for students to answer his question of the day (bell ringer) in a new and engaging way. So, within 3 hours he had taught 3 classes and was ready to use this new tool.  He left his questions on his original Slide deck, but when he started the presentation for 5th hour, he turned on the audience feature and that’s when the magic happened.

The Q&A shortened URL appeared at the top of the slideshow, and students entered it on their iPads, logged in with their school GAFE accounts, and started entering their responses. Mr. Ashe began checking the feed and clicking on the student responses – all while leaving the presentation up for the students.  Then, when the teacher clicks on a question – or a response as Mr. Ashe used it – that question takes center stage on the presentation screen so all students have a clear view of what it being discussed.

An extremely useful effect of using this new technology, was that instead of students reading their responses, Mr. Ashe could see their responses and check for spelling errors. Students could also see every response, and they could use peer review to build their language skills.

We did learn a few things along the way through the setup of Slides Q&A:

  1. From an iPad, you must be connected to AirPlay before you begin the process.
  2. From a computer connected through a VGA or other cable, you can’t mirror your display. You must have it set as separate displays.
  3. Give teachers a chance to play with this and they will come up with things even Google hasn’t envisioned with their own project.
  4. Google has done it again!

If you come up with other ideas for utilizing this in your classrooms, please share them by commenting on this post.


About Sean Scanlon

Director of Instructional Technology Marian Catholic High School Google Certified Trainer
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