Excellent free alrernative to Powerpoint!
May 03, 2022

Excellent free alrernative to Powerpoint!

Anastasia Globa | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Google Slides

Google Slides are mainly used as a means to support the online delivery of lectures and tutorials at the School of Architecture Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. I use them to accompany live (synchronous) delivery of units for Master and Bachelor levels (Architecture). While the lecture is happening in Zoom, I share the link to my Google Slides so that students can stay on certain slides longer or skip ahead if they wish. Google Slides also allow me to add interactive links if I need students to access online polling or Miro activities. The slides can be shared beforehand, and students will have access to them after the lecture is finished, which is very handy.
  • Easy to create and manage (lecturer side).
  • Intuitive and easy to use (students side).
  • Various sharing options, well integrated in most web browsers.
  • More options for slide animations and transitions.
  • Keep developing real time collaboration options.
  • You need a Google account to use Google Slides, some of our international students from China might find it complicated (due to current restrictions).
  • Limited themes and visual appearance.
  • Not all types of export file formats are available, which is limiting.
  • Free
  • Easy to use/intuitive.
  • Very easy to share.
  • Better levels of engagement.
  • Improved collaboration.
  • Improved student satisfaction.
Google Slides works both online and offline, they are free to use if you have a Google account. Easy to share and are supported by most web browsers. A great addition to your arsenal of interactive educational online platforms.

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Synchronous or asynchronous educational activities in the context of higher education.

Great way to support your live lectures by providing Google Slides to students so that they could follow at their own pace if need be.

I also used Google slides as a student for my Graduate Certificate in Higher Education studies and it worked perfectly for our 3-hour long zoom lectures.