Have you ever been involved in a group project? If so, you know how difficult it can be to gather together in order to work on a presentation. Now-a-days, it seems that everyone has such busy schedules that it seems nearly impossible to take an hour out of your day to meet at a specific place and work on something that seems trivial; a PowerPoint.
PowerPoint is the most popular presentation tool, but after reading this blog post on Using Google Presentation instead of PowerPoint, I saw that Google Presentations just may make life a little easier for all of us busy bees out there.
When working with Google Presentations, you can personally chat via comments with your fellow group members, which allows for more collaboration among group members, which leads to a better presentation over all. Below is a video of how collaboration works well among group members within Google Presentations.
If virtual collaboration with group members is not enough for you to enjoy Google Presentation’s tools, then maybe the fact that it is online and saves by itself will be! With Google Presentations, a student does not have to use a flash drive in order to save information and transfer it to another computer, they can simply just close out of the presentation, and just like that, it is saved! In Microsoft’s PowerPoint, a student must save all their work and be able to put it onto a flash drive in order to make sure all data is correctly put onto another computer. Since Google Presentations is all online, it helps us make our hectic lives just a little bit easier. This being said, there are sites which allow slidesharing for PowerPoint. The two most popular ones are: Slideshare and Authorstream which allow you to upload your PowerPoint presentation online and then be able to share it with a larger audience. Below is an example of a PowerPoint presentation uploaded into Slideshare. It was created by Michael Billera and is called: Symbols of the United States of America.
With these sites, you can put your presentations into blog posts (just like I did above!), Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Using these sites, you can also embed YouTube videos into your presentation. Below is a video discussing Authorstream and Slideshare.
Overall, there are positives and negatives to both Google Presentations and Microsoft PowerPoint. Based on what the main interest is, these presentation tools can attract different types of educators. PowerPoint has stronger capabilities, which allows it to have fancier presentations.
If you are looking for a high-tech looking presentation with many different effects, I would suggest PowerPoint, but if you are in a group and working on a project that does not require high-tech, then Google Presentations is the most efficient one to go with.
If you are interested in learning more about Google Presentations and what it offers, I suggest that you check out the Lynda course on Google Docs. It has videos in chapters 9 & 10 which guide you through the presentation process.
Have you had experiences with both PowerPoint and Google Presentations? Was there one that you particularly liked better? If so, why did you like it more than the other?