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"Google Presenter," a web-based 2.0 application, was developed by Google and is an internet-network wide presentation program similar to that of Microsoft PowerPoint.

Purpose of Google Presenter

The purpose of Google Presenter is to enable people from different locations the ability to colloborate and/or view and/or comment on a project. With Google Presenter a group of people are able to login to Google Presenter and upload a slideshow or they can start from scratch, and from different locations and/or computers can work together for whatever reasons they may have. This enables distance collaboration on projects. It also saves the Presentation every time it is updated, so at any time the user can go back to an earlier version. This is crucial if say the document is sabotaged by a competitor or in case you just don't like the changes you have made.

 It seems that the ability to work on a project as a group without the hassle of e-mailing each other back and forth is the main reason Google has created Google Presenter. Since they are allowing users to upload their PowerPoint documents, it seems that they were also creating a way that multiple users could view a presentation of the document at the same time even though they are not in the same room but rather spread out all over the world.

 (September 22, 2007) Google Presentations Added to Collaborative Suite. Retrieved March 25, 2008 Web Site:  http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/649749:Topic:50392

How does it work?

 Google Presenter works by way of the internet. Every document created, or uploaded, in Google Presenter is accessible anywhere there is an internet connection available. You can simply log in to your google account, go to google docs location, and from work on all your projects. Another main part of Google Presenter is the way you can pick and choose who gets to see and/or edit your document. This is done by using the "Share" feature. Clicking on the Share button, located at the top right of the Google Presenter program, will load up a new page and ask if you want the people you are inviting to see the presentation to be collaborators, which means they can edit the presentation, or just viewers, who can basically just look at the presentation. When it comes time to present, there is a sidebox feature which allows all viewers to talk about the presentation while it is going on. Google has also added a language feature that can translate 25 different languages to deal with multi-cultural presentations.

 This link shows a video further explains Google Presenter and how it works.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA

 (September 18, 2007) Google Presentation Launched. Retrieved March 20, 2008 Web Site: http://googlified.com/google-presentation-launched/

Setting up a Google Presentation

Log in to your Google Docs account by navigating to http://docs.google.com

Under the New menu, select Presentation.  


Your new Untitled presentation appears on the next page  

The presentation name can easily be changed by clicking on the current presentation title.  

Enter the new presentation title in the message box.  

To edit the presentation click on the current slide and begin typing. Additional slides, images, and videos can be added using the buttons on the edit menu.  

(March 31, 2009) Setting up a Google Presentation. Retrieved March 27, 2009 Web Site: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/Collaboratory/Learning/Collaboration/Google/present.html

Benefits and Limits


If you want to present your slideshow, you can use a program called Google Talk.  The audience can then talk to each other about the presentation as they're watching. The makers have included a feature that can translate the presentation in 25 languages.

 It seems that it is very easy to let other people see you work using the SHARE button at the top left of the google presenter toolbar. You can pick if the person can change the program or just look at it, and say wether or not those people can send it on to others.

 According to the website http://edtechlife.com/?p=1863http://edtechlife.com/?p=1863 there are many benefits, as well as limits, of Google Presenter. One benefit is that there is a chat feature available since the slideshow is presented online. This is beneficial because anyone has the capability to have a synchronous discussion. With this feature, individuals can ask questions or add comments and receive immediate feedback. Another benefit that Google Presenter offers is the capibility to have different color displays and text options. This is important for teachers, as well as anyone, using Google Presenter because choosing the correct colors and font makes the presentation more visually appealing and when done correctly, easier to read. It is neccessary to choose the correct colors and size/style of font so the audience does not have to struggle to see the presention and they can have a clear understanding. In fact, Google Presenter has a zoom option so the presenter can magnify certain parts of the presentation. Another beneficial part of Google Presenter is that there is a space available for author notes during the presentation. This can be useful for the presenters so they can write additional notes about certain points they want to make during the presentation that are not directly on the slides.

The limits are also important to understand while using Google Presenter. First, there is no audio feature available in Google presenter. This is important for teachers, as well as any presenters, to understand because there could be audience members with hearing disabilities. The abilities and disabilities of your audience are always important to think about when making a presentation. Next, it is important to know the resources your audience will have because a computer must be available for every person that wants to chat. Also, Google Presenter does not keep an archive of the chat, so it is important to understand that one will not be able to review what was previously discussed over the chat feature.

Google Presenter is apart of Google Docs, which is described on the following website: http://www.macworld.com/article/60085/2007/09/googleapps.html. It is stated as convenient because "clients don't have to install the software."

                                                                                    

Lesson Plans

Elementary Education: Animal Alphabet

Objectives

1. Students will recite the alphabet and identify the sounds each letter makes.
2. Students will understand that printed letters represent spoken language.
3. Students will identify the names of animals that begin with particular letter sounds and draw pictures to represent these living creatures.

Materials

  • Animal Alphabet video available from Discovery Education
  • Crayons
  • Pencils & Erasers
  • White construction paper (1 sheet per student)
  • Dry erase board and marker OR butcher paper and marker (1 per student group)
  • Print resources with pictures of different animals

Procedure

  • Review the alphabet with the class, letter by letter. Discuess the sounds each letter makes.
  • Watch Animal Alphabet.
  • Tell the class they will make an alphabet book, similar to the one in the video. Divide the class into groups of 4.
  • Assign each student a particular letter to work on for the book.
  • Have them go over the sounds their letter makes.
  • Have them discuss animal names that begin with their assigned letters. The teacher can show print resources with pictures and talk about the features of these animals and where they live. The teacher should refer to animals featured in Animal Alphabet.
  • Each student should draw pictures of their animal on the construction paper.
  • Bind the drawings in an alphabet book to share with the class.

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: Discovery Education

Secondary Education: American Influence

Objectives

1. Students will identify differing social groups within a culture.
2. Students will empathize with the challenges faced by specific social groups.
3. Students will comprehend complex concepts which impact particular social groups.

Materials

  • Computers with internet access
  • Overhead projector
  • History book
  • Knowledge of how to use Google Presenter in an effective manner

Procedure

  • After students learn about the different minorities in America, they will be split into groups and given a particular group to analyze and present over in class.
  • Students will be given the following minorities to analyze: African American, Latin American, Native American, and Asian American.
  • Students will be expected to discuss the hardships that face these groups and give some insight into how they think these minorities are impacted by our "American" culture.
  • The students ill then use Google Presenter in an effective manner by compiling their information onto a Google Presenter slideshow and give a four minute presentation to the class.

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSSocietySocialGroupsHS.htm

College Education: Parts of a Flower

Objectives

1. The student will be able to identify, dissect, display, and label the parts of the flower.

Materials

  • A flower for each student (lilies are the easiest to decipher)
  • Tweezers
  • White sheets of paper
  • Clear tape
  • Pencil or Pen

Procedure

  • Each student or pair of students should be given a flower bloom, tweezers, a white sheet of paper, and clear tape.
  • Have the students locate the stamen, pistil, and petals of the flower.
  • With tweezers or fingers, students should remove the three flower parts.
  • The students should tape these to a white sheet of paper and label each part.

Lesson Plan Courtesy of: TeachNet

 

How is it related to other applications?

Goole Presenter is actually very similar to that of Microsoft PowerPoint. Just like PowerPoint, it is a slide based presentation creator that allows the creator to choose a common theme among all slides, create graphs, insert photos or videos, and it even allows you to upload a PowerPoint (ppt or pps) document and turn it into a Google Presenter document. However, Google Presenter goes far and beyond Microsoft PowerPoint in that it allows group chat while the presentation is being viewed, allows for multiple persons to edit the same document instead of multiple people editing several different copies of the document.

Examples of use right now

 There is one man who used Google Presenter to create a presentation to show what could all be done with Google Presentations as he was trying to encourage people to use Google Presentations for Sunday School purposes. His presentation can be found at this link: http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dcq269t4_79vhv646&fs=true. It really shows how easy it is to create a presentation and embed it on to a web site.

(September 19, 2007) 5 outside the box uses for Google Presentations outside the box. Retrieved April 5, 2009. Web Site: http://healyourchurchwebsite.com/2007/09/19/5-outside-the-box-uses-for-google-presentations-out-of-the-box/


Uses in foreign countries 

Using Google presenter in other countries is easily achievable as Google Doc's offers language settings in many foreign languages. Select settings on the Google Doc's home page (top right corner) and then choose language, this option changes the interface to suit the individual's preference. However, it appears if you were to collaborate internationally and two languages were present, the presentation slides only appear in the language of the original creator. Unless the users were bilingual or the original creator had this ability and applied two different texts on the slide a major issue applies for international correlation.

(February 5, 2009) Language and person unknowed in contact. Retrieved April 4, 2009. Web Site: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs/thread?tid=4da4000ead67f556&hl=en 

 (Please note fellow team members further research is needed to clarify this reflection, input by others would be appreciated.  Also, an interesting point, I've used the Google Search Engine Australian Pages Only for research to gather a different perspective and have found that the application is commonly labelled as Google Presentation and not Google Presenter. The Google search for Google Presentation found there was 24,600,000 results and for Google Presenter only 2,500,000.  Is it only referred to as Presenter in the US? Could this cause communication difficulty internationally? Food for thought)

Using Google presenter in other countries is easily achievable as Google Doc's offers language settings in many foreign languages. Select settings on the Google Doc's home page (top right corner) and then choose language, this option changes the interface to suit the individual's preference. Google Presenter offers twenty-five different languages which makes it very convenient all over the world. With this feature, international, national or local learning institutions or businesses of different ethnicities can use this application as a learning tool or strategy for collaboration or for disseminating information/training. For Example, an Italian international organization with representatives in different locations throughout the world can congregate online simultaneously and set their Google Presenter interface to their native language, then proceed to give input into a presentation collaboratively for teaching students/employees on new products, information or techniques.   However, it appears if you were to collaborate internationally and two languages were present, the presentation slides only appear in the language of the original creator. Unless the users were bilingual or the original creator had this ability and applied two different texts on the slide a major issue applies for international correlation. For example, if the Italian organization had representatives of different nationalities throughout the world they could all simultaneously congregate online with the interface set to their native language. However, to collaborate on the presentation, the creator would have to use different texts on each slide or make multiple copies of the presentation in different languages to overcome the language barriers.  had  As far as uses of Google Presenter, not much changes from the U.S. to the rest of the world.(4)


                                                                            






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  1. Unknown User (jwuethri)

    So as far as the uses in foreign countries goes, thats really up to you guys in Australia. If there isn't anything special then I guess that will just be a short subheading.

  2. Unknown User (jwuethri)

    Im sorry Jenn, something happened while we were editing and your social studies lesson plan got screwed up.