Google Classroom Hack #2: Collaborative Review with Google Slides

Turn your students into the teachers with this Google Classroom hack! Have your students collaborate on a Google Slides presentation that reviews all of the content from your unit (or year!). You can pair them off and assign each pair certain parts, and for assessing them you can create a rubric to make sure their slides meet the criteria. Easy as that!
One more week and four days for us. I've been counting down to summer with Google Classroom Hacks that make our lives easier.

There's so much to learn about Google Classroom--too much to decide sometimes. I've discussed grading at a glance with color, monitoring student work in real time, sending out quick reminders, and formative assessment with forms. But this week there was absolutely no trouble deciding what to discuss.

My students' minds have already checked into the beach resorts in exotic Panama City (Florida, of course), and only I can see the dark clouds of final exams looming on the horizon. They've had their alphabet soup of state exams, and they are finished.

On top of that, our county's policy is that final exams are to count 20% of their overall grade. Testing, testing, and more testing, oh, my.

There is a faint ray of sunlight shining through those gray, gray clouds, however, and that's the way we choose to review.

My students are over lecture, so I'm not attempting that. They love games, but they can't approach them dry--they need review.

I'm trying something new this semester, and it seems to be working well so far. So here it is--Spring Survival Tip #2:

Have a Collaborative Review with Google Slides

In Google Drive, you can generate a Slides presentation, and assign it to the class so that "everybody can edit." Assign each student, group, or pair a section of the curriculum to present and have them create a slide.

The slides will merge together automatically (since everyone is collaborating on it) into a presentation that everyone can use as a study guide and a presentation to share with the class preceding review games and that much dreaded exam. Here are the steps I'm taking to make it happen:

1. Create a rubric and checklist so that students know what you expect. Since I teach heavy content courses, I divide the individual assignments into units and give each pair a unit to complete.

Here's a sample that you can also download:
Turn your students into the teachers with this Google Classroom hack! Have your students collaborate on a Google Slides presentation that reviews all of the content from your unit (or year!). You can pair them off and assign each pair certain parts, and for assessing them you can create a rubric to make sure their slides meet the criteria. Easy as that!
Download it HERE

2. Generate a slide template for students to use.

Turn your students into the teachers with this Google Classroom hack! Have your students collaborate on a Google Slides presentation that reviews all of the content from your unit (or year!). You can pair them off and assign each pair certain parts, and for assessing them you can create a rubric to make sure their slides meet the criteria. Easy as that!


3. Assign it in Google Classroom so that "everyone can edit." 

Turn your students into the teachers with this Google Classroom hack! Have your students collaborate on a Google Slides presentation that reviews all of the content from your unit (or year!). You can pair them off and assign each pair certain parts, and for assessing them you can create a rubric to make sure their slides meet the criteria. Easy as that!

4. Schedule a day for everyone to share their slide as students take notes. I made a template for student notes so that they have a guide. The note template mirrors the Slides template, but they of course can just use notebook paper.

This activity combines technology with collaboration and refreshes students' memories. I do it by unit in my courses, but it can also be done by skill for courses such as math and English.

How do you engage your students in review at the end of the year? Leave a comment below and let me know. And don't forget to check back next week for Google Classroom Hack #1. And remember:

Turn your students into the teachers with this Google Classroom hack! Have your students collaborate on a Google Slides presentation that reviews all of the content from your unit (or year!). You can pair them off and assign each pair certain parts, and for assessing them you can create a rubric to make sure their slides meet the criteria. Easy as that!


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2 comments

  1. Thank you for such an awesome idea! I am going to borrow your idea for our end-of-the-year exam review!

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  2. There are so many various types of all these writings that you need a whole tutorial for them. Too difficult. E.g. you can view them here https://pro-essay-writer.com/blog/study-for-exams.html

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