Productivity Suite

Q5 Presentation Basics

11. Powerful Presentations


Collaboration is critical for success in the world of school and work. Teamwork is one of the top skills employers look for when hiring new workers and it is important for success in completing the 21t4s Quests too. 

Key Vocabulary

Consensus: Consensus is to come to agreement.

Dynamic: Dynamic is characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

I Can Statements

  • collaborate online to create a presentation
  • understand the features and attributes of effective presentations

Dull and boring? or Dynamic Presentation!

Presentations can be dull and boring, OR they can be dynamic!

Have you ever sat through a boring Slideshow Presentation?
Consider these suggestions from the article,
"What Makes a Great Powerpoint Presentation ?" to avoid putting your audience to sleep! 

  • tell a story with your presentation
  • contain lots of powerful visuals (pictures, images)
  • use FEW words (YOU should do the presentation, NOT the slides!)
  • toss out most of the bullet points (3 MAXimum)
  • edit your work carefully and remove unnecessary or repeated text 

Now, on with the show!!

Steps 1-4: Setting up the Presentation

One person will be creating the initial presentation with the rest of the team members providing input on the design.

1. Create a new Google Drive Presentation and CHOOSE A THEME that everyone on your team likes. Note - remember to include everyone in the decision, come to consensus and proceed.

2. Notice on the left it shows that there is only 1 slide.  You need to add 8 more slides. 

3. Go to the top click on SLIDE then NEW SLIDE.  Do this 8 times.  In the part that says Click to Add Title use the following titles: 

  • Slide 1 = Title of presentation
  • Slide 2 = My School
  • Slide 3 = My City
  • Slide 4 = My State
  • Slide 5 = My Region (of the USA)
  • Slide 6 = My Country
  • Slide 7 = My Continent
  • Slide 8 = My Planet
  • Slide 9 = My Galaxy  

4. Name the Presentation The World In Which We Live.

5. Share the Presentation so that all members of your team can now individually work on their slides. Go to SHARE in the right hand corner of Google Drive and have each person type in their email address under ADD PEOPLE.
6. From this point on YOU are responsible for your slides, however you can easily view how others are doing their slides as soon as you login to Google Drive and open the presentation that was shared with you!

7. Check with your teacher to see how they want you to submit or share this document (post to your online presence, File Space, or printing).

Completing this Quest

You are working on a project as a team, but you are still responsible for your slides. Make sure you uphold your part of the bargain!

Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

Ready for Quest 6

Additional Resources

Google Help for Presentations

ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
a. articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
c. communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Communicator
b. with guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.