Google Slides is a tool that can be used to enhance your ESL lessons. They are essentially online slide shows that behave similar to Powerpoint, but everything is stored in the cloud. Teachers often use Google Slides for rewards, props, or both.
What types of Google Slides are available?
There are too many different options to count! I personally use Google Slides mostly for rewards. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, to choose from. Some of my favorites include:
- Find a Star
- Teacher vs. Student
- Tap and Reveal
- and so many more….!
How do you display Google Slides?
There are three main ways you can display Google Slides.
- Holding your phone up to the monitor. (This is what I do. You can check out this video to see how it looks on camera.)
- Using software like ManyCam or CamTwist. This is a great option to be able to alternate between your face and a reward in the classroom, but it does require meeting basic, minimum computer requirements and a little more tech-savvy.
- A second monitor displayed in your classroom.
There really is no right or wrong way to use Google Slides. The one limitation is that you must never try to upload the slides into the VIPKid classroom directly.
What are the benefits of Google Slides?
- They are super easy. Once you get comfortable with the slide finder and/or the planner, you have hundreds of props and rewards at your fingertips!
- They cut down on clutter. For prop minimalists, or those who travel, you no longer have to worry about keeping up with lots of different props and rewards for all different levels. Simply search and pull in what you need by type, character, or lesson.
- They are totally customizable. Not only are you able to choose from a wide library of slides created by amazing teachers, but you can easily create your own too! Whatever you want to reinforce in a lesson – you can do so at your fingertips.
How can Google Slides enhance a VIPKid lesson?
I love to incorporate Google Slides with the interactive reward slides built into the lessons. Take a concept that’s in the lesson already and then build it out.
You can even customize your Google Slides to specific students and what they need to work on. I made a custom reward once using the artwork of one of my students.
I personally like to build in optional extension options. If a student is struggling and you are running short on time, you can do the minimum. If you are ahead of schedule and looking for extension options, you can spend time using questions and answers on the slides to add to the lesson.
I absolutely love Google Slides, and I use them more than any other reward. What’s your favorite reward? Let me know in the comments!
In the meantime, if you are just getting started and looking for more information on rewards in general, check out:
Or, if you are wanting to get started with VIPKid, here are some tips on completing the VIPKid application or jump right in and apply here if you would like for me to help guide you through the process!