I use Google Slides often for presentations. It’s especially useful when I’m collaborating on a presentation, because we can all access the presentation easily and make edits that are immediately applied. It works well across all of my devices, and it evens keeps a revision history!
In May 2016, Google made Slides even more useful. They rolled out a new feature called Q & A. With this feature, students can submit questions during the presentation from any web enabled device (phone, laptop or tablet) Students can also vote on the questions they want answered most.
How does it work?
When you’re in your Slides presentation, you have the option to choose Presenter View, or Presenter View with Audience Q & A.
Choosing this view allows you to see your presenter view with your notes, and open up questions for the students in the Audience Tools area.
In the Audience Tools area, once you click Start New, a link will appear at the top of your Slides presentation. Students can now visit this link and ask questions. They can choose to ask questions anonymously. Once questions are submitted, they’ll appear in your Audience Tools area in your presenter view.
If you decide you’d like to address a question, you can click Present under that question, and it will put the question up as a slide. (Notice: this student didn’t submit her question anonymously, and was logged into her Google account, so her name and avatar appear underneath the question!)
Once you’ve addressed the question, click Hide underneath the question in your Presenter view, and your slides will be back.
Another great aspect of Slides Q & A is the voting feature. Students can click the thumbs-up to upvote a question that they really want answered. From the presenter perspective, questions that have more votes will float to the top of the question list. This would be especially useful if you’re using Q & A with a large group. You may not have time to answer all submitted questions, but you can address the questions that receive the most votes.
To close questions, you’ll switch “accepting questions” to OFF in the Audience Tools area. If you decide to open questions again during the same presentation, you have the option to Continue Recent (which will show all previously submitted questions) or Start New, which gives a blank slate again.
Slides Q & A in the classroom
I can see lots of possibilities for using this feature in a classroom setting:
- Leave questioning open for the whole class period. In a large lecture, students who may be hesitant to raise their hand and ask a question may feel more comfortable submitting their question anonymously.
- Have students work in groups and submit questions about the material after a lecture.
- Have students share examples (anonymously or with their names) from their own experience about whatever the instructor is discussing.
- Have students, in groups or individually, create 25 word summaries and submit them via Q & A.
- Collect questions all during class, and then have students work into groups and choose a question to answer as a group.
I’m also excited about using Q & A during conference presentations. It could be a fun way to get the audience involved, especially when your time is short!
How would you use Slides Q & A for teaching and learning? Let us know in the comments!