As expected, Google have included Google Presentations into their Google Apps suite – including Google Apps for Education. Clicking on ‘New’from the Google Docs home interface brings up the following:
At first, it looks disappointing. There are a limited range of templates (see below), no transitions and rudimentary formatting options. Some people are disappointed. Some, however, have recognised that this is Presentations 2.0… 🙂
Comparing Google Presentations to Powerpoint or Keynote is like comparing a train to a plane. They’re both methods of transport, but serve completely different purposes. As with Google Docs & Spreadsheets, it is simple to collaborate in creating presentations in Google Presentations. But look what happens when you press Start presentation:
That section to the right-hand side is a live chat window. I should imagine that communication via Google Talk will also be possible soon. This could be a fantastic peer assessment tool, or even a way for students to present to their compatriots all over the world!
(via Ewan McIntosh)