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)