Google Slides may be great for presentations, but it is also a great teaching tool when parent-teacher conference time comes around. I took it upon myself to conduct student-led conferences with the help of….. Drum roll, please… Google Slides.
I created this template with possible measures in the speaker notes for students to follow along. I also provided a student led conference sample for students to refer to, in case they need some ideas.
I provide my students 10-15 minutes to fill in each slide according to the criteria on the template. By doing so, students are taking the responsibility to input their scores, strengths, weakness, and setting goals. Aren’t we all working on reflecting and goal setting? Students were able to be creative by adding a personal photo and style when designing their Google Slide. Students took responsibility for their conference, and I saw a large turnout of parents who showed up. Don’t get me wrong, there were those few parents that didn’t come, but no problem. The slide presentation format made it easy for those students to conduct phone conferences or the presentation can be easily printed out to be sent home, it is up to your discretion.
As with anything, when you invest your time during the beginning stages it goes smoothly when it’s ready to be executed. Here were some of my observation from the first parent-teacher conference:
- Parents were attentive
- Students were excited to share
- Students encouraged parents to come to see their Slides presentation
- I was a facilitator of learning rather than being the guardian of knowledge
- Parent, teachers, and students walked away feeling positive
Note: I did not go over any behavior during the conference, all conferences were data-driven.
We are moving toward 1-to-1 devices district-wide. Let’s move forward with making the technology and home connection.
If you feel you need some more clarification and help with Google Slides, no problem. Come to my December 19th PD at Adams, and I can support you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I would be happy to provide a screencast video instructions based on your needs.