How a Californian public school uses Teams to foster collaborative work
The use of presentation templates experienced a major boom during COVID-19 as classes moved entirely online. However, now that we have recovered from the pandemic, the use of these resources has proven to be here to stay, as they are the perfect tool to encourage classroom interaction and collaborative work.
An example of this is Casa Grande High School, located in Petaluma (California), where they have been using Slidesgo Teams in their classes for more than a year. We chatted with Pamela Kester-McNees, Spanish teacher at this school, to find out how they use Teams in their day-to-day work.
Pamela came to Slidesgo by chance, thanks to the recommendation of a student: "I heard about Slidesgo from a former student. She had volunteered to help teach one of my classes during the pandemic. All of our classes were through Zoom and her slides were really engaging. The students responded very well to them as instructional guides." That's when she contacted us and we started a pilot program to facilitate the use of Teams in her classes and get feedback from her and her students.
With Teams, students are exposed to real-world work tools while still in the classroom
Although Pamela admits that sometimes finding the template she needs is "challenging" due to the sheer number on the web and the need to print them in black and white, she acknowledges that there are a multitude of benefits to using them: "Students are exposed to real-world work tools while still in the classroom, they have the opportunity to use real-world tools in a safe and controlled environment, there are many templates to choose from. In addition, students can see the many ways (through the templates) that information can be organized to communicate with an audience." She adds, "With Slidesgo they learn to use new tools that integrate well with Google Slides and Flaticon, and they are pleased with their final product. Now they even use it in their other classes, not just mine, since the Teams account gives them access to more templates and downloads."
I will be delivering the presentations to a school and a community center in Guatemala, where there is a scarcity of reading materials
As for the practical use she makes of the templates, Pamela explains the different presentations they have created: "Books on health topics, alphabet books, books on professions, slides of the components of a country (e.g. reproduction cycles, social and family hierarchies, etc.), books with workplace tips, presentations on building a house in another country, on cocoa, and on hospitality. Moreover, these presentations will not remain only at her high school, but some will be printed in black and white for a very noble purpose: "I will be delivering them to a school and a community center in Guatemala, where there is a scarcity of reading materials. I hope to deliver them during the summer of 2023."
The process is designed to raise awareness of communication methods and the importance of details in communicating effectively
For Pamela, the most important thing is how these presentations help in her day-to-day work to foster collaborative work: "In all the projects we work on, students edit each other's work. The process is designed to raise awareness of communication methods and the importance of details in communicating effectively. Details can be the size, font, or placement of text in relation to icons, images, or other designs in the template. We talk about colors, styles, and the amount of content that should be placed on each slide," and she hopes this will help them "become better communicators, be it via a slide presentation or any other type of communication."
Slidesgo Teams is great for lesson presentations
That's why when asked if she would recommend the Teams subscription to other teachers, she says without hesitation, “Of course I would. If a teacher had the time to create it, it would be great for lesson presentations. Once students are in and have their own account, it's easy for them to use it."
Do you find this article useful?
Discover our collection of printable templates
With the advance of technology, printing has become something that is no longer a necessity. Smartphones have made the paper format less and less frequent, but there are still certain cases in which having physical resources is much more convenient. Whether it's for taking notes, handing out assignments, making worksheets or handing out business cards or invitations, it's necessary to print your customized designs.From now on, in every Slidesgo printable presentation that you download, you will find the instructions for printing on the third slide. Depending on the style, colors or format of each presentation, we will tell you if you can...
We are celebrating our anniversary by raffling 4 subscriptions!
It's Slidesgo's birthday! This February we turn four years old, a period that has been marked by excitement, uncertainty, creativity and, above all, the desire to improve and help you to make your presentations more spectacular every day. More than 10,000 templates and 130 million downloads are the summary of a journey that would not have been possible without you, our users, and that is why we want to make you part of this special occasion. To do so, we are going to raffle four annual subscriptions through our social networks: two through Instagram and two through TikTok. Do you want to...
The best Carnival templates for Google Slides and PowerPoint
Right in the middle of winter it’s time for Carnival - music, dancing, costumes, parades and street parties that last days or even weeks in some places! From the vibrant colors of India's Holi to Spain's wild La Tomatina festival, from Rio de Janeiro to Venice and Trinidad to New Orleans, the joyous and wild celebrations take place all over the world.To get you in the right mood for letting loose, we have looked through all our free Google Slides and PowerPoint templates in order to present to you the five best templates to celebrate Carnival, no matter where you are in the world!
Top 3 templates of 2022
2022...what a year! In the world, there have been countless events, worthy of recognition. But in the world of Slidesgo, it has also been a year full of memorable moments and, above all, Google Slides and PowerPoint templates to remember.Thus, Slidesgo is proud to present the top three most popular templates during the year 2022. These designs have been downloaded and used by our users in numberless presentations. By showcasing these templates, we hope more people will be inspired to create amazing slideshows with our help. So without further ado, let us jump into the top three.