What is SlidesAI?
SlidesAI is an AI-based presentation extension made for Google Slides.
If you’re already a Google Slides user, SlidesAI could be a potential option for you. If you are not familiar with Google Slides, it may be difficult to use. SlidesAI is simple and focuses on generating image + bullet-point slides. Most people use AI-generated presentations as a starting point, which makes this structure more than enough in most cases. SlidesAI is easy to try due to the free tier and low-cost paid options that are offered.
There are a couple of ways to install the extension.
- Go to Google Slides and start a new deck.
- Press the “Extensions” drop-down, select “Add-ons” and click “Get add-ons”. This will trigger the Google Workspace Marketplace pop-up.
- Search “SlidesAI” at the top, select the add-on and install it
Tell SlidesAI what kind of presentation you want
This is where you provide SlidesAI with a prompt, the AI will then create your slides. You can provide a short brief, but SlidesAI works best with longer text input, and recommends at least 500 characters for the best results. This window has two sessions:
- Text: This is where you input the prompt, and select the number of slides and type of presentation. You may be tempted to write the prompt in the same way as you would for ChatGPT but SlidesAI works best if you just paste text that you want to turn into slides.
- Themes: Here you can customize the look and feel of your presentation in the same way that you can pick themes in Google Slides. You can also choose your bulletpoint style for additional customization.
Using SlidesAI, here are some ways teachers could leverage this tool in their respective classrooms:
1. Time Efficiency:
- Teachers can save time on creating visually appealing slides by using SlidesAI’s AI-powered generation. This is particularly beneficial for educators who need to prepare presentations regularly.
2. Visual Engagement:
- The tool can help in creating visually engaging slides with images and bullet points for someone who may not be creative. This visual appeal is aimed to capture students’ attention.
3. Content Starting Point:
- AI-generated presentations can act as a starting point for teachers. Educators can use the slides as a foundation and then customize them according to the specific needs of their lessons.
4. Consistent Formatting:
- SlidesAI can help maintain a consistent and professional formatting style across all presentations. This is especially useful for teachers who want a consistent look for their teaching materials.
5. Ease of Use:
- Since SlidesAI is a plugin for Google Slides, teachers who are already familiar with Google’s presentation tools will find it easy to integrate into their existing workflows. If educators are not familiar with Google Slides, their the SlidesAI demo videos are really clear and easy to follow.
6. Free and Low-Cost Options:
- The availability of a free tier and low-cost paid options makes it accessible to educators with varying budget constraints. This affordability can be especially advantageous for teachers in resource-limited settings.
While AI tools like SlidesAI can be powerful aids, it’s crucial for educators to review and customize the generated content to ensure accuracy, relevance, and appropriateness for their specific educational context. Additionally, maintaining a balance between automated tools and personalized teaching is key to effective education.
It is important to always consider the educational goals, the needs of the students, and the pedagogical approach when incorporating AI tools into teaching practices.
I believe AI has the potential to personalize learning experiences by adapting to individual students’ needs and learning styles. This could lead to more effective and tailored educational experiences for all students. Adaptive learning paths, engaging learning environments, real-time feedback and assessment are a few things that have been popular topics when researching how AI is being used in the classroom.
While the potential positives are significant, it’s important to continually address challenges such as data privacy and the ethical use of AI. Additionally, educators play a crucial role in interpreting AI-generated insights and collaborating with AI systems to provide a complete and well-rounded education.
Juggling is surely difficult, but with practice comes results!
Professional juggler Jack Kalvan teaches everything you need to know about the basics of juggling in his youtube video.
Went to tiktok for this blog post video!
Starting to incorporate juggling into my routine before hockey practice as a way to warm my hands and eyes up
- Catch the ball with peripherals
- Consistent throws
- Make eye contact with the ball at its highest point, giving your hands information about it where it will land
- Move around to increase difficulty
Also found an upgrade in objects to juggle, these sand filled balls were lying around the house and are meant for juggling, there are super cheap if interested.
Integrating digital literacy into high school physical education (PE) and health classes that I will be teaching can provide students with essential skills to navigate the digital world while promoting well-rounded health education.
Some objectives and activities I thought of that revolve around digital literacy:
Objective: Understand the impact of digital technology on physical and mental well-being.
Activities: Discuss the role of digital devices in daily life and their potential effects on health.
Explore resources on balancing screen time and maintaining a healthy relationship with technology.
Objective: Develop skills to critically assess and evaluate digital information related to health.
Activities: Teach students how to discern reliable health information from misinformation online.
Engage in discussions about the influence of social media on body image and mental health.
Objective: Develop positive digital communication skills and explore the impact on social health.
Activities: Discuss the effects of cyberbullying and strategies for promoting a positive online environment.
Role-play scenarios to practice effective and respectful digital communication.
Objective: Promote responsible online behavior and safeguard personal information.
Activities: Teach students about online privacy settings and the importance of protecting personal information.
Discuss potential risks and strategies for staying safe online.
Objective: Understand the principles of responsible digital citizenship in the context of physical activity.
Activities: Discuss the impact of social media on sportsmanship and respectful behavior in physical activities.
Explore positive examples of digital citizenship in sports and physical education.
Incorporating NCTE’s goals of literacy in a digital age into high school physical education involves recognizing the interconnected nature of literacy and embracing technology as an integral component of students’ communicative and sociocultural practices. Here’s a few goals that can be integrated:
Participate Effectively and Critically in a Networked World:
Encourage students to engage in online platforms or communities related to physical fitness and well-being. Discuss the role of online networks in promoting health and sharing fitness goals.
Explore and Engage Critically Across a Variety of Texts and Tools/Modalities:
Utilize diverse digital resources, such as online articles, videos, and interactive apps, to explore topics like nutrition, fitness routines, and mental health. Teach students to critically evaluate digital health information.
Consume, Curate, and Create Actively Across Contexts:
Have students curate and create digital content related to physical fitness, healthy living, or sports. This could include creating digital portfolios, blogs, or videos showcasing their fitness journey.
In terms of fake news, why do people fall for it?
People can now create content unburdened by the layers of editing and fact-checking that news organizations adhere to
- content is aggregated into a single “news” feed – mixing updates from friends and family with identical-looking links to stories across the web
- lower attention spans
- fake news stories appeal to our emotions
- proliferation of internet bots
The prevalence of fake news in the digital age poses significant challenges, impacting not only information dissemination but also the well-being of individuals. Recognizing the potential consequences, it becomes essential to align educational objectives with addressing these issues. Here’s how to connect the impact of digital technology on physical and mental well-being with the objectives and activities mentioned:
Develop skills to critically assess digital information related to health.
Activity: Explore the implications of unfiltered content creation on the spread of misinformation. Teach students to critically evaluate health-related information online.
John Spencer does a great breakdown of misinformation in his youtube video.
Explore the impact of digital technology on mental well-being.
Activity: Analyze how fake news stories appeal to emotions and discuss strategies for emotional resilience in the digital age.
Promote responsible online behavior and safeguard personal information.
Activity: Investigate the role of internet bots in the spread of misinformation. Teach strategies to identify and counteract the influence of bots.
Melissa Techman has an incredible 10 tips for teaching info literacy/evaluation/research skills in her presentation.
- Talk about what an expert is (and in what field).
- Let students sort real sites. Hoax sites are unlikely to show up in real life.
- Model openness and willingness to fail.
- Talk about how sites work, how news works, how clickbait works.
- Stress vetted sources, but give support for searching in the wild.
- Be careful with anti-Wikipedia messages.
- If you want students to use databases, get really familiar with them yourself.
- Share your own thinking and findings
- Add more online nonfiction reading to students’ lives.
- Move beyond the “its for a grade, it is what colleges want” reasons.
When I was in my younger-middle years days, the use of the internet slowly started to pick up as I went along. I was fortunate enough to have great educators along the way who allocated lots of time to ensure we were aware of the complexities of the world wide web and the potential risks associated with it.
I attended a school that excelled in teaching students the importance of safeguarding personal information, recognizing online threats, and navigating the digital world responsibly. While the school’s approach was not based on scare tactics, it was still discussed. But the approach was rather focused on educating us about proper internet use and encouraging responsible digital citizenship. This experience provided me with the knowledge and skills needed to stay safe in the online environment while fostering an appreciation for the benefits and responsibilities that come with the digital age.
Looking back, I am super grateful to have grown up in a era where the internet was popular enough for teachers to put lots of emphasis on how to be safe while using it. It probably saved me a lot of grief because what they say is true, if you post it, it can sometimes be out there forever, whether you want it to be or not.
The Government of Canada has a great site for learning about keeping kids safer online, one that I found while doing a lesson on internet awareness and safety.
I had a super awesome recommendation on one of my recent posts about going down to 2 balls instead of 3 to try and get some basic fundamentals down, I think this is a great idea as I cannot get the 3rd ball into play.
- I went down to 2 balls and practiced throwing the object to this height consistently as it was one of the basic rules that Taylor Treis discussed
- My next task was to get the “throw, throw, catch, catch pattern down”. This was difficult for me for some reason and I wanted to throw both balls at the same time and catch them both at the same time, not good.
- I started to get a rhythm but I could throw the balls consistently. After I got frustrated, I facetimed my girlfriend and she had a great tip for me.
- She told me to practice against a wall so that I am forced to throw the ball in an area where I am going to catch it, without it hitting the wall. I also decided to go on my knees as I seem to be bending down to pick the balls up, way easier on the hips!
In Michael Wesch’s video, he does an awesome job of explaining how the mediascape works and how everything can be connected in some shape or form.
One of Wesch’s quotes really stood out to me. “It’s about linking people in ways that we’ve never been linked before and in ways we can’t even predict because it’s changing almost every 6 months now there’s a new tool out there that connects us in some new way”.
If there is a new tool almost every 6 months or so, what does that mean for educators.
The society we live in is forever evolving when it comes to the digital world, as technology evolves, us as educators should be evolving as well. The use of technology in the classroom has changed the way education is delivered and experienced. Here are a few things I found on a blog/came up with that can have a positive influence on the students.
Enhanced Learning Resources:
- Digital learning resources, virtual labs, e-books, and multimedia content. These resources will make learning more engaging and adaptable to individual needs.
Blended Learning Models:
- Blended learning, which combines traditional in-person instruction with online components. Flexibility, personalization, and access to a wide range of digital resources.
- Collaboration tools and platforms will enable students to work together on projects, share ideas, and connect with peers.
- Online assessments and e-portfolios. These methods provide a more holistic view of a student’s abilities and progress.
Digital Citizenship Education:
- Students will learn how to navigate the digital world responsibly and ethically.
Access to Diverse Learning Paths:
- Digital platforms will make it easier for students to access a variety of learning paths and resources, breaking down traditional barriers to education.
Accessibility and Inclusivity:
- Efforts will be made to ensure that digital resources and learning platforms are accessible to all students, regardless of their abilities, locations, or socioeconomic status
The future classroom will be a dynamic and adaptable environment that leverages the power of technology to offer engaging, personalized, and globally connected learning experiences. Educators, students, and institutions will need to embrace this digital evolution to prepare the workforce and citizens of the future effectively.
This video on Debating the Digital Future is a tad the longer side, but offers incredible insight on the balances and benefits of the new realities of technology. Here are some points I thought of that should be considered when discussing the online world.
Online Safety and Privacy:
- Raise awareness about online safety and privacy. Teach students how to protect their personal information, identify online threats, and practice secure online habits.
Balance Screen Time:
- Encourage a healthy balance of screen time. Set limits on screen use and prioritize face-to-face interactions, physical activity, and time outdoors.
- Utilize digital wellbeing features and apps to monitor and manage screen time. Many devices offer tools to track and limit screen time.
- Foster mindful technology use, encouraging individuals to be aware of their digital consumption and its impact on their well-being.
- Recognize the positive aspects of technology, such as communication, learning, remote work, and access to information.
- Bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone, regardless of their economic or geographical situation, has access to the benefits of technology
- Encourage community engagement both online and offline. While technology facilitates connections, it should complement, not replace, real-world relationships.
- Embrace a culture of continuous learning and adaptation. The digital world evolves rapidly, and staying informed and open to change is essential.
Balanced Work-Life Integration:
- Establish a healthy work-life balance, especially in remote work settings. Set clear boundaries for working hours and downtime.
Balancing the challenges and possibilities of the digital age requires collaboration among individuals, families, educators, and employers. By prioritizing digital literacy, mindful technology use, and ethical behavior, we can harness the benefits of the digital world while easing its potential drawbacks.
For doing video assignments in University I have always stuck to tik tok or YouTube, being a Mac owner I wanted to try out iMovie to see what it offers. I quickly found out it is super easy to use and lots of the features are premade for you, just add your content, organize, and away you go!
- Lots of title options to pick from
- Easy to add text and change the size
- Complete control of where content is, and able to add transitions
- Digital Storytelling
- Virtual Field Trips
- Peer Reviews
- Digital Portfolios
- Collaborative Projects
At the Substitution level, iMovie could be used as a basic video playback tool. Teachers and students use it to watch educational videos or films
This level involves minimal transformation as it essentially replaces a traditional video player or DVD player
At the Augmentation level, iMovie starts to enhance the learning experience. Teachers and students use basic editing features to trim or add text to videos.
For instance, students may create a simple video project where they edit together clips to summarize a historical event.
The Modification level involves more significant changes to the learning experience. In this case, iMovie is used to create multimedia presentations or reports.
Students might create documentaries that include not only video but also images, text overlays, and music to convey complex ideas effectively.
At the Redefinition level, iMovie is used to transform the way students learn and demonstrate their understanding. It enables tasks that were not possible without technology.
For example, students could collaborate on video projects with peers from other countries, conducting interviews and sharing cultural perspectives to develop a global understanding of a topic.
My Finish Product
First take on juggling lets go!! Like I said, easily 4 years since the last attempt, tried my best not to get frustrated.
Pretty much went as expected (not very good) – take a peak if you need a laugh
After this epic failure I went digging for in depth videos on youtube and came across a lady named Taylor Tries and I think she just might take me to the promise land.
THINGS I LEARNT FROM HER ALREADY
- It is all about messing up and getting better in little increments
- Dont get frustrated (I kinda did ^^^)
- Enjoy the journey
- Bean bags are the best way to go (gonna have to get my stone hands on some)
Have already made great strides, with lots of work to do – STAY TUNED
I have grown up in an era that has seen technology evolve dramatically over time. My first phone was a Nokia and for anyone around my age and older, you probably remember that style of phone. Basic texting and calling, it is truly amazing to think about how far technology has come over the years. In saying that, how do I use it in my day to day life?
These are the applications that take up majority of my day to day screen time.
In all honesty, it is a fairly good balance between academics, hockey/life, & social interaction.
Broken down from most used to barely used:
Obviously the standard texting is a huge one as well but in terms of socials,
- Instagram – Teaching resources, hockey drills, motivational speakers, sports updates, social interaction
- X – Teaching resources, hockey drills, motivational speakers, sports updates
- Facebook – Communication with personal trainer
- Snapchat – Social interaction
- BeReal – Social interaction
- Messenger – Fantasy Sports chats
- WhatsApp – Fantasy Sports chats
- Youtube – Teaching resources, hockey drills
- VSCO – barely use, can and should delete
(talking to my girlfriend is the main social interaction, this is year 7 of long distance so social media has allowed us to stay extremely close over the years)
You may be thinking, WOW! you have a ton of socials. Yes, but I have found a really great way to manage them & use them effectively for academics, teaching, coaching, interacting, and life things in general. Although I have a great balance now, it wasnt always smooth sailing. The best thing I ever did was get rid of tiktok about 2 years ago, I ended up doing this and doing a clean sweep of my socials after watching The Social Dilemma on Netflix, I have attached the preview, if you have not watched it, I strongly suggest it!
Since then I have set timers on applications to ensure I am not spending to much time on each platform throughout the day, I think it is a really useful setting on smart phones, just 1 strategy I have that seems to work well for me.
Managing Screen Time is huge in day to day life!!!