Similar to Microsoft Powerpoint, but with fewer frills. Most people prefer to collaborate here, but then have one person import the presentation to PowerPoint and do the final cleanup and preparation there.
To access Google Presentations:
1) Go to drive.google.com.
2) Sign in with your Willamette e-mail address and password.
Here are some uses of Google Presentations for educational settings:
For more ideas on using Google Presentations in the classroom, check out 5 Ideas for Using Google Presentations with Students.
If you like the more extensize customization capabilities of PowerPoint, but also need to collaborate or otherwise share your presentation online, consider creating your presentation in PowerPoint and importing your slides into Google Presentations.
Simply go the the "Insert" tab in your Google Presentation and select the "Import Slides..." option.
Go to your Google Drive. Click the "Create" button and select "Presentation".
Now you can edit your presentation or share it with others!
To share your presentation, click the blue "Share" button in the upper righthand corner of the screen.
By selecting the "Change" option underneath "Who Has Access", you can decide who can access your presentation and how.
You can add specific people by putting in their e-mail addresses. You can assign these people to either an editing, commenting, or viewing role.
Google Presentations and Microsoft Powerpoint each offer varying functions and unique uses. Check out this chart comparing their functions to help decide which program best fits your individual needs. Remember--you can always import and export slides to and from Powerpoint!