Collaborating to Build a Slideshow Presentation

Project Overview

Software Type: Web Application

The example project created in this Lesson Accelerator addresses ISTE Standards Performance Indicators for middle grades as used in a(n) Science curriculum. It could also be used with older learners or adapted for lower grades. See the section on Extending and Adapting at the bottom of this page for ideas on how to use this same project for different subjects, grades, and skill levels.

Project Launchers

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Users will be using online tools to collaborate on a presentation. Our example is about climate change and global warming, but the project can be easily adapted for any subject area. Viewers will learn how to work in a shared word processing document to collect information, and then divide up the work for creating an online slide presentation they can share on the Internet.


To provide students with the opportunity to use freely available online software tools for collaboration and project creation.


The student will be able to:

  • Sign in to online services
  • Create a new online word processing document.
  • Enter & format text in the document.
  • Share the document online to facilitate collaboration with others.
  • Add information gathered about their research topic.
  • Create active hyperlinks to Web resources.
  • Create a new online presentation document.
  • Add & modify template slides, as needed.
  • Insert images & other media on to the slides.
  • Download a copy of the presentation.
  • Play the presentation over the Internet.

Preparation and Skill Mastery

Students should have mastered basic computer skills, such as the use of input devices (mouse, keyboard, etc.), opening and closing applications, and saving documents to a personal folder or directory. Students will need a valid email address to sign up for the online services they will use for this project.


  • A computer with browser software installed and access to the Internet
  • Access to the downloadable materials provided with this project

Task List

The tasks to be completed for this project include:

  • Creating an account for accessing online services.
  • Creating new online documents.
  • Adding & formatting text.
  • Sharing documents with others over the Internet.
  • Participating in online collaborations.
  • Adding images & other media to the slides.
  • Adding hyperlinks to Web sites.
  • Properly formatting Web page citations.
  • Downloading a copy of the presentation to the local hard disk.
  • Presenting the slides to an invited Internet audience.


Assessment can be based on the following:

  • A rubric for assessing mastery of the project skills is included in the downloadable resource packet. This may be used by the teacher for assessing student mastery, or as a self-assessment tool by the student.

Extending or Adapting

Here are some possible ways that this lesson plan might be extended or adapted for different timeframes, grade levels, and skill/ability levels:

  • The example project uses the topic of climate change and global warming as the focus for the research and presentation that is created. This project is easily modified for any topic under discussion, as the general procedures demonstrated are not topic specific.
  • Research can be expanded to include other resources besides Web sites. Students can be encouraged to add additional slides and media to the presentation.
  • Younger students, or students with limited language skills might use less text and more images for their presentations.

What's in a Project?

Each project provides:

  • Project activity guide
  • Copy of the completed project
  • All the resources needed to recreate the example project
  • Step-by-step tutorial movies that walk students through the project
  • Assessment rubric