I spent a good couple of hours this afternoon building the next couple of lectures for my Tolkien class. It’s been interesting. Partly because it’s Tolkien, of course, but also because I’m doing the slides using Google Presentations instead of PowerPoint. I’d frankly grown tired of being forced to remember my thumbdrive every day; better to just have the slides sitting in my GMe cloud (I should trademark that).
Anyway, I have to admit that I’m pretty impressed with Presentations overall. Not as fancy as PowerPoint, but for my needs it’s almost entirely adequate.
Except, well, there’s a couple of things I don’t like. Foremost among them are the sharing options. I can’t seem to figure out a way to save a presentation such that folks can’t just open the thing up and copy my notes out of it.
Here’s the situation. A number of my students would like to have access to the slides at home, mostly for personal studying, though a few want to pass them along to family and friends who are trying to follow along with my class from a distance. (By the way, that doesn’t ever seem to happen much when I teach Chaucer.) I have no problem with such a thing on principle, but at the same time I don’t want people to take what are essentially my lecture notes and then redistribute them as if they were their own.
What I need is a “locked down” slide presentation, and Google Presentations just doesn’t seem to have it.
So sorry, students and back-home-followers. No distributing of slides unless someone can show me a solution.