Google Slides is more than a presentation app. We can create comic strips, magazine covers, newsletters, e-books, and yes, even yearbooks, in this versatile Google app.
If you are already familiar with Google Slides, then fill free to skim the page. You must learn something new.
Google Drive is a teacher's home base. Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Sites, Drawings and more are stored in this Cloud. These files can be manually organized into folders. The user can Search Drive by name or file type.
Think of Google Classroom not as an assignment maker, but rather a Google Drive organizer for both the student and teacher. Read the student directions for creating a Google Slides that is automatically shared with the teacher.
Create a Slides via Google Classroom
- Click OPEN on the Google Classroom assignment.
- Select CREATE.
- When the Slides with your name opens, click on it.
Change Slide Layout
To change the Slide Layout, select the Slide as opposed to a textbook. You will notice the word Layout in the menu. If you click in the text box, a different menu appears.
- Select Slide.
- Click on Layout.
- Select the layout of your choice.
Change Background Color
- Select the Slide to view the menu with Background.
- Click on Background.
- Select either Color or Image.
- Notice the multiple options. Select your choice.
- Click the blue Done to change the background for ONE slide. Click Add to theme to change ALL slides.
Customize Bullet List
The default 6 choices for bullet lists bore you, customize one!
- Select the Bullet list icon or use the shortcut CTRL + Shift + 8.
- Type the list.
- Right-click (or 2-finger touch on Chromebook) to view menu.
- Select More bullets.
- Search the Categories or search by drawing in the box.
Like Docs and Sheets, Google Slides has Add-ons. These Add-ons give more functionality to the app.
Look in the Menu bar for Add-ons. Then select Get add-ons and explore the options. New add-ons are added each month. Eventually, SlidesYearbook will be one of them.
- Select Add-ons on the menu bar.
- Click Get-add-ons.
- Search the store to find an add-on. Click on it and select Free.
- Add-ons include Unsplash (quality photos), the Noun Project, (icons) and Paletti (color templates.
Some add-ons may be blocked for students. Below is a list of Add-ons that work in my K-8 district.
Blocked for Students
- Adobe Stock
List of Slides Add-ons
To protect students from potentially inappropriate images, schools use internet filters. These filters may also block Add-ons. Below is a list of Add-ons that work with my K-8 school filter and ones that are blocked for students. This list was updated November 23, 2017
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