Create Slides from Google Drive
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.
Create Slides in Google Classroom
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
- Click OPEN on the Google Classroom assignment.
- Select CREATE.
- When the Slides with your name opens, click on it.
Here are a few basic directions for Google Slides plus a few options that I use on a daily basis.
Change Slide Layout
The menu changes depending what you select in Google Slides. For example, if you select on the slide itself, the word Layout appears. If you click inside the text box, a text format menu appears.
- Click on Slide (not in a text box).
- Click on Layout.
- Select the layout of your choice.
Add a bit of color to the Google Slides by changing the background to white, a solid color, a gradient color, or an image.
- Click on the background of the slide. A menu with Background, Layout, etc will appear.
- 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.
Add a Bulleted List
Bulleted lists communicate ideas. Google Slides has 6 default bulleted icons.
- Click inside a text box.
- Look for the icon.
If you do not see the option, look for ... to view more options.
Knowing how to customize a bullet list with emojis may not help you create a yearbook BUT it is super fun on presentations and in Google Docs!
- 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.
Access diagrams such as grids, Venn diagrams, and timelines in Google Slides!
- Select Insert.
- Click on Diagram.
- Choose the type of diagram.
- Select the level, copy and style.
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.
Add-ons that work with our school filter
- AudioPlayer for Slides
- Doc 365 GIFmaker
- Easy Accents - Slides
- Flat - Music Notation
- Grackle - Accessibility Checker
- Insert icons for Slides
- Lucidchart Diagrams
- Magic Rainbow Unicorns
- Noun Project
- Slides Toolbox
Blocked for our students
- Adobe Stock
- Top Stock Photos
When you have minimal text and images, use the Explore option to view suggested layouts.
- Type minimal writing and/or insert an image. This image is from the Unsplash add-on.
- Select the Explore icon in the lower right. It should be yellow.
- Scroll through the options to find the layout of your choice.
A visual created in Google Slides can easily be copied, pasted and linked into a Google Docs! Why use this feature? Images are powerful! They inspire ideas and help us reflect. The student can illustrate a story in Slides and use those illustrations Docs. Students can copy/paste a Slide as evidence of learning as they write a reflection of their work in Docs. The best part is when the Slides is updated, the student can select Update from the image in Docs.
- 6 NEW Updates for Google Slides by Teacher's Tech
- September 2017 User Group Meeting by Eric Curtis (Watch 1:08:53-2:01:15)
- Present like a pro: new updates in Slides designed to make you look good by Google
- Google Slides Add-on Store (This should open a blank Google Slides and go directly to the Slides Add-on store).
- Shutterstock Images & Shutterstock Editor Integrate with Google Slides for Richer, Simpler Presentations by Disha Harjani
- Create Inspiring Presentations with Adobe Stock and Google Slides by Sandria Tran
- Presentation Tech: New Google Slides Updates You Need to Know by Stephanie Fulton