Getting Started with Google Slides
This video acts as a self-paced Google Slides introductory course in which you will practice skills necessary to create all the cool activities listed below by creating a virtual postcard.
This fun Google Slides Scavenger Hunt activity was developed by one of my edu-blogers Catlin Tucker, and I've used this with 2nd graders, middle school, high school, and adult learners with great success. Simply open the link above, click on File and Make a Copy to try it on your own.
Make your own copy of Catlin Tucker's Google Slides Scavenger Hunt by clicking here
Unconventional Google Slides Templates
Memory Matching Game - Self-Assessing Quiz - Template for Do-Now for Entering Class
This tutorial shows you how to create memes so you can assess student learning through a fun medium that they know and understand.
Other Ready-Made Templates
Below, you'll find a few different templates that you or your students can adapt or recreate. The Daily Prophet and Comic Book templates were originally created by ed tech guru George Barcenas and the Instagram template is here thanks to the generosity of Jordan Jenison.
One of my personal heroes, the brilliant Eric Curts from ControlAltAchieve created the Jeopardy template.
Slides Carnival is a great source for free snazzy Google Slides templates.
Directions for a Biology Magazine Project (Courtesy of Jennifer Carlson)
Google Slides for Infographs
Easily create beautiful infographics with Google Slides in just a few steps.
Create a new slide and either choose a template or change the background.
Then under File, choose "Page Set Up," select "Custom," and enter the desired dimensions.
Add Ons to Step Up Your Google Slides Game
Make your slide decks more appealing by adding images. Below, you'll find four add ons to help you.
Insert Images from within Google Slides
Otherwise, you can upload photos from your computer, Google Drive, or Google Photos.
You can also search the web (see image to the right) for photos that you have permission to use and manipulate.
Pro tip: add "PNG" after the search term to find images that have a transparent background.
Create Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides
Have students make animations to demonstrate understanding of concepts, like vocabulary development as in the animated slide deck illustrating the definition of "coalesce" below.
The video to the right explains how to make an animation like the one I created above. Although the video suggests changing the the default 1000 milliseconds between slides to 75 milliseconds, I did 200 milliseconds in the sample above. That seemed a better pace. You may need to play with that number.