Part of the reason social media has taken off so much are the connections. Seeing other people’s reaction to what you’ve shared. Learning from others. We can get the same attraction when we do collaborative learning in the classroom. Google Slides makes this possible. Really easy and quick, too. By creating a slide presentation and […]
When the end of the school year is in sight, it’s a time of excitement coupled with the importance of finishing the year STRONG. The end of the year is a time unlike any other. State tests are behind us. Many students are working on big projects or papers. It can be a great time […]
Yearbooks that cost $100 or more are out of reach for many students. By using Google Slides and local printers, some schools are creating low-cost, gorgeous yearbooks instead. This post is written by Jennifer Scott, an English teacher and technology leader from California. She’s a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer. Find her on Twitter at […]
Creating stop-motion animation with Google Slides is easy! These tips will help your animations look phenomenal! This post is written by Jake Miller, a tech integration specialist from Ohio. He’s a Google for Education Trainer and a self-proclaimed spreadsheet nerd. Find him on Twitter (@JakeMillerTech) and at his blog, jakemiller.net. A note from Matt …I […]
Posters. Advertisements. Graphic organizers. Comic strips. Image annotations. Flyers. Google Drawings is like your digital poster board — or a big digital piece of paper. When students use it to create something with what they’ve learned, some very cool — and very memorable — learning can happen. The basics of Google Drawings are in plain […]
Let students put what you’re studying in MOTION. Animation is easy with stop motion Google Slides. (Icons via The Noun Project with NounPro account.)For years (centuries … really, millennia), students have had access to paper. And with that, they’ve been able to gather their ideas and turn them into static, two-dimensional images.To put those images […]
Google Classroom has helped tons of teachers around the world manage their classrooms and their assignments digitally — and it’s made our lives much easier in many ways. There are ways, though, that we can make our Google Classroom lives even easier than that! By employing some time savers in Google Classroom, we can provide […]
How can we hear from every student in the classroom? How can we make learning stickier by helping students express it visually? These questions are at the core of the book, The Google-Infused Classroom, by Holly Clark and Tanya Avrith. In this episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, we talk about infusing lessons with […]
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Take the power of images and add some learning to it! Pull an image relating to your content (historical art/photo, current events, math problem, diagram, etc.) into Google Drawings/Slides. Add speech bubbles and thought bubbles (Insert > Shape > Callout) to tell what that person is thinking/saying. Add text boxes on the image to give him/her advice. Add Bitmoji images to add reaction! This is a great way to kick critical thinking up a notch and have fun!
Comic strips captivated us as children. Tap into that energy in the classroom with Google Drawings/Slides comic strips! Drawings and Slides are a great medium for giving students this creative outlet. It lets them create a framework with shapes, add speech/thought bubbles, and insert images in one place.
Infographics are visually stimulating and force us to summarize well. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond. They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, whether you’re viewing on a page or a printed version hung on a wall. They’re easy to share. What if we did more infographics in schools and less research papers?
Find some text online and take a screenshot of it. OR, take a picture of some text with your webcam (Insert > Image > Camera).
Insert that image into a Google Drawing. (Slides can definitely work, too.)
Look at the text and find a few words that create an intriguing message. (I like to look at the page and let the words speak to me.)
Use the line tool to "black out" all of the page but the words in your message. Draw lines and use the line weight tool (see image below) to change the width of your lines. (I alternated between 8pt, 12pt and 16pt.)
Style the page any way you'd like to make it look the way you want.
When done, download the image (File > Download as ... > PNG).
5. Google Slides stop-motion animation
This is a great hack (i.e. non-traditional use) of Google Slides that could take some time to complete but yield amazing results. Create a scene on the first slide of a slide presentation using images, lines, shapes, text, etc. Duplicate the slide. Then move something slightly. Duplicate again. Move something slightly again. Repeat over and over until your animation is complete! (For an example to replicate, check out the Battle of Little Big Horn below.)
Google Drawings are great for bringing images, text and shapes together. Those elements combine for a great digital poster. But these digital posters are way better than a regular one made of poster board. Various elements in the poster can be clicked, delivering webpages and other online content to viewers.