POLAROID NOTES came about out of pure necessity! Not me being creative or innovative or just wanting to do something "fancy" with Google Slides. It happened because of 2 things.
I needed to be more productive and efficient.
That's it. Nothing more and nothing less.
Polaroid Notes are a way of taking dynamic and brain-friendly notes. I use one slide deck to take my notes when I go to a conference. Each slide represents a session I attend.
Instead of transcribing everything the presenters say in a Google Doc, that I probably won't look at again, I use Google Slides. Check out this example from Matt's Tech Like A Pirate session at TCEA.
Focus on the big ideas: the WHAT, the WHY, and the HOW. Then add images, word art, color, symbols, shapes, and even video to make your notes POP!
There are obviously so many ways this strategy could be used, but here are a couple of basic examples.
So how can you get started creating your own Polaroid Notes? Here are 7 tips for creating your own. Also be sure to scroll down to the bottom for a link to a free template.
The BIG 3 are the most important components of creating dynamic Polaroid Notes because the "Big 3" will focus your attention and keep you from trying to capture everything!
The Insert Tab in the Slides toolbar is your best friend!
Insert Word Art for main headers and bold statements!
There are so many more fonts available in Google Slides. Explore the "More fonts" option to expand your horizons. Check out fonts.google.com to see a variety of fonts along with great font pairings.
Use a theme/color that is relevant to the topic in some way. Usually I choose this based upon the speaker's presentation slide colors and images; or if he/she has written a book or blog, I may get my color palette from there.
For example, in What's New in Google Edu presentation, I used the main Google colors and icons as my theme throughout the presentation.
6. Sharing Polaroid Notes
Looking for an easy way to get started? Check out my template for creating your own Polaroid Notes!
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