Last issue we featured Google Slides and an innovative way to create animations. We now pass the baton to our newest guest writer, Phil Carew, to arm you with even more Google Slides tips and tricks. Cheers to the death of boring Slide presentations!

Google Slides is so much more than a presentation tool. Encourage creativity and show your students how best to use Slides for producing designs, mock-up sketches, taking notes and more.

Here is a list of exciting Google Slides tips and reminders for you to use in the classroom.

  • Keep formatting conventions – Paste with Command + Shift + V (works in all G Suite tools) to keep the current formatting
  • Movement – Hold shift when moving images so they only move slightly
  • AutoDraw – Use AutoDraw to draw images to use in your designs. AutoDraw is a new tool that pairs machine learning with drawings to help everyone create anything visual, fast.
  • Crop – Use the drop-down arrow next to the crop symbol to crop images into different shapes
  • Use Google Fonts to find new and exciting fonts that you can add to Slides and Docs
  • Utilise Chrome tabs – Click and drag images from Google Image search into your Slides tab instead of copying and pasting them
  • Use the Palette Creator Chrome add on to get different HEX codes from one image so you can adhere to brand or colour conventions

Google Image Search Tips

The following Google image search tips will also help develop your designs even further:

  • Size – encourage students to follow these steps before they begin their search – Size – Larger than 800 x 600 to ensure the image won’t be pixelated
  • Colour – click Tools > Colour > Transparent to make sure the image doesn’t have a background
  • Usage rights – encourage students to follow these steps before they begin their search – Usage rights > Labelled for reuse to make sure the images are copyright free

Here are some worked examples that I’ve used effectively with my students:

Research/Infographics

Create a collaborative Slide Deck for students to research a new topic or theme. The following guides work well – Include 2 images, 1 video, something you knew prior, 3 points of research etc.


BONUS TIP: Design a mobile phone app

Click File > Page Setup > Custom to make the size similar to a mobile phone screen to design mockup app storyboards (7×12 cm works well for phone storyboard templates).

Written by Guest Writer – Phil Carew

Posted by:ictedumag

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