Publishing Google Slides Great Ideas

Yes! You Can Embed Google Slides Into a Website!

Why would a teacher want to do this? Here are some practical reasons for embedding a Google Slide into a classroom website or blog.

  1. Share a Gallery of Student’s Art or Writings
  2. Provide an animated welcoming message
  3. Share a classroom presentation
  4. Provide step by step directions for a project
    • Yes! Some students actually do work from home
    • Provides extra support for the absent student
  5. Share upcoming events with students and their parents
  6. Let the community know about exciting events happening at your school
  7. Share video clips of the weeks classroom presentations
  8. Post a virtual Notebook the students can refer
    • Supports the students with doing assignments
    • Project support
    • Study tool for Assessments
  9. Share a slide deck of inspirational quotes
  10. Share a classroom newsletter created by the students
    • Supports a School to Home Connection
  11. Makes the website or blog a little more interesting to look at

Directions for Publishing a Slide to the Web

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Click here to make a copy for this Tutorial

Hidden Goodie: Google Doc Outline

Recently an outline appeared magically on the left hand side of a Google Doc I was creating. I’m finding this more useful then a table of contents especially while doing research. The outline allows the user to easily find topics within a Google Doc by simply clicking on the topic within the generated list.  When clicked the doc locates and jumps to the section. If a doc is created by using headings it generates a logical outline. This speeds up finding the information listed in one’s research project.

Creating Google Doc Outline

  1. Click on Help
  2. Type Outline
  3. Outline Window
    • Opens to the left side of Doc

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Teach Students How to Create Calendar Meetings

Google Calendar is a tool both students and teachers can use for communication and collaboration. It allows the user to share attachments, web-links and images along with a brief summary. If a student is working on a class project outside of school Google Calendar allows them to make arrangements and share information with their classmates. Google Calendar provides opportunities for collaboration and communication for teachers without having to leave their classroom. It’s an easy way for teacher’s to leave sub plans which support the use of the classrooms interactive whiteboards thanks to clickable attachments and links left in the description area. Read below to learn how to maximize Google Calendar for supporting school needs.

CREATE EVENT, ATTACH DOC & PHOTOS

It’s Simple to Invite Others to an Event

Just add Email and Save

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Teaching Students Collaboration Skills Using Google Photos

When students collaborate together creating a group project planning is a key to success. Generally there are rubrics or step by step directions to follow for supporting students with gathering information. It is not unusual for one student to pick out the image and persuades the others to use it with no real discussion. If it is a TRUE collaborative project built to have students communicate with each other then shouldn’t they discuss the images too?

Why not have the students create a GooglePhotos Album to use as a repository for images to be used in the group project? Each student would be responsible to submit one picture to the GooglePhotos Album, and write a short sentence about the picture.

Lifecycle Google Photo Album Sample

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Why Use This?

  1. Supports student collaboration
    • Students can share reasons for image use
    • Comment area can be used to discuss the purpose of the image
  2. Opportunity for students to practice “Digital Citizenship Skills”
  3. Provides a shared receptacle for images
  4. Every student contributes input
  5. Images are shared in an organized easy to understand manner

It’s a Breeze to Copy Google Drive Folders

This is a question I hear quite often, “What is the easiest way to copy a Google Drive Folder?” Of course my first response is download the Google Drive APP to the local drive on the digital device.  However not everyone has the storage room to do this and many Google Drive users would rather keep the files and folders in the web version of Google Drive. Well! Yes! Of course I have an answer for an easy way to copy and move the folders in the web version of Google Drive. The answer is use a Google Spreadsheet with the Copy Folder Add-on.

Adding Copy Folder to Google Sheet

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How to Use Copy Folder

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Select a File
Select a FileSelect File 2

Folder is Copying

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Google Spreadsheet Listing Is Generated

Listing of Folders

New Folder Located Next to Old Folder

Old & New folder

Google Drive & Gmail Sign-Out First Learned Rule

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Today I was amazed while watching a middle school student sign-out of their Gmail account. Instead of clicking on the account sign-out the student clicked the red “X” in the upper left Corner of the Chrome Browser. This is not the safest way to sign out of an account. It could potentially leave the user’s account signed on. Which means the next student using the computer may have access to the prior person’s account.

Ironically today in the Google Drive Help Forum I assisted a high school student who was upset due to files and folder deleted from their account. It is really important to teach students from a young age how to sign-out of their Google Account before closing the Chrome or Internet Browser. Nurturing “Good Digital Citizenship” skills start with teaching students how to properly use digital devices.