Annotating Slides Presentations Oh My!

After reading the following statement in the Google Doc’s forum I immediately jumped upon finding a way to do what was being asked. A teacher stated, “I use google slides to present my lessons at school but at the moment, I can only use my magic whiteboard smart pen with powerpoint.”  “Is there anyway to be able to mark the slides, with a smart pen, when it’s in presentation mode/ rather than have to download it?”
I have discovered two work-arounds to use which will allow you to annotate over a Google Slide when in Presentation mode.
  1. Use the New Google Sites and embed the Google Slide into a website. Click the Google Sites Preview Button (looks like an eyeball). This will put the website into presentation mode.
  2. Publish Google Slides to the web. One Tip the user will need to edit the “Time” in the published URL or the presentation will auto advance.  Please see the INSTRUCTIONS below for Editing the URL.
Both of these methods will allow you to use an Interactive Whiteboard pen to annotate over the Google Slide Presentation.


  • You can use the Web Paint Chrome Extension to annotate over the presentation.
  • Web Paint provides a feature to take screenshots of the annotated presentation. This will allow the teacher to save the annotated content.

Edit Published Slides Auto Advance Time

After Publishing the Google Slide delete the number which appears after the equal sign at the end of the URL. Replace the number with a Zero.

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To the Moon with Google Slides…

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Google Slides is one of the many “Magical Tools” embedded into GSuites for Education. It is a versatile tool and often carries the “Stigma” of being a presentation tool.  The last few years I’ve discovered a myriad of ways to incorporate slides for supporting students of all learning abilities. Sharing slides in “Edit Mode” provides students the opportunity to use Google Slides as interactive and Collaborative Activities. Activities such as my “Phases of the Moon” Google Slides Interactive support students with independently learning content and internalizing the information through the use of several methods.

Below is a video explaining how to use the Phases of the Moon Google Slides.

Please click here to make a copy of this template

How does this Google Slides Activity Benefit Students?

  • Supports independent learning
    • Via Independent Research
    • Repetitive Practice
  • Supports critical thinking skills
  • Provides an opportunity to create
  • Can support Collaboration and Communication
    • Depending if used as group or individual activity

Graphing using Slides & Chrome Extensions

Recently I discovered the Web Paint Chrome Extension and absolutely fell in love with the annotating feature! This allows the user to easily annotate over any browser based webpage.  Immediately I thought of a way to apply this to math. Graphing coordinates seems so much easier when one can use a stylus, finger or touchpad to place a dot where the x and y axis intersect.
  1. Add a Graph paper background to a Google Slides
  2. Annotate over the slide by using the tools provided in the web paint extension
  3. Use the Save to Drive extension to take a screenshot and auto-save the work to the student’s Google Drive.