Creating Google Slide Progression Bar

Recently in the Google Doc’s Help Forum a user inquired about creating a progression bar. Up until now I never really thought about using progression bars in Slide Presentations.  Thanks to this question I now understand there are times when a student or teacher may want to include a progression bar.

What Does a Progression Bar Do?

  • It helps narrow down steps into small digestible chunks.
  • Maintains order of the directions steps
  • Provides a timeline
    • May be used for social studies
      • Example:
        • Timeline for Mayflower travels
        • Historic figure timeline (from birth to death)
    • May be used in Science
      • Examples:
        • Life Cycles:
          • Frog
          • Butterfly
          • Plant
        • Part of science lab writeup
          • Students take photos of lab steps
            • Place the photos on a Slide Progression
              • Explain what they see happen in photos
              • May use arrows to point out changes
    • Uses for Math
      • A way for students to share the steps used for solving an equation
      • Show small chunks of the steps used to solve a math word problem

How to Create a Progression Bar

Progression bars may be simple or as complex. It all depends upon the point the creator is trying to make. Following is an example of a simple three slide progression bar where footsteps were used as the progression line.

Please click here for the above template

Following is the steps for creating the template:
  1. Create a slide include a shape with a number
  2. Duplicate the slide, duplicate the shape w/number
  3. Move the second shape to a new location
  4. Repeat as often as you need to complete the timeline
  5. Publish the Slide to the web

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Easy Google Slides T-Chart

Sometime we take simple tasks for granted. I was kind of surprised when asked how to create a T-Chart in a Google Slide. This is a very easy task when one uses a table to create the chart. Using a table makes the T-Chart very user friendly. All the student or teacher has to do is click within the chart to start typing. How much easier can it get?

Please Click Here for a Copy of the T-Chart Template

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.
Steps:
  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.

On No! My Dog Ruined My Homework!!!

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Last week a students said, “Hey Ms. Drasby can you help me?” “My dog was sitting on my lap and deleted some of the words from several questions.” It was a simple but time consuming fix to use the Revision History to fix and maintain the integrity of the students answers. I had to copy and paste the correct info from several different restoration time periods. While doing this it dawned on me how to prevent this from happening again by using a Google Slide to create the worksheet.

All one has to do is use the master editing mode when designing the worksheet in Google Slides. This hidden treasure will help protect the integrity of a worksheet from accidental erasure. It also limits the layouts if students need to add a slide to complete the work.

How to Edit the Slide’s Master

  1. Open Google Slides
  2. Click View, followed by Selecting Master
  3. Edit Name, Click Rename
  4. Click Done
  5. Change Page Size
  6. Delete Slides
  7. Edit Blank Slide by Adding Image and Text
  8. Click Outer Slide Deck to Finish

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The Advantage of Creating a Worksheet by Editing the  View Master It Prevents the Student from Easily Changing Worksheet Information 

Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slide

Recently this question was asked in the Google Doc Help Forum, “Can I insert a Chart from Google Forms into a Google Slides Presentation?” I started thinking about this question realized both students and teachers could benefit from the below directions. Adding data to a student project or classroom presentation makes it more engaging to the audience.

There are several steps to follow for inserting a Google Forms Graph into a Google Slides Presentation. It isn’t hard to do and the benefits are well worth it!

How to Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slides

First please link the Google Forms to a Spreadsheet:
  1. Open a form in Google Forms.
  2. At the top, click RESPONSES.
  3. Below, click More More.
  4. Select Response Destination
  5. Choose Create New Spreadsheet
Next insert the type of chart you want from the data collected into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the cells with data you want to include in your chart. Note: To make labels on your chart, add a header row or column to your data.
  3. Click Insert > Chart.
  4. In the “Recommendations” tab, choose a chart style. For more options, click Chart types.
  5. To edit your chart, click Customization.
  6. To create the chart, click Insert.
Or use the explore tool to drag a chart into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Click the Column with Data
  3. Click Explore Lower right corner
  4. Drag the Chart to the Sheet
  5. Click the Chart’s Down arrow to Move to a new sheet in the spreadsheet

Last Step: Insert Chart into Google Slide Presentation

  1. Open a  Google Slides Presentation
  2. Select Layout choose blank
  3. Go to Insert and Select Chart
  4. Click from Sheets
  5. Choose Sheet and Click Select
  6. Select the Chart 
  7. Click Import