Spin It Around…

Recently I received an email asking how do you turn a Google Slide image upside down . The answer is very simple and works to turn all Google Slide images in any direction. Why might a person want to do this? When designing in a linear fashion it may appear visually boring. However when you turn an image upside down or tilt on an angle it spices up the slide presentation. Sometimes it even draws interest to a presentation and may deter the viewers from fallen to sleep due to boredom.


Adding Emoticons to Google Slides Comments

Emoticons in Google Comments

Sometimes young and adolescent students respond best to visuals along with simple text. This is why adding emoticons may be useful when making helpful comments on students Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and etc… It is amazing the difference a simple thumbs up or smiley face may make when a student views a comment from a teacher or teaching assistant. Using “Chatspeak” or “Text-Speak” are two different methods young people of today use when digitally communicating with each other. It is this reason why using an emoticons or text-speak for a comment makes sense. You might find a young person may respond to this form of communicating much faster than a long windy comment.

Please note the following tips for adding emoticons to a comment on a Google Doc, Slides, Drawings, or etc… In a Google Doc, Slide, Drawings, Sheet Comment  you can’t just string together characters to form emoticons. What I do is use one of two following workarounds to add emoticons to comments. First one is to use Google’s insert character tool from within the doc, slide or etc.. Insert an emotion into the text area followed by copying and pasting into a comment. The second work-around I use is copying and pasting emoticons from the following website “Twitter Symbols”. Both methods are very easy to use and well worth the positive response you may receive from the students.

Let Sphero & Google Slides Support Math

Sphero MIni Angels.jpeg

Today I’m reminiscing upon my time spent in an Elementary School Math Class, and the teaching of angles. I wonder what would happen in this classroom if the students first watched the teacher model drawing acute, obtuse and right angles. Then the students draw their own angles on paper followed by working in a group where a Sphero Mini is remotely controlled  to move along the rays around the vertex of an angle.

I see this as a group center lesson where one student is responsible for capturing a video as another student formed the angle using a tablet device to move the Sphero bot along the drawn pathway. Once the videos are captured the students would share them in a group Google Drive Folder. They would use this folder to insert the videos into a Google Slide deck. One video for each slide in the deck. This is where the student would write their reflections about each angle type.

The teacher might ask questions to jumpstart the students with writing their reflections.

  • Did the Sphero Mini have difficulties navigating the vertex formed by the two line segments or rays?
    • Why or Why not?

NOTE: The students may answer the questions individually or collaborate in a small group.

Once the angle slide deck is completed this may be embedded into a Classroom Maintained Google Site showcasing student creation and exploration.

Create Illustrated Stories w/Google Slides

Students can now easily smash together drawing and writing talents within a Google Slide. Google recently added access to Google Keep from within a slide.  This allows students and teachers to drag drawings, lists and notes onto a Google Slides’ canvas. Over the last couple years I’ve heard both students and teachers requesting the need for a whiteboard feature built-in to Google Slides. Now thanks to Google Keep’s drawing capabilities this is possible to do!

The whiteboard built into Google Keep will allow the user to draw illustrations, graphs, write math equations and etc.. with ease. This provides another method for students to use for explaining content knowledge by using visual creation.

Auto-Highlighting Text with Slides

A teacher in the help forums wanted to know how to automatically highlight vocabulary words in a presentation. This is easily done by inserting a shape, changing the transparency and adding animation. If you are looking to highlight each word as a student reads the presentation slide deck this is possible to do. It is a matter of setting the timing of the animation to appear after the prior or upon click.

STEPS for Auto-Highlighting

  1. Insert and Select Shape
  2. Choose the Rectangle
  3. Drag to Size Shape
  4. Click “Fill Color” Paint Bucket
  5. Select Yellow or color of choice
  6. Click “Fill Color” Again
  7. Select Custom
  8. Drag the Slider on the Right Downward
  9. Click Line Color, Select Transparent
  10. Click Shape, Select Insert
  11. Click Animate
  12. Select Animation Type
  13. Drag Speed Slider
  14. Click Play