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

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Drawings Add Texture to Shapes

Google Slide Tutorial

Adding Texture to Shapes

Please click here if you would like a copy of this tutorial.

If you haven’t guessed, “My Passion is for Creating”. My parents use to joke how I was born with a crayon in my hand. It is this passion which energizes me to create with Google Tools. It is my belief Artists are “Abstract Thinkers” and as such naturally use both “Critical Thinking” and “Problem Solving” skills without applying much thought. Whether an artist is painting, drawing, sculpting or using digital tools they focus on making the design fit in a restricted space. This is one reason why I support the “Maker Space Movement” and believe the Arts” (both music & art) belong in school programs.

You might be asking yourself, “What does this all have to do with Drawings add texture to shapes?” As an artist I tend to like drawing by hand with pen & ink. However I find basic shapes and solids to be boring. My drawings tend to have quite a bit of texture and patterns. This is why I looked to incorporate texture into Google Drawings’ shapes.

I do think it is important to let students explore and create. When students share discoveries with educators and peers they are using communication skills. The communication skills the students are using support writing and the ability to restate facts along with providing details. So my simple artistic enjoyment for wanting to add texture to a Google Drawings touched upon some powerful skills educators look to build within a lesson. In conclusion “Let’s All Work Together Supporting Students as Creators!” for this encourages students to use both critical thinking and communication skills.

Harmony

Harmony by Barbra Drasby

Writing Math Stories using My Maps

The last couple of weeks I’ve worked on several different workshops and a presentation. This has made me think quite a bit about active learning and students as the creator.  I’ve also grown to understand students internalize their learning when it is meaningful and authentic to them. This is when I thought why can’t My Maps be used to help the students collect data. After they’ve collected this real world data the student can open a Google Slide and create a “Math Stories about the My Map Journey” they created.

The beauty of this is in the end the student may link the Google Slide Math story to the My Map Journey. Imagine a math journey where you can actually zoom in on the roads being measured. The student may include actual screen-captures of the roadways and locations mentioned in their stories.  A project like this can unlock the creative writer as well as the mathematician hidden within every child.

Creating a Directional My Map

  • Have students map a bicycle journey from school to a nearby location
  • Open My Maps
  • In search window type beginning location
  • Example address or name of school, store and etc…

Maps Type location here

  • Drop Pin for the location

Map Click Here to add the Marker Pin

  • Click “Directions to here” icon
  • Add a second location

map add 2nd location

  • Click layer where first pin was dropped
  • Drop pin above the second location
  • Title the marker with the name of the location

Map click layer.gif

  • Now click the measure distances and areas ruler
  • Measure between the two points double click to add the distance to the layer
  • Click the layer options settings (3 vertical dots)
  • Select open data table
  • Edit the table.
  • Under Description for the starting point type “0” miles & starting point
  • Edit location 2 with the milage from measuring & type from start or beginning point

map final.gif

  • Now drop a pin to add another location
  • Type the location name
  • Measure from the last location to the new location.
  • Repeat the process until you create an end point location

Transform Drag & Drop Into Active Learning Study Tool

Recently I was asked, “What Google Tool is the best for creating a Drag & Drop Matching Quiz?” Of course I replied, “The Solution is in a Google Slide.” Google Slide is an easy tool for creating both drag & drop study tools. Due to the ease of use I recommend students  as the creator instead of providing them with a rote memorization activity. Let them take ownership by becoming active learners and provide them with the opportunity to share their study tool creations  with classmates.

Following is a template for a drag and drop matching study tool. All the students have to do is edit the questions and answers. If the students are savvy enough let them create the drag & drop activity from scratch. Sometimes all the student needs is to see the steps for creating an activity demonstrated.

Please click the following link to make a copy of the template:

Drag & Drop Matching Study Tool

TIPS for CREATING a DRAG & DROP STUDY TOOL

  1. Use a table
  2. Shapes work best for dragging Text
    • Insert shape
      • Double click
      • Type text

YUP!!! It is really that easy!

Ooo! Smashing Google Slides w/Poll Everywhere…

There I was designing a Google workshop about supporting SPED Students. In my workshops I like to include learning activities for both engagement and assessment reason. This was when I discovered the Poll Everywhere Extension for Google Slides. The Poll Everywhere extension transforms a Google Slide into several different group activities. In my workshop I’m going to tryout both the multiple choice polling activity and the cloud generator.

I found Poll Everywhere to be very easy to integrate and use with a Google Slide. One thing to note when installing the you must register for a Poll Everywhere account. As an Educator I chose the “Free” version, and am extremely happy! I like

Using Poll Everywhere w/Google Slides