2 Math Manipulative Created w/Google Slides

Earlier this week I created a number line  support for a colleague.  The objective of the visual & interactive manipulative was to support learning about negative integers. I used the same support in a twitter chat. This was interesting because it lead to another educator sharing the 3D Printing Number line they created to support students. This design inspired me  to create another Google Slide manipulative in the style of Mr. Navas’ 3D Number line. Thank you Mr. Navas for the inspiration!

The Twitter Conversation Which
Inspired Newest Number Line

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Number Line Interactive Manipulatives
Created by Using Google Slides




  1. Provides a visual interactive support which can be used with an IWB
    • When teaching whole class, small groups, or individuals
  2. Can be used as an independent support for doing homework
  3. Supports the student independence in the classroom
    • Use support during individual classroom work time
    • Use during small group centers
  4. Maintains accountability & supports accessing individual students & group activities
    • This is done by using the Revision History Tool

Google Drawing Nurtures Imagination

As on prior New Year Days I started my day out Googling “New Year’s Day Quotes.” I was pleased stumbling upon a meaningful quote within seconds. It was a breeze to share the quote on Facebook with Friends and Family. Twitter was a challenge due to the limitation of characters. This is when I decided to use a Google Drawing to share this message.

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Looking at the finished creation unlocked the potentials for using Google Drawing to nurture critical thinking and creativity skills. Google Drawing is simple to use and a project like this can be integrated into most content areas. The finished product can then be shared in a variety of ways providing an authentic audience of viewers.


  1. Blogs
  2. Twitter
  3. Facebook
  4. Shared Google Folder
  5. Teacher’s Website
  6. Adobe Slate (via social media, website, Email or etc…)
  7. Classroom Google Slide Project

Nurture the Imagination & Celebrate Creation!



Using Pixlr.com In the Classroom

The last day before winter break a student shared how they were manipulating photos with Microsoft Paint. My response, “There is a FREE On-line Website which works similar to Photoshop.” I shared the Pixlr website ink with the student.  This site comes in handy when I’m at  school where Adobe Photoshop isn’t  installed on my district supplied laptop. I use the Pixlr site to manipulate pictures or create original clipart. Following is a list of ideas to integrate Pixlr Editor into the classroom.

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Ways to Use the Pixlr Editor In the Classroom

  1. Clipart
  2. Google Slide Backgrounds
  3. Buttons for websites
  4. Header for blogs and teacher websites
  5. Creating Timelines
  6. Make Graphic Organizers
  7. Math equations
  8. Create Mimes
  9. Avatar creator
  10. Comic strips bubbles
  11. Fancy Title graphics
  12. Create motivational quotes with a graphic background
  13. Create custom icons
  14. Create characters for a story
  15. Math Equation Cards to be used with IWB (Interactive whiteboards)



Google Supports Autonomous Student Research

When it comes to students doing research Google Docs is one of the best tools around. Google Docs has many hidden features for supporting all different learning styles. It offers voice typing for the student who has difficulty expressing themselves with pen & paper. Another feature I really like is the Research Tool! This allows the student to do research right within the document without having to open a million browser tabs or windows.

The research tool provides the student with the ability to simply drag diagrams, clipart, and links right into a document. The student can easily cite resources in several different formats: MLA, Chicago and APA.

No need to worry about image usage rights when the researcher selects, “Free to use, share or modify even commercially” in the filter image results section of the Research Tool. The Google Docs Research Tool supports research by minimizing frustration to create a report which respects the owners rights.

Google Docs Research Tool Introduction

Using Research Tool

Group Work is Easy with Google Slides!

Slides Import


It was interesting to watch 6th grade students collaborate on a group project. Even after being told the rules about working on their own slide they couldn’t help but mess around with a classmates slide. This is when I realized the practicality of Google slides Import slide feature.

Ones immediate reaction may be, “But Oh! This will take time!” Really it doesn’t when you think about the time saved with correcting slides because a friend moved things around without permission. Another plus is creating a less stressing project environment for everyone involved. Teacher doesn’t become tense over student not adhering to the rules. No need for students getting upset by classmates messing around with their slides.


  • In Google Slide Click on File
    • Click on import slides in the drop down list

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  • Pick the file and click
    • Then Click Select

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  • Choose the presentation slide
    • Click import slide

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