Changing Bullet Defaults in Google Slides

Love when users help community question transforms into a helpful tutorial. Earlier this afternoon a Google Slides user inquired about changing bullet defaults. Changing bullet defaults can be a timesaver for both graphic designers as well as students. Sometimes it is helpful to guide others and show them how to use timesaving fun tools for designing purposes. Following is the video tutorial I ended up creating to help the Google Slides user.

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


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

YUP!!! It is really that easy!

Google Slides Let Me Count the Ways

This is a list I’m starting for counting the ways to use Google Slides in the Classroom!

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Link Below the Slide Presentation!


10 & 20 Frame Thanks to Google Slides

This Google Slide 10 & 20 Frame Manipulative was inspired by conversations via my Twitter PLN.  I find Google Slide to be an easy way for creating quick manipulatives which can pack a powerful punch. The manipulatives can be used with an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) or large touch screen for whole group and small group instruction. It can also be used by the individual student for practice or support on a one to one device.

One of the beauties of using a Google Slide as a manipulative is it can be accessed outside of school. This may provide the student with extra support for doing homework, independent practice or studying before a test.  When the manipulative is shared between the teacher and student it can provide valuable insight for how the information is being digested by the student. This information may assist a teacher in deciding if  re-teaching is necessary for the content covered by the manipulative. I see manipulatives of this kind as a “Win-Win” for both the teacher and student.

10 & 20 Frame Google Slide Manipulative


Access the Revision History to Access 

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  1. Revision History shows every move a user makes
  2. The Revision History can be viewed
    • In large or small increments
  3. Use as an assessment tool

GAfE Makes It Easy to Insert Photo Images

This week I had the opportunity to share some favorite GAfE tips and tricks  with colleagues. There is nothing better than hearing, “Wow this makes inserting photos into slides really easy to do!” This is just one of many timesaving tricks built into the Google APPS for Education Accounts.


  • Open Google Doc on a device with a camera
  • Use either a Google Doc, Slides, Sheets or Drawings
  • Click insert and scroll down to image

Insert Image

  •  Insert Image Window Opens
  • Click Take a Snapshot
  • Take a snapshot.png
  1. You must click allow
  2. Then Close to take a pictureTake a Snapshot-2
  3. Click Select
  4. Then Take a SnapshotUntitled drawing-15.png

When do I Use this Tool?

  1. During Science Labs to take photos of each step
  2. Capturing IWB (Interactive Whiteboard) Screen with directions
  3. Take photos of artifacts shared in Social Studies
  4. Picture of special events in the classroom & etc…