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
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  1. You must click allow
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  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…


Creating a Digital Interactive Math Notebook Using Google Slides

The creation of Interactive Notebooks has become a very popular tool amongst educators. Students are sharing their ability to think independently and creatively while making study tools overflowing with academic information.

Originally the purpose of an interactive notebook was to support students with organizing and understanding the content being presented in a classroom. In a sense creating an interactive notebook is a new way of taking notes for a variety of content areas.

Being a “Tech Nerd” I took the idea of creating an Interactive Notebook to the digital level. This allowed for a group activity to create an interactive digital notebook which could be shared on a website, blog or sent via a link in an Email. Thus making the interactive notebook readily available for any student with an internet connection to practice various skills within a content area.


The above digital interactive notebook was created by using Google Slides. Google slides is a flexible digital tool for creating interactive for supporting lessons. It is also a great tool for unlocking both the critical and creative thinking skills of students in all grade levels.

Using Google Slides to Support All Learning Styles

Over the summer I posted about using Google Slides for Categorizing YouTube Videos. I never thought about the “BIG” impact this simple idea can make upon the classroom. Recently I embedded a bunch of YouTube links into a Google Slides Presentation. The YouTube videos are used by a Teacher Partner for reinforcing content presented in the classroom. After sharing the slide with the teacher I was asked, “Can this presentation be shared with the students.” My response was, “Absolutely!” This is when i realized the Youtube slide deck can be a categorized study support for students.


  1. Students find video engaging
  2. Easier for some students to retain information from songs
  3. Provides visuals to help with learning content
  4. Students retain lyrics content due to the song rhythm

Ways to Share a Youtube Google Slide Deck

  1. Share a link to Google Slide Deck via Email
  2. Embed into a website
  3. Tweet the link


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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