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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Teachers Why Not Automate Classroom Book Sign Out?

This week I was amazed to see how long it took the students to sign out books using index cards. The students filled out cards with a book title and the date then filed them alphabetically into a file box. The process seemed to take forever. Immediately I thought why not use Google Sheets on more than one computer to speed up the task?

The classroom book sign out sheet saves time for the teacher as well! It is easier to click through the sheets versus thumbing through a stack of index cards. This is an easier process to help keep the teacher updated with what the students are reading. It also makes keeping track of classroom books a little bit easier due to the information being right at the “Tip of one’s fingers!”

The below video shows how the Google Sheets Classroom Book Sign Out works.

Click Here for A COPY OF THE TEMPLATE

OR

CLICK HERE TO TRY THE TEMPLATE

This is what the template looks like

Google Drawing Elementary #CCSS #ELA Practice Skills Interactive

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CLICK HERE TO TRY

CLICK HERE TO COPY THE INTERACTIVE TO YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE

(Google Logon required for copying)

Using a Google Drawing to create manipulative supports is easy to do. Not only is the support simple to create but intuitive for the student to use. Once a Google Drawing Manipulative is saved to a child’s individual Google Drive Folder the teacher can check the revision history to access the student’s use of the interactive. The revision history supports accountability for the time the student spends using the manipulative.

Using Google Forms as a Reading Log

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How many times have you heard, “I lost my reading log  or the dog ate it?” Perhaps these statements are on their way to becoming obsolete thanks to Google Forms. Using a Google Form as a reading log can simplify the process for both the teacher and student alike.

BENEFITS FOR TEACHER

  1. Teacher shares one link or embeds the form into a blog or classroom website
  2. All the information is propagated into a spreadsheet
    1. One sheet per student
    2. Tabs are labeled with students names
    3. Easier than flipping through a stack of papers
  3. Collects easily accessible data
  4. No need to collect reading logs during class time
  5. Reading logs are automatically time & date stamped
    1. ***This means the teacher will know when the student filled the form out
  6. Saves a Tree, and provides funds which can be spent on other academic supports

BENEFITS FOR STUDENTS

  1. Makes student accountable
  2. Less papers to organize
  3. Reduces stress
  4. Provides extra class time to support students individual needs
  5. Easy to use
  6. Can be accessed from most devices

HERE IS A SAMPLE READING LOG

CLICK HERE TO COPY TEMPLATE

Final Touches for the Google Slide ELA Elementary Interactive Activity

Time to wrap up and assemble the Google Slide for the ELA Elementary Interactive Activity. One thing I’d like to point out is when creating clipart it is good to save as one file where the layers are merged. This prevents the clipart from falling apart when dragged. Using the shape tool made creating the clipart easier because it allows you to add border and words as one layer. Here are the steps I used to create the letter “g” with Google Drawings.

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  1. Insert shape
  2. Change color
  3. Used 12px for the border size
  4. Change border color
  5. Click center of shape to choose font style
  6. Then type the letter & change font color 
  7. Download & Save as PNG to insert into slide 

NOTE: I like saving my clipart files as PNG for several reasons.

  • A PNG has a transparent background
  • When clipart is saved as a PNG all layers are merged into one

Once everything is inserted into the Google Slide the Interactive Activity will look like this:

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO TRY THE ACTIVITY ~ NOTE IT WILL OPEN IN A NEW WINDOW

ASSEMBLING THE INTERACTIVE ACTIVITY with GOOGLE SLIDE 

  • Open Google Slide
  • Add a Title to the Slide

TYPE HERE

  • Insert clipart

Insert clipart

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  • Embed YouTube for sound
    • Go to your YouTube Dashboard
  1. 1. Select VideoDashboard 1

2. Click Share

Dashboard 2

3. Copy URL

Dashboard 3

OPEN GOOGLE SLIDE

4. Click Insert

5. Click Video

Slide steps 4 & 5

6. Paste URL to YouTube Video 

Slide steps 6

7. Click the YouTube Video

8. Then Click Select

Slide steps 7 & 8

9. Resize Video on the Google Slide

Sizing Youtube vid

CLICK HERE TO COPY TEMPLATE

NOTES: 

  1. In this Google Slide Activity the YouTube Video is used as a Sound File.
  2. When using Video as Sound it is best to reduce video to a very small size.
    1. You don’t want the video to become a distraction.
  3. This activity was created to provide support for successful completion of the activity.