It Felt Like Christmas Morning…

There I was creating a tutorial using Google Slides when all of a sudden my eyes fell upon some new tools. I wanted to scream out with glee but knew no one in my household would understand. As both an Artist and Ed Tech Nerd I appreciate the addition of both the shadow and reflection tools in a Google Slide.

Google Slides is growing into one of my favorite publishing tools for creating. It has a lot to offer educators, students and creators alike. A Google Slide offers vast versatility for creating may different types of projects such as:

  1. Design images
    1. Clip art, logos, design art & etc…
  2. Presentations
  3. Publishing
    1. Books
    2. Newsletters
    3. Posters
    4. Flyers
    5. Cards
    6. Labels
  4. Animation
  5. Interactive Manipulatives
  6. Assessments
  7. Collaborative Brainstorming Tool
  8. Communication Tool
  9. Web Newsletters
  10. Basic Web Site builder

How to Create Shadows


Gotta Luv It! Chart Auto-Updates in Slides

Thanks to the Google Docs Help Forum I discovered the “Auto-Update” ability when linking a Google Sheets Chart to a Google Slides. This is a useful and efficient feature for presentations which use the same monthly for presenting updated data. All it takes is a click of a button located on the chart to have the data update within a Google Slides Presentation. I can see this tool used in content areas such as science where data collecting may play an important role.

In science during a lab students may input data into to a Google Form. The linked class lab data collection chart from the Google Form may be placed into a Google Slide. This will involve linking a Sheet to the Forms. Students may use a Google Slide or Docs with a linked chart for lab write-ups. During the science lab the teacher may have the chart projected on a large screen. They may have students take a break from the lab to discuss the group data collection.

This provides an opportunity for students to potentially correct errors or use deep thinking skills to reason why their data may look different from everyone else. I feel science labs aren’t necessarily about getting the information right or wrong. It is about using “Reasoning Skills” to better understand a process. This is one way the linked Google Sheet Chart in a Google Slide may benefit students by supporting one of the most important “C’s”  known as “Critical Thinking Skills.”

How to Link a Sheets Chart to a Slide