The Ultimate Guide to an Interactive Google Classroom

Google Slides is so often underrated when it comes to teaching. Typically, Google Slides (or PowerPoint) is used during a whole-group “lecture” setting, pushed to students via Google Classroom in “view only” mode, or during student creation where they’re creating from a blank slide. While these are all great uses of Slides, there is SO MUCH MORE it can offer- especially when it’s used with Google Classroom!

My goal is to use Slides as a platform for students to be interactive with the technology and with the content. This, to me, pushes the concept of Hyperdocs to a whole new level!

Here is a sample of a Slides activity that includes: drag-and-drop, graphic organizers, and matching.

There are a few key elements to these slides that make its interactive nature work effectively.

  1. Annotated Directions – Even if you are only having students type answers into the slide, you need to be sure that you are CLEAR about what you want students to do and where you want them to type. For example, you should include outlined text boxes for them to type their answers- unless you’re teaching that computer skill, of course.
  1. Set Background Image – To avoid students dragging around parts of your slide that you don’t want them to, create that slide separately and save as jpg or png. Then, set that as your background. Repeat this step for each slide.
  1. Save Draggable Text as an Image – In the image above, #21, asks students to drag the “trait” boxes into the chart. The “trait” boxes are images, NOT text boxes- this means students can move and resize, but not change the text inside the box.

Now, take Salt N Pepa’s advice and push the limits of your Hyperdocs with Google Slides!



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