15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

Whether your district has chosen to begin the school year virtually, in-person, or a combination of both, all teachers are finding new ways to engage students on devices. Google Slides has come in handy more than ever these past 6 months. Not only can teachers create presentations and assignments using Google Slides, but students can also complete projects and collaborate with peers. Engaging students with vibrant images, fancy text, and hyperlinks within slides has proven to be very motivating for all ages of learners.

Here are 15 hacks to enhance your Google Slides!

1. Reformat the size of the slide

Click file > page setup > custom, then typing in the dimensions you want. If you’d like the slide to reflect the size of computer paper, type in the dimensions 8.5 x 11 inches then click “Apply.”

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

2. Search images from google to insert into a slide

Click insert > image > search the web. Once you have found the image you want to insert, click on it, then click “insert” on the bottom right hand side of your screen.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

3. You can also insert images using the URL by copying the URL of a chosen image

Then in Google Slides click insert > image > by URL.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

4. Add music to your slides through YouTube

Click insert > video > then search YouTube

5. Crop images to have round edges

Select an image then click the down arrow next to the crop tool in order to pick the shape of the crop you’d like.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

6. Before sharing out a Google Slides presentation with colleagues or students who might edit it, make a copy of the presentation to ensure an unedited copy remains for your use

Click file > make a copy > entire presentation.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

7. Type with your voice to save time

Click tools > voice type speaker notes.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

8. Use an image as a slide background

Right click on a blank slide then choose change background > choose image > google image search > click an image > insert.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

9. Make images clickable links

Select an image > click the hyperlink icon > paste the URL that you’d like to use as the hyperlink. After inserting the hyperlink, viewers will then be able to click the image and be automatically taken to the linked website.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

10. Expand your workspace by using the grey areas around each slide for directions, links and more!

Click insert > text box, then drag the box out to the grey areas.

11. Revert back to an older version of the Slides

Click file > version history > see version history. Oftentimes, students accidentally delete an entire project or someone else’s work in Google Slides. In order to revert back to before those slides were deleted, use this hack to get back all of that lost work!

12. Make a table of contents to help students navigate through a long Google Slides assignment.

Similar to hyperlinking an image, you will need to insert the text you want in a table of contents > highlight the word that you would like to be linked to a future slide > click the hyperlink icon > link > slides in this presentation, then click the slide you’d like that word to jump to.

In this example, students will then be able to click the words “Welcome to School” on the table of contents and will be brought directly to another slide within the presentation that is all about back to school.

13. Make an image more transparent

Right click on the image > format options > adjustments > slide the scale under “transparency” to the right.

14. Add a border around images to make them stand out

Select your image > click border color icon that looks like a pencil > select color > click border weight icon next to color icon to change thickness of border.

15 Google Slides Hacks For Teachers

15. Create fancy titles using word art

Click insert > word art > entering desired text > right click on text > format options > play around with colors, fonts, and shadows

Students love to complete assignments in Google Slides because of all that it offers! Impress your students this fall with all of these hacks to make learning more engaging!

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Jenna Marcal

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Jenna is a 5th grade teacher in Upstate New York! She loves to cook, dance, and dance while cooking! When she's not taking care of her succulent babies, Jenna can be found grading a stack of papers with one hand and holding a chilled glass of white wine in the other.

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