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Creating Digital Worksheets/Workbooks

When teaching online, you may want to use a handout that you would typically give each student as a hard-copy. Google Slides is known for creating compelling presentations, but it can also create interactive documents. By saving the image as a background to the slide master, it is more difficult for students to move or delete the image on the slide. You can easily share the digital worksheet/workbook in Google Classroom as “make a copy for each student.” Let’s get started!

First, save the handout as an =&0=& on your computer. If it is a PDF, you will need to take a =&1=& of the file. By doing so, it will convert the PDF to an image file and save it to your desktop.

  • Mac: Press Shift + Command + 4, then click and drag to set your selection. Chromebook: Ctrl + Shift + , then click and drag to set your selection.

  • Windows 10: Use the built-in Snipping Tool

  • Open a BLANK Google Slides presentation. NAME the file.

  • Next, we will add the image to the background. From the MENU bar, click on SLIDEEDIT MASTER
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  • Google Slides Image Hack: Image Overlay

    When adding text to an image, you will want to make sure the text is readable. Writing over a picture slide can be challenging when the picture is busy and full of color. To effectively add text over images, add an image overlay to your Google Slide. The examples below show a slide without and with an image overlay.

    No Image Overlay

    With Image Overlay

    To accomplish this effect, follow the below steps:

    Insert an image to a slide. Resize image so that it covers the slide  Add a rectangle and resize to cover the image

  • Recolor the image by clicking on the Fill Color. Select a color. The rectangle shape will be filled in with the color selected

  • Next, return to the Fill Color screen. Select Custom. Move the Transparency slider so that the fill color becomes more transparent. Then, click the OK button

  • Here’s an animation that shows you the entire process: read more

    It’s Okay to Compare DOCS

    A new tool, Compare Documents, is appearing from the Google Docs Tools menu. This feature makes it easier to locate changes between two documents over a period of time. Teachers may want to use this tool to see the development of a student’s writing process. Students will begin with an original file and then make a copy of the original and add revisions to the copied version. The Compare Documents tool will create a third copy. The newly generated document will show all suggested edits from both files and the name of the person who made the suggestions. read more

    Frame It: Creating a Video Frame in FlipGrid

    For all of you who’ve caught the FlipGrid fever, you and your students will LOVE creating frames for your videos. The frames can make the video more pleasant and fun to watch. When working with students, I will ask them to create a frame to match their discussion topic or perhaps create a scene from a book BEFORE recording their video.

    For example,

    To create a FlipGrid frame, follow the below steps:

  • When the video screen appears, BEFORE clicking on record, create your frame using Stickers


  • The Stickers screen will appear. There are five categories of stickers in the lower part of the screen. Click on the category to change the sticker view


  • To move the sticker, place the mouse pointer inside the sticker. When arrow changes to four arrows, click and drag the sticker


  • To rotate the sticker, click and rotate the circle with the arrow.


  • To resize the sticker, click on it. Then, click and drag a circle to the desired size.


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    Must Count All The Things

    Whenever I think of counting, I think of The Count from Sesame Street. He loves to count. And, he counts everything. When storing data in a Sheet, you may want to count how many students answered “True” to a question or how many parents indicated they are available to chaperone a field trip. Rather than counting each row manually, use the CountIf function:

    For example:

    =CountIf(J2:J100,”True”)

    Click here to view a brief video on this cool Sheets feature!

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