One story, MANY endings: A fun, creative Google Slides activity

Reading a story as a class is great. It transports everyone to a different world, to a different time, with a different set of characters. Solo reading is great for the same reasons. We learn great life lessons we can take with us for years — sometimes forever — from a good story. But we […]

Slides Superpowers: Engaging slide-to-slide linking activities

Google Slides is WAY more than a slide presentation tool. On the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, co-host Kasey Bell and I like to call it the “Swiss Army knife of G Suite.” You can use it to … Create stop-motion animation Make a collaborative workspace for your class Brainstorm with sticky notes Plan lessons digitally […]

6 ways to make the most of closed captions in Google Slides

Google Slides is a unique creature in the G Suite set of tools. It’s way more than an oral presentation program. Educators and students with open minds can use it for stop-motion animation, as a brainstorming template, to recreate the social media experience, and more. Google has added a feature to make it even more […]

Using Google Slides live closed captions in the classroom

You can turn on closed captions at the bottom of videos you watch on TV and online. But providing closed captions in real time in the classroom has been harder to pull off — until now! Google Slides has a new feature — live closed captions. They transcribe your speech on the fly and display […]

Google Slides sticky note brainstorming: Powerful planning

Have you ever felt like autumn has arrived and your desk is covered with sticky notes like leaves falling from the trees? You have sticky notes on your monitor, on your computer, on the filing cabinet, on your desk … There are stacks of sticky notes. There are stacks of stacks of sticky notes sometimes! […]

101 Google lesson ideas in a FREE ebook!

G Suite (formerly Google Apps) is such a versatile set of tools to use in the classroom. You can type. You can design. You can crunch numbers. You can gather data. The sky’s the limit, and these are just the beginning. The beauty of G Suite is that it can be used to create tons […]

The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more

I had heard a TON about In-N-Out Burger. Heard that the food was amazing. Heard that it was an experience I should try. While on vacation in California with my family recently, we made a stop at an In-N-Out Burger. It did not disappoint. Our burgers were tasty. The tiny menu surprised me but made […]

Google Slides templates for Snapchat games in class

People all over the world are flocking to Snapchat to share photos and videos that reflect what’s going on in their lives. To be specific, it’s more than 300 million monthly active users. The magnitude of Snapchat’s impact is huge (source): 3 billion photos and videos are created every day on Snapchat. 78 percent of […]

Google Slides icon boards for low-prep, visual thinking

I’m a huge fan of infographics. They let students create a great verbal/visual mix with the content they’ve learned. Plus, they’re lots of fun to look at and share, too. I’ve written about creating infographics in the classroom with Google Drawings. I’ve made my own infographics, ranging in topics from teaching frameworks to the ripple […]