Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Google Slides: More Than A Presentation Tool

Google Slides is Google's slide presentation tool.  I like it - a lot.  It may not include all of the features that PowerPoint has, but it includes plenty of other features to make up for it!  Here are three things about Google Slides you may or may not know:

  • You can find really great presentation themes at www.slidescarnival.com.  You can read my post about it here.  These are free themes you can use, they just ask that you give credit to Slides Carnival.

  • You can change the size of the slides.  This allows you to have a bunch of slides sized 8.5 x 11 for a journal project, or maybe 3 x 5 for a flashcard project, etc.  You can change it to whatever you like.  


                                    To change your slide size, click on "File" across the top and then choose "Page setup".

A window will pop up that lets you choose your desired size.  You can click on the arrows to open a drop down menu with the options.  

You have your standard presentation size options, but you also have an option for "Custom".

The "Custom" option will allow you to state your desired size in inches, centimeters, points, or pixels.  Just click the drop down to change the units.  Click the blue "OK" button after you choose your desired slide size.

Now your slide size is changed and you are ready to create!

  • You can easily edit the shape of your pictures once you insert them into a presentation.  Click on the image you have inserted and then click on the little drop down near the crop button across the top of the screen.  Then you can choose any of the shapes, arrows, callouts, or equation options to reshape your image.  Cool right?! 

I hope this has helped you start to realize that Google Slides does more than you think!

Google Slides Lesson Ideas:
Choose Your Own Adventure Stories
Learning Journals

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