Fall Challenge - Use a New Google Slides Add-On

Fall is here, and what better time than a month into the school year to try a new Google Challenge. I am a huge fan of Google Slides in the classroom. Google Slides is a perfect resource for teachers and students alike. From presentations, collaborations, and interactive digital spaces; Google Slides offers endless possibilities for educational use. Recently, there has been a release of additional “Add-ons” for Google Slides which allows users to create without leaving the web page they are on. Check out my three favorites below and challenge yourself to use one in October!

Add-ons Worth Checking Out

  1. Pear Deck - is a web-based tool that provides interactivity between teachers and students. Great for any device and provides real-time formative assessment data, as well as interactive discussions. Pear deck as an add-on for Google Slides allows users to instantly add formative assessments or interactive questions directly to your Google Slides without having to leave the tab. This add-on gives access to students via a code to join from any web browser. Answers will be on teacher dashboard by student name but can be displayed anonymously on the screen for all to see. Question Types: Warm-Up, Reflection, Drawing, Temperature Check, Exit Ticket, or create your own.
  2. Noun Project - The Noun Project is a website that aggregates and catalogs symbols that are created and uploaded by graphic designers around the world. It has also been released as a Google Slides add-on which gives users access to over 1 million high-quality icons. Icons are a great way to visually illustrate any idea. With this add-on, you can quickly find the icon you need, change its color and size, and insert it right into your slide or doc with just one click.
  3. Unsplash - The Unsplash add-on provides users with beautiful, high-quality, free images and photos. Students can download and use for any project with no attribution required. As an add-on, finding the right images for your project without leaving the tab makes this one a keeper. Simply search the category, choose the image and add it to the slide.

While I did take time to explore all of the new add-ons for Google Slides, these three were my favorites and the most versatile for classroom use.

Shaelynn Farnsworth, Education Service Consultant, Iowa
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