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Hacking Slides: Creative Non-Slideshow Uses of Google Slides

Location: W196a

Explore and create
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Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 25, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: W196a

Daniel Mares  
Google Slides is an incredibly powerful tool, especially when you use it not as intended! Learn how to manipulate Google Slides to have your students creating non-linear slide shows, posters/infographics, and flip-book animations. Bring some ideas to start on!

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Free Google Account Account:
Ideas for projects that you would have students do
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

According to the Horizon Report and the Partnership for 21st Century Education, as well as ISTE Standards, our students must find a way to creatively communicate ideas through various digital medias. In this presentation, I will be challenging teachers to come up with ways that they can get their students creating with a free, powerful tool that they have likely used before. By hacking Google Slides, we can explore the non-intended uses of Google Slides to create stunning flipbook-style animations, posters/infographics, and non-linear slideshows.

With our flipbook-style animations, teachers will be able to challenge students to tell a story that in Google Slides that employs basic animation techniques. Our non-linear slide shows will use hyperlinks to other slides to allow teachers to create interactive maps, diagrams, and posters that allow topics to be explored more deeply. Using Google Sheets as an integration, participants will be able to use data to create stunning infographics in Google Slides complete with charts and icons.

We will be using Google Slides, part of the free G Suite set of applications. Participants will need a free Google Account or could use their G Suite for Education account through their school. Everything that we will be using in this presentation is free of cost.

The session will be a success if the participants walk away with a tip, strategy, a seed of an idea, or a full-fledged plan to have their students creating in their classrooms in the fall.


1). Introductions - I will introduce myself while participants complete a Google Form with some basic questions that we will use for the infographic portion of the session. (5 minutes)

2). Model Infographics/Posters - I will model and encourage participants to follow along as we begin the creation of a poster/infographic. I will provide a download link to form data from the introduction. (10 minutes)

3). Model Non-Linear Slideshow - I will model and encourage participants to follow along as we practice creating a non-linear slide show. I will provide a basic outline of the Great Lakes to serve as a sample. (10 minutes)

4). Model Flipbook Animation - I will model ways to create flipbook animations using Google Slides. I will provide a template for the participants to create their own. (10 minutes)

5). Cut Loose and Practice - Participants will have the opportunity to practice one of the above strategies that they used in this session to create something for their classroom in the fall. I will circulate the room and offer assistance to those that need assistance. (25 minutes)

Supporting research

Eric Curts -
Matt Miller -
Michael Cohen -
ISTE Standards for Students -
Partnership for 21st Century Learning -
Horizon Report 2017 - K-12 Edition -

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Daniel Mares, Coloma Community Schools

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