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Google Slides Activities for Early Learners

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Explore and create : Playground

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Eric Curts  

Google Slides is much more than just a tool for traditional presentations. See how early learners can use Slides for activities including drag-and-drop manipulatives, audio-enhanced activities, choice boards, digital story books and more!

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to have a Google account (personal or Google for Education) and a Windows laptop, Mac laptop, or Chromebook to fully participate in the session.
Topic: Creativity & curation tools
Grade level: PK-2
ISTE Standards: For Students:
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.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Google Slides is a common tool in the classroom, but if often used for only the common purpose of traditional presentations. However, Google Slides can be a powerful tool for student creativity and communication. The purpose of this session is to show how students of all ages can use Google Slides for digital storytelling and other creative projects.

Details and examples of these use can be accessed at:

In this session we will explore the uses listed below.
Google Slides for creating digital storybooks.
Non-linear Google Slideshows for creating choice boards.
Using Google Slides for drag-and-drop activities.
Adding audio to Slides for student support and activities.


The session will cover the following information. Note: live links to the resources referenced below can be accessed at

Throughout the session, participants will be encouraged to test out the wide variety of sample slideshows, as well as create their own slideshows using the techniques demonstrated.

1) Slides for Manipulatives (5 minutes)
We will test out several examples slideshows where students can drag and drop and copy and paste items from one slide to another to make creations, solve problems, tell a story, and more. The focus will be on how Slides can be used as a learning tool, and not just a presentation tool.

2) Audio activities (5 minutes)
How to add audio to Google Slides to make audio-enhanced learning activities, and to provide audio support to students when learning.

3) Non-linear slideshows (5 minutes)
Tools, features, and best practices for using Google Slides for non-linear presentations, such as student choice boards.

4) Digital Storytelling (5 minutes)
Tools, features, and best practices for using Google Slides for linear digital storytelling and communicating concept. This will include student-created ebooks. Several finished examples will be shared for participants to explore.

Supporting research

Google Slides provides students with an engaging, creative alternative to expressing themselves through traditional writing. The benefits of using technology for digital storytelling are well documented by research. Many of these benefits are documented in the article “Research Supporting Digital Storytelling” at

Several key benefits include:
Multiliteracy skills
Collaboration with other students
Exploring the influence of media
Development of pre-writing and storyboarding skills
Developing interdisciplinary connections
Recognition of skills in art, media production, storytelling, and project development
Engaging reluctant readers
Improving reading comprehension
Improving motivation

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Eric Curts, Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium

Eric Curts is a veteran educator who started his career as a math teacher in Ohio. After teaching middle school math for seven years, Curts became a technology integration specialist in North Canton Schools where he supported teachers in integrating technology into teaching and learning, and oversaw the district’s technology initiatives. He’s currently the technology integration specialist for the Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium (SPARCC) and the Stark County Educational Service Center where he supports teachers and all schools in the consortium through tech implementation guidance and training, and assistance with G Suite for Education tools, as well as online learning programs and other technology initiatives. He also oversees and manages the annual SPARCC Educational Technology Conference that draws educators from throughout the state. Curts is a G Suite Certified Trainer and Innovator, and co-leader for GEG-Ohio, the Google Educator Group of Ohio. He shares tech resources, including training videos, help guides and podcasts, on “Control Alt Achieve,” his award-winning blog. For over two decades, he’s traveled the U.S. to provide training, keynotes and consulting.

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