Sensory Storytelling With Google Slides

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Heidi Neltner  
Learn how to bring a story to life by combining visual and audio storytelling in Google Slides. Participants will learn how to insert original drawings, public domain photos and videos, and will animate text, images and video to create a story that provides a sensory experience for their readers.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participants will need access to Google Slides.
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Performing/visual arts, Language arts
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create learning opportunities that challenge students to use a design process and computational thinking to innovate and solve problems.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

> Participants will be introduced to examples of expository, opinion and narrative types of writing that can be accomplished using Google Slides
> Participants will learn the following skills in Google Slides to help them accomplish writing a piece that combines sensory experiences
> > Resizing of slides
> > Multimedia features - images, video, graphics
> > Animation features
> > Options for sharing


10 minute Introduction and demonstration of types of writing that can happen using Google Slides
10 minutes minutes participants will be presented with a short writing piece that they are going to use to develop into a multimedia experiences using sensory tools - participants will storyboard how they want a slide to appear
20 minutes - participants will be guided through sizing slides, adding background images
20 minutes - participants will be guided through animations of text and layering images and animations to create an impact
10 minutes -participants will learn how to enhance their written work with video
10 minutes - discussion about how to share writing
10 minutes - resources to help students create

Supporting research

This topic is inspired by the work of Paul Hamilton who creates beautiful illustrations and digital stories using Keynote on an iPad in

While my students have access to Keynote and create animations, I wanted more people in my state to be able to do the same, so I adapted some of the strategies he models to Google Slides.

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Heidi Neltner, Fort Thomas Independent Schools

Heidi Neltner is mom to a self-proclaimed "tech-kid" and Digital Learning Coach in Fort Thomas, Kentucky. She is a certified Apple Learning Coach and a Google Innovator, a former high school English teacher and elementary librarian. Neltner is a Kentucky Outstanding School Media Librarian recipient, A.D. Albright Outstanding Teacher, Golden Apple recipient, and KySTE Outstanding Teacher of the Year.