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Adding Artistic Flair to Any Lesson: Google Slides as Graphic Studio

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 126A

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Classroom Teacher / Tech Integration
Holton Middle / High School
Andrew is a passionate advocate for effective technology use in education. He teaches Social Studies, Video Production/Technology/Multimedia, and French at Holton Middle/High School. Andrew is also the district's 6-12 Staff Technology Integration Specialist and coaches MS Track & Field. Andrew has used Google products & a classroom Chromebook cart to create online, interactive lessons and go paperless. From engaging lessons using Virtual Reality to building custom Augmented Reality Sandboxes, he enjoys sharing ways to integrate STEAM topics into Social Studies and cutting-edge technologies into the classroom.

Session description

There’s a powerful, hidden side to Google Slides that’s just waiting to be unleashed! Educators can add fun, artistic elements that allow students to expand their thinking and creativity. Join us to harness the power of basic Google Slides tools and walk away with examples you can use immediately.

Purpose & objective

Session Participants will:
--be able to describe the value of art in all subject areas
--apply basic Google Slides tools as artistic aids
--create a Google Slides lesson in their subject area
--design lesson instructions that guide students to show mastery of expectations but allow for creative expression
--increase lesson complexity with some advanced tools (options in Slides and free, online tools like,, picture editors)

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--Presenter -- Introduction & quick online poll to gauge audience subjects / grade levels taught (to better personalize discussions)
--Presenter -- Review -- how slideshows have traditionally been used in education (research collection/presentation), benefits of letting go of control sometimes!
--Presenter -- STEAM -- Value of integrating artistic elements into all subjects!
--Audience participation (peer-to-peer & discussion!) -- Brainstorm connections that can be made between their subject area & art
--Presenter -- Demonstrate -- Google Slides tools
 --Drawing tools
 --Easily changing attributes
--Presenter -- Examine pre-made examples of:
--comics (
--virtual field trips
--knowledge galleries
--Audience participation time! (on own / with partner…presenter checking for learning through room & available for questions) -- Begin to create a new slide-based lesson on a topic in their subject area
--Try out Basic Slides tools that were just discussed
--Presenter -- More advanced tools to utilize:
 --Google Slides image formatting options
 --Removing backgrounds from images
 --Layering / cropping
--Audience participation -- Try out the more advanced tools to augment their new lesson
--Presenter -- Next steps to add complexity to lessons

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Supporting research

13 Ways to Use Art in Content Classes

The Importance of Incorporating the Arts Across Subjects Areas

50 Ways To Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

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Session specifications

Creativity & curation tools
Grade level:
Skill level:
Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Participants will need a Google account to actively participate during the session.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.
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.