Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Hacks for Remote Learning

Interesting times we are living in, aren’t they?

Teachers everywhere are scrambling to provide online content for their students. On top of that, they are preparing for what may be an online start in the fall. In this tech tip, I’m going to show you a Google hack with Slides that you can use to make your presentations more interactive for your students.

Animations Help to Isolate Ideas

I always use animations in my google slides. I feel like doing so helps me emphasize the most important parts of a lesson. It also avoids the “head-down-madly-copying” syndrome. I want students to interact with the content and each other!

So sharing a Google Slide presentation as a lesson is problematic. In edit mode, my presentations are basically just pretty google docs with pictures. In a remote learning environment, I feel like my students lose too much if I just share my slides and tell them it’s the content.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Annotate Easier by Moving Google Slides to Keynote on Your iPad

Today’s tip is for teachers who have an iPad and TV and want to recapture the annotation functionality they had with an interactive whiteboard.

More and more secondary schools are moving away from interactive whiteboards and to large-screen televisions and iPads. Overall, I’m in favor of the move, but it doesn’t come without some pain points.

One of the biggest pain points is the loss of the ability to write directly on the board. Specifically, the annotation of presentations has to be done differently. In the five minute video below, I walk you through going from a Google Slide presentation on your iPad to Keynote and then using Keynote’s drawing tools to annotate.

For this to look exactly as you see in the video, upgrade your iOS to 13.1.3 and be running the most recent version of Keynote on your iPad.


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