I talk about the wonders of Google Slides CONSTANTLY and frequently refer to it as the Swiss Army Knife of G Suite. It can do all kinds of things! In this post, I will show you 25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do.

25 Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do

Since originally sharing this post in 2018, it has become the #1 post on Shake Up Learning, so I decided to add a podcast version!

The podcast is broken into two episodes (Part 1 and Part 2) and embedded below.

The more I learn about Google Slides, the more versatile it becomes.

Your eyes will be opened when you see what’s possible, and you will see that this list can go far, far beyond just 25.

This post comes from one of my presentations. I’m also embedding and linking to the slides for you!

In this blog post, you will learn some fun little tricks that help you create interactive learning experiences, create images and eBooks, insert audio, charts, and diagrams, as well as, easy stop motion animation.

Please refer to the slides for details and additional resources. This would end up being a 20-page blog post if I typed it out.

What are your favorite ways to use Google Slides in the classroom?

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Quick Tips (Google Classroom)

Tag Students in Class Comments: Did you know you can tag students in Google Classroom comments? Yes, if you allow class comments, you tag students so they know you are responding to them. Simply type the plus sign followed by their email ([email protected]).

Watch this 2-minute video to learn how!

Add Clickable Resource Links in Private Comments: When you leave feedback in private comments for students, don’t just tell students what to revise or edit; give them a resource link so they can review the skill!

Watch this 2-minute video to learn how!

CLICK HERE to open the Google Slide deck in a new window.

Listen to Part 1 of this article.

Listen to Part 2 of this article.

1. Create an Interactive Table of Contents

2. Internal Linking (Linking to Other Slides)

3. Create Interactive Learning (and Student Table of Contents)

4. Customize the Size of Your Slides

5. Download As…

6. Create an eBook with Google Slides

7. Create Images with a Transparent Background

8. Add a Drop Shadow and Format Image Options

9. Integrate with Google Keep

10. Add-Ons!

11. Pear Deck

12. Icons by Noun Project

13. Unsplash Photos

14. Publish to the Web

15. Link or Embed a Slide Deck

16. Embed a Google Drive Video

17. Customize Video Start & End time

18. Autoplay a Video/Mute Audio

19. Insert Audio (25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects)

20. Voice Type Speaker Notes

21. Insert Charts

22. Link Data and Other Files

23. Insert Diagrams

24. Import Slides from Drive or Upload PPT

25. Stop Motion Animation


  I could keep going, but I’m out of breath! 25 for now, and more later, y’all!

I hope this gives you some new ideas for using Google Slides in your classroom.

What are your favorite ways to use Google Slides in the classroom? (Leave a comment below.)


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