Google Slides and Google Draw are two powerful publication and graphic design tools, but when combined together the results are absolutely explosive for student creativity and expression. Traditionally, Google Slides has been used as a presentation tool, a rotating slideshow of images and facts relating to a specific topic. It has proven its ability to effectively communicate information and be a “go to” display tool for student research projects. Google Draw tends to be not quite as popular as Slides but is often used for students to make basic digital creations such as characters, logos, and Google Doc embellishments. Teachers often think of these Google Apps in isolation, but when you start integrating Google Drawings into your Google Slide publications the results can be absolutely mind-blowing.
The following are some results of Google Slide and Google Draw collisions from my Multi-Grade 6/7 classroom. As you can see the possibilities are endless and students absolutely love creative freedom!
Students love being able to bring characters in novels to life in their own visual representations. Google Slides is a great platform for connecting their character image with some supporting text about unique character traits and attributes.
Tantalizing Title Pages
Google Draw allows you to develop your own powerful and personalized graphics for your research projects and slide presentations. This rat is created entirely in Google Draw using Geometric shapes.
The combination of Google Slides and Google Draw allows students more opportunities to showcase their learning. Not all students can express themselves fully with words alone.
Make your classroom absolutely shine with student-created visuals that demonstrate important scientific concepts to solidify understanding! Or simply make powerful messages to hang around the room!
Give students the opportunity to illustrate their own poems and expressive texts when you import Drawings onto a Google Slide with poetic text.
Let students be the illustrator of their own personal stories! Stories will take on a much deeper meaning if each and every drawing is created to reflect a child’s own thinking and story imagery.
It is my hope that you found this article helpful in provoking continued inspiration and student creativity in your classroom! If your students are anything like mine, they will absolutely thrive on the endless possibilities and creations one can make when Google Slides and Google Draw collide!
Certified Google Trainer & Innovator
Middle School Teacher & Technology Support
Saanich School District 63
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