Note: Since originally publishing this post, I have added some updates, which you can find here.
Now that our campus has a set of Chromebooks, my students have been delighting in exploring Google Drive. One tool that has been an asset is the Presentation tool also known as Slides. Similar to Powerpoint, the Google version has a few advantages in our environment: automatic saving (extremely helpful when the network isn’t always reliable), the rockin’ Research Tool, and the ability to use Google image search within the presentation. Even more importantly, a shared presentation invites collaboration. I’ve enjoyed having the students work on slides in the same show simultaneously, such as the metaphor presentation I’ve embedded below.
There aren’t a whole lot of themes available in Slides. But a growing number of templates are popping up online. You can start with Google, itself, for public presentation templates that are free to download. Another fun resource, though somewhat limited right now, is Slides Carnival.
One of my favorite templates that I’ve run across recently comes from the DavidLeeEdTech blog. This virtual museum template is so cool! Scroll down to the comments section on his blog to get the direct link for downloading the template.
Another option is to download a Powerpoint template that you like, and then to import the slides into your Google Drive presentation.
To download most templates, you will need to be signed in to your Google Drive. If the link provided for a template does not give you a direct copy, then you may have a “View Only” version, and will need to make a copy yourself. When applicable, always leave the proper source citations for the template on the slide show, but do whatever other editing you would like once you make a copy.
Tired of the limited fonts available for your Slides Presentation? Check out these instructions for adding more.
And, if you are feeling very enterprising and graphic-designy and would like to make your own template, Alice Keeler has step-by-step instructions for doing just that.