Google Slides Basics: A Video Course for Students & Teachers

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16 pages + 14 videos + 10 slides
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Teach yourself and your students how to use Google Slides with this 10-lesson video course, with printable Quick Notes and a Skills Challenge to apply what you learn right away!


Note on Updates: This course is current as of 2018. Due to the constantly changing nature of Google products and the time it takes to keep the product current, I have decided to discontinue updating the product. For that reason, the price has been reduced from $24 to $15. If you purchased the product at full price ($24) in 2019 or 2020 with the expectation that it would be updated, please contact us at and we will arrange for you to receive a $9 refund or another free product of similar value from my store.


To many people, Google Drive is just a simple online storage system, an online hard drive like Dropbox. But it’s so much more than that! Yes, you can store files in Google Drive, and yes, you can organize them nicely into folders, but Drive also has a collection of FREE built-in tools that allow you to create new projects right inside Google Drive, including Google Slides, a presentation program that works just like PowerPoint.

With Slides, students can prepare slideshows that integrate text with visual images, charts and graphs, and other multimedia to support their claims, share their research, and even showcase their talents in portfolio-style slideshows. They can even publish slideshow presentations as PDFs, making Google Slides a perfect tool for creating e-books on any subject imaginable!

Sounds great, right? But what if you don't know how to use Google Slides? What if your students need to learn how to use it? Should you spend hours demonstrating the tool yourself, or combing through YouTube trying to gather video tutorials that will do it for you? And what about kids that don't pick up the skills right away? Should you go back and re-teach them? What about the kids that already know how to use these tools? Should they be expected to sit through lesson after lesson covering skills they have down pat?

This course is the answer to all your questions. It will teach you and your students the basic skills of Google Slides without you having to spend a single moment teaching it yourself. In this course, you get:

Video Tutorials:

Video files you store in your own Drive--no need to deal with blocked access to YouTube! The videos are short, clear, and demonstrate exactly how to perform the major functions of each tools. Once you load them into your Drive (which I teach you how to do in the Teacher's Manual) and give students access to them (also explained in the Manual), students can watch them whenever they need to. Having the tech instruction all set up allows YOU to engage with students about the content. If a student needs a refresher on a particular skill, they can just return to the video.

Quick Notes:

Printable pages of hints that remind students of where to click for what task, so students don't always have to re-watch the videos if they only need a fast reminder. Quick Notes are designed to work both in a 3-ring binder OR composition-size notebooks (just cut on the line for a perfect fit!).

Skills Challenge:

This may be the best part. To give students practice in the new skills they are learning, the Skills Challenge is a sample project students complete with the tool. The Challenge is differentiated--offering 3 tiers of difficulty--so you can meet the needs of a variety of learners. AND a sample finished product is provided for each level of the Challenge, so you and your students have a clear model of what a correctly done project should look like at every level.

Teacher's Manual:

A 12-page manual provides clear instructions for setting up materials, suggests possible teaching approaches for working through the lessons, and offers helpful hints for keeping things running smoothly.


NOTE: This course is designed for schools whose students are already set up with Google accounts. These accounts are free. If your students do not have Google accounts yet, please speak to your school’s tech coordinator before purchasing this course.



To let you judge the quality of these lessons yourself, I am making the first three videos, from the "Intro to Drive" section, available on YouTube. You can view these videos here:

Video 1: A Tour of Your Drive

Video 2: Managing Files & Folders

Video 3: Working with Others


Want to learn more tools?


This course is also available as part of a 3-course bundle, Google Drive Basics, where it is bundled with full courses in Google Docs and Google Forms. Take a look:

Google Drive Basics: 3-Course Bundle


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16 pages + 14 videos + 10 slides
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1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and link to and cite sources as well as to interact and collaborate with others, including linking to and citing sources.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas efficiently as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products, taking advantage of technology’s capacity to link to other information and to display information flexibly and dynamically.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.


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