One advantage of so many people providing remote instruction is the many new ideas to make teaching more interactive. One of these is the drag-and-drop activity for Google Slides. As of yet, the activity cannot give automatic feedback to the student, but it does allow for creativity and customization with a minimum of effort. This article explains how to create a slide and gives some teaching ideas.
Here are the basics for how to create a slide:
- Open a Google Slide and add to it any items that should be stationary, such as a table for items to be placed in or instructions for the activity. Many people like to remove the text boxes provided to create a clean slate before adding other items.
- Select File > Download > PNG image to save the slide as a graphic.
- Make the graphic be the background — select Slide > Change background > Choose image, browse to select the png file you just created, click Insert, then click Done.
- Add moveable items such as text boxes or pictures onto the slide. Tips:
— Add a background color to text boxes to make them more visible.
— To search for graphics, select Insert > Image > Search the web, then type the item you are looking for in the search box.
— If you want an item to be selectable multiple times, select the item and type Ctrl-D to duplicate it. Select all the items, right-click, and select Align horizontally > Middle, then Align vertically > Middle. You will now have a stack of items that look like one item.
- Make a copy of the file to share with each student. For detailed instructions, see https://alyssateaches.com/share-google-slides-with-students/.
Ideas for Use
Syllable sorting: Have students sort items based on the number of syllables in the word.
Word pattern sorting: Have students sort words by pattern (e.g. silent e, rhyming, or a consonant combination).
Sentence creation: Provide a clause that starts with a capital letter, a clause that starts with a lowercase letter, and a connective word, and have students put together a sentence.
State/country identification: Have students label the states in the union or the countries on a map. see Pocketful of Primary’s YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-byn2YTVeWU.
Money counting: Have students indicate how use quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies to add up to a defined amount. For an example of this, see EZ EdTech!’s YouTube video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4U-8X4zKEs
For many other ideas and video instruction, search for “Google Slide drag and drop” on the Internet and YouTube.
You can also find Google Slide templates on Slidesmania.com and/or Teachers Pay Teachers at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:google%20slides%20drag.