I use Digital Interactive Notebooks (or DINs) in my ELA classroom. In this blog post, I am going to share one of my secrets for creating dynamic interactive student workspaces in Google Slides.
But after you have created your amazing student workspace, how can you keep your students from moving parts of or deleting your masterpiece? Trust me, they will!
Shhhhh, don't tell anyone, but one of the best tricks for creating your own dynamic interactive student workspaces involves altering the background in Google slides.
Keeping a digital interactive workspace intact takes 2 easy steps!
First, make your slide a jpeg (or a picture).
You might be thinking, "What, you can do that?"
Yes, you can!
With Google Slides open, select the slide you want to make a jpeg. Then,
1. Click on File
2. Select Download, JEPG image (.jpg, current slide)
Now just select where you want to save it! Easy Peasy right!
You're halfway there!
Once you've converted your slide into a picture, you can upload it back into your slide. Now you could just click Insert, Image and then upload it from your computer, but your students can still (and will) delete it. What I prefer is to make the image the slide's background.
To make your image your background, create or select a blank slide.
1. Click on Background
2. Select Image, Choose Image
3. Locate and Upload your image in Drive or from your computer.
Ta-da! You have created your perfect student workspace! You can now layer on top to create text boxes for students to write in, or you can create a moveable, interactive worksheet!
Here are just a few examples of some student workspaces I created for my DINs.