Create and share class Slides


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create an online lesson presentation using Google Slides
  • Add images and videos to an online lesson presentation
  • Share an online lesson presentation with another teacher


The following scenarios show examples of how educators use Google Slides in their classrooms.

Present visual lessons

Mr. Abramidze teaches final year mathematics at a secondary school. The past two years, he notices that he does not finish the full-year curriculum because of the time it takes to teach all of the concepts. As he writes equations on the board, there are always questions. He frequently stops to explain and sometimes uses other equations to explain the one he is writing. Often, lessons he plans to deliver in one session take two sessions or two days.

His school now uses Google Apps, so he decides to try to pre-write the equations in a Google Slides presentation. He notices this saves so much time because he spends class time pointing to and explaining equations instead of spending time writing them. He also adds nice visual images to his slides to further explain his points. His students also look at his slides before class and arrive in class with questions so that class time is focused on where they need help. This is the first year that Mr. Abramidze has taught all the topics that will appear on the final, mathematics national exams.

Introduce the class

At the beginning of each school year, Mrs. Kulkarni learns the names of all of her 165 students. Most of them know each other, but it’s just as hard, if not harder, for new students to learn the names of all the students in the same classes. This year, Mrs. Kulkarni has an idea. She decides not to use index note cards for each student to write information that she keeps.

Instead, she switches to using Google Slides. She makes one presentation for each class and requires each student to make one slide that includes his or her name, a picture, and information about himself or herself. The students love this way of introducing themselves. Mrs. Kulkarni even asks each student to present the information on the slide to practice their public speaking skills. They gain more practice using and collaborating with Google Slides, and new students have an online document they can access anywhere to help them quickly learn their peers’ names and feel part of the group. At the end of the first six weeks, Mrs. Kulkarni surveys the new students and, on average, they feel more integrated, accepted and included this year than the average for the past seven years of new students in Mrs. Kulkarni’s classes.

Create a scrolling display of student work

Ms. Saidel teaches 5th year students in a primary girls' school. Her students love to use the computer. However, many of their parents are unable to visit the school and see their children’s computer work due to living far away from the school. For four weeks, Ms. Saidel worked on creating student portfolio sites for each student. Still many of the parents aren’t familiar with navigating through the site to see the student work and they have asked for something simpler.

Ms. Saidel then realises that she can embed a Google Slide presentation into a Google Sites page. She decides that the students will make a Google Slide presentation with each slide featuring a different piece of work. She animates the slides and then embeds them in their student websites. Now all the parents must do is go to the website and the slides scroll through the different pieces of student work. Since doing this, Ms. Saidel has received 20% more parent engagement. They now call if they have questions about student work or if the student slideshow is not updated each week.


Create a lesson presentation using Google Slides

To create a presentation using Google Slides:

  1. Navigate to
  2. Depending on the type of Google Drive you have, there are two ways to create a new lesson presentation.
    • Option 1: New and then Google Slides.
    • Option 2: In your Drive, click Create and from the drop-down menu, click Presentation.
  3. Choose a theme that will be appropriate for your subject matter/topic. You now have a blank presentation. This will be your canvas for your presentation.
  4. Rename your presentation so that you can track the file anytime. On the upper left portion of your screen, click Untitled presentation and enter a new name.
  5. Click OK.
  6. You can start adding slides to your presentation. Move your cursor over the slide on the left portion and then right click. You can choose to add a new slide or a duplicate slide.

Add images and videos to an online lesson presentation

To add an image to your presentation:

  1. Click Insert on your taskbar at the upper portion of your screen. A drop-down menu shows an option to insert Image.
  2. Click Image. A white box will give you an option on how to insert an image. You can choose to drag and drop a photo, take a snapshot, attach a photo URL, choose from your Google Drive, or use something from Google Search.
  3. Click Select and the photo will automatically appear on your chosen slide.

To add a video to your presentation:

  1. Click Insert on your taskbar at the upper portion of your screen.
  2. Click the Video from the drop-down menu. A white box will give you an option to insert a video. You can choose to search for a video from Youtube or you can just paste a Youtube video URL.
  3. Click the blue box that says Select and the video will automatically appear on your chosen slide.

Share an online lesson presentation with another teacher

To share a presentation:

  1. Click Share in the upper-right hand portion of your screen.
  2. In the box that appears add the email addresses of people with whom you want to share presentation access for collaboration.
  3. Choose the appropriate level of access.
  4. Click Send.
  5. Click Done.

Classroom connections

You and your students can use the information you have learned in this lesson in the following ways:


  • Create class scrapbooks - Use Google Presentation as a visual way of sharing information.
  • Introduce a new project - Give an overview and outline the expectations from the students, their roles and responsibilities.
  • Introduce technology skills - Use the Presentation format for creating short, self-guided tutorials.
  • Practice and review concepts - Use the Presentation format as a flash-card type environment.
  • Create pathfinders - Create a resource to guide students through the process of exploring a topic. Provide an overview, glossary, search tools and strategies, online and print resources, and project ideas.


  • Express opinions - Practice for debates. Work with your debating opponent and create a presentation that provides information on both sides of an issue.
  • Create project presentations - Create presentations on project implementation and outcomes. Write a narrative in the Speaker Notes. Cite your sources.
  • Create comics - Try making comic pages or a comic book on any community or environmental issue/concern. Provide images and add interaction. Create a Portfolio of your achievements. Showcase your talent by publishing images, videos and information on your skills and learning achievements during an academic year. You can add information on grades, prizes, competitions, hobbies taken up and even volunteer work!

Learn more


Part A. Create a presentation and invite a guest

  1. Create a Google Slides presentation entitled “Teacher of the Year.”
  2. Share the slides with a friend or colleague. Include a message when you share - “Please nominate me for this award.”

Part B. Practice editing the presentation

  1. Change the title of the presentation to “Google Basics for Teaching.”
  2. Edit the slide so that it gives a summary of some of the topics of this MOOC you might present to other teachers at your school.
  3. Create 5 slides related to five topics from this MOOC.
  4. Use an image on each slide.
  5. Include a video on one slide.

Part C. How will you use Slides in your classroom?

Please answer all questions in order to receive credit for this project.

Please answer all questions in order to receive credit for this project.