QGS1 Create

11. Powerful Presentations with Google Slides


During this Quest, you will create a Google Slide presentation with a group of peers in your classroom. You are going to choose a theme that everyone likes on your team. 

I Can Statements

  • create a Google Slide presentation
  • collaborate with my peers on a Google Slide presentation

Key Vocabulary

Peer: A peer is a person who is equal in abilities, qualifications, or age.

Theme: refers to a design theme that makes it easy to coordinate your PowerPoint presentation with colors, graphics, and fonts that all work together to create a mood for your presentation. Default themes are provided in the program.

Play the Vocabulary Game to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode".



A. One person will be creating the initial presentation with the rest of the team members providing input on the design.

B. Review the Characteristics of an Exceptional Group Member.

C. NOTE: These Quests use a nine slide presentation about "The World In Which We Live". Your teacher may suggest a different topic to fit your subject area. The tutorials will still be useful for learning all of the tips and tricks for creating a presentation using the Google Slide tools.

D. Write down two personal learning goals, one for group participation, and one for learning some new Google Slide Skills.

Advanced Alternatives

When a student or class is already adept with Google Slides (refer to this Google Slide Skills chart), two alternatives are to visit:

1. Create a new Google Slide presentation and CHOOSE A THEME that everyone on your team likes. Note - Remember to include everyone in the decision, come to consensus and proceed.

2. Notice on the left it shows that there is only one slide. You need to add eight more slides. 

3. Go to the top. Click on SLIDE and then NEW SLIDE. Do this eight times. In the part that says Click to Add Title, use the following titles: 

  • Slide 1 = The World In Which We Live
  • Slide 2 = My School
  • Slide 3 = My City
  • Slide 4 = My State
  • Slide 5 = My Region (of the USA)
  • Slide 6 = My Country
  • Slide 7 = My Continent
  • Slide 8 = My Planet
  • Slide 9 = My Galaxy  

4. Share the presentation so that all members of your team can now individually work on their slides. Go to SHARE in the right-hand corner of Google Slides and  type in your teammate's email address under PEOPLE.
5. From this point on, YOU are responsible for your slides; however, you can easily view how others are doing their slides as soon as you login to Google Drive and open the presentation that was shared with you!

6. Check with your teacher to see how they want you to submit or share the slides (post to your File Space, Google Classroom, or other option).

Completing this Quest

You are working on a project as a team, but you are still responsible for your slides. Make sure you uphold your part of the bargain! Review the I Can Statements before you move on to the next Quest. 

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Additional Resources

Google Help for Presentations

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes
c. Use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

6. Creative Communicator
c. Communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively by creating or using a variety of digital objects such as visualizations, models or simulations
d. Publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for a variety of audiences

7. Global Communicator
b. With guidance from an educator, students use technology tools to work with friends and with people outside their neighborhood, city and beyond
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.