Productivity Suite

QGS5 Format

11. Powerful Presentations with Google Slides

Title for slide Google Slides: Menus and Formatting Features for 11.QGS5

This video is in process of being recorded April 2021.

THIS QUEST is under revision 4-21 due to the changes and improvements in Google slides. Thank you for your patience.


As you may have discovered, there are many different menus and tools on the Google Slides toolbar. This Quest will focus on formatting features, animations, transitions, and managing your slide deck. You will be learning through the tutorials and trying them out, and then sharing what you have learned with others.

I Can Statements

  • collaborate online to create a presentation
  • understand the features and attributes of effective presentations
  • create a multimedia presentation using a variety of tools


Alignment: This refers to how the text flows in relation to the page or table cell. The text may be aligned left, right, center, or justified (spacing is adjusted between words to be equally between right and left borders).

Animation: This refers to effects that can be applied to text or objects on the slide so that they show some type of movement.

Bullets (in formatting): This refers to the graphical characters or numbers that are used to identify a list of items.

Layout: Slide layouts contain formatting, positioning, and placeholders for all of the content that appears on a slide.

Master Slide: Stores the information for a Theme, fonts, effects, and more for a presentation.

Theme: A theme is a set of design elements, including backgrounds, colors, and fonts, that give your presentation a professionally designed feel.

Transition: Transitions are animation-like effects that occur in Slide Show view when you move from one slide to the next during an on-screen presentation.

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".


1. Jigsaw (divide and conquer) as a class: Students (or pairs) will copy and use this Example Slide Presentation (TO BE PROVIDED), and explore different features taking three to five minutes to try them out. A tutorial video is provided that is bookmarked and can be advanced to the different features.

2. The next step is to create a 2-3 minute short demonstration of what you have learned by applying it to a slide that you can share with others. Some suggested options are:

  • take screenshots with step-by-step illustrations and descriptions
  • record the screen and explain what you discovered using a video tool (such as ScreencastOmatic, FlipGrid, Screencastify extension for Chrome)
  • create an audio recording describing the feature and effect
  • present live or through a virtual resource to your class

3. Students can post them to a designated location for sharing (drive space, discussion forum, to their teacher), and/or take turns demonstrating the feature to others in the class.

4. Optional - Find an advanced feature no one else has discovered and share it!


5. It's time to work with your partner or group on your presentation and apply some of the features you have learned.

Completing this Quest

Once you have demonstrated some new features you and your partner or group should be working together to apply them to your presentation.  The next Quest will explore options for presenting your own or the group presentation. Make sure to review the I Can Statements before moving on to the last Quest in this series. 

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Additional Resources

Google Help for Presentations

Last Step

Apply what you have learned and continue to work on your Group Presentation slide(s) and carefully consider which elements will support your topic best and look professional.

Here are some tips:

Text on the slide Bullet Points:

  • Limit the number of bullet points on each slide to 3 or less
  • Font Size: If your presentation is to be shown on a screen using a projector, make sure the font is large enough (24-30 point is recommended). If it will be viewed on a computer monitor or device, then
  • Type of Font: Arial, Calibri, and Garamond, are recommended, and to avoid script and italic fonts. For titles you might choose a Serif or Sans Serif font
  • Consistency: Settle on a consistent font for your group slide presentation
  • Photos and Images When including pictures (photos or images) use proper citations to cite the source when there are copyright restrictions A link to a website about your slide content that you found in your research

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