A good way for students to practice their memory of terms and concepts is through matching games and dynamic graphic organizers. Teachers can easily create these types of activities for their students by using Google Slides. Here’s how:
- Create a slide that will serve as the place where your students will organize the information you want them to know. I chose a square shape for this slide by going to File > Page Setup > Custom and choosing 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches. I did this just in case I wanted to print the board on standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper. I also used a table to make the game board look more uniform:
- Next, create a slide that contains the actual information that your players will organize. For this game, players will demonstrate their knowledge of the various G Suite tools by matching their names, their icons, and the purpose of each app. Your players will cut the pieces from this slide and paste them on the game board.
3. To prevent players from accidentally moving the table around as they place the information on the game board, I “locked” the table down. To lock items on a slide, you will create a picture of the slide and then make this picture the background of a new slide. To do this, go to File > Download as > JPEG image. Save the file on your computer.
Now create a new blank slide and remove all content. On the blank slide, click the Background on the tool bar, click the Choose Image box, and upload the picture you saved to your computer. A big thanks to Google Apps guru Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) for this tip.
Now delete the original slide you designed to be the game board.
4. Share the Google Slides file with others via Google Drive. Choose the “Anyone with the link” and give them “Can view” rights to the file. Remind them that they must make a copy of the file in order to play the game. Better yet, share this activity through Google Classroom and select the “Make a copy for each student” option when creating the assignment. The copying and the necessary permissions that they will need will happen automatically.
If you would like to give the G Suite Matching game a try, visit https://goo.gl/uEYg6A