Technology is a wonderful thing!  One of the many awesome things about technology is that it allows us to connect with and provide educational opportunities for our students when we can’t be present with them.  It can, however, be overwhelming at times. Be patient with yourself and try not to get frustrated! We are all in this together! This post will explain how to share Life Over Cs Google Slides educational activities with your students using your computer.

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When you find an educational activity on Life Over Cs that is a Google Slides activity, you will begin as you do when you find all your favorite activities on our site.  Click the “Get Your Activity Here!” button, enter your email address, and click “Get Your Printable”.

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You will receive an email containing an image of the activity, as well as a blue box that says “Get Your Activity Here”.

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A PDF will pop up with the heading “Click on the image to select the version you need”.  There will be two images of the same activity, but below the activity on the left it will say “Google Slides” and below the image on the right it will say “Seesaw”.

You will click the image on the left above “Google Slides”. 

The most important thing to remember here is that you want to make a copy of the activity so that you are able to share it with your students and no changes will be made to the master copy.  Once you have made your selection you will automatically be presented with a pop up asking you if you would like to make a copy.

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You need to click the blue “Make A Copy” that is under the question.  This will allow you to obtain a copy of the activity that can be opened in Google Slides and added to your Google Drive.

NOTE:  It will make your life a little easier if you are already logged into Google when you are trying to download the activity.  If you are not logged in already you may be prompted to log into Google Slides in order to open up the activity.

Once the activity has opened in Google Slides you will be able to interact with it.

Another important note:  You MUST be in edit mode in order to interact with each slide.  You will not be able to move any of the letters or manipulative pieces for the activity if you are in present mode.  If you are in present mode all the pieces of the activity will be locked, making it unable to be interacted with.

Once you have had the chance to interact with the activity and you are ready to share it with your students you will follow the following steps:  (NOTE: You will need to follow these steps for each student you have in your class.)

Step One:  Click on the drop down for the word FILE.

Step Two:  Choose “Make a Copy” from the list of options that appear below.

Step Three:  Choose “Entire Presentation” from the list of options that appear to the right.

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Step Four:  A pop up will appear that is titled “Copy Document”.  It is here that you can name the new copy of the activity.  I recommend adding your student’s first and last name to the beginning of the activity name and leaving the remainder of the activity name the same.  Click “OK” when you are finished editing the name. The new copy of the activity will now appear on your computer.

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Step Five:  Now it is time to share the activity with your student!  Click the yellow “SHARE” button at the top right of the screen.  A pop up box will appear. You can enter an email address for the parent of the child you wish to send the activity to and then click “DONE”.

Note:  There will be a little picture of a pencil beside where you can enter the email address.  You want to leave this setting selected. You will want to make sure that the pencil is there so that the student is able to “edit” the activity and interact with it!

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Reminder!  You will need to follow steps 1-5 for every student that you have so that they are able to interact with the activity!

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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. Thank you for all of the resources you share!
    Is it possible to purchase your Google Slide activities in order to be able to send them out to all students using a link rather than making an individual copy for each student? Your free slides are great but it takes too much time to send each activity to each student individually. I have purchased other slides and it is very easy to include them in the daily work I send out to all of my students with only one link.
    Again, thank you!

    1. Due to the interactive nature of the Google Slides activity each student must have their own copy of the activity. If only one link was sent out every time one student edited and interacted with the activity it would change the one copy sent out for everyone.

  2. Hi Kim,

    I love your blog and use the resources frequently. Thank you for the work you and your team do!
    I thought your Google slides tutorial was very well explained. My question is, how do I get instant feedback from my students when they use the Google slides I send them?

    1. To get feedback from your students and assess their learning you have two different options. One option is when your students are finished completing the activity they can click “Share” and send it back to you if you would like to see what they have done to assess their learning. The other option is you can assign the activity on Google Classroom and they can submit the assignment for your review when they are finished completing the activity.

  3. Thank you so much for clarifying this for me. I am so greatly appreciated. Take care in this difficult world we live in right now.

    1. Check out the Google Slides Tutorials on the Digital Resources page! The tutorials have detailed descriptions and pictures to help you navigate getting and sharing the Google Slides activities for your class!