Using Google Slides in Other Digital Platforms (Besides Google Classroom)

So you want to use some of our digital resources… but the problem is… you don’t use Google Classroom. Think you’re out of luck? Think again!

Google Slides is a method of delivery for our digital resources, but they can be used in a variety of platforms with just the simple share of a link or a quick re-download and changing the file type.

Whether you are teaching at a Microsoft school and need to use these in PowerPoint… Or wondering how you can assign Google Slides using another platform such as Canvas…. we’ve got some help coming your way.

Here are a few tips that will help most teachers be able to utilize this resource in their current platform!

How to use Google Slides in other digital platforms

We recommend two ways to share and use Google Slides in other platforms such as Microsoft Teams. 

The first is to download the slides as a PowerPoint. You can then share the file with your students as you normally would. 

For the most part, Google Slides and PowerPoint convert seamlessly. However, not everything translates all the time when converting so check your download to make sure everything works before sharing it with your students.

We recommend designating a folder on your computer to download the file beforehand so the PowerPoint easy to find, then follow the steps below.

Download Google Slides as a PowerPoint  

  • Open the Google Slides 
  • Go to “File” > “Download” > “Microsoft PowerPoint”
Download Google Slides as a PowerPoint
  • Then use as you would normally do with PowerPoint

The second way to share Google Slides in platforms other than Google Classroom is to share a link. 

  • Click “Share” in the top right
  • Set sharing settings to view, edit or comment
  • Click “Copy Link”
How to copy a Google Slides link
  • Paste the link into a new assignment in your platform of choice

By sharing this link, students will view, edit or comment on your copy of the Google Slides. This is fine if you just want students to view them. However, if you want students to be forced to make their own copy so that they can edit and complete the activities on their own you have to take an additional step:

  • After going through the steps above, go to the URL
  • Changing the word “edit” at the end of the URL to “copy” 
How to change a URL to force a copy

***Note: In order to do this, the sharing settings must be set to “anyone with the link” or “public” 

When you share the link with “copy” at the end and students click on it, they will see this page below:

Google Slides force copy screen

After they click “Make a copy,” they can edit the document as needed. 

Since technology is always evolving and changing… and as we learn about new platforms that teachers are using, we will try to keep up as best as we can! 

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2 Comments

  • Thank you so much for explaining the steps to share these movable slides with the kids. Do you have similar instructions for sharing to Seesaw? I tried and was unsuccessful, however I am tech challenged!!! Probable user error.
    Thank you!
    Heather

    Reply
    • Great question! I’m still learning more about Seesaw myself. When you upload a document to Seesaw, it is automatically flattened, which means that it gets rid of all moveable pieces. That way you can add your own moveable pieces back in or have students annotate on the page.

      You have two options to add Google Slides to an activity, the first is to add your own moveable pieces after uploading the slides. I recommend the second option, which is to add a link instead of uploading the slides. When you add the link change it to /copy instead of /edit (you can see the instructions in the blog post) and it will force your students to make a copy. Then they can work within the Google Slides.

      If you use the second option, students will turn in their completed slides, following these steps:
      1. Get the shareable link
      2. Return to Seesaw
      3. Click “Add Response”
      4. Choose “Link” and add their link
      5. Click the green sign, “Continue,” and then the green sign again

      Reply

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