Turning your paper sheets into interactive worksheets in Google Classroom is possible. It’s not optimal, but neither is a pandemic, right? So, if you’re trying to distribute materials to your students online, this is an option to consider.
You’ll use Google Slides to transform your paper sheet into something that students can complete online. None of the other tools in Classroom will work for this because you’ll need to insert background images—a feature exclusive to Slides. The steps are fairly straightforward, but lead to an effective end result!!!
(1) Convert your paper worksheet into an image.
a. Use your cellphone camera and take a picture of your worksheet, or
b. Save a PDF as an image (.png, .jpg, .bmp) within Adobe Acrobat DC, or
c. Use Windows Snipping Tool and do a screen capture of your worksheet.
(2) Upload the image to your Google Drive.
Make sure you know where it’s located or what the file name is before continuing!
(3) Open Google Classroom and select Slides from the Create+ menu.
(4) Load your worksheet image as the background image for the slide.
(5) Draw text boxes over the area of your worksheet where students type their responses.
(6) Save, then assign the slide to your student roster within Google Classroom.
That’s all there is to it, in theory. Although the process is easily understood, there are tricks to making it work well for you and your students. Several YouTube educators are experts at walking you through the process. Judging by the number of views these videos have received, teachers everywhere are looking for ways to turn their paper sheets into interactive worksheets!
Note: Now that there’s TeacherMade, Teachers everywhere have a better option. See how TeacherMade stacks up to Google Slides.
If you’ve been using Google Slides to digitize your classroom handouts, you need to know about TeacherMade. Like Google Slides, you load a PDF or image of your worksheet onto the screen. Then TeacherMade lets you quickly insert areas where you want the student to enter an answer. Unlike Google Slides, the TeacherMade app was specifically designed for classroom use. It supports all kinds of student responses: multiple choice, multi-select, matching, fill-in-the-blank, essays, drop-downs, etc. the list goes on. The advantages of using TeacherMade are numerous. Unlike Google Slides, students cannot delete or mistakenly alter anything. TeacherMade will do the grading for you. And because it’s so intuitive, TeacherMade is much faster to use.
Jamie Keet of the Teacher’s Tech YouTube Channel offers a clear and concise, step-by-step video for the worksheet-to-Slides process. He starts with a PDF and converts it into an image using Adobe Acrobat DC. Then, he proceeds with steps 2–6 from above. Be sure to read the comments as there are some useful tips contributed by viewers like you:
Watch Video for Creating Interactive Worksheets from Google Slides
Amy Almada, a 5th-grade teacher, also uses YouTube to explain features on Google Slides. Her worksheet begins as a screen capture, and she easily converts this to an interactive document. Her video has over 700k views, so be sure to check it out:
Watch Video to Learn How to Turn Screen Captures into Interactive Worksheets