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.
Google Slides can transform paper worksheets into materials that students can complete online. None of the other tools in Classroom will work for this. The steps to creating Google Slides for your classroom are fairly straightforward and effective, but slides are not optimized for student use.
Follow these simple steps to create an interactive worksheet using Google Slides:
Before you can use your worksheet in Google Slides, you need to convert the document to an image. There are 3 easy ways that you can turn your paper worksheet into something that can be used in the digital classroom or on a Google Slide.
Once you’ve converted your worksheet to an image, follow these steps to create Google Slides.
That’s all there is to it, in theory. Although the process is simple, there are plenty of tricks to make 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!
The advantages of using TeacherMade are numerous. Unlike Google Slides, students cannot delete or mistakenly alter anything. TeacherMade will also do the grading for you. And because its workflow is so intuitive, TeacherMade is much faster to use.
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.
TeacherMade is a better option than Google Slides for the online classroom. If you’ve been using Google Slides to digitize your classroom handouts, you need to know about this Teacher’s dream come true.
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.
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.
Dan Spada, the creator of the Ed Tech Show on Youtube and an Instructional Technology Specialist for Ellington Public Schools in Connecticut, is a self-described TeacherMade convert. He did a video in May of 2020 on How To Make Editable PDF Worksheets For Google Classroom Tutorial (Perfect For Remote Teaching). Then in November of 2020 he discovered TeacherMade and shared his excitement in How To Make Auto-Graded Digital Worksheets From PDFs & Images With Teacher Made. Mr. Spada says it best when he proclaims that “TeacherMade blows Google Slides away!”