Picture books made easy with Google Slides

Who doesn’t love a picture book?

Growing up, the range of story books my generation had available to us was limited compared to today. Amongst my favourites as a child were Where the Wild Things Are and The Rainbow Serpent. Oh, and of course, there were the amazing Dr Seuss books.

One of my favourites from my son’s younger years is Stanley Paste. I love the illustrations and the story always makes me cry!

Of course, the range these days is immense and so diverse. I love this list of the best picture books of 2013. Some of them look amazing.

And, these days, we have so many options to create our own story books. And not only that, we can even publish them, digitally or on paper. Picture books are a great way to encourage students of all ages to express themselves and to collaborate. Personalised story books are potentially a great way to encourage reluctant writers and readers.

As a GAfE user, I decided to create a picture book template using Google Slides and made it available on the Google Drive template gallery. The dimensions are industry standard 8×11 size. The template comes with instructions but…. stories don’t need to come with rules!

Research story book design, experiment with fonts, colours, backgrounds. Try clip art, photos, drawings (both digital and hand drawn). Just jump in and create!

Below is a preview of the template. To find it, click on the link below:


Like the template? I’d love to hear how you put it into action. Use the comments below or contact me using the link to the right.

Story Book Template Preview; click to find on Google Drive template page.

A preview of the picture book template created using Google Slides.

Google Apps – transforming learning

Google Apps has made quality software accessible to everyone at little or no cost. In education, it provides educational institutions with cross-platform software that’s free and feature-rich. The wonderful thing about Google Apps for Education is that it is more than just a productivity suite. Yes, it makes managing the school computer labs and educational technology assets easier. Yes, it makes educators’ lives easier by letting us access what resources, plans, records, etc on the go.

The best thing about Google Apps for Education is that it goes beyond a productivity suite and offers functionality that can actually transform learning. I love reading about how other educators are creatively using Google Apps in the learning environment. It’s also great to have the chance to experiment with the possibilities.

Below is an infographic looking at Google Apps within the SAMR (Substitution Augmentation Modification Redefinition) framework.

Want to find out more about SAMR? Visit sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model for an easy-to-read but detailed overview.

SAMR  made easy with Google Apps (infographic)