One thing I love as much as Google Apps for Education is freebies. And when those freebies are combined with Google Apps – oh, happy days! I like freebies so much I’ve dedicated much of one of my Pinterest boards, The Thrifty Teacher, to free educational resources that are engaging and easy to use.
So I decided to create and share three flexible, fun and easy to use templates. I’ve used these type of templates in the past so I have put them together to offer both electronic and printable options. I always find this kind of flexibility helpful as it means I have options depending on my students and the environment we’ll be in. And sharing the files with you means you can adapt them to suit the needs of you and your class.
These templates were designed to be used with the full version of Google Slides. However, I have tried them with the latest version of the Google Slides app on the iPad and they seemed to work well. I would expect the same would be the case with the Android apps. The mobile versions have the advantage of easily taking photos to add into the templates.
To use the templates, click on the links provided. This will open the document. From here, you will need to save the file to your Drive from the “File” menu so you can use it as want.
Fakebook status template
Inspired by Facebook, this authentic looking template allows students to create a “status” update and add an image.
Create your own headlines with this newspaper template.
Text message template
This template allows for a short “text” exchange between, well, anyone you like! You can shrink or enlarge it based on your student needs and how you will be using it. Duplicate the slide to have an extended text exchange.
Side note: aaagghhh, Google Template Gallery!!
I tried to upload the templates to the Template Gallery. This has always been a hit-and-miss endeavour. This time it proved to be a…. miss! Hours after attempting to submit the templates to the Gallery, I am still being advised that my templates will be visible in the template gallery “in a moment”. Maybe they mean a Saturn moment 😉
So the links I have shared are directly from my Google Drive.
Applications for education
- Suitable for most age groups and skill levels.
- Can be used with many curriculum areas including History, Literature Studies, Creative Writing and Languages.
- Customise the templates to suit your needs and the needs of your students.
- For electronic versions of the documents, distribute using Classroom, Gmail or Google Drive.