I will freely admit that I’m not the techiest of teachers! But like so many others, I’m finding my way around digital resources these days. And when I run across a cool tool or tip for working with digital resources, I feel compelled to share.
Since mid-2020, I have been creating digital versions of many of my resources for use with Google Slides. BTW, if you already own any of these resources, check your Purchases page and download the updated version to access the new digital components!
I love the way movable pieces can be incorporated into Google Slides to allow for the use of virtual manipulatives and how text boxes can be used to allow students to input their answers or explain their thinking. One thing I haven’t liked, however, is that because you need to be in Edit mode to interact with the slides, it looks a little clunky. Not as clean as in Present mode, where you don’t see the slides panel on the left-hand side of the menu options at the top.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I found out there is a free Google extension that allows you to go fullscreen while in Edit mode! Check out this little video.
Note that while you’re in full screen, you can use the up/down arrow keys or scroll wheel to move between slides. Hit ESC to leave full screen mode and refresh to get the slides back on the left side.
Here’s the link to the extension in the Chrome web store.
Interested in the Fraction Benchmarks of 0, 1/2, and 1 with Number Lines resource shown in the video? Here’s the link for that.