Monday, April 13, 2020

Make an Editable PDF with Google Slides

Let me first say…”I am not a fan of worksheets!” Whew...I got that out there! With that said, there is a time and place for things to be “fill in the blank” style. Also, many teachers have great resources that they want students to be able to use and learn from while at home during this COVID-19 quarantine. If you have PDFs that you normally print and have students fill in, there is a way to do this digitally. All you will need to know how to do is to take a screenshot and use Google Slides.

How to create a Screenshot:
  • 𝐏𝐂:
    • (Use the app called "𝙎𝙣𝙞𝙥 & 𝙎𝙠𝙚𝙩𝙘𝙝" in Applications). Select an area of your screen to capture.
    • Check out this video below for more help.
  • 𝐌𝐚𝐜:
    • (Command+Shift+3) This captures the entire screen.
    • (Command+Shift+4) This lets you capture a select area of your screen.
  • 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐛𝐨𝐨𝐤:
    • (Ctrl + window switch key) This captures the entire screen.
    • (Ctrl + Shift + window switch key) This lets you capture a select area of your screen.
  • 𝐌𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞:
    • iOS (Hold Power Button + Home Button)
    • Android (Hold Power Button + Volume Down Button)

Take a Screenshot:
  1. Open up the PDF you want to use. Make sure you can see the whole document on your screen (You may have to use the 3 dots in Chrome in the top right to zoom out).

  1. Same this screenshot to your device. 

Set Screenshot as Background in Slide:
  1. Open a Google Slide.
  2. Click “File” and go to “Page setup”.

  1. Click Custom and enter 8.5 x 11.

  1. Delete the text boxes out of the slide and click on “Background” and “Choose Image”.

  1. Browse for the image you saved and select it and click “Done”.
  2. Use the “Text Box” tool to add Text Boxes everywhere you want students to enter text/numbers.

  1. I make sure to edit the font size and center align the text so when students click n the box it will be large enough and centered (if needed) in the box.

Share the Slide:
All you have left to do is share this slide with your students. Remember, you want each of your students to have their own. The best way is through Google Classroom! 
  1. Create a new assignment.
  2. Attach the Slide Deck by click the “Add” button.
  3. Make sure to choose the bottom option that says “Make a copy for each student”. 

  1. Then click “Assign” and you have an “Editable PDF”...well...sort of, that students can enter in text or numbers!

If you want these steps in a Document click HERE!