So, say you like a particular Theme in Google Presentation, but not the color. Well, that is an easy fix!
1. Choose the desired Theme. For this example, I chose ‘Label’.
2. Just above the slide, there is a toolbar. One of the options is ‘background’. (NOTE: be sure that the slide is selected – on left – NOT a space on the actual slide, otherwise you will not be able to see this option.)
3. A pop-out window will appear. This is where you can select a new color.
4. Select ‘Apply to all’ in order to have a uniform looking presentation. Then select the blue ‘Done’ button, and viola you have customized the Presentation Theme.
Recently I have begun to incorporate projects more and more into my classroom. The latest was ‘Shop ‘Til You Drop’. This activity gave students real-world experience adding and subtracting decimals (This is a 5th grade Common Core Standard – NBT.7). It also incorporates 4 other Common Core Standards. It was a project that my partner teacher found online. And like any good teacher, I have had time to reflect on the project; take note of what went well, and what I will do differently next time.
What went well:
Students begged to work on the project.
Students took the assignment seriously.
Students asked for help with subtracting across zeros – I need to go back and reteach.
Students helped one another solve problems and find gifts.
Many quality presentations were made.
Many students viewed their project on the TV, seeking feedback.
Students took feedback and made adjustments – even after their presentation was given.
Templates were used and modified.
Things that need improving:
Work space on paper (just to make sure they’re not using a calculator).
Rubric/Scale that fits my needs – Marzano based.
Give more time. Took longer than I anticipated.
Ask what student would do with left over money. While some volunteered this information, many did not. It wasn’t something that I thought about until one student shared her thoughts – she wanted to donate the rest to a charity.
And because I am a firm believer in sharing, here is the lesson – templates included. I have included the NETS-S as well. Feel free to share, modify, and use.