Teacher Tech blog with Alice Keeler

Paperless Is Not a Pedagogy

Alice Keeler

Creating Slides for a Presentation

Creating Slides for a Presentation


An app I like for my iPad is Haiku Deck. What is nice about Haiku deck is that it makes creating a presentation not only easy, but beautiful. The hangup is that Haiku deck is only available for the iPad.

Haiku Deck automatically searches for images using the keywords in your title slide. The images are high quality and dynamic. The first trick to replicating this is to find high quality images.

I stick to Creative Commons images. One place to find Creative Commons images is on Flickr. Rather than going directly to Flickr, I use http://compfight.com. I can not only find creative commons images from Flickr on Compfight, but it gives me the attribution information that I can copy and paste.

Step 1

Create a Google Presentation by going to Google Drive (http://drive.google.com).

Step 2

Choose a simple white template.

Step 3

Go to http://compfight.com  and search for a keyword.

Step 4

Make sure you are searching Creative Commons images. On the left hand side is the option to filter for Creative Commons pictures.

Step 5

Click on the image you want to use in your slides.

Step 6

Download the large size if it is available. I look for 1024 if I can. Make sure you take note of where the image downloads to. On my Mac it downloads to the downloads folder.

 Step 7

Copy the photo credit. This is in the 3rd step of the pop up window.

Step 8

Paste the photo credit into the slide notes or create a text box off canvas and paste the photo credit in there. It is suggested to create an attribution slide at the end of your presentation where you paste and organize the credits. You can remove the <html> tags from the credit.

Photo Credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/31191642@N05/3932052676/“>Sergiu Bacioiu</a> via <a href=”http://compfight.com“>Compfight</a> <a href=”http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/“>cc</a> 

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31191642@N05/3932052676/ by Sergiu Bacioiu  via  http://compfight.com, Compfight. Creative Commons licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/  


Step 9

In the slide toolbar, choose the “background” button.

Step 10

Of the 3 options, choose the middle option “Image.” Click on choose and browse for the downloaded image.

Step 11

After choosing done, the image is now the background of the slide. Choosing a photo as your background can really make your presentation pop, however your text gets lost in the image.

Type your text in the text box. Make sure you are using either “Title Slide,” “Title Only,” or “Caption” layouts. Alternatively, you can create your own text boxes.

Step 12

Select the text box. Go to the paint can in the toolbar and choose to fill the text box white.

You may be thinking this looks terrible, but there is one more step!

Step 13

Select the text box again, go back to the paint can and choose “Custom…”

On the right hand side is the translucency slider. Decrease the opacity of the fill.


This gets a little easier with subsequent text boxes. The custom color is saved in the custom color tray. Instead of choosing a white background and then going back and customizing the translucency, simply choose the first custom color box. Notice that it does not look like anything is there since your custom color is white. But trust me, it works.

And your finished slide has a high quality image background, with a reduced opacity background on the text boxes that really helps your text to stand out!


5 Easy Steps for Teaching with Digital Tools

Introducing digital tools into your teaching can seem challenging at first. There are many tools out there, and it might feel like there’s a lot to learn. But with easy steps for teaching with digital tools, you can start simply and gradually. There’s no need to dive in all at once – just take it one step at a time. Taking easy steps for teaching with digital tools starts with trying something!

Read More »
Students Prepare to Present

Help Your Students Prepare to Present

Maximize student success in presentations with ‘Speaker Notes by AliceKeeler,’ the ideal Google Slides add-on. Enhance how students prepare to present with easy transfer of speaker notes to Google Docs, promoting effective communication skills. Dive into the world of engaging, technology-aided presentations and empower students to shine in their academic endeavors. Discover the key to transforming student presentations into interactive, skill-building experiences.

Read More »

Infographic 7 Basic Steps for a Google Form

New to using Google Forms? This tool is essential for teachers to not only save time but to be adaptive to student needs. Use Forms to survey students, play games, personalize instruction, and assessment. This infographic on the 7 basic steps for a Google Form will help you get started.

Read More »

Online Workshop: Get Your Add-on Published

How can you make Google Workspace (Docs/Sheets/Slides) even better? You can create custom Add-ons with Google Apps Script. Wondering How to Get Your Google Workspace Add-on Published? Join Alice Keeler, Google Developer Expert, to learn the steps to get your Add-on officially published.

Read More »

3 thoughts on “Creating Slides for a Presentation

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.