I love to use collaborative Google Slides. I am frequently asked about how to keep students from editing my slides in the template. While you can not restrict editing on Slides like you can a Google Sheets spreadsheet, there is a trick that will help keep the slide from being edited. (Note: This is different than editing the theme builder. That is also a great technique but different”ish” purpose)
Create the Slide
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Delete the Slide
Delete the slide. The current slide has the ability to move the text and images around. You want to replace this with immoveable elements.
Insert Blank Slide
From the layout options, insert a blank slide.
From the toolbar, choose the “Background” button.
Choose the Image and upload the image of the slide you downloaded. This will set the slide content as the background image, which can not be easily manipulated by students.