Google Slides First Slide

Read the First Slide

Google Slides make a great platform for a daily journal. Have students add a new slide… at the top… each day. If the first slide is their newest journal entry you can try my First Slide Google Slides Add-on. The text boxes from the first slide will be sent to a single Google Sheets spreadsheet so you have a single list of all the student’s journal entries.


Add-on Menu

After copying the template, use the Add-on menu and choose “First Slide.” It can take a minute or so for the First Slide option to appear in your Add-on menu.
first slide

Authorize the Add-on

No one at Google has read my code. I coded this personally so it is safe. You will need to authorize the code. You are authorizing YOURSELF access to your own G Suite products. Click on the “advanced” link and the “unsafe” link (it’s safe.)
Click on advanced and unsafe


Options are in the sidebar.
Sidebar choose a folder

Choose a Folder

You want to have all of the students Google Slides in a folder in Google Drive. If you are using Google Classroom, the student Slides are already in a folder. Click on “Choose a folder” in the sidebar. Select the folder (do not double click, you want to select the folder) that contains the student Google Slides.


Within the spreadsheet a list of all the student Google Slides will appear. From EACH student’s first slide the text boxes will be captured and put into the spreadsheet. This will allow you to read the text from each student’s first slide.
Leave feedback in the spreadsheet


A column for feedback is added to the spreadsheet. Read each student’s text from their first slide and type your feedback into column C. This allows you to really quickly respond to each student’s journal entry.

Send Feedback

You want to send the feedback to the student, obviously. If you closed the sidebar, you can open it again by going back to the Add-on menu and choosing “First Slide.” Select “Send Feedback.”
Send Feedback

Feedback Arrow

An arrow with your feedback will be added to each first slide.
add an arrow of feedback

Notify Students

If your students have email you can notify them that you left them feedback. Go back to the sidebar and click on the “Email Feedback” button. This will compose and send an email to each student with your feedback
Send Feedback

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