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Remotely: Push Slides to Students Slides

Push Slides Update Student Slides by Alice Keeler
Remotely: Push Slides to Students Slides
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Using Google Slides for Remote Learning is a great idea!! I have seen a ton of people posting choice boards and agendas using Google Slides. You can create ONE Google Slides and share the link to that. Update your Slides (new ones at the TOP) and automatically everyone gets the update. But what if you instead want to send a slide to slides a student already owns… and can edit.

Push Slides

I coded Push Slides to allow you to push a slide whenever you want to student Slides.

The template alicekeeler.com/pushslides is a Google Form. You can edit the Form however you want, just make sure the 2nd question is “What is the link to your slides.”

Students Make and Share Slides

Students need to make Slides and share it with you. Have them put the link to the Slides into your Form.

Alternatively, you can create an assignment in Google Classroom that pushes each student a copy of a Google Slides. Ask the students to fill out the Google Form and submit the link to the slides to the Form.


Before you ask students to submit their slides, setup the Form by going to the puzzle piece Add-on menu in the Form. Select “Push Slides.

Choose “Setup.”

You will need your own Google Slides as your slide deck master. Copy the link to your slides and when prompted paste the link to the slides.

Tip: You can run setup to link to any set of slides you want anytime.

Push Slides

Once students have turned in their Google Slides links to your Google Form just keep coming back to the Form and using the puzzle piece Add-on menu to “Push Slides.” It will prompt you for what slide number you want to send. Type the number and whoosh… it goes to everyone’s slides. Repeat as often as you want.

44 thoughts on “Remotely: Push Slides to Students Slides

  1. This is amazing!! I’ve been searching for how to do this for weeks. Do you know if there is a way to get the slides to push below the slides that are already there? For example if they have slides 1-3, can I push it to slide 4?? Right now they keep being pushed to slide 1.

  2. This is great! Thank you!

    Have you heard of Slip in Slide? I was just looking into it but it might charge and this might be a better option

    1. It’s a different approach. I’ve coded my own version of slip and slide but it uses DriveApp which is a protected scope when you submit to Google. They want to charge you $15000 to have DriveApp approved so I did this to avoid that.

  3. Hi Alice,
    I have very young students and I am not sure if they can complete the Google form themselves.
    I actually teach a number of classes with young students (as I am specialist teacher).

    Can I complete the Google Form on behalf each of my students? Will this work?
    All students are in different Google Classrooms and have different ‘slides’ based assignments assigned. Will this work this for multiple classes? Do I need different to complete a different form for each class?

  4. Thank you SOOO much. I wanted to add to the slides I shared last week and thought I would have to do so one student at a time. Novice question – Do students need to leave the Success slide in their presentations for the push out to work? I have had students delete and am not sure if this will affect future push outs.

  5. This is a game-changer, Alice! Thank you so much! Quick question: If students fill out the form at different times, do I need to push the same slide out again to those who do it after I’ve already pushed it? Will those who already had it pushed get it again?

  6. Hi! I have been using push slides for my own students weekly journal with great success. I am also providing tech support for a colleague who is very tech-hesitant. I created her math journal slides file it is in a folder of mine that I shared with her. She assigned the journal file to her class through GC, no problem. Then I created the push slides GForm (in the same shared folder) and posted it to her GC stream and all the students completed it and I can push slides to them no problem. SHE has been unable to push slides to students using the same form…what have I done wrong?

  7. Hi Alice, what is the difference between this and your previous push first slide? The latter seems easier, but I am just about to use it for the first time.

  8. I am attempting to use your push in slides to build a Digital Science journal with students. Am I able to use a premade slide template if I set it up making a forced copy for each student? Also, is there a way for this to be re-coded where the new slides will be added on the back end of the slides instead of adding the slides at the front? I initial tried using the Google Add-on Slip In Slide but I didn’t have any luck with that either.

  9. Hello Ms. Keeler,

    Thank you for this tool! I am following your directions and cannot get a prompt to come up for the master deck/teacher deck…do you have any insight as to how to trouble-shoot that issue? After I click to allow PushSlides (unsafe), I am not prompted. Where should my link go?

    Thank you,


  10. Hi Ms. Keeler,
    Thank you for this tool! I have 75 students and am finding it takes hours to push a slide out to all of their digital notebooks. Do you know of reasons why this might happen and if so, if there are ways to speed up the process? Thank you so much!

  11. I’ve been using this, and I think you answered it in a tip above but I’d like to clarify: at any time, I can press “setup” and change the source slide deck that I want to send to students, correct?

  12. I have several teachers using this script for their digital notebooks and love it! This year they began using it and have said that students are receiving duplicate, or sometimes, triplicate slides instead of just the one. I can’t think of a reason this would be happening. Any ideas? Thanks for any help you can provide!

  13. Thank you for this, Alice! I am excited to be able to use this feature.
    When I try to link to your form for pushslides, it will not let me create a copy. Did you lock it or recode it?
    Thank you!!

    1. For one student you can copy paste slides into their slides manually. It is pretty easy to paste a group or slides into one slide deck. Any code would take longer.

  14. Alice, I was using your wonderful `Pile of slides` last year perfectly fine. It was amazing! This year, I get an error after I authorize it: accounts.google.com refused to connect. Is there a setting I have to change or has my board somehow disabled allowing your code to run on my school account? Thank you!

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