Share a Google Slides of “What are we doing today? Old school is writing your lesson objectives on the board so your admin can see them when they walk in the room. Update this by using Google Slides instead! I created a free Add-on to automatically generate a new slide for you every day with the date!
Why Google Slides?
Google Slides is perfect for your daily agenda. Instead of writing the objectives on the board, you can project the slide as students come in. Easily embed the Google Slides onto your class website. This keeps your website updated daily with zero effort. When you update the slides, the website will be updated. Add a link to your agenda slides to your signature line of your email. When parents, admin, or other stakeholders click on the link they always have the current agenda for the day.
New Date at the Top
You want the new agenda to always be at the top. As soon as anyone opens to the link they should immediately see the current agenda, no scrolling. If you embed the Google Slides on a website it will only show the first slide, so this needs to be the current agenda.
When you write the agenda on the board, you erase it. No record. So when a student who was absent comes back you get “What did I miss?” Even if you are posting everything to Google Classroom it may not be clear what exactly was covered that day. With the daily Google Slides, what did we do yesterday is always slide 2. Use the same Google Slides all year for your agenda to provide a timeline of what you did every day.
I am actually using the exact same agenda Google Slides as I did last year. I can scroll down down down to last years slides to see what I did this same time last year to help me with lesson planning.
Automatic Daily Agenda Slides
The Add-on I created will insert a new slide at the top of the Google Slides with the current day and date already on the slides.
Not Authorized by Google
Most of my Add-ons I do not submit to Google to be authorized. NONE of my Add-ons collect user data or PII. You will get a warning screen that the Add-on is not authorized by Google, this is because I did not submit it to Google. You are only authorizing YOURSELF access to your own files.
Automatic or Manual
Using the Add-on menu you can manually select “Monday”, “Tuesday”, etc… This adds a new slide to the TOP with that day on it, along with the current date.
Select “Automate” to have a new slide added automatically every weekday morning. This has been fantastic for me. I show up at school, click on the Google Slides (I bookmarked it on the bookmarks bar) and just type what I am doing today. It is ready to go with the date.
If you would instead prefer the date format to be year/month/day use the “Other Formats” menu.
If you would prefer to create your agenda slides the night before, use the “Tomorrow” option in the “Other Formats” menu. This will add a slide with the date of tomorrow. For example if today is Thursday September 2nd. If I choose Friday from the tomorrow menu a Friday slide will be added but with the date of the 3rd.