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Create a Rotating Student Work Slideshow

Create a student work slideshow with Google Slides. Capture student work samples and display them in a rotating presentation.
Create a Rotating Student Work Slideshow

As the school year comes to a close, showcasing the creativity and hard work of your students becomes a delightful and reflective end-of-year activity. One excellent way to celebrate student achievements is by creating a digital slideshow that highlights their projects, art, and assignments. Google Slides offers a simple yet effective tool for this purpose. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a rotating slideshow of student work that auto-advances, perfect for displaying during parent-teacher meetings, school events, or even embedding on your class website.

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Step 1: Gather and Organize Student Work

Begin by collecting the student work you want to highlight. This might include:

  • Screenshots of digital projects and essays.
  • Scanned images of artwork and crafts.
  • Photos of students engaged in activities.
  • Video clips of performances or experiments.

Organize these files in a dedicated Google Drive folder, categorizing them by type or student to streamline the next steps.

Step 2: Create a New Google Slides Presentation

  • Launch Google Slides and start with a blank presentation.
  • Select a theme that matches the tone of the showcase. Google Slides offers a variety of themes suited for educational presentations.
  • Title your slideshow appropriately, such as “Year-End Showcase”.

Step 3: Design Your Slides

  • For each piece of work, create a new slide.
  • Use Insert > Image to add scanned artwork or digital projects.
  • Add videos by selecting Insert > Video and linking to files stored on your Drive or shared via platforms like YouTube.
  • Customize each slide with the student’s name and a brief description of the work. This personalization adds a narrative and acknowledges each student’s contribution.

Step 4: Enhance Slide Aesthetics

  • Customize the background of each slide to enhance visual appeal. Choose a color scheme or background that complements the student work.
  • Utilize text formatting tools to make descriptions readable and engaging.
  • Consider adding animations or transitions by selecting Slide > Transition. This can make your slideshow more dynamic and entertaining.

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Step 5: Set the Slideshow to Auto-Advance

  • Once all slides are in place, click on File > Publish to the web.
  • In the publish settings, adjust the slide duration to set how long each slide will show before automatically advancing. Choose a pace that allows viewers enough time to appreciate the work but keeps the presentation lively.
  • Make sure to check Start slideshow as soon as the player loads and Restart the slideshow after the last slide for continuous playback.

Step 6: Share and Display Your Slideshow

  • After publishing, Google Slides will provide a link to your slideshow. Share this link via email, on classroom blogs, or social media.
  • Embed the slideshow on your school or class website to allow easy access for an extended period.
  • Set up a viewing area during class or school events where the slideshow can play on repeat, allowing viewers to come and go.

Final Touches and Tips

  • Ensure you have permission to use and display student work, especially if the slideshow is accessible publicly or outside the classroom.
  • Add a slide at the beginning and end of the presentation for acknowledgments, thanking students and parents for their efforts and contributions throughout the year.
  • Keep the slideshow updated or create a new version for different events or purposes, such as parent-teacher conferences or student portfolios.

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