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Slide into the New Year with Student eBooks

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Written by Diana Benner

Creating ebooks is a wonderful project to tackle in the new year with students. Use Google Slides to make it even easier and more powerful.

If you are looking for ways to slide into the New Year with your students, why not have them create ebooks using Google Slides? I can’t think of a better way to have student demonstrate their learning than by having them create an ebook.

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Sample ebook cover

eBooks are defined as a book publication made available in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, that are readable on computers, laptops, or other electronic devices, such as iPads, Kindles, etc. However, a broader definition includes PDF files, which only require a web browser to read.

With Google Slides, students can create a simple ebook that includes text, photos, videos, and links. They can even create or select themes, templates, and layouts for their book.  Once created, the ebooks can be shared with other students, both locally and around the world, for feedback.

Classroom Ideas

Because a PDF ebook is incredibly easy to create, having students make them is an excellent option for all kinds of projects. Today, many businesses create PDF ebooks; therefore, assigning them to students gives them additional skills needed for the future. A few ideas that come to my mind for ebook classroom projects include:

  • Children’s books
  • Book reports
  • End of unit books
  • Portfolios
  • How-to manuals
  • Reflective journals
  • Memoir books
  • Family histories

Creating eBooks with Google Slides

Below are four quick and easy steps on how to create an ebook in Google Slides.

Step 1: Customize the Slides

The first step in creating an ebook is to change the default widescreen format in Slides to a custom page size. This will allow the reader of the book to read it in portrait view.

To customize the slides:

  1. Go to File, Page Setupebooks
  2. Select Custom in the format dropdown
  3. Enter 8.5 x 11 inches
  4. Select OK

If you want, you can now select a theme or customize your own, apply different slide layouts, or change the background. Consistency is always best when creating ebooks.

Step 2: Add Content

The next step is to begin adding content to your ebook. Some things you can add include a:

  • Cover page
  • Header
  • Footer (with page numbers)
  • Table of contents
  • Conclusion page/credits page

Don’t forget that you can make your ebook interactive by adding links to videos and other resources.

Step 3: Download as a PDF

Once your ebook is complete, it is now ready to be saved as a PDF. To save your ebook as a PDF:

  1. Go to File
  2. Select Download as
  3. Select PDF
  4. Save the PDF or upload it to your Google Drive

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Step 4: Share the eBook

The final step is to share your ebook with other students, teachers, administrators, or the world. If you upload the book to your Google Drive, you can then share it with others, which will generate a shareable link. Consider posting the link on your classroom website or blog.

Try It In Your Classroom

As you can see, it is very simple to create an ebook with Google Slides, and it doesn’t have to take up a ton of time. Start the New Year off by having your students give it a try.

If you use ebooks in your classroom, we would love to hear from you. As always, please share in the comment section.

 

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About the author

Diana Benner

Director of Professional Development at TCEA
Diana specializes in leadership development and all things Google. She has served as an instructional technologist, instructional designer, and an online learning specialist, supporting districts all over Texas and in state government.
Diana earned Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Texas State University – San Marcos. She also holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Spanish and the other in Political Science, from Texas State.

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