I created a template for anyone to download based on the Hyperdoc Handbook by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton, and Sarah Landis. These templates are widely known and accepted by many Google Docs/Slides users as it includes the learning steps of: Engage, Explore, Explain, Apply, Share, Reflect, and Extend. I decided to make a template with the steps pushed to the master slide deck so that students aren't moving the images/text around. (To copy this template, you'll need to click on "Use Template" on the top-right corner of the page.)
Editing the Master?
I've been presenting and training teachers to edit the master slides in Google Slides to create custom learning experiences for several years. Often times I see videos or posts encouraging teachers to create backgrounds in Google Drawings and add them to Google Slides. This does work, but there are two major flaws:
- You can't easily edit it if you need to make a change. You have to start over with your Google drawing, download it, and upload it again as a background.
- It is not easily recoverable. If you edit the master and create it as a layout, you can click on the drop-down by the new slide icon and choose your template to insert it back into the learning experiences.
I unofficially call this method of creating learning resources on the master slide deck 'The Indestructible Hyperdoc'.
Due to COVID-19, the need for digital learning has exploded. I've actually seen more and more people posting about editing the master slide deck in order to create digital learning experiences. In my video, I demonstrate how to get a copy of the template and edit the master deck to insert your content quickly in the template adapted from the Hyperdocs Handbook.
I hope you find this resource helpful.