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How to Share Google Slides with Your Students

August 15, 2020 1 Comment
Check out this quick tutorial to learn how to share Google Slides with students!

Google Slides™ activities are one of my top go-to technology tools for the classroom. I love that they save automatically as students work and that they live in the cloud. My students love them for their interactive features as well as being able to easily collaborate with other students.

Google Slides are especially handy to use if you are doing virtual teaching, work in a 1:1 classroom, or are a homeschooler.

So how do you share Google Slides with students? Read on for a quick tutorial!

Sharing Options for Google Slides

However you share the slides, you have to first decide what permissions to allow. There are three sharing options:

  • students will view your file
  • students will view and edit your file
  • students will get their own copies of the file

I choose view-only if it’s something my students don’t need to edit or work in. The second option is great if you want students to work on a collaborative class project. If you want to assess each student’s work, you’ll probably want to pick the last option.

Assign Slides through Google Classroom

Sharing slides right in Google Classroom is my preferred method.

One way to share Google Slides is to share it via Google Classroom.
  1. Open Google Classroom.
  2. Click the Classwork tab at the top.
  3. Click Create and then Assignment.*
  4. Type the title.
  5. Click Add and then Google Drive. Select the Google Slides file you want to assign. Click Insert.
  6. Choose how you want to share the file (view, edit, or make a copy).
  7. Add any additional information (like a due date, number of points, rubric, or selecting particular students).
  8. Click Assign and then Assign or Schedule.
One way to share Google Slides is by creating a new assignment in Google Classroom.

*When you click Create, you can choose Material instead of Assignment if you want to share slides without assigning them to students.

Email a Link

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click Share.
  3. Type individual names or the name of a group. Click the Editor tab and select the role (viewer, commenter, or editor).
  4. Click Send.
One way to share Google Slides is to share a link right in Google Slides.

Alternatively, you can just grab a link to copy and paste:

  1. Open the file.
  2. Click Share.
  3. In the Get Link tab, choose how you want to share the file (view, edit, or make a copy).
  4. Click Copy Link.
  5. Paste the link in an email or other secure environment.

Email Google Slides as an Attachment

Another option is to send the Google Slides as an email attachment.

One way to share Google Slides is to send it as an email attachment.
  1. Click File and then Email. Click Email as attachment.
  2. Type the name(s).
  3. Click Send.

Quick Tips

  • If you have slides you don’t want to share with students (like teacher directions, answer keys, or content you haven’t taught yet), just move or delete those slides before sharing the file.
  • I recommend making a copy of your original file and sharing that one with students, especially if you want to make modifications to it.
  • If you assign a file through Google Classroom, filling out the Topic will help keep your stream organized.
  • Many LMSs (like Canvas and Schoology) allow you to share Google Slides as well. Just change the permissions and share the links and you’re good to go!

I hope this list helps you feel comfortable sharing Google Slides activities with your students! What else do you want to know about using Google Slides in the classroom? Let me know in the comments!

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1 Comment

  • Kerin November 1, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    If you make a choice board and link a google slide interactive activity, then for the choice board select make one for all students… will the link also be made for all students so that they have their own?

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    Alyssa Teaches

    Alyssa Teaches


    I'm Alyssa! I've taught first and fourth grade and am now an elementary school librarian in Virginia. I have a teacher husband, three kids (6, 5, and 2), and a new pup! I love creating resources, Coca-Cola, and chocolate!


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