Tips & Trips for Digital Worksheets

Kaleigh Baker, OFLA Executive Vice President
Spanish Teacher, Butler High School

Kayleigh Baker

If you are newer to being 1:1 with Chromebooks or iPads in your school, you have probably come across the problem where your former Word documents or PowerPoint presentations just do not format correctly on the device.

The easiest “quick fix” for a Word document or PowerPoint presentation is to download the file as a PDF and then share it on your LMS that way. Students can then edit the document using Kami (or another tool like Notability). Of course with the Word document, some of your fonts may not transfer correctly, and with the PowerPoint presentation you will lose the animation factor, such as clicking to show the right answer, when moving to a PDF.

If you are like me, you prefer your worksheets and presentations to look polished and professional. I, personally, also love a good font and Google has so many to choose from that it is overwhelming! Google Docs can get clunky because you need to use tables to get things to line up and display correctly. 

Enter: Google Slides.

With Google Slides you can change the page set up to 8.5” x 11” and then create your worksheet from there! Google Slides is perfect because you can put text boxes and pictures all over and not have the fuss or worry of it messing up the layout like in a Word document or Google doc.

You can download the final product as a PDF (as mentioned above), or you can create a text box within the worksheet for students to type their answer into if you want to keep it all within Google.

Here is an example of a worksheet I made to go along with a song we listen to in Spanish class about love for Valentine’s Day.

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