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How to Create Interactive and Engaging Google Forms for Your Audience

Google Forms is a powerful tool that allows you to create surveys, questionnaires, and quizzes with ease. It’s a great way to gather information from your audience, whether it’s for market research or customer feedback. In this article, we’ll show you how to create interactive and engaging Google Forms that will keep your audience interested and engaged.

Getting Started with Google Forms

To get started with Google Forms, all you need is a Google account. Once you’re logged in, go to the Google Forms homepage and click on the “+” button to create a new form. You’ll be prompted to add a title and description for your form.

Next, you can start adding questions by clicking on the “Add Question” button. You can choose from different types of questions such as multiple choice, short answer, or checkbox. You can also add images or videos to make your form more engaging.

Designing Your Form

Designing your form is an important part of creating an engaging experience for your audience. You want your form to look professional and easy to navigate.

One way to do this is by customizing the theme of your form. Google Forms offers several pre-made themes that you can choose from or you can create your own custom theme using colors and images that match your brand.

You can also use conditional formatting in Google Forms which allows you to change the color of certain responses based on the answer given. This is a great way to highlight important information or provide visual feedback for certain responses.

Adding Logic and Branching Questions

Logic and branching questions allow you to create more complex forms that adapt based on the user’s responses. For example, if someone selects “Yes” as their answer, they’ll be directed down one path while someone who selects “No” may be directed down another path.

This is a great way to create personalized experiences for your audience and gather more targeted information. To add logic and branching questions, click on the three dots next to a question and select “Go to section based on answer.”

Analyzing Your Results

Once you’ve created your Google Form, it’s time to start collecting responses. You can share your form with your audience by sending them a link or embedding it on your website.

To analyze your results, go to the “Responses” tab in Google Forms. Here you’ll be able to see all the responses you’ve received and even create charts and graphs to help you visualize your data.

Creating interactive and engaging Google Forms is an important part of any marketing strategy. By following these tips, you’ll be able to create forms that capture the attention of your audience while gathering valuable data that can help inform future business decisions. So what are you waiting for? Start creating amazing Google Forms today.

This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.


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How to make an interactive presentation in Google Slides

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When you’re giving a presentation, you want to impress your audience and make sure they see you as credible. Whether you want to win the next big contract or simply inform, a well-designed presentation can make all the difference. One way to make your presentation stand out is by making it interactive. Interactive presentations are a great way to present information while keeping your audience engaged.

Before we dive in, it’s important to define what we mean by ‘interactive presentation’. ‘Interactive’ is sometimes used to describe presentations that include quiz questions or audience participation – that’s not what we’re talking about here. When we say ‘interactive’ we’re talking about a clickable presentation that uses hyperlinks to help users navigate to different sections. A presentation with hyperlinks is ‘interactive’ because it allows the user to choose what information they view, and in what order. As a general rule of thumb, an interactive presentation works well when your audience needs to engage directly with what’s on the screen, putting them in control of how they digest the information. In this blog post, we’ll walk through how to make an interactive presentation in Google slides.

Technical aspects, step-by-step

Now that we’re on the same page, let’s delve into how to actually create an effective interactive presentation in Google Slides. It’s easier than you might think.

Start by opening a new presentation! From the Google Slides homepage , look to the top left and click the Blank button to open a new presentation. This is your blank slate from which to create an outstanding interactive presentation!

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Google Slides automatically inserts a title slide when you open a new presentation, so all you need to do is click on the title text box and type in a title. Make the title something clear and catchy, that your audience can easily understand.

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Now, let’s move on to the all-important menu slide. We’re going to create something that looks like a button, so that your audience knows it’s clickable. Later on, we’ll add in hyperlinks. You can use any shape for your button, but rectangular shapes with rounded corners often look the most ‘button-like’. First, locate the Shape button on the toolbar in slides, and select a shape. Then, double click on the slide and that shape will appear. Click and drag using the nodes along the edges of the shape to change its size.

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You can add labels either by typing directly on to the shape, or by clicking the text box button (also on the toolbar) and positioning a text box on top of the shape. You might also want to add a small arrow shape on top of your button, to help show that the button is clickable.  

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If you’ve got a more artistic temperament, this is an opportunity to be creative! Your button doesn’t have to be made from shapes. The buttons on the menu slide in our example presentation are actually images. Feel free to get those artistic juices flowing, but keep in mind that your buttons need to look clickable. One way of doing this is by adding a drop shadow or border. To add a border, use the border color and border weight buttons, found on the toolbar.

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To insert a drop shadow just right click , then select Format options , and check the box for Drop shadow .

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You could also make your buttons a contrasting color from the background and other text – however, avoid colors that are too bright, as this can be distracting.

This first button you have created is the basis for your menu. When you’re happy with how it looks, replicate it so that the number of buttons corresponds to the number of sections in your presentation. You can do this by copying and pasting. Simply select the entire button – click with your mouse and drag over the button so all elements are highlighted – then copy and paste it by right clicking , selecting Copy and then Paste however many times you need. Edit the text of each button to correspond to the section of the presentation it will link to. Next, ensure that the buttons are aligned in some sort of order. You can select various buttons and then align or distribute them as you like using the alignment tools found under the Arrange tab.

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Note: If you decide to use icons or imagery, it’s a good idea to make sure the meaning is clear. For example, we all know that the house symbol mean ‘go to the home page’. There’s no point using a zebra icon to return to the homepage, because people will get confused. Stick to what people find familiar, good navigation is about ease of use!

Tip: To use icons in your interactive presentation in Google Slides, click the Add – ons tab, select Get add-ons , and then select the Insert icons add-on.

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Then, under the Add – ons tab, a new option will appear which is Insert icons for Slides . Hover over this, and select Open sidebar to select icons .

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Then, once the sidebar appears, ensure that the icon set selected on the drop-down menu is ‘Material Design.’

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Create section header slides for each section in your presentation. Do this by navigating to the top of the page, and clicking New slide on the top left of the tool bar. Repeat this step as many times as necessary. Next, build as many buttons as you need for the subsection using the steps outlined above. You can also simply copy and paste the buttons you’ve already created, and just edit the text.

Add the information you want to include in each section. If this is images, like in our example presentation, then insert images using the Insert tab.

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If this is text, type on the slide using a text box. However, it’s best to use visuals instead of long paragraphs of text. Keep your message clear and succinct.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each section. Make sure each section has a header slide, with buttons if necessary. Look through your presentation up to this point – make sure all the sections are ordered correctly, and that there is a header slide at the beginning of each.

Return to your initial menu slide. Make transparent shapes to cover each ‘button’ you have created. We will turn these transparent shapes into hyperlinks that allow users to navigate through your deck. First, click the Shape button on the toolbar, and then create a shape that covers the button that you have created, but not any white space outside them. Then, select the shape and click the Fill color button on the toolbar, select Transparent from the dropdown menu.

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Place these transparent shapes over the top of every button in your deck. Using transparent shapes in this way makes it much easier to edit the hyperlinks if needed, and also makes it less likely that a user will miss a clickable area!

Now we are ready to hyperlink each button! Select the first transparent box on your menu slide, right click, then select Link and choose Slides in this presentation . From here, choose the slide you want your button to navigate to when clicked.

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Tip: If your slide has a title, it will have the same title in the link section, making it easier to find. After you have linked these two slides the link will stay connected to the specific slide, not the slide number – so it doesn’t matter if you move things around.

Repeat this process for all buttons, so that each one links to the correct slide.

Create buttons to return to the main menu. To do this, follow the steps outlined previously and use a transparent box that links back to the main menu slide. If you have different subsections within a section, you can also create a button linking back to the section title slide from each subsection.

Interactive presentations in Google Slides: Beyond the basics

Following these steps will give you a fully interactive presentation in Google Slides. But if you want to go beyond the basics, here are some tips and tricks that will help your interactive deck be even more intuitive and user friendly.

An effective menu slide is key

The centerpiece of a good interactive presentation is an effective menu slide that is clearly navigable, has a deliberate spatial layout, and is visually appealing. For example, the buttons on this menu slide clearly indicate the separate sections in our presentation . The arrangement of your buttons helps the user understand your presentation’s structure, so make sure they are arranged logically.

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Your presentation needs to be visually  engaging

We at BrightCarbon are particularly passionate about this point – far too often slides look dull and drab – and we think it’s important to be the change you want to see in the presentation world! It would be impossible to cover all the ways you can make your deck visually appealing in a short blog post – the important point is to consider the overall aesthetics of each slide and the presentation as a whole. If you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out this article about making slides look great using images.

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Make navigation as simple as possible

Your menu slide is the jumping-off point to the different sections of your presentation – but constantly exiting present mode to return to your menu slide can break the flow. In a normal presentation there isn’t an effective way of returning to the main slide without clicking back through all the content you’ve already shown. As you want to be able to go through your presentation in a non-linear fashion you need an easy way to return to your jumping-off point. Place a button at the end of each section that links to the original menu slide, so you don’t have to exit the presentation once you start.

Provide your audience with signposts 

You want your audience to understand where they are within the presentation, providing them with signposts is an easy way to achieve this. A signpost can be a header slide at the beginning of the section or small indicator icons throughout a given section. It can also be a slide or button at the end of each that clearly includes options to either return to the main menu or go straight into the next section. Make it easy for your audience to follow the flow of your deck.

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Be strategic when positioning buttons

Consider the location of buttons on the slide. If a button is at the end of a section and returns the user to the main menu, it’s probably best to put it at the bottom right, as in the West we tend to read from left to right, top to bottom. Think about where best to position buttons so the placement is consistently, and so they don’t get in the way of your main content. Take a look at the above screenshot – we’ve positioned our section buttons so they are clearly visible, but don’t dominate the slide.

Make sure you keep the best practices in mind, as they will help you make a clear roadmap that runs throughout your slides. You’re well on your way to creating a great interactive presentation in Google Slides, just one last thing to do – get started!

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Is there a way to send an interactive slideshow with hyperlinks to students that allows them to click outside to YouTube and click to other slides, but does NOT allow them to edit the presentation? Thanks!!

Hi Adam, There’s an easy fix for this problem. All you need to do is share the presentation as “view only” with your students. To do this, click the share button as you normally would, then click the pencil icon that is to the right of the “People” bar, and select “can view” from the drop down menu. This will still let your students use the links within the presentation as well as any external links, but won’t let them make any edits to the presentation itself. Hope this helps!

Mabey make them a commenter on the slideshow?

Yeah true that problem could be fixed and they should be able to!

When I share my presentations in present mode the presentation bar that shows up interferes with any buttons I have added. Is there a way to remove that so that only the arrow keys or buttons can be used, or is there a way to change it’s size? I makes the buttons almost useless.

Hi Kera, unfortunately there’s no way to move the presentation bar once in present mode, it’s very frustrating! The best solution is to move the buttons so that they aren’t on the bottom left of the slide. Hope this helps!

Actually there is a way to share without the presentation box there. After you click share to copy the link “choose anyone can view” paste into the task bar and change “edit” to “present” and add @rm=minimal to the end then copy and paste that link to where you are sharing.

Hi kera, this is really helpfull tutorial. I’ve a question….is possible to create a final quiz? I need a presentation with final valutation quiz….is it possible?

Hi Antonio, yes you can use the same method in this post to make a quiz. All you would need to do is create a menu slide with buttons named “Question 1” “Question 2” etc. (or “Round 1” “Round 2” if you wanted to divide questions by round), and link those buttons to slides later in the presentation that included your quiz questions. Then, include a button on your question slides that link back to the main menu slide. Of course, you would still need to keep score outside of slides, as there’s no way for slides to track correct answers to your questions. Hope this helps! 🙂

I have made a 20 slide presentation. I have also made an interactive quiz that has 4 questions with a correct and incorrect slide for each question. That makes 12 slides in the quiz. I want to know if I can put the quiz interactive into a specific slide on the 20 slide presentation?

Hi Kelly, if you want to add your quiz slides into another presentation, you should be able to copy the slides over and the hyperlinks should still link to he correct slides, maintaining all interactivity. Then just continue with your presentation once you reach the final quiz slide, instead of returning to the menu slide. If this isn’t what you’re asking, please clarify what exactly you need help with and I’m happy to help. Thanks!

Hi Ian, Thank you for this tutorial. it is great! I made an interactive quiz, published it and sent the link to someone to test. The tester said all of the buttons and links worked correctly and that he could not advance to the next slide unless he clicked on the “next” or “back” buttons. All good. BUT he COULD mouse scroll through the entire quiz and see all of the questions, correct and inocorrect prompt slides. Is there a way to publish or share without being able to scroll through with the mouse? Thank you again!

Hi Lisa, I’m so glad to hear that you found it helpful! Unfortunately, there’s no way that we are aware of to keep people from scrolling through the deck once it’s been shared. I think the best solution is to just ask the person you share the interactive presentation with to be sure and review in present mode. Thanks!

I used interactive slides to create a classroom scene. There are several slides that are accessed by clicking on hyperlinks in the first slide, and every slide has a link back to slide one.

When I try to publish it to the web, the only options include automatically playing through all the slides, which I don’t want to do. I want them only to go to the slides that they click on.

Hi Julie, unfortunately there’s no way we know of to get around this – when publishing to the web, Slides only allows you to automatically play through all the slides, as you say. If you only need to share with a few people, we would recommend simply sharing directly with them as “view only.”

this is awesome !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i had no idea on how to get full marks on a project i am doing…. but now my chances have increases by 50% !!! how i love this article….!!!!!! amazing

Hi Bhavya, I’m so glad to hear you found this article helpful!! Good luck on your project!

I found this very useful when producing an interactive display for our art club. However I want to call this display from another programme which deals with several clubs. This I have managed OK but how does the viewer leave the slides presentation and return to the calling programme? I need a QUIT button. I also want to ensure that it all works on tablets and desktops.

Hi Royston, I’m not sure I fully understand your question – you should be able to exit present mode simply by clicking the Escape key. An interactive presentation should work on both tablets and desktops, according to Google Slides. Please clarify and let me know if I can help any more, thanks!

I have the same question as Royston. I know users can press the esc key to exit, however that does not go along with the flow of the presentation. Also, when you press esc, it brings you to the slide show creation view. I want the show to just close on their browser with the click of a “button” on the last slide of the slide show.

On the flip side, when I send users the link to the slide show, and they click on the link, it also brings them to the creation view, so they have to click “present” to see it as intended. Is there a way for me to send a link that will open right to the first slide at full screen, already in “present” view?

I have now found a simple solution to my problem. The slide show contains several menu pages. On each of these I have a Quit button and I link this with the web address of the programme that calls the slide show. This does not send the user to the place on the calling programme which initiated the slide show but in my case this was OK.

I have since modified this so that the Quit buttons lead to the first slide in the slideshow which makes it clear that the button it presents there quits back to the presenting programme but otherwise leaves the user the option of running through the slideshow again.

Is there a way of adding an already interactive PDF to slides and it retain its functionality?

Unfortunately, once you import an interactive PDF into Slides it loses it’s functionality (as it sounds like you’ve already discovered). There’s no easy workaround here, I’m afraid.

Hi! This is really amazing. Thanks for share. I’d like to know if there is anyway to disable navigation through mouseclick, arrow keys or any other way instead of clicking the button links? Because I’m not secure that the viewers will follow the path we create if they can jump slide by slide. Thanks a lot for your attention. =)

Hi Ces, thanks for your question. Unfortunately there’s no easy way that we know of to disable navigating through the presentation but keep the mouse’s other clicking functionality. There’s a way to disable clicking the mouse but still keep keyboard functionality, but this of course doesn’t solve your problem. Sorry about that!

I made a game for students like Jeopardy with columns for each topic area and buttons that show point values fr each question. Students can select the topic and # of points, and a hyperlink will take them to the specific question. I put in back buttons on each question page so they go back to main page. Is there any way to indicate on the main page when a “button” has been opened? Can a hyperlink and animation be embedded so once that button has been clicked it has a different appearance on the main page?

Oh, I really wish that this question had been answered. I’ve been struggling with this for a long time. As far as I can tell, there is no way to do this. It’s a shame that something so easy in PowerPoint is seemingly impossible in Slides.

If I’m wrong, PLEASE correct me. I’d love to have this solved.

I have a question….so we created an interactive slide show for the students with a slide correct-great job slide and a sorry, try again slide. We were able to link each answer to the correct slide or the try again slide, but once it goes there, how do we go back to the previous slide we were at?

Also, if we are presenting our screen to during a google meet are the children able to interact with it if allow anyone with the link to be editors?

Hi Heather,

You might try adding a ‘back’ button on the bottom right of both the ‘correct’ and ‘try again’ slides, and then link these to the previous slide you were at.

As for your second question, yes that’s right – though it might be better to share the presentation with your students as ‘view only’ as if they are editors they can change the content, but if they are viewers they can’t and still have access to the interactive functionality.

Hope this helps!

I tryed it and wow when i looked it was like wow so i shred it to my teacher ms eunick in bellmere junior public school shes like oh wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Would you be concerned about exchanging links?

Switching out links shouldn’t cause any problem – all you need to do is follow the same process for adding a new link, but instead just remove the original and add a new one. Hope this helps!

This is super helpful and I really appreciate all of the time and effort that went into it. From the knowledge shared here, I am hoping you might be able to help me with this question. I want to know if there is a way to stay in Present mode and move things around on the slide. I present google slide shows on my Dell board and it would be so much better if students could come up and manipulate icons etc. while still being in present mode, instead of having to exit out and be in edit mode. Is this even possible, or should I give up trying to figure it out? Thank you so much!

Hi Jo, unfortunately there’s not a way to make any changes from present mode. Slides doesn’t have that type of functionality available. Sorry about that!

Hey! Is there a shorter way to do this?

Hi there, unfortunately there’s no quicker way that we know of!

Is there a way to prevent users from clicking on a slide in present mode and have it advance? This way the user can only advance when clicking on a button with internal links?

Hi Frank, as far as we know there’s no way to do this. Sorry about that!

You guys are the BEST!!!!!! Usually, other websites just don’t help you but you guys helped me a lot.

So glad to hear you found it helpful!

Hey, is there a way to put it to when you click on the image it takes you to the next slide?

Hi there, yes all you would need to do in that case is link the image on the slide to the next slide you want to advance to. Hope this helps!

Is there a way to publish these slides onto sites so the audience can click around on all the links but NOT move automatically forward or backward through the deck? I want people to have to click the “go back” button, and when I click it goes through every slide. (It’s an escape room for my students).

Hi Ali, unfortunately Google Slides doesn’t have the functionality to lock slides. Sorry about that!

Hi! I just created interactive slides for my students that includes slides that go back and forth between “good job!” and “try again!” so that students can go through and self-correct. It works fine when in presentation or slideshow mode and they use a mouse to click the answers. However, I have touch screen laptops and if my students touch the screen instead of the mouse (fine motor issues), the file copies itself and goes out of the slideshow mode. What am I doing wrong or can I not use links between slides without a mouse?

Thanks in advance!

As far as I can tell, that sounds like it might be a hardware issue – is there a way for you to disable the touchscreen feature on the devices themselves? As far as I know there’s nothing that can be done from within Slides.

Sorry about that!

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19 Ways To Make Google Slides Interactive

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There’s always a push to make classrooms more personalized and pursue more multimodal options. But you may already have a good infrastructure developed with PowerPoint or Google Slides. You don’t want to dump what already works. 

Don’t reinvent the wheel. Instead, tweak the slide decks, PowerPoint, and Google Slide presentations you already have in your arsenal.

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19 Ways To Make Interactive Google Slides To Increase Classroom Engagement

Here are a few quick and easy ways to tweak your Google Slides presentation to boost daily student engagement.

  • Use hyperlinks : Link different slides or external content within your presentation to allow users to explore additional information. You can add links to help videos, news articles, and how-to guides. This promotes self-paced learning in your classroom. 
  • Embed videos : Include videos that enhance your content and engage the audience. You can add a video of yourself walking through a concept or an example of a difficult concept. Infusing multimodal learning strategies into your instruction allows students to grasp new knowledge differently. 
  • Insert audio : Add background music or narrations to your slides for a multimedia experience. Add verbal prompts as students complete a lesson. This mimics guided practice typically inside a classroom so that students can have that benefit anywhere. 
  • Create interactive quizzes : Incorporate multiple-choice or true/false questions to test students’ knowledge. You can do quick checks for understanding so you can adjust your lesson. It shows students how they are grasping new information. This gives students ownership over their learning. 
  • Use branching scenarios : Create decision points where the audience selects options, leading to different paths in the presentation. This type of multimedia is beneficial when teaching processes. You can create scenarios for your students to take. 
  • Include interactive charts and graphs : Enable users to manipulate data and explore different visualizations. A good example would be to include diagrams for the cell. You can allow students to answer guided questions about different parts of the cell. 
  • Add clickable buttons : Design buttons that trigger actions, such as showing or hiding content. You never want to include too much information on a slide , but sometimes, you may need more details in a self-guided slideshow. Buttons that let you expand can help this. 
  • Utilize slide transitions : Use dynamic slide transitions to create visual interest and engage the audience. But don’t overdo it!
  • Incorporate animations : Animate objects on your slides to bring them to life and capture attention.
  • Include drag-and-drop interactions : Create activities where users can drag objects to specific areas on the slide. With TeacherMade, you can create your own drag-and-drop activities for students. 
  • Insert interactive maps : Allow users to explore maps by zooming in, panning, or clicking on specific locations for additional information. You can incorporate Google Maps into your Google Slides presentations. 
  • Use interactive timelines : Create timelines that users can scroll through or interact with to explore different events. This is perfect for getting the order of events down in novels and major historical events. 
  • Add live web content : Embed live web pages or social media feeds to provide real-time information. If you’re incorporating current events into your classroom, this is a great feature– try curating a Twitter feed of notable people. 
  • Include interactive infographics : Present complex data using interactive infographics that allow users to interact with different elements.
  • Use interactive 3D models : Incorporate 3D models that users can rotate, zoom in or out, or interact with for a detailed view.
  • Integrate audience response systems : Use tools like polling or live Q&A to gather audience input and encourage participation. You can incorporate instant feedback with TeacherMade’s 20+ question types. 
  • Create interactive puzzles or games : Design interactive puzzles or mini-games that the audience can play within the presentation. With TeacherMade, you can turn any of our question types into a game or competition that you do in class. 
  • Enable annotation tools : Allow users to draw or write on the slides, encouraging collaboration or personal note-taking. You or your students can draw on Google Slide presentations with TeacherMade. 
  • Provide interactive handouts : Include supplementary materials like interactive PDFs or worksheets the audience can fill out during or after the presentation. You can make any PDF into an interactive assignment with TeacherMade. It’s simple.
  • Step 1 : Upload your file. The file you upload becomes the background of your new online worksheet. (We support these file types.)
  • Step 2 : Add fields for student responses.
  • Step 3 : Add answers to questions for self-scoring.
  • Step 4 : Send an assignment link to students or sync with your school’s LMS platform.
  • Step 5 : Get instant feedback and results.

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TeacherMade is the all-in-one tool to increase student engagement and simplify formative assessment in your classroom. With TeacherMade, you can:

  • Create interactive assignments and assessments.
  • Convert existing PDFs into online interactive activities.
  • Provide effective student feedback and auto-score assignments.
  • Integrate with major LMS platforms (Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, and Microsoft Teams).
  • Simulate online testing with a variety of question types.
  • Utilize advanced math tools.
  • Add multimedia to assignments.
  • Collaborate with other teachers.

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Interactive Google Slides Presentation | Set Up with AhaSlides in 3 Steps

Interactive Google Slides Presentation | Set Up with AhaSlides in 3 Steps

Quynh Anh Vu • 14 Sep 2023 • 9 min read

So, how to make interactive slides? A bored audience is one of our biggest fears as presenters. Whether it’s live participants in front of you or virtual ones behind a screen, we’re always looking for ways to entice, engage and excite the onlooking crowd. So, let’s try to make an Interactive Google Slides

Google Slides is a fantastic tool for this, but it also has its deficiencies. If you want to host a poll , quiz or an informative Q&A , you must integrate your presentation with AhaSlides .

Here are three easy steps to making an interactive Google Slides presentation with AhaSlides’ free software. Read on for how to make it happen and the four reasons you should.

Table of Contents

  • Step #1: Copying your Google Slides Presentation to AhaSlides
  • Step #2: Personalising the Display Settings
  • Step #3: Making it Interactive
  • Why Bring Your Interactive Google Slides Presentation to AhaSlides?
  • Add New Dimension to Your Interactive Google Slides

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Creating Interactive Google Slides Presentation in 3 Simple Steps

Let’s take a look at the 3 easy steps for bringing your interactive Google Slides presentation to AhaSlides. We’ll talk you through how to import, how to personalise and how to up the interactivity of your presentation.

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Step #1 | Copying Google Slides Presentation to AhaSlides

  • On your Google Slides presentation, click on ‘File’.
  • Then, click on ‘Publish to the web’.
  • Under the ‘Link’ tab, click on ‘Publish (don’t worry about the checkboxes as you can change your settings in AhaSlides later).
  • Copy the link.
  • Come to AhaSlides and create a Google Slides slide.
  • Paste the link into the box labelled ‘Google Slides’ Published link’.

Your presentation will be embedded into your slide. Now, you can set about making your Google Slides presentation interactive!

Step #2 | Personalising the Display Settings

Many of the presentation display settings on Google Slides are possible on AhaSlides. Let’s take a look at what you can do to show your presentation off in its best light.

Full Screen and Laser Pointer

When presenting, choose the ‘full screen’ option on the toolbar at the bottom of the slide.

After that, select the laser pointer feature to give a more real-time feel to your presentation.

Auto-Advancing Slides

Auto-advancing a slide on your interactive Google Slides presentation.

You can auto-advance your slides with the ‘play’ icon in the bottom left corner of your slide.

To change the speed at which the slides advance, click on the ‘settings’ icon, select ‘Auto-advance (when played)’ and choose the speed you want each slide to appear for.

Setting up Speaker Notes

If you want to set up speaker notes, be sure to do this before you publish your Google Slides presentation .

Publishing speaker notes on Google Slides

Write your speaker notes into the speaker note box of individual slides on Google Slides. Then, publish your presentation as laid out in step 1 .

You can view your speaker notes on AhaSlides by coming to your Google Slides slide, clicking on the ‘settings’ icon and selecting ‘Open speaker notes’.

If you want to keep these notes for yourself only, be sure to share only one window (the one containing your presentation) when presenting. Your speaker notes will come up in another window, meaning your audience won’t be able to see them.

Step #3 | Making It Interactive

There are a few ways to maximise the impact of an interactive Google Slides presentation. By adding in AhaSlides’ two-way technology, you can create dialogue via quizzes, polls and Q&As around the subject matter of your presentation.

Option #1: Make a Quiz

Quizzes are a fantastic way to test your audience’s understanding of the subject matter. Putting one at the end of your presentation can really help to consolidate new knowledge in a fun and memorable way.

Making a quiz on an interactive Google Slides presentation on AhaSlides.

1. Create a new slide on AhaSlides after your Google Slides slide.

2. Select a type of quiz slide.

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3. Fill out the content of the slide. This will be the question title, the options and right answer, the time to answer and the points system for answering.

Setting the background for a quiz on an interactive Google Slides presentation on AhaSlides.

4. Change the elements of the background. This includes text colour, base colour, background image and its visibility on the slide.

How to remove the leaderboard from your quiz slide on AhaSlides.

5. If you want to include more quiz slides before revealing the overall leaderboard, click on ‘Remove leaderboard’ in the ‘Content’ tab.

6. Create your other quiz slides and click ‘Remove leaderboard’ for all of them except for the final slide .

Option #2: Make a Poll

A poll in the middle of your interactive Google Slides presentation works wonders for creating a dialogue with your audience. It also helps to illustrate your point in a setting that directly involves your audience , leading to more engagement.

First , we’ll show you how to create a poll:

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1. Create a new slide either before or after your Google Slides slide. (Scroll down to find out how to put a poll in the middle of your Google Slides presentation).

2. Select the question type. A multiple-choice slide works well for a poll, as does an open-ended slide or a word cloud.

Choosing your poll question, options and deselecting correct answers on AhaSlides.

3. Pose your question, add the options and uncheck the box that states ‘This question has correct answer(s)’

4. You can customise the background in the same way we explained in the ‘ make a quiz ‘ option.

If you want to insert a quiz in the middle of your Google Slides presentation, you can do so in the following way :

1. Create a poll slide in the way we just mentioned and place it after your Google Slides slide.

How to integrate a poll in the middle of an interactive Google Slides presentation on AhaSlides.

2. Create a new Google Slides slide after your poll.

3. Paste the same published link of your Google Slides presentation in the box of this new Google Slides slide.

Using basic HTML to put an interactive poll in the middle of your Google Slides presentation.

4. At the end of the published link, add the code: &slide= + the number of the slide you want to resume your presentation with . For example, if I want to resume my presentation on slide 15, I would write &slide=15 at the end of the published link.

This method is great for if you want to reach a certain slide in your Google Slides presentation, have a poll, then resume the rest of your presentation afterwards.

If you’re looking for more help on how to make a poll on AhaSlides, check out our article and video tutorial here .

Option #3: Make a Q&A

A great feature of any interactive Google Slides presentation is the Q&A . This function allows your audience to pose questions and even answer ones that you’ve posed to them .

Once you import your Google Slides presentation to AhaSlides, you won’t be able to use Google Slides’ in-built Q&A function. However , you can use AhaSlides’ function just as easily!

Making a Q&A on an interactive Google Slides presentation on AhaSlides.

1. Create a new slide before your Google Slides slide.

2. Select Q&A in the question type.

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3. Choose whether or not to change the heading, whether to allow the audience to see each other’s questions and whether to allow anonymous questions.

4. Make sure that the audience can send you questions on all slides .

Setting up the room code for a Q&A session on AhaSlides.

Using the presentation code, your audience can pose you questions throughout your presentation. You can come back to these questions at any time , whether it’s in the middle of your presentation or after it.

Here are a few features of the Q&A function on AhaSlides:

  • Sort questions into categories in order to keep them organised. You can pin important questions to come back to later or you can mark questions as answered to keep track of what you’ve responded to.
  • Upvoting questions allows other audience members to make the presenter aware that they would also like another person’s question answered.
  • Asking at any time means that the flow of the presentation is never interrupted by questions. Only the presenter is in control of where and when to answer questions.

If you’re after more tips on how to utilise Q&A for the ultimate interactive Google Slides presentation, check out our video tutorial here .

Why Bring Interactive Google Slides to AhaSlides?

If you’re in any doubt about why you would want to embed a Google Slides presentation into AhaSlides, let us give you 4 reasons .

#1. More Ways to Interact

While Google Slides has a nice Q&A feature, it lacks a lot of other features that foster interaction between presenter and audience.

If a presenter wants to gather information via a poll, for example, they would have to poll their audience before the presentation began. Then, they would have to quickly arrange that information into a self-made bar chart, all while their audience sits silently on Zoom. Far from ideal, for sure.

Well, AhaSlides lets you do this on the fly .

Simply pose a question on a multiple choice slide and wait for your audience to answer. Their results appear attractively and instantaneously in a bar, donut or pie chart for all to see.

You can also use a word cloud slide to gather opinions about a certain topic either before, during or after you present it. The most common words will appear larger and more centrally, giving you and your audience a good idea of everyone’s viewpoints.

#2. Higher Engagement

One of the key ways that higher interaction benefits your presentation is in the rate of engagement .

Put simply, your audience pays much more attention when they’re directly involved in the presentation. When they can voice their own opinions, ask their own questions and see their own data manifested in charts, they connect with your presentation on a more personal level.

Including audience data in your presentation is also a sublime way to help frame facts and figures in a more meaningful way. It helps the audience to see the bigger picture and gives them something to relate to.

#3. More Fun and Memorable Presentations

Fun plays a pivotal role in learning. We’ve known this for years, but it’s not so easy to implement fun into lessons and presentations.

One study found that fun in the workplace is conducive to better and more daring ideas. Countless others have found a distinctive positive link between fun lessons and students’ ability to remember facts within them.

AhaSlides’ quiz function is so perfect for this. It’s a simple tool that fosters fun and encourages competition within an audience, not to mention raising the engagement levels and providing an avenue for creativity.

Find out how to make the perfect quiz on AhaSlides with this tutorial .

#4. More Design Features

There are many ways that users of AhaSlides can benefit from Google Slides’ premium features. The main one being that it’s possible to personalise your slides on Google Slides before integrating your presentation with AhaSlides.

The great depth of font, image, colour and layout options on Google Slides can help bring an AhaSlides presentation to life. These features let you build your presentation in a style that connects your audience with your topic.

Add a New Dimension to Your Interactive Google Slides?

Then try out AhaSlides for free .

Our free plan gives you full access to our interactive features, including the ability to import Google Slides presentations. Make them interactive with any of the methods we’ve discussed here and start enjoying a more positive response to your presentations.

Is Google Slides and Powerpoint the same?

Yes and No. Google Slides are online, as users can co-edit anywhere. However, you will always need the Internet to edit your Google Slides Presentation.

What is the weakness of Google Slides?

Security concern. Even though Google had tried to improve the security problems for ages, it’s quite difficult always to keep your Google Workspace private, especially when users are likely to log in on multiple devices.

Limitation of Google Slides?

Less animation and effects on slides, timeline playback and animated gifs

How to change slide speed in Google Slides?

In the top right corner, click ‘Slideshow’, then select ‘Auto advance options’, then click on ‘Choose how quickly to advance your slides’.

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You can add text boxes, change the font, its size, color, background, etc. I love to use Google fonts because there are so many different fonts and I can choose readable fonts, fonts with big litters, cursive fonts, etc.

Add text boxes and use Google fonts

Search the web for images

You can insert images or clipart you bought on TPT or other sites. You can also use the images from the web by choosing "Search the web". Just be careful: not all images from the web can be used for commercial use but you can use them for classroom use!

Search the web for images

What to use as background

As a background, you can either choose the color like I did for the first activity in the tutorial or you can upload another image. The main idea is for this image not to be moveable. That's why we choose to upload it as a background.

What to use as background

You can insert shapes and use them as moveable pieces or just for the background detail. Make sure to change the shape color and size!

Use shapes

I've never used lines myself. But you can definitely use them for your resources. Let me know in the comments below how you've used lines!

Use lines

Teach students "undo" button

Kids often change moveable pieces or can accidentally delete something from the slide. Make sure to teach them the "undo" button.

Teach students "undo" button

How to add audio

You can insert audio to make your slides even better! But the audio file should be hosted somewhere (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.). Make sure to test if the audio is working before you assign slides in Google Classroom.

How to add audio

How to add video

You can also insert video and this will definitely spice up your slides! Videos can be added from Youtube, your Google drive or by url.

How to add video

How to create Google Slides with moveable pieces on tablet

This version is a little bit different since not all the features are present on tablets. Nevertheless, you can create activities with moveable pieces even using tablets!

How to create Google Slides with moveable pieces on tablet

  • You can choose the theme provided by Google.
  • You can add and change text boxes.
  • You can add images from your camera or photos (kids can take photos themselves and insert in Google Slides).
  • You can insert shapes, lines, and tables (this is also available on desktop).
  • For moveable pieces you can insert text boxes and add emojis.

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