Are you wondering how to digitize games and activities you have, so students can use them with distance learning, and/or on their own device? In this blog post, I am detailing five different ways to convert materials you already have for digital learning!
#1: Check for updates on TpT
Did you know that you may already have digital versions waiting for you, on TpT…for free? Many teacher-authors have converted their products so they are easier to use for distance learning. To see if you have updates, simply go to “my purchases,” then click “recently updated” (the default is “recently purchased.”) If you click “description of update,” it'll show you what update has been added (and if it is digital conversion.) I've been busy at work…here is a sampling of the products I've converted for distance and digital learning:
#2: Digital activities on TpT
In some products on TpT, it is possible to convert them to a digital file right on TpT; find out more here.
The functionality allows you to assign in Google Classroom or to get a link, which you can assign in a different Learning Management System, such as Schoology or Canvas.
In order to use Digital Activities, the file has to be a PDF, and the teacher-author has to opt into it. You can check “my purchases” to see if you have any that could be used in this way; you will see “open TpT digital activity” above “download PDF.” Here are a few sets that are digital activities in my store:
#3: Upload PowerPoint to Google Slides
Do you have a PowerPoint without any audio files? If so, you could simply follow this process to convert a PowerPoint to Google Slides:
- Go to Google Drive
- Click “new,” then “Google Slides”
- Click “file,” then “open,” then “upload,” and upload the PowerPoint
- To assign to students, click “share,” and get the link. You can share so that anyone with the link can share, and/or you can erase everything after the last slash with the link, and change to “copy” so that it forces a copy to the student's Google Drive.
If you are working with a file from TpT, all of the fonts will likely transfer, as they have to be flattened before they are put on TpT. If they do not transfer, see #5 below.
#4: Convert PDF to PowerPoint, to Google Slides
Do you have a PDF that needs to be converted? Use this website to convert the PDF to PowerPoint: https://smallpdf.com/result#r=5cc140192eb772151084eeda2b456bca&t=pdf-to-ppt. Note: this may change the fonts. After you've converted to PowerPoint, you can then convert to Google Slides with the process outlined above!
#5: Save PowerPoint as JPG Files
If you have a PowerPoint that you would like to convert to Google Slides, but you want it to look exactly as it did in PowerPoint (without the fonts changing), you can export the PowerPoint as JPG, which are picture files. Then, open up Google Slides, and insert each JPG onto a slide. If you are doing this with a worksheet, or another material in which students are responding, you can then insert a text box into Google Slides, and type “type here” or something like that, so students know where to respond.
I hope this is helpful to you, as you look for more distance and/or digital learning activities. Happy teaching!