I created a blank slide document for my students to do their individual slides. Then I want them to be able to copy what they've done and put it into one presentation. I know you showed me but I cannot remember how we were going to have them put everything into one document.
Ah . . . one of my favorite discoveries, the Web Clipboard! It is located in the Edit menu in almost all of the Google Apps. The coolest part about this is that there is no time limit between when you copy and when you paste, plus you can copy something on one computer and then paste it on another!
In this particular example, the students want to copy an entire slide they have made into a single slide on a presentation the teacher has made. To do this, start with the student slide. Just be sure that nothing on the slide is selected (just the slide itself); go up to the Edit menu, choose Web Clipboard, and click "Copy entire slide to web clipboard." Now each student can go into the destination presentation, click on their assigned slide, repeat the process, but click "paste slide" from the list. It looks like this:
One thing to note: if the student is pasting more than one slide into the destination presentation, he will have to copy each slide individually. That's ok, though, because anyone can have multiple things in his/her Web Clipboard!
If the student in this situation had wanted just a particular element from the slide, like maybe just the image and the caption, he could select those (hold the Shift key while you click to select multiple items), and copy them to the Web Clipboard. Items copied there will stay there until you click "Clear all items."
This is AWESOME when you create something today, but don't need to paste it until tomorrow or next week or next month. It's also perfect when you're working collaboratively with someone and you need something you've pasted in your Web clipboard to go into their document. Yes. You heard me. Their document. Once you've copied something to the Web clipboard, your elements can be pasted into Drawings, Slides, or Docs (but not into the newest version of Sheets). It's just sitting right there in your Edit menu, waiting to be used!
I am trying to get used to and good at using Google Drive. When I don't have any Internet connection, can I still get to the presentations and documents that I have created?
Great question! With our Internet connection (our local cable/Internet company has oversold and we are maxing out on our bandwidth on a daily basis) being in a sadly state the last few weeks, this has been a question on everyone's mind. While this has brought to light the fact that we definitely live in a digital world, it has also focused our attention on the things we take for granted and could probably live without. For example, "What am I supposed to do now?! All of my lesson plans are on Pinterest!" Or, "How am I going to play music while my students work if I can't access Pandora?" Hmmm . . . what did you do 5 years ago before any of these was even an option?? Obviously some connections are less necessary than others, but when it comes to accessing our legitimate "stuff," we want (need??) it when we need it!
The good news is that, YES, you can set Drive to be able to work offline. Go to drive.google.com, then click on settings from the "wheel" in the upper right-hand corner. Scroll down to where it shows that you can sync files for offline use, and be sure that it's clicked "on." From now on, once that's done, you will be able to work on files offline, and as soon as you reconnect to wi-fi, they will sync to be live again.
Another option is to download the Desktop version of Google Drive. With this very useful tool, you can add to, delete, or access files from Drive right on your computer, and they sync with your other devices — automatically. I love this for accessing my Google photos when need to up load them for projects in other programs or sites.
Now go . . . do your Internet and be happy.