No matter the age -- kindergarten to high school senior -- students are pretty familiar with social media. In fact, many of them can think in terms of tweets, snaps, pins and videos. They know what they have to say, and they have an idea of how to say it with a certain kind of post.
If they can think in terms of social media posts, can we let them demonstrate their learning in that way, too?
In many cases, the answer is yes!
And, thankfully, they don't need the app to create the experience! In each of the examples below, students can do an activity that feels like posting on social media without actually signing up for or using the app.
This concept is a big part of the social media chapter in my book, Tech Like a PIRATE, which is all about making learning memorable with technology. In this post, each of these social media experiences is recreated with a tool that so many students DO have access to -- Google Slides.
How to assign these templates to students
- Click the "Get the template" button for the template you want. Here, you'll make a copy of the template into your own Google Drive.
- Create an assignment for your students in Google Classroom or your learning management system (LMS) like Canvas or Schoology.
- If Google Classroom: attach the copy you made of the social media template and choose "Make a copy for each student" in the three dots menu button for the attachment.
If you can't do this in your LMS: Click the "Share" button in the top right of Google Slides. Under "Get link", click "Change to anyone with the link". Make the link "Anyone with the link" is a viewer. Copy the link. Paste the link in your assignment instructions. In the link, delete the word "edit" and everything else after it at the end of the link. Type the word "copy" right at the end of the link.
- Students get their own copies of the template and get to work!
14 FREE social media-inspired Google Slides templates
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1. Amazon listings
You can find and buy practically anything on Amazon these days. It's where people go to find products, solutions to their problems, and ways to entertain themselves and others. Amazon is a social tool, in a way, in that reviewers can post their honest opinions and other users can mark them as helpful or not.
Amazon's home page shows what's popular in the moment. The home page template would be a great way to show what life was like in a certain year, decade, even century. Students show collections of items that consumers were most likely to buy with the most popular item displayed at the top.
The product search pages are a collection / curation. Students gather several items, people, places, etc. on the search page. Then, in a separate document or text box -- or in the speaker notes -- they describe why these items go together.
Amazon's product pages are how we gather information and evaluate products with images, descriptions, categories, and ratings. Students can describe and critique objects, people, places, and more that they're studying with product pages.
2. Social media reply
How would students post and reply on social media? Or how would someone you're studying post and reply? This template lets students practice digital citizenship. They can show what they know about the content AND model good practices in posting on social media and interacting with others.
HOW TO USE: Make a copy. Delete any slides you don't need. Duplicate slides as necessary. Assign to students.
3. Yelp review template
How would someone rate the experience of visiting a location you're studying? Or the services of a character in a book? If one historical character left a Yelp review for another about his/her work, what would that character say? There's so much potential with this slide to display creativity.
4. Spotify playlist
Music says a LOT. The lyrics have a message. The song and album titles do, too. How students might curate a playlist could speak to what they've learned about content in your class. This template also includes some deeper thinking: a way for students to explain why certain songs make their list and their criteria for the list.
5. YouTube playlist
YouTube isn't always an option in the classroom. However, with this template, created by Paula Martinez of Slides Mania, you can create your playlists in Google Slides and keep the YouTube look. For example, students can break down a complex subject and show how they'd explain it in a series of videos.
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6. Netflix template
This Netflix template, created by Nick LaFave, could be used for almost any subject area. Students can create a Netflix series for a math concept, time period in history, novel and so much more!
7. LinkedIn profile
This LinkedIn template created by Jen Walter can be used to create fake job applications for characters in a book, historical figures, or even for themselves! Jen used this template for when her science students "applied" for the job of a cell organelle!
8. Tweet for someone
What would happen if a character in a story you’re reading tweeted about an event in the story? Or about an event in current events … or in another story? You can let students create those tweets with Google Slides!
9. Instagram story
Instagram Stories is a pretty popular feature, and it’s a great storytelling tool. Users can capture important moments of their lives in photo or video and string them together for others to watch one by one. Have students create their own Instagram story demonstrating a skill to teach others through video.
10. My Face When
Students LOVE Snapchat games! You can tie them into your class WITHOUT needing the Snapchat app.
Idea: In science class, use “My Face When” to personify things that happen in the scientific world, like “hyper” to describe how a catalyst works or “angry” to show how friction affects certain things.
11. Would You Rather
Another fun Snapchat game is "Would You Rather". When you choose between two options and give a reason why.
Idea: In history class, use “Would You Rather” to show two choices a historical figure could have made. Students can choose which they would have taken.
12. TikTok template
Let’s use an app that millions of students already have access to — Google Slides — to recreate the TikTok experience instead of using the app.
Idea: Students can use this Google Slides template to create a PSA about something they are passionate about to share with their peers.
13. Facebook profile
Students need to be 13+ and have a valid email address in order to use Facebook. So for those that teach younger students or want to use Facebook without going on the site, this Google Slides template created by Ryan O'Donnell is the perfect solution.
14. Pinterest board
Some schools don’t have access to Pinterest but you can create the same Pinterest curation experience with Google Slides. With this template, created by Paula Martinez of Slides Mania, your students can gather and arrange images and information into look alike Pinterest boards.
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WOW! Just WOW. I love the creativity behind each of these templates – I’m a former educator turned corporate trainer – and let me tell you – these templates work even with Adult learners, CEOs & Managers! SUPERB CONTENT!! Thank you a million times.
What a brilliant creative way to engage students totally safely. Thank you.
Really great information
I have been using all the above templates and I must agree that they are the best.
I have two additional Twitter Templates that I’ve used with students. One for composing a post and one for creating a tweet. I have them bot linked here: https://rechargelearning.blogspot.com/2021/10/google-slides-fake-tweet-template-and.html
Great ideas, thanks for sharing and putting them all in one place!
Awesome designs! There are some more that would be helpful for your social media experience https://www.templatemonster.com/products/types/social-media/isfree/template/?sort=newest
Just love it!
These are great I very much appreciate you, and have for a long time.
Your materials are relevant and engaging. And you provide them for free, which is so generous.
I just don’t know what these templates should look like when they are done, for example, the Snapchat template (Why is there only one picture?) and the Spotify template (What goes in the 4 little squares at the top? )
I find there are many students who don’t use social media, contrary to our belief. When they are confused, they always want to see an example of how it looks when it’s done “correctly”. I usually create examples myself but as you pointed out, “adults” don’t know how to use social media and I admit to not devoting time to Social Media for my own sanity and mental health. I keep up as best as I can.
Hoping to figure this out on my own…
Otherwise, everything is clear as a bell, and again, THANK YOU.
Is there any copyright concerns with using these templates?