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Google Slides in Math: Episode II

In this episode of Google Slides in Math we will look at creating interactive quizzes. So ask yourself, "What is an interactive quiz?" An interactive quiz is one in which a user clicks on an answer that takes them to another slide that gives them the correct or incorrect answer. On that slide the user is given an explanation to why they got the answer correct or incorrect. Below you will discover how to build a template and you will see an example of a quiz that has already been built.

Building a Template

Step 1: Decide How Many Answers
The first thing we need to do is decide how many answer choices you will have for your questions. This will determine how many slides you will need per question. Just remember that you can always add to your original document. For example, if I have 3 answer choices per question then I will need 4 slides per question. This gives you 1 slide for the question and 3 slides for each answer choice.
Step 2: Create Answer Buttons
Our next step will be to create our answer buttons. This is where our user will click in order to choose their answer choice. You will build your buttons on the slide with your question. Your answer buttons can be whatever you like. I choose to use colored squares with letters in them.

Now that we have our answer buttons we need to add our blank answer slides to the presentation. Remember this is where our correct and incorrect answer choices will go. At this time we will need to add our problem to the page and add our answer choices. (Hopefully before you began this project your students have solved the problem with correct and incorrect answers )
Step 3: Linking Slides
At this time we need to link our answer choices to our blank slides. It does not matter which slide we link to, but keeping them order can save you time when building your answer choice slides. In our example, slide 1 will have the question; slide 2 will be answer 'A'; slide 3 will be answer 'B'; slide 4 will be answer 'C'. After we have linked each answer choice we need to add a back button to our incorrect slides and a forward button to our correct slide. Again you can choose to use any shape or image you like for your back and forward button. Once you have your back button, add it to your incorrect slides. That button is now going to be linked to the question slide (which in our example is slide 1).

Now add your forward button to your correct slide. This will be the button users will click to move to the next question in your quiz. (FYI: If you do not want more questions in your quiz your forward button could move to a congratulations slide)

Step 4: Add Correct/Incorrect Information
All the slides are linked, the question has been added and now it is time to add our answers to the slides. The information that is listed on the slides is up to you. I personally have students add enough detail that the user would know why they choose the incorrect or correct answer. (This is completely up to you as this will be used in your classroom)
Step 5: Create each page to only link 1 object

This step is very important. Normally in Google Slides you can advance each slide by clicking anywhere on the slide. Since this is a quiz, we do not want to advance unless they click on the object we want them to (answer choices). To accomplish this you will need to link all objects and text to the current slide you are on that are not your answer buttons. This will tell the program to stay on the current slide. Next you will need to add a shape, like a rectangle, to the background and link it to the current slide also. Send this object to the back and have it be transparent. This will allow users to click on the slide, but it will not advance them until they click an answer button. (An easy way to add the background shape to each slide is to add it to the first slide and link it. Then copy and paste. Google Slides will automatically change the link for the current slide you paste the object on.)

Template Example


This activity is very advanced for students based on the amount of explanation required to fully complete their quiz.
Example Coming Soon


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