How to Create Flashcards on Google Slides

Feb 4, 2022
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Google Slides is a terrific tool for creating business presentations, but it also offers great features for educational slideshows. Whether for students in class or employees in training, here’s how to make flashcards on Google Slides.

Because of the application’s ease of access, you can create a set of flashcards in a single presentation and then share it with a link. Or you can make interactive flashcards to quiz yourself or study for an upcoming exam. Whatever you choose to do with the flashcards, we’ll walk you through making them on Google Slides.

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Set Up the Slide

To get started, let’s set up a slide as a flashcard. Use whichever layout you want, and add text, photos, or other objects. You’ll also put the answer to the flashcard on the slide in its own box.

Here’s an example.

We’re creating a set of geography flashcards for students to guess the state based on a picture. So, we have “Name this state,” an image of the state we want them to name, and then the answer (in red).

Set up the flashcard slide

Animate the Answer

Once you set up a flashcard, you’ll animate the answer so that it only displays when the slide (flashcard) is clicked. This allows the student to see the flashcard, make their guess, and then click to see if they’re correct.

Select the object containing the answer. Then, click Insert Animation from the menu.

Select Insert, Animation

When the Motion sidebar appears on the right, expand the Object Animations section.

In the first drop-down box, choose the type of animation you want to use. For our example, we’ll pick “Appear” so that the answer simply appears on-screen. You can optionally use the slider to select the speed for the animation.

In the second drop-down box, choose “On Click” so that the animation plays when the user clicks the slide.

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Add the object animations

To test the animation, click “Play” at the bottom of the sidebar. You can also play the presentation using the Slideshow drop-down box at the top.

Follow the same process for the remaining slides. You can create all the flashcards up front and add the animations later or do them one at a time.

When you play the presentation, you should see the flashcard slide, click to reveal the answer, and then click to go to the next flashcard. Repeat this process for the entire slideshow. Then, share the presentation or save it to quiz yourself.

Note: If you plan to publish the presentation, avoid using the Google Slides Auto-Play feature otherwise the answers will be revealed automatically.

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