Use Google Slides, Keynote, or PowerPoint for Flashcards?

November is Clicks for a Cause Month! Check out how you can help a child in need below. 

If you use traditional flashcards in your classroom, then you realize that they offer a one-dimensional and one-size-fits all approach. They are perfect for students who have strong literacy and vocabulary skills; however, what about students who need a little extra help? Free tools like Quizlet offer speech-to-text capabilities, which are extremely helpful for students who need to "hear" the word being spoken; however, what about students who need visuals?

Tools like Google Slides offer the capability of using images or embedding YouTube videos into your slides. Here is how you can make your own flashcards using Google Slides,  Keynote, or PowerPoint.

Step 1: Create Your Slides

Enter your definition on your slide and your vocabulary term in the presenter's notes section (or vice versa).  Here is an example that I created to define UDL.

Step 2: Add Different Ways to Represent Content

To better understand vocabulary terms, have students add images, video clips, and links to better understand the term. If you use Google Slides, you can embed YouTube videos directly into your slides.

Step 3: Study Time! 

Have your students use presentation mode (as if you were giving a slideshow presentation) to study your terms. If students struggle with a particular term, they can exit their slideshow and view the presenter's notes section to see the term.

Another Option - Create a Class Set of Flashcards

To save time and make things more efficient, it may be helpful to have your entire class collaborate on a slideshow presentation. Tools like Keynote and Google Slides allow you to easily create a editable presentation as a template and assign vocabulary terms to a student or group of students. When students are finished, make the presentation "read-only" so that students can study at their leisure.


Addison Jacobs was born on 1/13/15, one month prematurely with unknown underlying medical issues. At nine months old, she was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome (SDS), a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow dysfunction, leukemia predisposition, and skeletal abnormalities. Addison requires a lot of care with all of her complex medical issues. All of her medical necessities trips to Philly for her care and time off work creates an enormous financial strain on her family.  
During the month of November, I need your help to make a difference for Addison and her family! Here is how!

  • Visit and share blog posts - I will be personally donating 1 cent to her family’s medical fund for every blog visit for the entire month of November. 

  • The family needs gift cards! Please contact Matt for more information.

Clicks for a Cause has been helping children in need since 2013! For more information, check out my Clicks for a Cause Page!

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