How to Create Flashcards on Google Slides

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Google Slides is a great tool for creating professional presentations, but it also offers great features for educational slideshows. Whether it’s for students in the classroom or employees in training, here’s how to create flashcards on Google Slides.

Due to the app’s easy access, you can create a set of flashcards in a single presentation and then share it with a link. Or you can create interactive flashcards to test yourself or study for an upcoming exam. Whatever you choose to do with flashcards, we’ll walk you through how to create them on Google Slides.

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Configure slide

To begin, let’s set up a slide as a flashcard. Use the layout of your choice and add text, photos or other objects. You will also put the answer to the flashcard on the slide in its own box.

Here is an example.

We create a set of geography flashcards for students to guess the state from an image. So we have “Name this state”, an image of the state we want them to name, then the answer (in red).

Configure the flashcard slide

Animate the response

Once you set up a flashcard, you will animate the response so that it only appears when the slide (flashcard) is clicked. This allows the student to see the flashcard, make their guess, and then click to see if it is correct.

Select the object containing the response. 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 list, choose the type of animation you want to use. For our example, we’ll choose “Appear” so that the answer will simply appear on the screen. You can optionally use the slider to select the speed of the animation.

In the second drop-down list, choose “On Click” to have the animation play when the user clicks on the slide.

Add 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 list at the top.

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

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

To note: If you plan to publish the presentation, avoid using the Google Slides autoplay feature, otherwise the answers will be revealed automatically.

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