Treat Your Students to a Hyperdoc using Slides & Drawings

If you’ve heard of hyperdocs, you’ve probably tried your hand at making one with Google Docs.  But have you tried using Google Slides?  Slides offers a few advantages that you can’t find in Docs, such as the ability to create a static background, and linkable images that you can access in one click.  Try out this vending machine option using Google Slides and Google Drawings.  Click on the Google Icons to see it work:

To access these tools, see the instructions below, and then watch the video for step by step instructions.

To access Google Slides, go to or

  1.  Open
  2. Click New
  3. Choose Google Slides

To access Google Drawings, go to or

  1.  Go to
  2. Click New
  3. Click More
  4. Choose Google Drawings


  1. How do I a download the vending machine image to place into my slide show?


    • If you created the vending machine in Google Drawings, click File>Download As and save it as a PNG file. Then, right click on your slide and change background. Choose to use an image as a background, and upload the PNG file.


  2. […] Vend-A-Topic – If you haven’t ready my previous article on this, take a look.  I created a vending machine background on Google Drawings, and then put it in Google Slides to create an interactive learning tool. […]


  3. I use Google Docs, hyper docs, and Classroom extensively in our 1:1 environment. I’ve always felt some of the magic is lost in Google Slides by having students click “present.” Also with my fifth grade students, sometimes they drag things off of the screen before they ever get to “present” :-D. Are you aware of a way to get a link that starts in the present mode?


    • Absolutely!
      1. From Google Slides, click the File Menu.
      2. Choose Publish to the Web.
      3. Choose Link
      4. Set up your slide show preferences.
      5. Click Publish.
      6. Send the link to your students via Google Classroom, REmind, or however you wish.

      If you take a look at the sample lesson in this article, it was added using the Publish to the Web option.


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