How To Middle School

Google Photos for Open House

Written by Heather Sark

As I sat staring at my computer, I saw the hours on the clock ticking by, and I thought to myself, “How long is this going to take?”  A long time ago, I used to print out all of the pictures I had taken throughout the school year and put them around my classroom. Then we got projectors and I wanted the pictures in a slideshow projecting for everyone to see. I used to spend hours putting each individual picture onto it’s own slide in Powerpoint and then hitting “slideshow”. This would take forever! Forever to upload the pictures, forever to put them on their own slide, forever to resize each of them to fit the whole slide, and last but not least forever to finally load.  There are so many more things that I would like to spend my time doing, and I’m happy to say that I have found a solution. That solution is Google Photos!


The source of your photos may be different. For me, I use an ipad and then plug it into the chromebook. I find this to be the easiest way to upload multiple photos and videos at one time. Once they are uploaded, I add it to Google Photos. Here are some of the features I love and ideas for how I use them.


Available under the “Assistant” Tab:

Albums: Create an album by date. Create an album for the entire school year. Create an album by activity name like Red Ribbon Week or Pi Day.

Shared Albums: I take photos or video and sometimes another teacher asks me to take pictures and send to them. I used to do this through drive and then have to pick out my photos and the other teacher’s, then share the folder. Now I can just create a shared album, and the other teacher can pick and choose the one’s they want.



In an album, in the top right corner, click the three little dots and simply select slideshow! That slideshow will be playing at my Open House and has saved me hours for other things – like cleaning the classroom! Do you use Google Photos? What features do you love the most?

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Heather Sark