Choose a Ratio for Your Digital Seating Chart
For the first step, create a new set of Google Slides. After measuring your classroom, go to File then Page setup. Choose the ratio that’s best for you – or create a custom setup. (Since my room is longer than it is deep, I chose 4:3.)
Add a Background for Your Digital Seating Chart
Although it’s not necessary, you can customize your seating chart. First, create an image with the same ratio aspect as your slide. Save it as an image.
Next, click on Slide and then Change background. Choose your image. Then your image will be embedded into the background of the slide (so it won’t move when you rearrange your seating chart).
Create One Desk, Duplicate, and Arrange
Now it’s time to add desks (or tables). You can add a shape or text box for this. After sizing it and changing the color, try typing “student name.” Adjust the size of the font so that your students’ names will fit.
Next, simply copy and paste your desk so you have enough for everyone in your class.
Rearrange the desks however you want.
Make a Copy and Add Names
Before you add your students’ names, make a copy of your seating chart. Save it as your template.
If you want a different set of slides for every class you teach, make additional copies. (This step is necessary if you want to post the seating charts on a Google Site.)
Otherwise, you may just duplicate the slide as many times as you need. This way, you would end up with one set of slides holding all of your seating charts.
As you can see, your new digital seating chart is completely editable with handy movable pieces. You’ll never go back to pencil and paper again!
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Are you looking for a seating arrangement that works? Read more on how to create a seating chart that matches your teaching style.
Google Sites Organize Teaching
Creating digital seating charts are just the beginning. When added to a Google Site, you can manage everything with a comprehensive teacher dashboard. From lesson plans to unit plans to long-range plans to sub plans, this website has the power to manage the stuff in your Drive. Like a filing cabinet, it branches to other sites, arranging your curricula virtually. Try building your own Google Site today!
Would you like to know more? Read about 20 ways to use Google Sites in your classroom.