PowerPoint, or Google Slides, themes within the original programs are very limited but there are a vast range of lovely free, downloadable themes available from Slidesmania which may be more inspiring than the office type of backgrounds typically offered.
Paula Martínez, the creator of Slidesmania, has a job that is nothing to do with education, or design, but making presentation templates has become a fun, creative hobby that she enjoys. She has shared a few, “20 Free Google Slides Templates and PowerPoint Themes’ – plus activity ideas to get you started… with ideas of how teachers could use them as a blog post, on Ditch that Textbook.
The third one is a ‘Harry Potter theme for Genius Hour’ and is for either PowerPoint or Google slides. It features crumpled paper, paper balls, light bulbs and a paper basket. She says: “Potter free presentation template for Google Slides or PowerPoint is perfect if your next lecture is about recycling ideas, or the creative process.” Ditch that Textbook have linked these to a page offering ’12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class.’
The tenth one is the ‘Introduce Yourself’ theme, for back to school. Paula writes: “As a mom, I would love to know more about my daughter’s teachers. So why not create a newsletter using Google Slides to send out to parents? Or even use it as a way for the students to introduce themselves to you and the rest of the class. … Lesson idea: The Introduce yourself template can be used by teachers for a back to school newsletter or presentation. Students can also create a newsletter for their parents, showing what they have learned that week.” Paula Martinez)
Paula makes the PowerPoint, or Google Slides, themes in answer to requests from people and I am sure that there are one or two available for every primary class teacher.