2. Start Your Journal

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Digital devices help you have -- and share -- valuable experiences with family, friends, and classmates.

They might help you to keep up with loved ones that you don’t see often, or family and friends across the country or the world.

But you might be surprised how much time you spend on a screen each day compared to how much time you spend doing other things.

It’s also easy to spend more time on a screen or device than you planned.

You might reach for your phone when you’re bored, or out of habit.

You might: Look down at your phone or see a notification, check your email, or text a friend, and then end up spending more time than you expected on your device.

Some apps, games, and websites are even designed to make you want to watch or play more.

It’s important to recognize how the activities you do both on and off a screen make you feel, so you can achieve a healthy balance between screen time and other activities.

One way to explore how different activities make you feel is to keep a journal.

In this lesson, you will create an activities journal in Google Slides to track and think about your different activities during the week.

Screen time is the amount of time you spend using a device, such as a computer, tablet, smartphone, television, or game console.

Tracking and thinking about your screen time helps you to manage your time on and offline and contributes to your overall wellbeing.

And when you create a journal in Google Slides, you can easily present your findings to your classmates, teachers, or family.

That way, they can help you balance your activities online and offline.

This lesson uses Google Slides, but you could apply these skills and concepts in any presentation application or even on paper.

To begin, open the starter project and make a copy of it.

Remove the words copy of from the file name and rename it.


You’re ready to start your journal.

Now, it’s your turn: Open and copy the starter project in Google Slides, And rename the project.

Then, move on to the next video to track your activities.


  1. Open and copy the starter project in Google Slides.
  2. Rename the project.