Introducing Project ALERT on Google Drive

In order to further support in-person, virtual, and hybrid learning environments, all our lesson materials—manuals, handouts, video launches, homework, quizzes, supplements, and Google Slides for each lesson (brand new to the curriculum!)—are now available on Google Drive. We hope this “one-stop-shop” will help to maximize organization and delivery for all our program partners.

Material is housed in Teacher Materials and Student Materials folders for each lesson. All elements are available to view, download, and copy to your own Google Drive account. The new slide decks can also be saved in PowerPoint format if that is your preference for presenting the material.

Project ALERT on Google Drive

Although different classrooms—virtual and otherwise—will have varied needs, we have not veered much from the original content of the lessons. You are welcome to use and edit the materials as needed, keeping fidelity of the curriculum front and center. For example, some teachers have added an icebreaker at the beginning of the lesson or brief stretching breaks at opportune times during delivery. Additions like these do not affect fidelity, and we must adapt to hybrid learning environments.

Online instruction and learning present unique challenges for teachers and students. In all settings, we encourage you to deliver the lessons with as much fidelity as possible. However, in cases where time is an issue, it is more important to cut lecture time rather than participant interaction/response time. Students must be given plenty of opportunities to practice resistance self-efficacy skills, as this is the most important aspect of Project ALERT and the key tool in helping prepare them for real-life pressure situations.

Instructions for accessing, downloading, and editing

We suggest that you create a new folder before you start copying the files, so that you can easily drag and drop the files into their respective folder once you are in “My Drive.”

To view files

  1. Copy the link to the Project ALERT Google Drive and paste it in your browser -

To copy folder contents to your drive and edit

  1. Log-in to your Google Drive account
  2. Copy the link to the Project ALERT Google Drive and paste it in your browser -
  3. Open the lesson folder that you would like to copy (the materials will open in view-only mode)
  4. Press Control + a or Command + a —or drag your mouse over all of the files—to select them all.
  5. Right-click and select Make a Copy. That will create a new copy of each of those files in your own Google Drive under “My Drive.”

To download all of the contents on the Project ALERT Google Drive as a zip file

  1. Click on the link -
  2. Navigate to “Shared with me” on the left-hand side
  3. Right-click the “Project ALERT” folder and click “download”
  4. After it’s done downloading (this may take a few minutes), go to your “Downloads” folder, select the Project ALERT zip file, and click on “Extract all” files to save the files to your computer.

Google Slides in each lesson

Note that some of the lesson slides are “skip” slides, with a “Teacher Reference Only” designation. These typically are slides which contain content that we hope you can elicit from students; for instance, a list of the long-term consequences of smoking cigarettes or which risks of using marijuana apply to alcohol. You may decide that you would rather not display these skip slides to allow students come up with lists of their own, or you may choose to display them as recap slides. You may also choose to send the “blank bullet” slides to students—individually or to breakout groups, have them fill them out, and then send them back to you. You could then simply check their work for accuracy or choose to display them to the entire class during the lesson if appropriate. In short, make the presentations your own, with the goal of engaging your students as much as possible!

You will also have the ability to edit the slides while you are presenting them to your class. As you elicit feedback from students, you’ll be able to add their content/answers in real-time. This will enhance your lessons by making them more interactive. To do this, you will need to use Google Chrome, and you will need to download an extension from the Chrome web store.

Instructions for editing slides in presentation mode (using Zoom)

  1. Open Google Chrome.
  2. Go to the Chrome web store.
  3. Search for and download the “Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides” extension.
  4. The extension will appear in your top-right menu bar (click on the puzzle piece to see the extension in the list). Select it. Your slide view will change a bit, and your thumbnails on the left will disappear.
  5. Open Google Slides. Select the lesson you want to present. With the Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides extension now engaged, this window will display the lesson slides in full-screen mode, and will hide the lesson notes, the thumbnail slides on the left side, and most of the menu bars at the top.
  6. Open another browser window and copy the same lesson’s URL into the address bar. In this window, you can configure the slides so that you can see the slide notes while you’re presenting. (You can skip this step if you don’t feel you need to view the slide notes.)
  7. In the first window, under View, unselect “Show ruler” and “Show speaker notes.” This will maximize screen space for the lesson.
  8. Hide the menu bar. Select the chevron/arrow in the top left of your screen.
  9. Open Zoom and start your meeting. Share the 1st window of Google Slides.
  10. You can now edit the slides as you present them, adding student feedback if you wish. Remember that certain slides are set to skip. To change skip settings, select Slide in your menu bar and select/unselect “Skip slide.”
  11. Hit Escape (Esc) to disable/exit Fullscreen Interactive Google Slide mode. You may need to do this a couple of times to get back to your regular view/edit mode.

Using PowerPoint to display your slides

You also have the option of downloading the slides as PowerPoint files. Open any of the lessons in Google Slides and choose File < Download < Microsoft PowerPoint. You can then save the slides to your Google Drive and edit them. With PowerPoint, you can also edit the slides in presentation mode. One drawback is that the bullets do not display in the “blank bullet” slides that you may want to send to students for inputting their own content.

Additional resources

There are many instructional videos on YouTube for how to present your slides. Here is one suggested tutorial for using Zoom.

For an alternate teaching schedule (other than 1 core lesson per week in year 1), see Teaching Project ALERT On Your Own Schedule.

As always, we are interested in hearing about the challenges and successes you encounter as you deliver Project ALERT in whatever setting that applies to you – in-person, virtual, or hybrid. What works well and what doesn’t? What have you added to enhance your lesson format? How are you keeping students engaged in a virtual setting? Please email us with any questions or suggestions.

Project ALERT Distance Learning Guidelines

As these are very challenging times for teachers, we wanted to provide some suggestions as you implement Project ALERT in virtual settings. Remember that all of our materials are free and on the web and in the public domain, which puts Project ALERT in a good position for distance learning. Here are some ideas to maintain fidelity.

Teaching in Virtual and Hybrid Settings

“Do I have permission to create online Project ALERT lessons?” Absolutely! We are authorizing interested users to format lessons into an online teaching platform such as Google Classroom or Canvas, or the platform of your choosing. You are free to access our Google Drive and download our Google Slides and other materials for use in your setting. In our Google Drive, they will be view-only, but you can download the contents and move them to and edit them in your own Google Drive. See instructions in the preceding section.

Resistance Self-Efficacy Skills

So much of the focus of Project ALERT is the practice of resistance self-efficacy skills, which could be conducted effectively in a group video chat setting. We also encourage students to practice refusal skills with a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult. There are other places in the curriculum where students break into teams to confer with one another and then decide on a single answer to a question – for instance, the Case Study Activity in Lesson 8 and the Information Review Game in Lesson 11. This could work very well in a group text/chat setting.

Discussions of Normative Data

Two lessons contain activities about perceived and actual norms. These activities would work well in a group chat setting and foster some good dialog as students discover that prevalence of use numbers are so much lower than their estimates.

Posters and Videos

The ALERT videos and posters which are used in several lessons can be shown via Zoom or Microsoft Teams, if password protection is provided, during group chats. Many teachers are using these platforms in conjunction with Google Classroom, Canvas, or Seesaw. (However, many districts have had issues with “Zoom-bombers,” so check with your administrator before using it.)

Advertisement Exercise

Students can scour the internet for alcohol, marijuana, and vaping ads (Lesson 4 activity) and prepare responses about them, as well as create new taglines about what the product is really saying and email them to you (see full activity instructions in that lesson). The savvier students can email the ad links they find to their instructors.

Supplemental Guide Reviews

Students can read online the 4 supplements on vaping, marijuana, prescription opioids/heroin, and club drugs. These are downloadable and you could email them to students. Students could then email their instructors the key points they remember about what they’ve read.

Homework Assignments

Students should be able to complete the homework assignments if lessons are able to be presented via video conferencing. They are downloadable/emailable as well. They may have even better results as many assignments require interaction with parents/trusted adults, and families are spending more time together these days.

Pre- and Post-Test Surveys

The pre- and post-tests can be entered into Survey Monkey or other online survey tool. The survey can be shortened to meet your environmental needs. For instance, we have recently added questions on opioids, but you may find that these would not apply in your setting. We have also added items on vaping, which would very likely apply, given the big increases in prevalence of use over the last few years.

Remember, RSE is Key!

Again, allowing students to practice their resistance self-efficacy skills is the key component of Project ALERT. Have them spend plenty of time on this, including: 1) coming up with reasons for avoiding substances, 2) composing refusal statements they would really use when offered illicit substances, and 3) practicing refusal statements with teachers. Fostering and reinforcing student self-efficacy by validating their responses and praising them for their participation is *the most important thing you'll do in Project ALERT*.