You don’t need to use screencasting software to narrate a Google Slides presentation. Just get the AudioPlayer for Slides extension and add existing audio or record your own. You can create one long audio track for the whole presentation, or you can break it up slide by slide. Here’s a how-to article from the extension’s creators.
Soapbox is an easy-to-use, yet robust extension that allows you to create a screencast where you share the screen with what you’re doing on your desktop. When you’re done recording, you can toggle between your image full-screen, your desktop full-screen, or a split screen. Try creating one for a project or paper introduction and keep it on your Google Classroom page for people who were absent or who want to hear the instructions again!
I gathered some slide presentations that you may want to use for Back to School Night in this folder – if you see one you like, you just need to make a copy and then you’ll own it!
Also, I just came across this interesting article from Common Sense Education called “5 Talking Points About Tech for your Back-to-School Night” – I thought I’d pass it along, too, as it’s timely and has some good ideas.
Take your Google Slides from blah to appealing with this nifty add on that lets you drop in icons anywhere on a slide – look how much more lively your presentations can be! Choose from hundreds of icons and customize colors, too!
If you’d like to make a Carmel-themed Google form, click here – you will be prompted to make a copy of the template. It will be yours to edit, and is stored in your Google Drive.
There are quite a few screencasting apps and extensions out there, but they have a learning curve that may be a turnoff. Loom is a simple-to-use Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen as you explain whatever you’re looking at. You can choose to be on camera in a little circle at the bottom of the page, or you can be invisible. Imagine how many uses there are for Loom in the classroom – to explain an assignment for your students, to ask questions about a document in your PLT, etc. etc. The finished product can either be shared as a link, or the video can be downloaded as a file to upload to YouTube or any other website. To read about two other screencasting apps, click here.