Everything Matt Miller writes about on his website, tweets about from his Twitter, or speaks about from his…mouth?…is amazing, but sometimes his stuff is so good that I can’t digest it in one sitting.
Such is the case with this entry called “The ‘Secret Menu’ for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings, and More.” I used the first tip – how to save a photo that’s been placed in a Google Doc – when my journalism students submitted photos with their stories, ignoring instructions to place .jpg versions of the photos in a folder I’d shared with them. To save myself the headache of emailing 22 people (and waiting for 22 responses), I followed these instructions and snagged the photos myself. Life changing! I use the second tip constantly, am not sure how I’d use the third, and the fourth is on my to-do list for January.
He published this article in October. It’s going to take awhile to absorb all of these tips, but whew! What a great collection of ideas!
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.
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!