I started the day with Eric Curts and “Beyond the Slideshow: Unleashing Student Creativity with Google Slides”. I learned so many things from him today as I started my ISTE Live attendance.
1. Use Emojis on Google Docs
Look at Eric's awesome handout and see how he used emojis in his headings. This is definitely going to help me make google docs more user-friendly for students and teachers.
Beyond the Slideshow: Google slides Activities for All Subjects – This handout from @ericcurts is beyond amazing.
2-5. The Importance of Audio Feedback on Slides
If students struggle with written feedback, they will thrive with audio feedback. I knew about Read/Write Toolbar for providing feedback but learned about four other ways to provide audio feedback on slides. Eric really likes Mote.
- Add Audio Recordings to Slides (an essential way for teachers to provide feedback)
- Mote – Add voice messaging to Google Slides – see Eric’s “Marvelous Mote Activities for Schools” YouTube video – embedded below
- Chrome Mp3 Recording from Hablacloud
- Online Voice Recorder – record directly into your browser
- Twisted Wave – Audio Editor in Browser
6-10. More Ways to Add Screencasting to Google Slides
Screencasting is such a vital skill for students and an essential part of a teacher's formative assessment toolkit. I've used Screencastify for years but learned about some more tools. Of particular interest is the “Record to Slides” which lets you record and immediately adds it to the slide for you. Since this is something my students struggle with, I'm going to test this with some of them.
- Adding Videos to Google Slides
- Screencastify – this is the one I use with my students. Their new editing features rock.(I wrote about some of these new features in 5 Awesome New Screencastify Features last fall.)
- Nimbus – does quick screencapturs and videos. Let’s you convert videos to gif and mp4
- Record to Slides – a quick add on where you just record quickly and then it goes straight onto the slide. This might be easier for younger students.
11-13. Google Slides for Manipulatives
I learned an essential skill to teach and share with my teachers who use the many Google slides manipulatives. Teach teachers to learn how to maximize space (show in the video below.)
Eric has fantastic resources, I'm not going to copy and paste them all but recommend you look at his resources.
- Eric Curt’s Index of Manipulatives for Google Slides
- Build a Member of Congress Google slide manipulative [will make a copy]
13-16. Stop Motion Tips and Tricks
Oh my goodness! I didn't know about these stop motion shortcuts!
Helpful keyboard shortcuts:
|Alt + Left arrow||Rotate counterclockwise by 15°|
|Alt + Right arrow||Rotate clockwise by 15°|
|Alt + Shift + Left arrow||Rotate counterclockwise by 1°|
|Alt + Shift + Right arrow||Rotate clockwise by 1°|
|Arrow keys||Nudge up, down, left, or right|
|Shift + Arrow keys||Nudge one pixel at a time|
|Ctrl + Alt + j||Resize smaller|
|Ctrl + Alt + k||Resize larger|
I had no idea how to do this. So, when you click “Publish to web,” you will see the ending of it that says
This number is the number of milliseconds the slide show delays before showing you the next slide!
Make this number smaller so you can make t go faster. Eric recommended taking the number down to 250. So, when you take it down to 250, it will go much faster. Then, just paste the link or share it wherever you go.
See more on this in his blog post about stop motion.
17-18. Non Branching Slideshows for Formative Assessment
Non-Linear Branching Slideshows – this is done when you make hyperlinks that go to different slides based on what a student clicks. So, while you can do ebooks and such, I LOVE using this with a formative quiz. I'd never seen this done. Love this idea!
Self-grading, teaching formative quiz. So, you could make a simple formative quiz that prompts students and teaches them as they answer questions.
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