Sunday, May 31, 2020

How to create a Google Photos custom slideshow

The other day I was asked by a fellow teacher how to create a custom slideshow for her students using Google Photos.

While Google Photos can do a lot - it can't do a slideshow without a little bit of help.

Here are the steps I used to create a slideshow with audio. Of course there are other ways - but this was one way to do it.

  1. I found photos in the Google Photos and then selected the plus in the upper right and created an animation.
  2. The created animation is in a GIF format and moves quite quickly.
  3. I then opened 
    1. selected resize
    2. chose my file and uploaded it
    3. chose speed and slowed it down to 50% and saved it
  4. I then used WeVideo to upload my slowed down animation
  5. Finally, I used BenSound for my audio.
Embedded below is a 3 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, May 10, 2020

New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

On April 28th Google announced that a new sharing dialog for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms would be rolled out.

The previous way (you may still see this for a bit longer) looks like what you see below.

The new sharing dialog looks like what you see below. You can see how it looks quite a bit different.

Below is a screenshot from Google's Blog explaining the changes as well as a 2 minute and 15 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Friday, May 1, 2020

Two ways to create audio files to place into a Google Slide. and Screencastify

If you would like to add audio in your Google Slides I have two ways that you can do it (of course there are many more ways to do it - but these are two that I have found to be useful). Online voice recorder and the extension Screencastify.

A reminder to check your sharing settings for each audio file as you will need to adjust to fit your needs.

Embedded below is a 3 minute and 48 second YouTube tutorial. I also made this tutorial last year - You can now add audio to your Google Slides

Take care,