Interactive Google Slides
Interactive Google Slides Examples
Research states that students WANT to see YOU!
Research studies have shown that students responded better, in terms of increased engagement and personal connection to the material, on computer/online learning activities when such activities included materials created by the classroom teacher. For example, instructional videos included audio/video of the classroom teacher.
Tools for Creating Video / Audio
Audacity (Windows, Mac)
Screencastify (Win, Mac, Chrome)
WeVideo (Win, Mac, Chrome)
Great tool for editing and composing audio clips. This is an advanced program with a lot of features. However for simple record and save features, it is also very user friendly
Tool for creating screencasts or recording your web cam. This program allows you to record up to 10 minutes at a time for free, or with the paid version, you can record unlimited. Great for creating directional videos.
What do I personally use?
I use all of the above. Out of a matter of convenience I also use Windows Movie Maker on Windows 10 at work AND I use iMovie on my MacBook at home.
Tips on Recording Video / Audio
- Get a microphone with a filter. I personally use a condenser mic with a "Pop" filter to record clear and clean audio.
- Prep a quiet location to record in. In my home office, I have old t-shirts hanging on the wall to reduce echo and other ambient sounds when I record. If this isn't an option, try recording audio in your closet. Seriously, it sounds a lot better.
- Use lighting! Again, I have a couple of old desk lamps with bright LED bulbs and no lamp shades for when I record myself at my desk. Brighter videos give a more positive feel and will increase engagement in students.
- You can use any camera My iPhone 6 is over 3 years old (as of 2017). It records full HD 1080p video with Auto-Focus, Auto Contrast, and has a microphone that automatically focuses on who is talking. This is great for recording anything I am presenting. You can also you the webcam on your Chromebook, Laptop, or Tablet. You do NOT need to speed hundreds (or thousands) of dollars on a professional camera.
- Use a tripod if you can These are relatively inexpensive now days and it will help you create video that is not shaky. This is great for recording tutorials at the whiteboard.
Make a mistake?
Not all mistakes need to be edited out. Of course, you want your video to look professional, but you also want to give it a natural feel. Students will make a better connection to your topic when they feel that this is genuinely how you would present it to them, complete with some natural flaws.
More Video Tips
David Murray "The 8-Bit Guy" has an excellent video detailing some good video/audio recording tips.
More Info & Resources
Control Alt Achieve
Eric Curts did a great job putting together some resources for creating interactive Google Slides. See the link below for more information
Ditch That Textbook
8 Interactive Google Slides Activities for Classroom Excitement
This site has create templates for creating ebooks as well as templates for Who Wants to be a Millionaire and more.
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