Google Slides is an online presentation tool for students and educators. This video tutorial provides an overview and introduces possibilities for using Google Slides in the classroom.
- [Instructor] Let's take a look at Goggle Slides. Google Slides is an online presentation tool that allows you to create and share slide presentations. It is compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, so I can upload PowerPoint presentations directly to Google Slides. There are a few advantages to using Google Slides. Sometimes audio or video files do not work in PowerPoint when viewing the presentation on a different machine than it was created on. With Google Slides, those files are hosted online and are not lost from one machine to another.
Also, Google Slides makes it easy to collaborate and share presentations. Because all changes are made in real time and are immediately live to all the collaborators, I never have to wonder which is the most current version of my presentation. To open a new Google Slide presentation from my Google Drive I'm going to go to New, and then Goggle Slides. I can give my presentation a title by clicking on Untitled Presentation in the top. I can change the theme of my presentation by choosing an option from the themes menu down the right side of the screen.
Changing the theme will make changes to the color scheme and the fonts in my presentation. I can also change my theme later by going to Slide, and then Change Theme. If I have a graphic or object that I want to include as a part of my theme I can personalize my theme. I add the object to one slide in the presentation. I just insert the object that I wish to use as a part of my theme, and then right-click on it and go to Add to Theme.
I can then choose whether I want it to be a part of my master theme or just the title slide. I click on the one that I want, and it becomes a part of any existing or new slides that meet that criteria. A new presentation begins with only one slide. To add more slides, I can click on the Add Slide button in the top-left corner. If I click on the down arrow next to the Add Slide button I can choose from a range of layouts that work with my theme. Once a slide has been created, I can change the layout of that slide by going to the Slide menu, and then clicking on Apply layout.
From here, I can choose the layout I would like to switch my slide to. I can easily insert objects, such as Links, Photos, Animations, or Charts into my presentation by using the insert menu. Let's insert a video file. I can type in some keywords in the search box, and any video files on YouTube that match my search criteria will be displayed. I can preview the video right here in my presentation.
- [Narrator] Sea turtles have been swimming in the world-- - [Instructor] And, if I decide I want to use it I can then click select. If I have a link to a YouTube video I can also go to Insert Video, click on URL, and enter that actual link. Unfortunately, YouTube is the only option that works within Google Slides at this time. If I have a Vimeo video, or a video from another site that I wish to use, I would need to insert a link to the video instead of embedding it into my presentation.
If I have a video on my computer hard drive I would need to upload that to YouTube before I could use it in my presentation. From the tools menu, I have the option to do some research, or to look something up in the dictionary directly from my presentation. Google Slides makes it easy to create a high quality presentation that I can access from anywhere.
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