Monday, April 3, 2017

How to Download Google Slides as Images

In the course of designing and building a great slide presentation, you may find that you have some slides that make great stand-alone graphics for things like posters, flyers, and social media posts. There is an easy way to download those slides as JPEG and PNG images. That process is demonstrated in my video below.

Applications for Education
If your students are already familiar with the design tools in Google Slides, have them use those tools to create graphics for flyers and collages rather than muddying the water with yet another web tool.

How to Create an Audio Slideshow in YouTube

This morning I received the following question in an email:

You shared how to add sound to Google Slides. Is there a way to add music as background throughout a slide presentation? I have a teacher who is having her students create a slideshow about the Great Depression and would like music to play as students' work is being presented. Is that even possible?

Unfortunately, I haven't figured out a way to make music play continuously through all of the slides in Google Slides. However, YouTube's audio slideshow tool will let you play music in the background while all of your images play. Watch the video below to learn how to do that.

It should be noted that the annotations feature that is demonstrated in the video above will be removed from YouTube at the end of this month. If you want to include text in the images shown in your audio slideshow, I'd recommend creating Google Slides then downloading them as images to use in your YouTube audio slideshow.

Jeopardy Rocks Now As Factile - Jeopardy & Flashcards

A couple of years ago I featured Jeopardy Rocks. Recently, Jeopardy Rocks changed its name to Factile and added some more features.

At its core Factile is a free platform for creating Jeopardy-style game boards to use in your classroom. Factile lets you create games and save them in your account to use whenever you need them. When you create your game you can include images in the answer display. One of the new features is a gallery of templates for creating games. You can browse the template gallery and make copies of the ones that you want to use in your classroom.

The Jeopardy games in Factile are designed to be played by teams in your classroom. You control the board and award points when students answer correctly.

Factile's newest feature provides an option for creating flashcards out of your game questions. To use the flashcard mode just select that option instead of "play" when you load a game.

Applications for Education
The new flashcard mode in Factile could be good for students to use before you play a Jeopardy game with the whole class. Of course, the game gallery could prove to helpful to those of us short on time to create a review game from scratch.