Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Video Puppet Turns Your PowerPoint Presentations Into Narrated Videos

Video Puppet is a new tool that you can use to quickly turn your PowerPoint presentations into narrated videos. If you have less than twenty slides in your presentation you don't even need to create an account on the site to turn your slides into a narrated video.

To use Video Puppet simply head to the site and click "create a video." You'll have the option to upload a set of PowerPoint slides or upload a written transcript. After you upload your slides you can customize your video by choosing the voice that you want to narrate your video, background music, and the aspect ratio of your video. When your video is done you can download it to post on your favorite video sharing sites or just save it in your favorite cloud storage service.

Applications for Education
Video Puppet could be a good tool to use to quickly create some short instructional videos from your existing PowerPoint slides. Google Slides users, don't forget that you can download your slides as PPT files that you could then use in Video Puppet.

Before you try Video Puppet for the first time you should know that it works best with slides that have speaker notes including in them.

How to Use Google Forms With Students Who Don't Have Email Addresses

This afternoon someone Tweeted at me at to ask how elementary school students who don't have active email addresses can view the results of quizzes that they take in Google Forms. There are three ways that that can be accomplished. I made a new video to demonstrate how those methods work.

In the following video you can see how you can create quizzes in Google Forms and how your students can see their results even if they don't have active email addresses.

Five highlights of the video:
  • Quiz settings that let students instantly see their results. 
  • Using Flubaroo to distribute quiz grades via Google Drive even if a student doesn't have an active email address. 
  • Creating and distributing quizzes through Google Classroom. 
  • Returning quiz grades to students via Google Classroom. 
  • Student view of their quiz grades in Google Classroom. 

Watch the video below for an overview of Google Forms question types.

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