Tuesday, March 28, 2023

How to Use Microsoft Designer

Microsoft Designer is a new AI-powered tool that enables users to quickly generate many variations of a graphic design with just a few clicks. The purpose of Microsoft Designer is to give you a gallery of designs based on your input. You can then choose the design that you like best to download and use in your projects. In short, it's kind of like having a graphic designer present you with a bunch of options to pick from.

To use Microsoft Designer you simply log-in then choose the type of project you're designing (social media post, slides, or other). Then you state the goal of your project. Finally, upload a picture to use in your design and Microsoft Designer will generate a bunch of graphic designs for you. Watch my short vide that is embedded below to see how Microsoft Designer works. 

Video - How to Use Microsoft Designer

Applications for Education
Microsoft Designer could be a good tool for improving your own graphics to use in your classroom handouts. It could also be a great way for students to improve their own graphics much like the PowerPoint design suggestions do.

How to Add Audio to Google Slides

Last week I was looking through my YouTube Studio analytics when I noticed that one of the most-searched phrases was "add audio to Google Slides." I took that as a sign that it was time to create a new video about how to add audio to Google Slides. So that's exactly what I did. 

In my new video that is embedded below I demonstrate how to add audio to Google Slides. The demonstration includes the reminder that you have to add the audio to your Google Drive account before you can add it into your slides. In the video I also feature Pixabay's music collection as a good place to find free music to use in your presentations. 

Video - How to Add Audio to Google Slides

On a related note, watch this video to make sure that you avoid three mistakes that are frequently made when using audio in Google Slides.

Video - Three Google Slides Audio Mistakes to Avoid

Check out my guide to finding media for classroom projects for even more places to find free audio for your Google Slides presentations. 

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