What No Special Voice to Text Tool?

Due to neuromuscular spine issues, my fingers sometimes do their own thing when typing on a Google Slide. I find using voice to text instead to be a valuable support. One challenge I have is a Google Slide’s voice to text tool is limited to the speaker notes section. Despite this limitation, it is still possible to use voice typing for designing the canvas area of a slide. 

One popular method is to use voice typing in the notes section. Then to copy and paste the notes section text onto the Google Slide canvas. If a person has a small motor or cognitive challenges, copying and pasting may be frustrating. Instead, I like to use my smartphone or a tablet device to voice type into a text box on Google Slides. 

Quite a few mobile devices come with a voice to text capability. If you need to install an APP for voice to text, try  GBoard by Google keyboard.  Note you may also need to install the Google Slide APP onto the mobile device. It is handy that more than one device may use the Google Slide from one account. I find it helpful to talk into the phone or tablet and watch the type appear on a bigger screen. Doing this makes it easier visually to check grammar or spelling errors on a bigger screen. Using voice to text for typing may unlock doors for many different people from young to old.

Three Reasons to Use Slides for Video Note-Taking

School project research is evolving due to the rapid advancement of the digital world. Recently I asked a student, “Where do you go first to look for research information?” The response was, “I look for a video on YouTube.” Coincidently the same day I noticed some new updates in Google Slides & Keep integration which may help the student become a more efficient video note taker.

The first benefit of using Google Slides to take video notes is its ability to embed YouTube videos. You may be asking, “Why is it necessary to embed the video into a slide?” Following is my 3 Simple Reasons for using Google Slides to take video notes.

  1. It limits distractions such as ads and the listing for other video choices. The videos are viewable in edit mode.
  2. Google Keep may be open alongside the slide where the video is embedded. Keep allows the students to pause and take notes while viewing the video without toggling between tabs.
  3. Student will expand upon their ideas by adding a new slide to the deck. Keep notes are easily dragged onto a slide making it easy to add details.

How to Embed a YouTube Video

  1. Open a Google Slide
  2. Click Insert
  3. Select Video
  4. Choose between “Search YouTube”, “By URL” or “From Drive”
  5. Click  Blue Select Button

Open Keep & Take Notes

  1. Click Keep Icon (Right Side of Slide Canvas)
  2. Give the Note a Title
  3. Click Take a Note

NOTE:

  • Click Video to Play
  • Click Pause to Stop Video

Add Keep Note to New Slide

  1. Click Slide
  2. Select New Slide
  3. In Crumb Bin Click Keep Note More Settings
  4. Select Add to Slide

Annotating with Doc Files & Keep

One of the questions I often hear is, “How can students annotate math notes without a whiteboard?” My answer is, “When using Google APPS it’s not a problem!” There is a hidden gem called Google Keep housed in Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Sheets. Google Keep provides a whiteboard where students can draw and write fluidly with one finger or a stylus. When the student finishes white-boarding all they have to do is drag the image onto the file. The Keep image allows the student to provide supporting details.

Open Keep Whiteboard

Click Keep

  • Click Open in New Tab Icon

Open in New Tab

  • Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing

cliick Pencil

Annotate with Color

  1. Open Keep Drawing
  2. Double Click a Pen
  3. Select Color and Pen Tip Size
  4. Start Drawing

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Drag Image onto a Google File

  1. Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
  2. Click Keep Icon 
    1. Located on Right-side
  3. Drag Keep Image onto file

Drag image

 

Using Reminders to Support Student’s Organizational Skills

I have heard “Google Keep” referred to as one of the hidden G Suite Treasures. One of the the useful tools in Google Keep is the ability to set reminders. Reminders support students with remembering and internalizing important happenings throughout their busy day.

When a Google Keep reminder is set it appears as a reminder notification on both Google Keep and Google Calendar. On the date and time  for the reminder a pop-out window appears across synced devices alerting the user to check the Google Keep Note. Reminder alert students to check a Google Calendar or Keep Note for assignment “Due Dates” and important activities.

Click here to Open Google KEEP Reminders Tutorial

 

Backing Up Keep Notes it’s a Breeze…

Teachers and students who use Google Keep to maintain notes and organized to-do list do not have to worry about losing this information. Recently I had a user ask this question in the Google Docs Forum. The user wanted a way to backup a group of  Keep Notes easily on a regular basis. What I suggested was using the “Copy to Doc” tool as a work-around.  This allows the user to select all the notes in one label or on the opening page.

Directions for Backing Up Keep Notes

  • Open Google Keep
  • Click and Drag until all Notes are Selected

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  • Click More More
  • Select Copy to Google Docs

Keep-Click-&-Select

  • Click Open Doc

Click Open Doc

NOTES:

  • This creates a Google Doc with all the list notes, Images, drawings and etc…
  • There are a variety of applications for using the Copy to Google Docs setting
  • This is not the only way to copy a Keep Note to a Doc

Well as you may guess this small little post just may lead into more future tiny tip posts!