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.

Changing Bullet Defaults in Google Slides

Love when users help community question transforms into a helpful tutorial. Earlier this afternoon a Google Slides user inquired about changing bullet defaults. Changing bullet defaults can be a timesaver for both graphic designers as well as students. Sometimes it is helpful to guide others and show them how to use timesaving fun tools for designing purposes. Following is the video tutorial I ended up creating to help the Google Slides user.

Adding Emoticons to Google Slides Comments

Emoticons in Google Comments

Sometimes young and adolescent students respond best to visuals along with simple text. This is why adding emoticons may be useful when making helpful comments on students Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and etc… It is amazing the difference a simple thumbs up or smiley face may make when a student views a comment from a teacher or teaching assistant. Using “Chatspeak” or “Text-Speak” are two different methods young people of today use when digitally communicating with each other. It is this reason why using an emoticons or text-speak for a comment makes sense. You might find a young person may respond to this form of communicating much faster than a long windy comment.

Please note the following tips for adding emoticons to a comment on a Google Doc, Slides, Drawings, or etc… In a Google Doc, Slide, Drawings, Sheet Comment  you can’t just string together characters to form emoticons. What I do is use one of two following workarounds to add emoticons to comments. First one is to use Google’s insert character tool from within the doc, slide or etc.. Insert an emotion into the text area followed by copying and pasting into a comment. The second work-around I use is copying and pasting emoticons from the following website “Twitter Symbols”. Both methods are very easy to use and well worth the positive response you may receive from the students.

Auto-Highlighting Text with Slides

A teacher in the help forums wanted to know how to automatically highlight vocabulary words in a presentation. This is easily done by inserting a shape, changing the transparency and adding animation. If you are looking to highlight each word as a student reads the presentation slide deck this is possible to do. It is a matter of setting the timing of the animation to appear after the prior or upon click.

STEPS for Auto-Highlighting

  1. Insert and Select Shape
  2. Choose the Rectangle
  3. Drag to Size Shape
  4. Click “Fill Color” Paint Bucket
  5. Select Yellow or color of choice
  6. Click “Fill Color” Again
  7. Select Custom
  8. Drag the Slider on the Right Downward
  9. Click Line Color, Select Transparent
  10. Click Shape, Select Insert
  11. Click Animate
  12. Select Animation Type
  13. Drag Speed Slider
  14. Click Play

Ooo! Smashing Google Slides w/Poll Everywhere…

There I was designing a Google workshop about supporting SPED Students. In my workshops I like to include learning activities for both engagement and assessment reason. This was when I discovered the Poll Everywhere Extension for Google Slides. The Poll Everywhere extension transforms a Google Slide into several different group activities. In my workshop I’m going to tryout both the multiple choice polling activity and the cloud generator.

I found Poll Everywhere to be very easy to integrate and use with a Google Slide. One thing to note when installing the you must register for a Poll Everywhere account. As an Educator I chose the “Free” version, and am extremely happy! I like

Using Poll Everywhere w/Google Slides