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.
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.
- It limits distractions such as ads and the listing for other video choices. The videos are viewable in edit mode.
- 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.
- 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
- Open a Google Slide
- Click Insert
- Select Video
- Choose between “Search YouTube”, “By URL” or “From Drive”
- Click Blue Select Button
Open Keep & Take Notes
- Click Keep Icon (Right Side of Slide Canvas)
- Give the Note a Title
- Click Take a Note
- Click Video to Play
- Click Pause to Stop Video
Add Keep Note to New Slide
- Click Slide
- Select New Slide
- In Crumb Bin Click Keep Note More Settings
- Select Add to Slide
It always amazes me when I hear someone say, “Something is wrong with this program!” “My shape, image, & text keep disappearing!” I always enjoy the look of amazement when restoring the item by moving an image through the layer levels. Layers allow users to move shapes, images or texts backwards and forwards through the layers.
Directions for Ordering Layers
- Click Shape to Select (blue box appears around image)
- Click Arrange in Toolbar
- Select Order
- Click one of the following:
- Bring to Front
- Bring Forward
- Send Backward
- Send to Back
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 Open in New Tab Icon
- Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing
Annotate with Color
- Open Keep Drawing
- Double Click a Pen
- Select Color and Pen Tip Size
- Start Drawing
Drag Image onto a Google File
- Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
- Click Keep Icon
- Located on Right-side
- Drag Keep Image onto file
The artist within me absolutely enjoys timesaving design tools found within Google Slides, and Drawings. Aligning multiple objects or images on a page is quick and easy. In a matter of seconds an image, shape or text may be centered both horizontally and vertically. If gaining back time in your day is important then trying this tip just may be helpful to you.
Arrange Tool Directions
- Open a Google Drawing or Google Slide
- Click Image (blue square appears)
- In toolbar Click Arrange
- Select Center on page
- Select & Group Objects (blue square appears)
- Click Arrange
- Select Align