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


  • 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

Transform Google Notes Into Interactive

I’m a K-12 Teaching Assistant assigned to Middle School. My position pushes me into several content areas to support students. One of the expectations of my position is to supply supplemental notes for the students. I use Google Drive to share my notes via content area folders with my Special Education Teacher Partners. This delivers the notes synchronously to my partner.

This year I discovered it is easiest to use a Google Slide to share notes. I use one presentation for each new month. If my notes contain 8.5″ x 11″ worksheets then I link out to another Google slide presentation with a page setup for this dimension. My main Google Note sharing presentation uses the custom page setup of 11″ by 8.5″ This makes it possible for my Teacher Partners to print a page if needed. Sometimes the landscape style notes can be easily converted into a study interactive the teachers can use with students during resource room, study hall or etc…


Easy Manipulative

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 It is easy as pie to convert your notes into a manipulative by pulling the answers off to the side of the layout area.

Typing and Handwriting Supplemental Notes

Part of my position as a MS K-12 Teaching Assistant is maintaining supplemental notes for the students. Technology along with Google Drive has made it possible to maintain electronic notes for the students. Obviously I can take notes in Google Doc by typing. However sometimes it is necessary to draw the notes. The Google Doc tool bar allows you to insert a drawing where the scribble tool is located. If you click on the line symbol in Google Drawing a drop down list will appear. The bottom of the drop down list is where the scribble tool is housed. The scribble tool allows you to handwrite or draw on the Google Doc.

Write on Google doc