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Cool new Google Slides video functionality!

You’ll want to share these tips with both teachers and students.  Google Slides recently added some new functionality for working with video.  Slides has become my go-to presentation platform for the easy ability to collaborate and build with others and for its portability.
If, like me, you regularly use Slides as a platform for presenting, teaching or for sharing student projects, these new video features will come in mighty handy.Check out my little video tutorial.

Here’s a review of what’s new:

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Thing #1: You can bring videos in from your Google Drive. For some time we’ve been able to embed videos into Slides from YouTube. But videos, especially videos for kids, live in other sources, particularly our own Google Drives and so do our own home-made and student-made video files.

And by either right clicking on a video or choosing Video Options:

Thing #2: You can cue the video to begin and end at times of your choice.  For flipped instruction, or instruction of any type, this so beautifully streamlines getting students to exactly where they need to be in a video.

Thing #3: You can also remove audio from video–play on mute.

Thing #4: You can set up videos so they run automatically–in autoplay when in presentation mode.

So, the fact that you can cue clips and run the videos on autoplay makes your slideshow a little bit more video-like. Imagine running a collection of student-produced videos.

 

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza

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