Google Slides is one of the preferred tools today to create online presentations. The cloud-based platform, accessible online and free of charge, makes it one of the preferred tools for educators.
Here we present some features of Google Slides that in many cases go unnoticed but that can be very useful when editing or creating presentations.
1. Shortcut URL to create presentations
You can create presentations in many ways, by accessing slides.google.com and clicking on the new presentation, or through Google Slides. Another interesting way to create presentations is with a direct URL.
This is very useful if we want to add a bookmark in our browser so that when we click, we can open a presentation in Blaco and start editing it.
2. Insert YouTube Videos
A particular feature of Google Slides is the ability to insert videos into presentations. While PowerPoint also allows you to insert videos, Google Slides is much easier when it comes to YouTube videos and when it comes to avoiding incompatibilities with the formats or environments where the presentation is used (in PowerPoint we were used to when sending a file with video to another person, this had to have the right codecs and in some cases incompatibilities of the system are generated).
To insert a YouTube video in Google Slides, just go to the Insert -> Video menu and then write the URL of the YouTube video.
3. Activate Questions and Answers (Q & A)
By submitting a Google Slides presentation, we can activate the Ask Questions (Q & A) option. Google Slides will give us a link that we can share with the audience or with the students if it is presentations to be done in class. Whoever uses this link from their devices can easily ask questions that will appear in the speaker view.
The questions can be anonymous or have a first and last name, and once they have been made, they will appear in the list of questions. Other users can vote the most interesting questions and this will make those who receive more votes appear in first position. Then the presenter can review the questions and answer them. Once the presentation is finished, you can see the history of questions and answers through the Tools menu.
4. Google Slides Templates for Education
The tool already has Google Slides templates that can be used to gain time when creating a presentation. They have styles and colors that give a unique design to the presentation, and save time. There are also other sites that provide google slide free templates.
5. Compose speaker notes with voice
The functionality of writing through voice allows Google Slides to write the notes with our voice. The browser will ask us for authorization to use the microphone. Then, we can select the language in which we will speak, and Google Slides will convert the voice into text.
The voice will be recognized and converted to text that will be inserted in the speaker notes (Speaker Notes).