Google announced a new feature and I am ecstatic. You now can add videos directly from your Google Drive! They don’t have to be on YouTube!!! (If you’re on a school Google account, this feature may not be available just yet depending on how your administrator has set up for rolling out new features. Just give it a week or two. You’ll know because when you click on Insert>Video there will be a choice that says Google Drive.)
This means we can add listening or speaking activities to our Google Slides via videos!!
- Create a video using a device. This might be easiest on a phone, but you can use any device. (I did the example on my phone. I covered up the camera, but you can also just point to a nice picture.)
- Upload this to your Google Drive. (You’ll need the Google Drive app on your phone.) Make sure you set the permissions to anyone with the link can view – not sure if this will automatically fix itself if you share in Google Classroom, but why take a chance.
- Create your slide and insert it.
Why would we want to do this? Endless awesome reasons.
- Differentiation- Give students different slightly different directions or a slightly different task. Give a baseline version and a challenge version. Example for clothes- have a #authres of some clothes choices. In different videos ask them what they would wear to a party, to the beach, for a wedding. Or describe what someone has chosen to wear to one of those places and ask the students if it was an appropriate choice and to explain. Or give them a different amount to spend and have them say what they would buy. They can write their answers or discuss.
- Choice- Students love choices for tasks.
- Working with a story? Put some images and then tell different stories and have students move the images around to match what you’re saying. Or change the story slightly and have them react.
- I can’t stop thinking of ways this can be used!