Collaborative Class Podcast

In the next couple of weeks, I will be visiting a couple of humanities classes to help students take their written work and convert it into spoken language. Teachers are asking students to create a podcast episode to what will turn out to be a full class podcast. The 9th grade humanities teachers, Mrs. Devito, Mrs. McDermott, & Mrs. Kenney, want to be able to hear their students share their thoughts and tone. Another history teacher, Mrs. Gaudreau, wants to have her students interview a grandparent, or a friend of the family, to get their perspective of what life was like in a particular era. I am excited for the fact that for many of the students, this will be a new skill/task. They aren’t ‘just’ submitting another google doc or another slide presentation. They are learning how to share their knowledge or ideas in a different fashion.


In both of these scenarios, students will be using WeVideo to create their audio track (our school has the paid version of WeVideo). Students will have the ability to record right in WeVideo or upload a recording from their mobile devices into WeVideo. Once audio clips are stitched together, students will share their final recording on their own slide, in the class google slide. The gif below gives you an idea what it will eventually look like. Big shout out to Slides Mania for providing great templates to pull from. It truly is much appreciated. Click HERE to view in a different window.

Why WeVideo?

  • We needed a tool where students didn’t have to record all in one shot.
  • We wanted the ability for students to add sound bite/interludes.
  • We needed a tool that would allow for a range podcast length.
  • We also pay for the service.

Why Google Slides?

  • We wanted a space where students can provide a link for others to access.
  • We wanted a space for students to provide a photo and short description of the episode.
  • We wanted a space that easily allows for collaboration.


In other to help support students, this resource has been created for students to help them throughout their podcast journey. Students are able to select the square they have questions on. The hope here is that students can quickly navigate to get the answers they need. There is a section on how to alter their own slides as well as how to use WeVideo to their advantage. (I like the look of the slide – got some inspiration from Amanda Sandoval).

I look forward to seeing how the class podcasts turn out. If you have any questions on how you can use this with your own students, you know where to find me.

And that is my Spiel…

Day 6 of Google 2019 – Google Slides & Audio

Screen Shot 2019-12-01 at 6.54.26 AMThe sixth day of Google focuses on how you can use Google Slides for podcasting or having background audio playing while presenting.

Audio in Slides

For several months, Google has been promising the ability to insert audio files in Google Slides. Have no fear, the time is finally here.

To insert an audio file, go to the ‘Insert’ menu, followed by ‘Audio’. Select the audio file from your Google Drive. You will notice that you are only able to insert audio files that live in your Google Drive. They must also have a file type of .mp3. If you have an mp4 file, you will not be able to upload to a slide.

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Day 5 of Google 2019 – Google Slides

Screen Shot 2019-12-01 at 6.53.11 AM.pngOn this day fifth of Google, we will take a deeper dive into Google Slides ( Some new features recently came out when presenting from a presentation that are definitely worth the mention.


Closed Captioning

Last year, Google incorporated closed captioning when a presentation is in present mode. To turn on this feature, select the caption icon in the presentation tool bar. Remember, there won’t be a transcript after from what was said. The computer listens to your voice and projects the words in real time and then it goes away. You now have the ability to move the captioning up to the top of the screen as well as increase the size of the text. This way attendees can fully see the text on the screen.


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