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in today's video I'm going to give you a

complete overview of Google slides and

everything you can do on that platform

so let's dive into it with another

flipped classroom tutorial hi my name is

siti and welcome back to the channel

where we make educational technology

easy for you now everyone within gee

suite accounts but also everyone with a

personal gmail account has access to

Google slides now Google slides as

Google's answer to a presentation

software and it's increasingly powerful

now many features have been added over

the past few years and months and many

more are coming out as we speak

so let's go ahead and have a look at

just exactly what you can do in Google

slides and what is not available in

Google slides at the moment first things

first let's create a Google slides now

there's a number of different ways to do

that you can either go to your Google

Drive and that's where you then create a

new slide by either right-clicking

adding a new slide or by clicking on

that big plus new icon once you've done

that you select Google slides another

way of creating a new slide show is by

using one of the URL shortcuts so you

can just go into the omnibox and type

slides dot new for slide dot new if that

will open up a new slide show now once

you've got your slide show there's a

number of things that you'll have to do

first first things first let's title our

slides so you can click at the top play

you can change the title once you've

done that you're going to want to check

where on your Google Drive your slide is

going to live because at the moment it

lives in your my drive space so if you

are a little bit unorganized then you're

going to be losing this file very soon

so what you want to do is you want to

click on that little folder icon next to

the name once you've done that you can

specify which folder you want this

slideshow to live in go ahead and do

that and then if you are still working

on this slide there is one more thing

you can do to make it easy for you to

find this slide and let's turn on the

star once it's starred in your drive you

can then find this file by going to your

starred files once you're done editing

remove the star and there's no longer a

shortcut to this file now upon opening

up your slide show you'll see that there

is 8 themes browse

that opens up as well let's say that you

don't see this browser well then you can

find it by going into the slide menu and

at the bottom you will see change theme

now there's a number of standard themes

available and these just come with

Google slides and what you can do is you

can simply select one of these and

automatically all your fonts your

different slide types your different

designs are going to be pushed out and

you can start using these so we've now

selected our first theme and we have our

first slide so let's go ahead and type

in and demo and then as subtitle I'm

going to be putting flipped tutorials

calm now you can choose your own title

or subtitle and you could even just

leave out the titles by deleting these

text boxes now these text boxes are part

of this theme or templates that you have

been presented now let's say that you

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want to add a second slide well then

you're going to be going to the side and

there's a plus icon there that you can

click on when you click on that a blank

slide shows up however if you want a

little bit more control over what your

next slide looks like make sure that you

navigate to the drop down arrow that a

drop down arrow allows you to select any

of the preset slides within this theme

or templates once you've selected the

one that you would like to use go ahead

and click on it and that slide will now

appear in your slide show now let's go

back to that first slide and let's see

if there's another way of adding a slide

we can go to the menu at the top where

it says slide and here we can also add a

slide however as before when you use

that menu at the top and you add a new

slide it is automatically the default

blank slide so make sure that you use

that drop down arrow and that you can

select the slides that you really want

to use in your slide show next is doing

some basic editing now our slideshow

allows us to add different elements we

can add shapes we can add text boxes we

can add in graphs and all other types of

contents now the way we do that is by

navigating to our insert menu now here

you will see that we can insert an image

we can insert video and all other types

of content now the first one I'm going

to be looking at it's image so go ahead

and click on image and then we're going

to use the built in search

functionality now the reason we do that

is because this really saves us time and

it helps your students from not being

all over the place and have lots of

different tabs open you can have an

image search from within your slideshow

so you can quickly get on with your work

and when you click on search you're

going to have that sidebar open up where

it says search for images now you will

note there's a little disclaimer there

and these are images that have been

labeled okay for reuse that means that

you can use these in your classroom and

your students can use these and you

don't have to worry about using images

that you should not be using it is also

a safe search which means that your

students are a lot safer using the

built-in search within Google Sites

rather than a standard Google search now

let's go ahead and search for an image

of a tiger now I'm going to be looking

for a photograph of a tiger and I want

to add it onto my slide so now that I

have a photograph I'm going to click on

this and then I'm going to press that

insert button now at the top the first

one that you'll notice is that there is

a format button so when you click on

that format button you can change the

size of your image you can change its

position you can even add some recolor

and special effects to this image but

for the sake of this demonstration we're

going to leave everything as it is and

instead of editing our image I'm going

to use something called the explore

button now the explore button is

incredibly useful in Google slides to

save time so what you're going to do is

you're going to add all the content you

want to use onto a single slide and once

you've done that click on that Explorer

button now the explore button is

automatically going to read and

interpret all the content on your slide

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and suggest a number of different

layouts using these different layouts

I'm going to select one that I quite

like and then we're going to change that

on to our slideshow now you could easily

do this for every single slide and just

have your students play around with the

explore button now instead of wasting

time moving images around and resizing

them and changing the font colors and

everything else you can have them add

their content and at the end go through

the explore button then they have a

presentable presentation ready for you

to enjoy in the classroom now I have a

look at the bottom now these are your

speaker notes this is where you can add

your bullet points or all the things

that you have to say

as you're presenting the slideshow now

these will not be viewable to the

audience and they are only viewable to

you the presenter now in order for you

to see these you have to present in a

slightly different way now at the top

you'll note that there is a present

button and when I click on that button

what I see is what my audience sees so

that is a standard presenting however I

can also click on the drop down arrow

and I can use the presenter view now the

presenter view will give me a preview of

all the coming slides it also gives me

my speaker notes that this opens up in a

second window which means that if you

have multiple displays or if you have an

external display attached to your device

then you can use this to present and

already prepare for that coming slide

this is very similar to other

presentation software but it's often

overlooked in Google slides now the

other thing I really like about this

presenter view is that you have a timer

that a timer helps you to stay on time

and often when giving a presentation you

have a very limited amount of time to

speak so this helps you to stay on track

you also have some audience tools now

when you click on audience tools and

again you have to be in presenter view

to see these you can have a Q&A so what

you can do then is you can actually

prompt your audience with a question and

you can start receiving some answers as

well you can also get questions from

your audience at random and then reply

to them as the presenter this is a great

way of having a curated back channel now

when you click on start an extra bar

will appear on your slideshow and people

can go to that URL to prompt and ask

their questions you can then answer or

reply to these questions you can also

turn off the Q&A at any given time I've

used this in the classroom as a

back-channel or simply as an anonymous

way of getting some questions about

what's going on in the classroom I've

also used it when presenting to larger

groups to get some participation from

the group this is another function

within Google slides and it's incredibly

useful but very few people actually know

about it so go ahead and have a go at

using these audience participation tools

and let me know in that comment section

below how it went now back to the editor

now you will note that I have three

slides here and

I'm ready to give my presentation

however for this particular group I do

not need that second slide I don't want

it to show up as I'm presenting so what

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I can do is I can temporarily skip this

slide the way you do that is you

right-click on the slide that you would

like to have skipped and then you're

going to select skip slide now when I'm

presenting this slide is going to be

skipped I won't see it I won't even know

it's there however when you stay and

remain in the edit view as some people

do when they're presenting then you will

still see this slide in the left hand

side on to the second type of media or

object that you can insert in that same

video now the reason I want to show you

how to insert a video onto a Google

slides is because you can use the power

of YouTube and you get some additional

features that are not available on many

of the other platforms now the main one

that I use in my classroom is these

start and end time so let's go ahead and

go to the insert menu then select video

and again we're prompted with this

search we're going to search for Tigers

and then we're going to insert that

video now as you can see this is a very

long video and obviously I'm not going

to be using the entire video in my

classroom I only want a 10 second

snippet let's say that I want second 10

all the way up to second 20 and then I

wanted automatically stopped I also do

not want any sound or any other

distractions that are distracting my

students as I'm teaching my lesson so

what we're going to do is we're going to

click on our video and then we're going

to go into our format options here we

now have the video playback options and

within those video playback options we

can select a start time and end time we

can automatically start playing this as

the slides opens up and we can mute the

audio so that's exactly what we're going

to do now we're going to start the video

at 10 seconds and our video at 20

seconds and then we're going to

automatically play it and mute the audio

now what you will see is as you're

presenting this video starts playing it

automatically stops the audio is muted

and you don't have to worry about any

further distractions this is incredibly

useful you can use this for timers you

can use it for all sorts of content you

can even use this for some background


as you're doing a writing task in class

so make sure that you leave in that

comment section below how you are using

insert video what you think are some of

the added benefits of a start and end

time and also have you used any specific

type of videos in your lessons I would

love to hear that leave it in the

comment section and then scroll back up

to this video on your way up make sure

to hit that subscribe button so you can

see our future videos as well now let's

say that there are multiple people all

editing the same slideshow well then you

might want to start adding some version

information so you can have a version 1

version 2 version 3 of that same

slideshow where can you change that well

that's in your file menus when you go to

file you can scroll down and you can

find version history this is where you

can now name your version and then you

can change it as time progresses this

way you don't lose track of all the

changes you've made over time and you

can see improvements to that slideshow

so let's say that there is a

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presentation that you've given to

multiple groups and you've slightly

tweaked it each and every time you

presents what you can keep a record of

the previous versions and then you can

reflect back onto your work and improve

each and every time this is great when

you're working with students and you

want them to get used to that growth

mindset and you want to make sure that

they understand that it's okay to make

changes it's okay to make mistakes and

you learn from those mistakes the third

type of media that we can insert into

our slideshow is a chart now we can

either start from scratch and create a

new chart by going to insert charts and

then selecting one of those charts or we

can pull in a chart that has already

been made in a spreadsheet now this is a

very powerful way of doing it because

what we can do as we're pulling in these

charts is we can keep a link between the

two that means whenever our sheet is

updated the chart in our sheet is

updated then the chart on our slideshow

is updated this way you have the most

up-to-date version of your chart as you

insert a chart you'll see there is a

tick box you can tick this box or untick

the box to insert that chart once your

chart is there you can have your data

updated in the backend and your

slideshow will automatically adjust

itself now one thing that is quite

limited within the Google slides

ecosystem our DMM

patience now you can add some slide

animations and you simply go to insert

animation to do this and you can also

animate some of the objects such as text

and images by right-clicking on that

object and then selecting animate the

animations they're very limited they're

your basic fade in fade out and slide in

or out onto your slideshow now you can

choose when these animations take place

so you can choose whether they take

place with the previous after the

previous or on click again a very basic

don't expect any fancy animations as you

would in some of the other presentation

software then again Google slides

strength is in its simplicity and its

focus on getting work done so for your

students this might be exactly what you

want and you don't want them to get too

excited about all these different

animations and use the Google slides

platform as a way of presenting

themselves in a professional manner

without all the fancy animations now

let's say that you've finished a

presentation that you would like to have

it displayed on a computer now I've got

a number of computers in the back of my

room and what I do is I have a

presentation that runs through some of

the vocabulary we're using that week and

what happens then is this slideshow

automatically goes to the next slide and

I can tweak this from my master

slideshow the way I do that is by going

to publish to the web now if you want to

have a slideshow automatically

progressed to the next slide this is

going to be the way to do it now in

order for you to set this up you go to

file and then publish to web now once

you've published to the web you get a

special URL and this URL will be your

presentation that automatically goes

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from one slide to the other you can set

that time and you have a number of extra

options there that you can tweak once

you've done that your slideshow at this

URL will automatically reflect those

changes you can also unpublish the

website when you want to take it offline

altogether and then one more thing I

want to mention in this video that you

can do in Google slides that I think is

incredibly useful is you can copy slides

from one slideshow to another and retain

a link that means that as you edit

slide in one it automatically changes in

another so let's say that you have two

presentations so one is for a year's six

class the other for a year 7 class now

within those presentations there is one

slide that is the same for both now what

you can do is you can keep this linked

by simply copying it on the first slide

show pasting it into the second one and

selecting that you want to retain a link

what happens now is as I change that

first slide on my year 6 slideshow it

automatically changes in my year 7

slideshow this is great for those slides

that contain data or numbers that need

to be the same in every slideshow

regardless of the target group so what

you can do is you can keep that link

similar to the way that your charts can

stay linked to your spreadsheets I think

this is incredibly useful once a slide

is linked you can see an extra icon on

the left hand side that shows you that

there is a link you can also go into

your Tools menu and find out about all

the linked objects in your slideshow and

this will give you an overview of all

the linked charts tables and slides that

you have in this slideshow and then the

final thing I want to show you in this

video is how to link to slides so let's

say that you're adding a hyperlink on

your first page and you have an overview

of different student names now you want

to navigate to different slides

depending on the name you click on what

you can do is you highlight that name

and your right click once you've done

that you can click on link now this is

the way that you're going to link to

external websites but it's also how you

can link to slides within your slideshow

so here you can now select the relevant

slide that you want this word to be

linked to and that means as you're using

your presentation whenever you click on

that word or name it automatically skips

ahead to that slideshow now this is a

great for choose your own adventure

style games or even presentations where

students have inputs and then they are

getting the information depending on the

choices they've made on a previous slide

it takes a little bit of time setting up

but once it's set up it's incredibly

powerful and useful and great for

learning and revision now I hope you

found this video helpful if you did let

me know in that comment section below

which features are your favorite

features which ones would you like to

see added to Google slides and which

ones do you use all

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This is a complete overview of All the options and features of Google Slides. Slides is Google's answer to presentation Software. It's fast, cloud based, works offline and has some very useful features. Especially when tied into G Suite and used in the classrooms, Google Slides is not only a great platform for collaboration, its also a wonderful suite of tools that enables your students and teachers to quickly create a presentation that looks professional without wasting any time!

Check out the many available tools and features in this Complete Overview video. This complete Beginners and Advanced users Tutorial will show you everything you need to know about Google Slides!

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0:00 Intro
0:20 Who can get Slides?
0:45 How Do I create a new Slideshow? Different ways of creating the files.
1:05 URL Shortcut for New Slides
1:20 Name your File
1:30 Organize your files by selecting a folder
1:55 Star your files for easy work
2:13 What are Themes or Templates in Google Slides
3:04 How do I add a new Slide to Google Slides
3:15 Add a Slide with pre-arranged object and placeholders
4:00 What can we add to our Slides?
4:20 Insert and image into your Slide
4:25 Why use the built-in Search for insert image?
4:45 Insert with Safe Search
5:20 Format Images
5:40 Use the Explore function in Slides for easy design
6:34 Speaker Notes
6:45 How to see speaker note when presenting
7:00 What is different about the Presenter View in Slides?
7:30 Timers when presenting in Presenter View
7:43 Audience Tools
7:50 Q&A in Presenter view with Google Slides
8:15 Q&A as a back-channel
8:50 How to hide of Skip a slide
9:30 Insert Video from YouTube
9:50 Insert Video with Safe Search
10:00 Format Options for Start and End Times
10:30 Video Playback Options
11:30 Version History and Version Info
12:30 Insert a Chart from Scratch or Use charts from Spreadsheets
12:45 Keep your Chart Linked to have an up to date Chart
13:15 Animations and Transitions in Slides
14:20 How to Auto play a Presentation by Publishing the Slides
15:00 Auto advance the slides at a set time
15:20 Copy Slides from Presentation to Presentation and KEEP them LINKED
16:20 See all your linked objects
16:40 Link within the Slideshow to different Slides(Great for Choose your Own Adventure style Slideshows)
17:35 Don't forget to leave your favorites in the Comments and Let me know which feature is the one you use the most!

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  1. This is a helpful video. I'm studying to complete a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language and want to set up my first training video of the first 100 instant words and first 100 nouns most used in the English language for an A1 beginner level class.

  2. The demo for using google slides is excellent. I love the way each step is described, as in where on the screen to go to find a particular icon, etc. Very Helpful. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    ps I clicked on the bell and chose personalized notification; not sure if it worked.


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