This post is about using audio in Google slides; or – to be precise – the reasons you might want to use audio in your slides.
You can watch the video or read the post (it is the transcript of the video).
Topics covered in this post:
Other posts about Google Slides you might be interested in:
- How to insert audio into Google Slides? Video and step by step tutorial.
- How to play Audio in Google Slides in editing and presenter mode
- How to test your slides before publishing to the web?
- How to share your google slides with audience? Publishing and embedding slides.
Video about audio in Google slides
Google Slides – your secret weapon
Google Slides can be your secret eLearning or communication weapon – it is capable of being so much more than just a presentation tool. You can use it in very creative ways in your classroom, online training, or interacting with your audience and making the whole experience more dynamic!
You can make your slides more engaging, and interactive by applying a few different tactics – using multimedia such as video or audio, or encouraging learners to ask questions, to name a few.
This post will talk you through the reasons for using audio in slides and give you some practical examples.
You can find out more about other things possible with Google slides such as embedding video into your Google Slides, Google Slides Q&A functionality in my other posts.
Reasons and scenarios for using audio in Google slides
Adding audio is a great way to keep your slides and as a result – the learning experience more engaging and personalised. Your learners or audience can benefit from hearing your voice and the story you tell. Adding audio allows you to emphasise essential or tricky aspects of the topic that you teach, ask questions or even give feedback. Below are some most common reasons and scenarios for using audio in Google slides:
Narration or slides voice-over:
this is a very basic approach – you can use audio as a substitute for narrating your slides during the lecture. Talk learners through slides. You are already trying to tell a story with your slides. You are already trying to tell a story with your slides. Use audio to bring your storytelling to the next level.
- Background music:
you can use audio to set the tone or a mood. Imagine you are teaching meditation – how about adding a piece of calming music to play in the background?
- Asking questions:
use audio to start a conversation. Ask a question that learners need to answer or simply prompt learners in a particular direction.
- Asynchronous conversation:
audio allows for a more personal discussion using the asynchronous conversation. You can use audio to give feedback and answers. Let learners ask questions (e.g. via Q&A functionality explained in one of my previous posts). You can then answer them using audio. You also can try to engage students – ask students to record audio to reflect on something or give evidence of collaborative work and include these pieces for everyone to access and listen.
- Pronunciation, speech, voice training:
using audio can be successfully used in teaching languages, drama or singing.
- Describing images and diagrams:
if you use complex diagrams or pictures that require pages of text to be explained, you can consider adding audio snippets to describe them in simple, plain language.
If you want to learn more about the Google Slides, check out my Google Slides mini-series on Youtube (make sure to subscribe to get notifications about new videos).
You can also express your interest in Google Slides for education and communication boot camp I am designing. This course is perfect for beginner to intermediate users to take their skills to the next level and become a Google Slides Ninja!
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