Articles tagged "Google Slides"

Weekly post #63 - Turnitin’s AI writing detection capability and lots of Google Slides tips

Sneak preview of Turnitin’s AI writing and ChatGPT detection capability for Education

A live demo of Turnitin’s AI writing and ChatGPT detection capability from January →

[12 January 2023]

Speaker notes in Google Slides

Speaker notes in Google Slides

Speaker notes, in Google Slides, enable you to keep notes associated with each of your slides. These notes may help you remember the source of data and diagrams - or they may help you present a clear and structured presentation.

You will find them under each Slide canvas. You can click and drag on the top border to give more screen space to the notes.

View speaker notes while presenting Google Slides in Google Meet

You can now view your speaker notes within Google Meet.

Simply click the new speaker notes button in the Slides controls bar in Meet to display your speaker notes within the call. Present with greater confidence and engage with your audience without having to context switch between notes and slides.

Google Workspace Updates - View speaker notes while presenting Google Slides in Google Meet [12 January 2023]

How to print Google Slides with speaker notes

If you would like to print your Google Slides with the speaker notes →

  1. → File
  2. → Print Preview
  3. Choose the configuration you would like.
  4. Click Print.

Weekly post #50 – Remote for Slides, Pageless Documents, Mote for Forms and turning old computers into Chromebooks

Chrome Extension suggestion - Remote for Slides

This is a really interesting find by a colleague of mine.

Install the Chrome Extension, open a Google Slides deck, visit on your phone and then enter a 6 digit code. Now you have a remote for Google Slides. What I really like is that you can see your 'speaker notes' on your phone.

Google Documents - Pageless page setup

If you have no plans to print a Google Document you are creating - why do you need to have it set up with a page like appearance?

Google has recently introduced the ability to change the page setup to 'Pageless'.

Set up your Google Doc so that it continuously scrolls without page breaks. In this setting, images will adjust to your screen size, and you can create wide tables and view them by scrolling left and right. Line breaks for text will also adjust to your screen size, and as you zoom in and out.
  1. On your computer, open a document in Google Docs.
  2. Go to File and then Page setup.
  3. At the top of the dialog window, select Pages or Pageless.
  4. Click OK to confirm.

Read more here → - Change a document’s page setup: pages or pageless

Turn an old laptop into a Chromebook

If you have an old computer that is struggling it may be possible to turn this device into a Chromebook using Chrome OS Flex.

If you have an old laptop and would like to give this a try - please let me know and we can explore the possibilities together.

Using Mote with Google Forms

Mote gives us the ability to easily leave audio based feedback. This ability isn't confined to Google Documents. Mote has capabilities in Google Slides, Gmail, Google Sites, Google Classroom and Google Forms.

Check out the video above for some ideas on how to use Mote with Google Forms. Basically you can use Mote to record audio questions and then any user, with Mote enabled, will be able to record an audio response.

If you are interested in using Mote as an educator or even broader with your class - please get in contact.

Read more here → - Help! How do I use Mote for Google Forms? Troubleshooting tips

Weekly post #49 – .new, using Padlet Mini and how font choice impacts reading accessibility


Not new but this could improve your ninja like Google Workspace skills.

Type into the Chrome 'Omnibox' and a new Google Doc will open ready for you to start using. Type and guess what... a new Google Sheet is created. or opens a new Google Calendar event.

Other terms that work →

  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Slides
  • Forms
  • Sites
  • Keep

Check out more →

New Navigation bar functions in Google Drive

From the URL bar in Google Drive, you can now quickly access key pages and functions When navigating into the Google Drive web application from the URL bar by hitting the "Tab" key, you can access buttons like "Skip to main content", "Keyboard shortcuts", and "Accessibility feedback"from the bar at the top of the page

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - New Navigation bar functions in Google Drive

Using Padlet to collect, organise and share bookmarks


All Foundation teaching staff have access to full padlet accounts.

Padlet is super useful for collecting and organising ideas and resources. This could be done on an individual basis or working with a team of colleagues or class of students.

Installing the Padlet Mini Chrome Extension makes this process really easy. If you have a useful resource open in Chrome all you need to do is click on the extensions icon and a menu asking which of your padlets you would like to add the resource to.

Font choice to support reading

“Google publishing Lexend in August 2019 has really helped bring awareness and spread the message of [the importance of] making reading more accessible to a wider audience,” Shaver-Troup said.

An interesting read about the impact of font choice upon reading outcomes → Google Design - Clean and clear: making reading easier with Lexend [2 February 2022]

Weekly post #11 - ⌘/Ctrl + D, default video playback option in Google Slides and how are your students dealing with their email inboxes?

Four things to check out

Google Meet keyboard shortcuts

If you are ever wondering about the keyboard shortcuts for a Google Workspace (aka G Suite) application - try opening the application and pressing '?'.

The most useful keyboard shortcut in Google Meet is probably → ⌘/Ctrl + d which mutes and unmutes the microphone.

Read more here → Google Workspace Learning Center - Use Meet keyboard shortcuts.

Google Meet Training - from Google


Google has added some interesting Google Meet training resources to the Teacher Center with videos, PDFs etc. They are worth checking out if you are 'new' to Meets - or if you are reflecting upon how they can be used effectively as a remote-learning tool.

Read more here → Google for Education Teacher Center - Google Meet Training.

New default video playback option in Google Slides

Google has changed the default way videos play when you present in Google Slides. Now, the video will start playing when you click to advance the presentation. Previously, the presenter had to specifically click on the video to start playing.

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - New default video playback option in Google Slides.

Student email overload

If you have a chance ask some of your students to show you their Gmail inbox. Are they coping with the amount of email they are getting? Can they see the 'important' emails for all the notifications which are generated by ManageBac and Google Classroom.

This is an interesting read upon the topic → Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Student Email Overload and GMail Filters.

Weekly post #8 – Soundtrap and 'should we be showing Netflix in school?'

Three things to check out

Should we be showing Netflix in school?

No... unless...

We work with ProLitteris to be able to work with copyrighted materials in school - such as the playing of DVDs etc.

ProLitteris has advised us that although the viewing of Netflix documentations in the classroom in Switzerland is permitted under copyright law (any use of a work by a teacher and his class for educational purposes being allowed by copyright law), we should be aware that such a use might violate the Netflix Terms of Use.

Some Netflix Original educational documentaries are available for one-time educational screenings. To find out which titles are available for educational screenings, go to the "Only On Netflix" section of From there, navigate to "All Alphabetical". Titles that are available for educational screening will display the a certain 'grant of permission on their details page' the wording of which can be found here.

For example - The Social Dilemma does not show that 'grant of permission'.

EDU in 90: Explore in Google Slides

EDU in 90 is a month vlog from Google for Education and is well worth subscribing to in YouTube.

The most recent clip focuses on Google Slides and the use of the Explore feature.


A students in Years 8 to 11 now have a Soundtrap account.

Soundtrap empowers students and teachers to explore creative sound recording in all subjects, for all ages and ability levels.

Soundtrap for Education

If you would like to discuss how Soundtrap could be used in your subject area - please get in contact.

Weekly post #3 - school weather station, audience questions in Slides and Google Classroom rubrics

The school weather station

The school weather station has been running smoothly since early in the academic year. You should have seen the 'live' display on the corridor screens. The data is being recorded and stored should any department want to explore it and it's possabilities.

Audience questions via Google Slides

Google Slides has the ability to collect questions from the 'audience'/class. This is an interesting approach for anybody presenting to large groups or is looking for an alternative to the 'chat' channel in Google Meet.

There is a page about this feature here.

10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning

'Shake Up Learning' is the podcaster that produced the episode about online learning tips that lots of us listened to as we headed towards 'lockdown'.

Kasey Bell has recently released an episode titled '10 Ways Google Certification Can Support Remote Learning'. It is worth a listen and I remain available for any Secondary educator at Campus des Nations who would like support preparing for the certification assessment.

Rubrics in Google Classroom

ManageBac remains the school's primary tool for the setting of tasks and the collation of grades. Personally, I find the MYP rubric generation and criteria tracking excellent.

A lot of us are using Google Classroom for the distribution and collection of G Suite files. It is possible to create rubrics in Google Classroom. For those of us using Google Classroom as an integral part of assessments - the ability to add rubrics could be extremely useful.

A article about rubrics in Google Classroom can be found here.

Updates to Google Slides that you may have missed

Google Slides is a presentation application. It is Google’s version of Microsoft’s PowerPoint or Apple’s Keynote. It comes with all the online collaboration features that you would expect from G Suite for Education application. All staff and students have G Suite for Education accounts and therefore access to Google Slides.


Google SlidesGoogle is constantly updating its applications - refining and adding features. The following features have been added to Google Slides in the last 6 months.

Allowing participants to submit questions and vote on them during a Google Slides presentation

To see the feature in action, check out this video:

A few things to note:

  • The Slides Q&A feature works on all devices that can open a browser - so in the context of Campus des Nations laptops or smartphones would work.
  • You can only use Slides Q&A if you have edit or comment access to that Slides presentation.

‘Accept and present audience questions’ support available here.

Use your mouse as a laser pointer in Slides

Just choose the laser pointer option from the toolbar and move your mouse, and a red laser-like dot will appear in the same place on screen.

Managing group work - Assigning an Action Item

You can manually assign an Action Item to someone in the Docs, Sheets and Slides desktop and mobile apps by mentioning their name in a comment and checking the new Action Item box. The assignee will get an email notification and see the Action Item(s) clearly highlighted with a blue bar when they open the file.

The assignee is responsible for marking the action as being completed. This is useful for giving feedback to students and working with a team of colleagues upon a project.


Google Slides

‘Assign an Action Item’ support here.

Using the ‘Explore’ feature to make design polishing simple

As you (or students) work, ‘Explore’ dynamically generates design suggestions, based on the content of your slide. Simply pick a recommendation and apply it with a single click - no cropping, resizing or reformatting required. This should speed up the process of design and allow you (and students) to spend more time focusing on the content of the presentation.


Google Slides

At the bottom right, click Explore.

You might see images or information you can use to help finish your work.

  • Layouts: To choose a new layout for your slide, click the one you want.
  • Web search: Search the web for information related to your presentation.
  • Images: To preview an image, click Preview Zoom in. To use an image, click it. This will also add the link to the bottom of the image.
  • Google Drive: You can search Google Drive for content to use with your presentation.

‘See and use suggested layouts in a presentation’ support here.

Inserting charts from Google Sheets into Slides

To save valuable time, G Suite is now making it possible to update a chart in a Google Slide with a single click - without ever needing to leave your document or presentation.

To get started, simply go to Insert > Chart in Google Docs or Slides on the web. Insert a new chart, or select From Sheets to add an existing chart from the spreadsheet of your choice. As long as you check the Link to spreadsheet box, you’ll be given the option to update the chart with one click if its underlying data in Google Sheets changes. Should you no longer want to be notified of updates to a particular chart, you can simply unlink it. This same functionality is available if you copy and paste a chart into a document or presentation.

Forcing students to make a copy of a Google Document, Sheet or Slide

You have produced a Google Document, Sheet or Slide and you want the students to make a copy of it so that they work upon their own copy.

You can share the document with the students - with the students only having the right to view the document and then ask them to go to File and then Make a Copy. However this is a multi-step process for the students.

An easier way is to share an edited link with the students that forces them to create a copy.

Firstly get the sharing link for the document - as you are sharing from one domain ( to another ( setting it to 'Anybody who has the link can view' is the easiest approach.


Sharing Settings

You need to remove everything after the final and replace it with copy

- for example:


You can share this with the students via email, ManageBac or your website.

If the student clicks on the new link and is not logged into their Google Apps for Education account it will ask them to do so.