Do you have to constantly tell your students or other people to make a copy of your document so that they can edit their own copy?  Well, you can force this to happen just by changing the link of the file.

Go up to the top of your file (google doc, slides, etc) and go to the end of the URL.  Delete the word “edit” and everything after it.

Type the word “copy” in it’s place. Then click return.

When you give this link to other people, it will automatically prompt them to make a copy of your file. In fact, they won’t even be able to see your file, until they click on the Make a Copy button. read more

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Google just added the ability to use voice typing in Slides.  There is one caveat though… it only works in the Speakers notes section. Here’s how it works.

From the Tools menu, choose Voice type speaker notes. You may get a message asking for permission to access your microphone.  Allow this. Once you do, just click the microphone icon and begin speaking.

While you are talking, the icon looks like this:

And this is the end result:

Again, this only works in the speakers notes.  But, you could copy and paste that text into the slide itself for an easy workaround. BONUS TIP! Google Classroom just added a “Copy code” option!  Now you can quickly copy your enrollment code to give to students.
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For years, teachers have requested to ability to use videos in Google Slides, without the need to host them on YouTube. Yesterday, Google finally made this possible!

Just add your video to Google Drive. Then Insert Video within your Slides presentation. You’ll see a new option for Google Drive.

Once you’ve added a Drive video to your presentation, you can choose when to start and end it, whether it should autoplay when presenting, and whether it should be muted or play with audio. Simply right-click on the video and select Video options.

If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access. read more

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During a recent Google Slides training, teachers mentioned that they miss MS PowerPoint’s “record audio narrations” feature. The following instructions help you accomplish a similar outcome through video. ViewedIt, a Chrome extension, is an easy way to create, share, and track video views.

Do you want to record your device screen or browser tab? Do you want to add narration / music to Google Slides? Or, do you want to create a webcam recording? ViewedIt does all of this with just a few simple clicks. read more

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By Kristie Hughes

Goodbye Research Tool, Hello Explore Tool!

You may have been familiar with the Research tool in Google, where you could search for an image or article, bring it over to your document, and the citation for the image or article would automatically plant itself at the bottom of your page.

Starting on October 13th you will notice that the Research tool is no longer available! It has been replaced with the Explore tool. The Explore tool works similarly to the research tool in that you can research on the web, but it does not add the citations at the bottom of the page. read more

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