Also great for foreign language classes! or to add audio to a whole scene in Google Slides!
Melanie asked me if I had a template for word sort or sight words activities. I did not, and while I was thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that the best option was to create a tutorial and share the links to the files used.
First, record your words (I used Screencastify – click on Download and Export Audio Only – It will download the audio in mp3 format. Or you can use Online Voice Recorder) Create a shared folder (anyone with the link can view) in your Google Drive for your audio files and save them there.
Now open a blank Google Slides presentation, click on File > Page Setup, select Custom and change its dimensions to 1 inch x 1 inch or even smaller! Then, click on background and set it to transparent. Once your slide is ready, click on File > Download > and select PNG image. Upload this image to your Drive (you can rename it “Transparent”).
Now that you have your audios and your transparent image ready, it’s time to start working on the template. I’m using the Daily Activities template, but you can use any other or even create your own.
I just changed the numbers for the words I was going to use. They are made with WordArt, so just double click them and change the text. Resize them to fit your slide.
Then, Go to Insert > Audio and select your audio file. Right click on the audio icon and select Replace Image > Choose Drive and search for the transparent image that you created before. Resize it and place it on top of your word. Repeat for each audio file.
And you are done! Now, when your students click on each word, they will hear you say it!
You can also add audio to your Bitmoji!
Record your message and save it in your Drive. Then just insert your Bimoji and add the audio file, replace the audio icon with the transparent image and place it on top of your bitmoji, now when you click on it, your audio will play!
Adding audio to a whole scene using Google Slides.
Record your audios, save them in your Drive. Insert the desired image or scene, then insert the audio files and replace the audio icons with your transparent image. Resize it to fit the objects, images, paintings or whatever your scene has. Now, when your students click on the objects of your scene, the audio files will play!
ATTENTION: Remember to set “anyone can view” permissions to the audio files for your students to be able to hear them.
Here is the link to the folder with all the resources used for this tutorial.
ATTENTION GOOGLE SLIDES USERS: PLEASE, DO NOT REQUEST FOR ACCESS. If you are prompted to “Request for access·” (sometimes it happens when you are logged in more than one Google account or when you are logged in a Google for Education account and your IT Admin has blocked the access), you can try again by logging in a personal Gmail account, and signing out of all the other accounts.
The other workaround is for you to download the pptx file, upload it to your Google Drive, and open it as Google Slides.
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