I was recently approached by a classroom teacher who was interested in using Google Slides but wanted students to record their voices as part of the presentation. Immediately, I started going through the rolodex in my head of all the alternative solutions knowing full well that there isn't yet a way to embed audio into an individual slide in Google Presentation.
- WeVideo - students add pics to the timeline and record their audio tracks.
- PRO: Super collaborative and flexible as students can edit and rerecord without affecting other group members' recordings.
- CON: only one student from the group at a time can edit the master timeline. Learning curve-- none of these students have used the product.
- PRO: Students can record when and where they want. Audio per slide!
- CON: Students need a YouTube channel. Lots of guidance needed. No great way to record/upload ONLY audio to YouTube...it would have to be webcam (with webcam blocked by a post-it?)
- PRO: Super easy to use. Very little setup/training needed. Easy to share as it integrates with Google Drive and Google Classroom.
- CON: All students need to be present and accounted for when recording takes place. No way to rerecord a portion of the audio...all or nothing.
The teacher elected to go the third route since she wanted an easy solution while introducing the concept of screencasting.
- Students collaborate on Google Presentation
- Students activate Screencastify and record their audio over the presentation
- Students submit their video to Google Classroom
Here's how they plan on doing so from start to finish:
Have an alternative solution? Leave your ideas in the comments below!