Google Slides Gains New Superpowers – GTT025

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s Google Slides!


Google News and Updates

During episode 24 Matt and Kasey made it known that sometimes there just aren’t many if any updates to speak of. No sooner did they utter those words and Google went crazy with a number updates!

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Google Slides is a cornerstone application of G Suite and recently Google added a number of features to improve functionality and usability. Some of the features mentioned were long-time requests by users like you and others were bonus add-ons that were unexpected.

  • Slides now features Google Keep integration
  • New Add-ons…
    • Unsplash – Every Unsplash photo is high-res and completely free to use for commercial and personal purposes.
    • Adobe Stock
    • Shutter Stock
    • the Noun Project
    • Pear Deck
  • Features…
    • Linked Slides
    • Slide Sorter
    • Insert Diagrams
    • Skip Slides (during presentation)
    • Apps Scripts
Resources

Official Google blog post announcing Slides updates

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Dena Dellere (@DDellere) tweeted about her use of Google Classroom for a recent technology-related in-service at her school in Oklahoma. “Each topic is a Session.”

Sam Mora, via SpeakPipe, from Arizona, uses Screencastify and is looking for a way to blur sensitive information in the videos she creates.

Christina Smith Rivera, from Colorado, works with teams of Student TechXperts. Her students provide PD for students and staff members at the school. She is looking for ways to connect her student tech leaders with other groups throughout the United States.

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  • Paula Frank

    I’ve been chatting with Google about this update this morning thanks to your podcast. Our school domain does not have the Add-On button in Slides. When you go to help and try the add-on store link for slides we get the 404 message can’t find file. Add-On works fine for Sheets, Forms, and Docs.

    • Paula Frank

      My issue has been resolved. My school’s domain needed to be turned to rapid release and not scheduled release.