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Embedding audio scaffolds

Posted on: March 15, 2020

Presentations are sometimes necessary evils. At worst they are lectures conducted in the name of efficient dissemination of information. However, they do not ensure that students actually learn.

Google Presentation embedded in Google Site.

Instead I am planning on using Google Presentations as a scaffold for semi-self-directed learning during an asynchronous online class. The learning is not pure SDL because I am pointing, telling, and guiding the process. To do this, I am embedding audio cues in the slides embedded in a Google Site.

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The video above provides instructions and tips on how to do this in the latest iteration of Google Presentations. The essential steps are:

  1. Prepare a script.
  2. Record audio instructions as MP3 or WAV files.
  3. Upload the audio files in a shared folder in Google Drive.
  4. Insert each audio file to the slide that requires it (From the menu: Insert -> Audio -> select folder and file).
  5. Test the playback.

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