It’s finally here! We now have the ability to insert audio files in Google Slides. This is a game changer in many ways!
- Teachers and students can add audio clips, sound effects and music to presentations.
- Google slides can be used as virtual notebooks where students share text, images and now audio notes or reflections.
- Students can create narrated eBooks.
- Using audio in Slides is a great entry point to test the waters with student podcasting.
- Class booksnaps, using Slides, can now include audio of a student reading the content of their booksnap, and/or reflecting on it.
What do you need to know to get started?
You can insert any existing audio file (.mp3 or .wav files types) into a slide. You cannot record audio from within Slides, but you can create and save audio clips with the easy to use tool, Vocaroo. You can also find free to use audio files at FreeSound, SoundBible Royalty Free Sounds, and ZapSplat. You need to upload any audio files you wish to use to Google Drive.
Once you have an audio clip uploaded to Google Drive, go to:
- the slide upon which you want the audio to start.
- Go to: Insert > Audio.
- Navigate to saved audio file.
- Click on it.
- Click Select.
- Once inserted on the slide, you will see , click once on this icon.
- Select Format options from the toolbar at the top of the screen, a side panel will open on the right side of your screen.
Use the options in this panel to adjust the playback settings so the audio begins automatically, loops (plays throughout slide show), or is tied to just the current slide (stop on slide change) and/or hide the audio icon when in presenting.