Cowabunga, it has been a busy few weeks! I worked away and tried to develop innovative ideas for distance learning and boys. Have there been many attempts and errors? But when I challenge myself to find a solution, I don’t rest until I do. And even though I’m still not 100% satisfied with it, I’ve found an entertaining way to create a listening activity in Google Slides. In this example, I focused on French prepositions with PNG images that I found using Google Image Search and combined in drawings. I originally created it for the Quizlet study below.
I love it so much that I decided to use it in an audiobook that I designed with Book Creator.
I wanted to create a hearing test for my students using the same images in a Google form. The students had to listen to an audio clip and then click on the corresponding image in multiple choice questions. I embedded the form in my Google Site and tried to embed the audio clips next to the form, but the audio player did not play the files consistently. sometimes they worked and sometimes not at all. So instead, I created a manipulative type of activity in Google Slides.
First I added all the pictures to a layout in the slide master. You can access it by navigating Slip – – Edit master. Then I added circles, written instructions and shapes to each picture. On a new slide, I selected the layout I created and started inserting my MP3 audio files.
Add audio files to a slide
- Record your audio. You can use an online tool, e.g. Online voice recorder, or you can use a recording app on your device. I’m using the Voice Memo app on my iPhone, but it requires the extra step of converting it from MP4 to MP3 via iTunes.
- Create a dedicated audio folder in your Google Drive and change the sharing settings to “Anyone with the link can viewThis way, whenever you put an audio file in this folder, the same sharing settings apply. This is important because no one can play them unless you change the sharing settings for your audio files.
- Change the audio icon to another picture, e.g. B. a number or a letter. To do this, click the audio icon to access the option Replace picture, which is displayed in the menu bar above the slide. You can upload images, use images in your drive, or choose from a Google image search. For the prepositions, I created my own PNG number graphics in drawings with word graphics and replaced the audio symbol with the corresponding number for each audio file. This makes marking easier.
On the first slide, I also added two borderless and transparent text boxes for the student’s name and for the total. Finally, I created a second layout for a few right / wrong questions.
Although I was hoping not to have to manually correct this listening activity since I have over 160 students, I still like how it developed and I think my younger students will enjoy this type of activity.
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