Audio/Video Storybooks using Google Slides

Wednesday, February 22nd 2017

Audio/Video Storybooks using Google Slides


We all have a need to create a presentation from time to time. This could be because we are teaching something that requires a very sequential over view of topics or this could be because we want to have a list of talking points to share with a class. Either way, we are always turning to PowerPoint or Google Slides to create these types of presentations. Presentation software can be used in many different ways but we often think of them being used in the traditional way.

In this post we will talk about a few of the ways that you can you slides in a different way. You can use slides more all of the following and even more. Today we will focus on how to make an audio/video storybook simply by using a Chrome extension.

  • Presentations, Animation (flipbook), Self-Narration Presentation, Audio / Visual Book, Tutorial Videos / Pres, Working out problems, Displaying Student Work, e-Portfolios


In order to make a storybook, you first need to start with a story! Have your students draw out on paper an idea for a story, then have them type it up on the computer. Once they have finished the actual story, they can start mapping out how they want their book to look. They can use the template I have attached here. Your students can now go about filling in their story on various pages, inserting pictures, and making the presentation look unique and interesting. Next, have your students install the following Google Chrome Extension. Screencastify will allow your students to record their voice and/or video of them reading the book. Simply click the install button. Once installed, your students can now launch their presentation in presentation player mode using the URL code. You can use the standard Google Presentation mode if you would like, but it would require you to start recording before starting the presentation.

To open your presentation in the presentation player, you must first publish this presentation to the web. To do this simply go to File > Publish to the web > click Publish. This will give you a URL code that you can now paste into a different window. In the new window, you can launch your presentation and start the recording process. Click on the Screencastify icon and begin recording. When the presentation is over, you can click the stop button and it will automatically save it to your Google Drive.

This type of presentation will work with many different types of assignments. You could have your students make tutorials about how to solve math problems or have them figure out a way to draw a picture. The possibilities are endless when it comes to students narrating their work on the computer screen.