Note: This feature is still rolling out to all Google accounts, so if you do not see it in your account yet, you should see it soon!
Being able to add audio to Google Slides can be used in so many ways in school:
- Narrating a slideshow
- Reading a story
- Making an instructional presentation
- Providing spoken feedback on writing
- Having student explain a solution
- Giving directions for a HyperSlides project
- And much more!
The only big pain point still left is the actual recording of the audio. You see, even though we can now add audio to a Google slideshow, there isn't a simple built-in recording button. Instead you need to record the audio separately with another program, then save it to Drive, and then add it to a slide.
So that brings up the big question… What are some easy ways to record audio? When using my Windows PC, I can use a free program such as Audacity, but many times our students will be using Chromebooks, so we need some web-based options. In this post we are going to take a look at four excellent, free options for recording audio right in your web browser, and how to add that audio to Google Slides.