One of the newest features of Google Drive is the ability to embed videos into Google slides directly from drive instead of having to use videos on YouTube exclusively. Many teachers have requested this feature, perhaps you were one of them?
This is a huge benefit! Maybe you don’t feel comfortable sharing your material with a mass audience. Not to mention posting videos of students on YouTubecan pose a potential safety risk. Being able to insert videos directly from Google Drive eliminates both concerns.
Some districts do not have YouTube enabled so this new feature gives teachers the flexibility to work with videos located in their drive.
Two Bonus Features:
The update not only allows you to upload videos but it also gives teachers the ability to play a clip of the video instead of the whole recording. This means you choose when to start and end a video. All you have to do is right click on a video then select video options in the toolbar, from there a sidebar will open, and you’ll be able to choose where the video starts and ends.
Below that you will see there are some checkboxes. The first allows you to autoplay the video when you open that slide during a presentation, and the other allows you to mute the audio entirely when the video plays.
I can think of many ways you might use these features, but I’d like to hear from you. How will you use these new features? Please leave a comment and let me know how you have used this or how you intend to use it.