Sunday, June 22, 2014

My First Animated Google Slide

Today I learned how to make an animated slideshow using Google presentations. I happended upon this blog post by Sam Patterson and after watching the YouTube video on his post, I decided to give it a try.

I created my first slide using one of my own photos and then duplicated it so that I had 12 slides (to go with the 12 frames a second formula). I decided to use an image of a duck moving across the bottom of my slide. I did a quick search on Google images. I made sure I used the advanced search feature so that I found an image I had permission to use. Then I simply put the duck image on the right side of the first slide and on each following slide, I moved the image over to the left a little bit until the image was at the left side of slide 12.

After I went through Sam's directions to get the link to the animated show, I decided to make it a little more interesting by adding another image. So off to Google images I went and I found the starburst image to add. Again I used the advanced search feature to make sure I had permission to use the image. I duplicated my first 12 slides and added the starburst to slides 7-24 making it slightly larger each time. On the last three slides I inserted a text box and added the word WOW.  What I truly love about Google is all my changes were automatically updated in the link Google provided me.

Below is my finished results. Click on the play button and see for yourself.

The original link after I published my Google Presentation to the web. Notice that it is set for 1000.

My edited link where I changed the timing to 0084 so it shows at roughly 12 frames per second. 

Image credits: Duck -
                       Starburst -

So give it a try and let me know in the comments what you think. How could you see using this technique in your classroom?