Google Slides - Remote Presenting

To get a good experience while remote-presenting a talk using Google Slides:

  1. In the slides: View Present (Ctrl + F5)
  2. Hover near the bottom of your screen so the toolbar becomes visible. Click notes. This will bring up a second screen containing your notes and a preview of the next slide.
  3. Move the notes window onto the screen that has your webcam, so that you can look at the audience and look at your notes simultaneously.
  4. Move the window that contains your video-meeting software (eg Zoom, Google Meet, whatever) onto the same screen as your slide notes. Click the Gallery view or equivalent - so that you can see the audience. If that’s not possible, make the chat or Q&A section visible. The best bet is to have both audience AND chat visible at once.
  5. Tile the slide notes and the video-meeting software so that you can see them side by side.
  6. Go to the window that contains your actual google slides (ie NOT the notes). Hover near the bottom to bring up the toolbar, and click the broken square symbol that signifies full-screen mode. This will get rid of the browser bar at the top.
  7. In your video-meeting software, share the whole screen* that contains your slides. Now your audience will see the full screen slides, but you will see the notes. Et voila! *If you don’t have two screens, you can hopefully just share the window that has the slides in presentation mode, but for your own purposes keep it hidden behind the browser window containing the notes.
  • https://www.pexels.com/
  • https://pixlr.com/x/
  • Creative commons: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/flickrhivemind/ - filter your search by “commercial use allowed” (I’m not sure whether I meant Flickr or Google when I made this note - I suspect that Flickr link might have got there by accident)
  • Diverse images:
    • The Gender Spectrum Collection: Stock Photos Beyond the Binary:  Broadly, Vice’s gender and identity blog, curated a collection of stock photos featuring people of colour and LGBTQ;
    • The WOC inTech: This Flickr-curated collection is free under the Creative Commons license and aims to bring attention to the community of women of colour in tech fields;
    • UKBlackTech: it’s a collection of race-diverse British stock photography for the tech industry;
    • Representation Matters: focused on diversity and inclusion across all walks of life - race, size, disability, and gender orientation included;
    • Nappy: their search function lets you get super-specific, so if you’ve been looking for a black man smiling in a sharp suit…you will get it!
    • CreateHer Stock: a “grassroots” resource and digital space with pictures of WoC;
    • TONL: curation of photos encompassing diversity in size, race, religion, and activity, mostly focused on physical activity;
    • Picnoi: diverse multi-racial images, to reflect the fact that the majority of people in the world are of colour;
    • Iwaria: free African high quality photos for your projects;
    • Mochastock: a stock imagery marketplace that connects artists and buyers committed to telling authentic stories.
    • Jopwell Collection: collection from the leading career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals.