Dealing with the challenges of remote learning can be difficult for most students, but it often provides even greater struggles for English Language Learners and students with emergent language skills.
In these situations, the new Google Slides Translator add on can be extremely useful in supporting the learning needs of students.
At this point, all district Gmail profiles (both teachers and students) should have access to this tool by following the steps below.
- From an existing Google Slide deck, click on the Add Ons button along the top of the page (please note that STUDENTS will need to have editing rights on the slide deck in order to use this tool. This may require making a COPY of the slides or presentation from the TEACHER).
- From the dropdown menu select Slides Translator and then Translate Text Box to launch the tool.
- This will now launch the translator tool along the right side of the page. You can now select the dropdown option to translate the text box into the selected language.
- You also have options for CREATING translated text within the slide deck. For example, by selecting Add-Ons—> Slides Translator (see above) and then selecting the Voice Type (Sidebar) option, you can speak into your laptop microphone and have it translate into text within the slide.
- Students or teachers can then use the Translate Text Box features (see above) to translate what was spoken into a different language.
It’s important to remember that although this tool can be a helpful support for students who struggle with language within the classroom, it should not be a substitute for appropriate language instruction or language adoption strategies. A certain amount of struggle is expected as students learn to communicate in a new language, but the appropriate (and limited) use of these types of tools can be a nice scaffold for students within this process.