Plymouth Public Schools Ed Tech, Joli Boucher, made a really cool discovery recently! She found a way to embed video into Google Drawings (which could then be inserted into a Google Doc)!! Here are some step-by-step directions, and, if you prefer, her video explaining it all is below too. Try it out!
It’s a two part process: the first part is to insert the video temporarily onto a Google Slide. The second part is to copy and paste the video from the Google Slide into a Google Drawings.
Part 1: Insert a video into a temporary Google Slides deck and copy it:
-From Google Drive, click on the blue “New” button (top, left)
-Click on “Google Slides” (You’ll open a new Google Slides, but only to get the video)
-Click on “Insert“, then “Video“
-Search for the video you want (either from a YouTube search, by URL, or one that is saved to your Google Drive) and click “Select“
-Then copy this video by holding the CTRL key and the letter “C” at the same time (CTRL + C)
-Once copied, you can then close that Google Slides window (click the little “x” on the right side of the Google Slides tab)
Part 2: Open a Google Drawing and paste the video:
From Google Drive, click on the blue “New” button (top, left)
-Click on “More”, then click on “Google Drawings”
-On the canvas Drawing area, paste the video by holding down the CTRL key and the letter “V” at the same time (CTRL + V)
-The video now appears on your Google Drawing! You can resize it and move it anywhere on the canvas. If it’s too small, users can always click on the “full screen” button in the lower, right hand corner
-To play the video, double click it.
Tip: Don’t forget that you can insert a Google Drawing into a Google Doc! Which means you could insert a video into a Google Drawing, and then insert that Drawing into a Google Doc! Imagine that- video embedded into a Google Doc!!! When the user double clicks on the video in the Google Doc to play it, it actually opens up the Google Drawing, but it’s still pretty cool seeing the video ready to play inside of a Google Doc!