Mote is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to add voice notes within Google Docs and Google Slides. With the free version of Mote, you will be limited to 30 second recordings for each note that you leave. There is not a limit to the number of audio notes you can leave within a doc or slides, though (you can add multiple audio notes to a single Google Slide, for example). With the paid version of Mote, you unlock the ability to record clips up to 90 seconds, can transcribe voice notes, and more.
Let’s start with a walkthrough of features to see if Mote is a tool that might interest you. Keep in mind, your students can use Mote in the same way that you can.
- Please note that the transcription feature is now a paid Mote feature. You can still leave the voice note recording for free, though! You will have access to a 90-day free trial of Mote when you sign up using the link I share in the instructions below.
I point this out in the video above, but just for emphasis, if you’re inserting audio into your Google Slides, please note that you can choose for the audio to play “automatically” by adjusting the audio playback options. By default, “on click” is chosen.
Here are instructions for installing the Mote chrome extension for both you and your students. (Google Doc version that you can share)
- Click this link to set up your Mote account: https://www.justmote.me/r/f556jmb
- The last step will have you install the Mote chrome extension. Make sure to do that!
- Google Slides
- Google Docs (only work in comments)
- To listen to audio your teacher has left, simply click the play button you see in the comment
- To record audio:
- Add a comment in Google Docs
- Click the Mote icon to record your voice comment. Press done when you are finished. Press Comment to save the note as audio.