Google Photos is my favorite photo and video sharing and storage service.
My phone is set to automatically upload photos to Google Photos in high resolution when I’m connected to WiFi.
With Google Photos, I can access my photos across all my devices and it’s packed with numerous features that help me organize, use, and manage my photos.
Get Started With Google Photos
A few months back on The Edublogger we published our Beginner’s Guide To Google Photos. It explained how Google Photos works, how to get started, and lots of tips and tricks for getting the most out of it.
This post expands on our guide and explains how you can embed photo albums into your blog or website.
Embed Google Photos Albums
I really love organizing my photos into albums BUT Google Photos frustrates me as they don’t provide an option to embed my Google Photo albums into my website. Before Google Photos we had Picasa Web Albums which made it easy to embed an album as a slideshow.
It’s great that I can embed a single photo or video from Google Photos into a post but I still want the ability to embed an album as a slideshow.
I’ve been searching for the solution for the past year and tried numerous solutions including some WordPress plugins. None suited what I was looking for until now!
Here’s how to embed a Google Photos album:
1. Log into Google Photos on your computer.
2. Click on the album you want to embed.
3. Click on Share icon.
4. Click on Get Link.
5. Copy the link.
6. Go to Publicalbum.org
7. Paste your Google Albums link into 1) Create gallery from link and click 2) Create Gallery Code.
8. Click on Copy code into clipboard to copy the embed code.
9. Paste the embed code into your post using Insert Embed in the Add Media Window and then click Insert into Post.
The method you use will depend on the website or blog platform you use. This is how you do it on Edublogs and CampusPress networks.
10. Once the post is published you will see the album embedded as a slideshow.
Google Photos Album Embed Examples
Below are two different examples of embedded Google photos albums so you can see what the embed looks like.
Viewing this slideshow on a mobile device allows you to zoom in to read the image.
“The Western Mail” Centenary Number publication which was published in July, 1929 to commemorate the 100 years of the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony, the first permanent European settlement in Western Australia.
The 80 page publication highlights the development and history of Western Australia from 1828 to 1929 in Perth and country towns. It includes photos from 1800’s to 1929 comparing changes in the city, towns, Parliament, transport, sport, fashions, primary production. The publication was sold for 1/6 in July, 1929.
It’s packed full of content that could be used with students and will be helpful for those interested in history.
Using Google Photos Albums In The Classroom
There are many ways teachers and students can use albums in Google Photos.
Of course, before using Google Photos with students you’d need to ensure you have the correct permission. You might also find our post on using students’ photos online handy.
Here are a few ideas:
- You (or students) can take photos of work samples. You can store the photos in albums and share with parents, or use the samples when it’s time to write report cards.
- Albums of student work could be handy to show as examples to your future cohorts of students who might be completing the same task.
- Is your filing cabinet full of important testing, planners, reports, and other paperwork that you think you should keep “just in case”? Consider taking photos of them and organizing them in albums.
- Save photos from throughout the school year in an album and use the collection to make an end of year video or slideshow for/with your students.
- When you have events or field trips, put the photos in an album and embed it on your blog to share with the school community.
Do you use Google Photos? Have you tried embedding albums into your blog or website? We’d love you to tell us about it in a comment.