Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How to add audio to your Google Slides presentation.

A nice new addition built into Google Slides showed up yesterday in my personal account, the ability to add audio to your presentations. Apparently if you do not see this available in your account yet, it will be prior to the end of the month - so keep checking back.

A few quick items to point out.

  • When adding audio you need to make sure it is available in your Drive
  • If you are in need of Royalty Free Music - check out Bensound
    • for a short blog post about Bensound - click here
  • Once you download your music - make sure to upload it into your Google Drive account
  • When adding the audio, make sure to right click to see options associated with the audio (looping, start automatically, etc)
  • If you do use a site such as Bensound, make sure to give credit
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Monday, November 11, 2019

How to create a sign up in SignUpGenius.

If you would like to create a sign up in SignUpGenius take a look at the embedded 3 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial I created below the directions.

A few items to make note of:

  • create an account
  • select create a sign up (upper right of screen)
  • make sure to create a title (example - November 2019 conferences)
  • next to group select the plus and add something such as November 2019
  • in theme you can type in something like Fall and make your choice
  • scroll down and see the page with a description (you can edit the description if you like)
  • select +Add Dates
    • choose your date(s) 11/26/ 11/27 and then select Add
  • you now need to +Add Dates again
    • choose add time slots 
    • choose 11/26 and 11/27 
    • select Time Range
    • Time Slot Increment
    • select Add Time Slot
  • select +Add Slots
    • Title your slot (example - conferences)
    • I left help wanted open
    • leave number wanted as 1 and make sure all dates are selected
    • select save
  • Now make sure to go back and remove times for lunch and other times you will not be available for a conference
  • Select Settings
    • I do not require comment or email
    • I do toggle off allowing people to "swap" spots (your call)
    • select save and continue
  • Now Publish
    • select copy link
  • In the video below I paste the link in Incognito Mode (so I am not logged in) to see what the sign up looks like
  • Of course you can go back and adjust as you see fit
Embedded below is the 3 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Happy 50th Birthday Sesame Street - AR app + article from Edutopia

It is Sesame Street's 50th birthday today. The show first aired on November 10, 1969. Edutopia has an amazing article on  How Sesame Street’s Muppets Became Revolutionaries by pushing boundaries for social change.

You can even Sesame Street Yourself with the AR app - Sesame Street Yourself on the app store. 
Play games and sing along with your favorite Sesame Street friends! Bring together family with fun-filled interactive experiences you can do together. Includes easy-to-use Augmented Reality play: see yourself in your home as your Sesame Street friends, catching cookies and dressing up.

Take care,

Create a personalized thank-you card using Google Drawings, Flipgrid, and Bitmoji.

Eric Curts created a post called - How Your Students can use Google Drawings to Create Greeting Cards. Eric does a great job in his post including How-To Directions as well as two very helpful templates for creating the card.

With Thanksgiving coming up and it being a time many focus on being thankful, I thought I would start to leave thank you cards for those I work with at school and in my life. However, I wanted to personalize the card so I thought what better way than to include Flipgrid for a personalized video and Bitmoji for a little extra fun
  • Flipgrid - make sure to use the Shorts section and then download the video in a QR code. Users can scan with their device or use the Flipgrid app for some augmented reality!
  • Bitmoji - I was frustrated with using the Bitmoji extension in Chrome as it was leaving a solid black background that was distracting. I then decided to use the Bitmoji app on my phone, save the image to my device, upload to Google photos, and then download to my computer. Seems like a bunch of steps - but not really that time consuming. 
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Friday, November 8, 2019

Best Selling Music Artists 1969-2019

The other day I saw this awesome 9 minute video showing the best selling music artists between the years 1969-2019. The data is pretty amazing to watch in real time.

Embedded below is a GIF  (link to the video itself from Music Genre).

Embedded below is a post from March 22, 2019 showing the rise and fall of the 10 biggest cities in the World since 1500.

Take care and "Rock on!"

Add voice notes anywhere with the Talk and Comment Extension

The other day Alfonso Mendoza Jr. shared a great video revolving around the ability to add voice comments into a site such as Google Classroom.

Make sure to add the extension by clicking here.

One thing to note is when grabbing the URL make sure to remove where it says Voice Note.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 58 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Change Live Photos to Loop, Bounce, Long Exposure plus Google Classroom how to send to all students, one student, multiple students, etc.

Earlier tonight a colleague asked me if it was possible to send information to specific students in Google Classroom (and not the whole class).

I was talking out-loud and said I guess I will send a GIF and not a video. My 7 year old son Jack said, 'Wait Dad - check this out! Take a Live Photo, open it up, then pull from the bottom. You can then change the Live Photo to a Loop, Bounce, or Long Exposure. Pretty cool right?!"

Ummm... yup. So, there ya go - that is exactly what I did and it solved my problem.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 18 second YouTube video (sorry 😢 😜) .

Take care,

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

How to make your Gmail inbox look a bit more like Outlook. Enable preview pane.

If you would like to see your Gmail inbox look a bit more like Outlook (with a preview pane), try the following.

  • Select the settings gear in the upper right
  • Select settings
  • Scroll down to preview pane and select enable
  • Make sure to save your changes
  • Gmail will relaunch and you will have a preview pane to the right of your emails
Embedded below is a 1 minute YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Monday, November 4, 2019

Add your Gmail emails to your Google Tasks so they show in your Google Calendar.

A nice and simple way to include an email into your Google Calendar can be accomplished using Google Tasks.

When you open your Gmail - take a look to see if the side panel is showing (has icons for Calendar, Keep, and Tasks). If it is not showing, look in the bottom right of your screen and select show side panel.

If you would like to create a task with a specific email (in the example below I used a birthday list email) you can simply drag the email into the Tasks icon and create a task directly from the email. You can edit the task and have it set to remind you with a specific date and time.

To make sure it will show in your Google Calendar make sure to select the check-mark next to Tasks under My Calendars.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 30 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, November 3, 2019

The Great Thanksgiving Listen, Disguise a Turkey and Build a Turkey with Google Slides

Not to play favorites; however, Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. My 8th grade History Teacher Mr. Taylor used to talk about how great Thanksgiving is and I never understood what he was saying until I became an adult. The day itself is about family. There are no presents involved. The day has a lot of great food. Lot of football. Plus it kicks off the Christmas season.

A few resources to share with you revolving around Thanksgiving are below.

The first is The Great Thanksgiving Listen. Previously I created a post about this - click here. The site revolves around getting families to share their thoughts and stories around the Thanksgiving table. You can also read Richard Byrne's latest post about this site as well.

Below are resources revolving around Thanksgiving and Google Slides.

Take care,