Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Classrooms in Wakelet from a Teacher and Student Point-of-View.

  Wakelet is an amazing platform that allows users to save, organize and share content from across the web with a single link and all for free.


A new amazing feature built into the platform is Classrooms. Classrooms allows you to work with students in a safe and secure way. To see Wakelet's blog post on this topic - please click here. You can also see James and Amy's video tutorial.



  • In order to get started make sure you have Classrooms enabled by clicking on the three dots in the upper right of the home screen, choose account settings, and make sure to place a check next to Education Account.
  • You will now see Classrooms and make sure to select Create Classroom 
  • Create your classroom by choosing Google Classroom, Microsoft, or Clever. Also, check the features you would like enabled and then choose create.

  • Students now have an account and can log on to Wakelet.com and choose Log in. In the example in the video I used Google.
  • Students can now create their own Collections, Bookmarks, and join Group Collections. (as you see below).
  • If a student does start their own collection and then wants to work with another student (or students) - you as the teacher need to go into the Classrooms page on Wakelet, choose the student's name in the class and then share the collection and choose to invite collaborators. Seer image below.

    • A reminder that collections created by students CAN NOT be shared publicly.
    • This can be a touch frustrating - especially if you want  families to see their child's work. However, there is a solution.
  • The solution to being able to share work created by students would be to log on to your Wakelet account and create a collection. Example - Sydney's 2022 Portfolio.
  • You will then need to select share and choose how you would like to share the collection with the student (you can see the options below). Personally, I really like to send by code or send the link directly to the student in Google Classroom. 

  • Now, the student can create their portfolio and you have the options to share the collection with others.
Embedded below are two videos. 
  • The first one (2:12) takes you through the steps from a teacher's point-of-view on how to get started with Classrooms in Wakelet. 
  • The second one (2:18) takes you through the steps from a student's point-of-view on how to create a collection, bookmarks, and how you as the teacher can share a collection with another student to work in a group collection.
Video #1

Video #2


Take care,
Brad

Monday, October 3, 2022

How to get started with Classrooms in Wakelet.

 Wakelet's Classroom feature is an outstanding way for educators to share content with students in their class.

This is also an amazing and simple way for students to create a portfolio of their work. We will take a look at that in a future post.

In the tutorial you will see below I will take you through the following steps:

  • How to get a Classroom started (if you do not see the Classroom icon make sure to select settings and toggle on your Educator account).
  • Select Create Classroom (bottom left )
    • Choose either Google Classroom, Microsoft, or Clever
      • Go through the sign-in process and then add the specific class
    • Toggle on features you would like your students to have
    • Create the class
  • You can now create a collection.
    • This is great for students to have anything you can think of - review links, study guides. helpful sites, etc.
    • This collection will be instantly shared with all members in your class.
      • Please note the default sharing settings do not allow students to add anything to the collection, download as a PDF, etc. You can alter those settings as well if need be.
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 12 second YouTube tutorial.


Friday, September 30, 2022

How to see the word count in a Google Doc right away!

 If you wan to keep track of the number of words in a Google Doc you are typing, or you want to see the number in a Doc a student shared with you, simply do the following:

  • Ctrl_Shift+C
or
  • Tools > See Word Count > Toggle on Display Word Count While Typing

Embedded below is a 29 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Create a maze in seconds with mazegenerator.net! Includes solution as well!

 If you are looking for a simple site to create a maze - look no further than Mazegenerator.net

When you enter into the site you will see the options you see below. Of course you can adjust the options as you see fit. You can even change the shape of the maze as well as see a solution to the maze itself.



Embedded below is a 1 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

How to see the latest Tweets on Twitter.

 If you have been on Twitter and you noticed that the latest tweets appear to be from hours ago, make sure to select what appears to be 2 plusses and a star and then change from Top Tweets to Latest Tweets.



Embedded below is a 33 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad


Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Google Docs The differences between using the @ in a Doc and commenting

 I have had a few teachers asking me recently about the difference between using the @ symbol in a Doc and the comment feature and what that looks like.

  • Doc in body of Doc
    • If typing in a Doc and use the @ symbol - type in someone's name and they will then be alerted and you can share the doc with them without having to go into the Share icon.
  • Comment Section
    • In the comment section you type in the @ symbol and then their email address you will see a note stating that the person you included has been added to the discussion and an email has been sent. The sharing settings will then come up for you as well.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 51 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Create Anything You Imagine with Little Alchemy 2!

 Little Alchemy allows you to mix items and create the world basically from scratch.  You will start with four items on the right (air, earth, fire, and water). You drag one of the items into the middle of the screen and then drag another on top of it. This will then create another item - example - water and water creates a puddle. The newly created item you can see on the right hand side as well as stored in the Encyclopedia (hint there are 720 items to create).

If you ever get stuck, or just want to see what is created you can always use YouTube to see all the creations with a full walkthrough of all 720 items. 

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 55 second YouTube tutorial I created.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, September 26, 2022

1000+ Fun & Educational Learning Activities on Turtlediary.com

 Turtlediary is an educational website that has over 1000 interactive learning activities for grades K through 5.

You can see in the images below some of what is included.






Embedded below is a 2 minute long video tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Hands down the easiest way to voice type on a Chromebook (dictation tool).

 A great feature in Google Docs is the ability to voice type using control shift s. Students really enjoy this feature; however, when you are not on a Google Doc - they can be a bit bummed that it does not work. 

What you can do (if you are on a Chromebook) is to go into the accessibility features and select dictation. This will have a microphone appear in the bottom righthand corner of your Chromebook. Make sure to select it and then speak. When finished speaking/typing, make sure to click on it again. While a simple tool, I am sure for many, this will be very helpful.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 49 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Learn emoji math addition and subtraction in Google Sheets! 😀🚀

Want your students to enjoy adding and subtracting by adding different available emojis and be able to see if they got the problem correct?

If so - try Eric Curts' Google Sheets Emoji Math: Addition & Subtraction. Click here for the Google Sheets template.

Eric gives a great step-by-step tutorial and video in his post: Click here for Eric's post.

Embedded below is a 2 minute 19 second YouTube tutorial I created.


Take care,
Brad😀🚀



Friday, September 23, 2022

How to invite others to watch a private video on YouTube

 If you create a video and mark it as private, you can still share the video with others while still keeping it private.

When you publish your YouTube video you will see the options for Private, Unlisted, and Public. What is nice is, under Private you will see a link to Share Privately. 

You will then see the ability to email others to see the video. Please note that the users must have a Google account to view the video.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, September 22, 2022

How to have your Chromebook speak selected text using the built-in Select to speak option.

 If you (or a student) would like to have selected text read aloud, simply use the Select to speak option. This option is available in the accessibility section on a Chromebook (select the area near the clock, choose accessibility and then Select to speak).

When you have a section you would like to be read aloud, make sure to choose the option, and then a text box will appear that you can drag to include the text you would like included.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial that includes the above as well as a few tips and tricks.





Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Change the Text Style in Google Forms: Here's How!

 Google recently added the long awaited addition of adding text style in your Google Forms.

To change the font, simply choose the paint palette (Customize Theme) in the upper right and you will see the options you see below. You will see there are three sections: Header, Question, and Text. You can then adjust the text style and text size to fit your needs.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,

Brad

How to create a reading list of pages on the web quickly and see all bookmarks in Google Chrome

 If you would like to be able to create a reading list of pages on the web quickly and see all bookmarks in Google Chrome simply select the icon to the right of the extension icon to the right of the address bar (see image below). The extension icon looks like a puzzle piece and the side panel icon looks like a white rectangle and grey rectangle.

When you select the side panel icon you will see the ability to add the current tab you are reading to your reading list as well as the ability to see all your bookmarks quickly and easily.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 27 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad




Monday, September 19, 2022

The easiest way to write with emojis in Google Docs

 Recently Google started to release the "upgrade" on the ability to add emojis directly into Google Docs. Previously users had to go to Insert> Emojis and then proceed from there.

With the new update, users can use the @ symbol and type in the emoji of choice. For example when you type in @dogs, make sure to scroll down a bit as the popup menu will show you people first, and then places, etc. However, it is a short scroll and you can see many of the emojis to select from.

Embedded below is a second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad😀  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

How to create a fake text conversation. Great for first person point of view!

 A fun and engaging way for students to show what they know about events from the past or simply a conversation between 2 characters is to create a text conversation using a site like Fakewhatsappgenerator

When users enter into the site they will see the ability to select the phone settings, battery options, connection, and most importantly - the messages (see image below).

In the 2 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial below I take you through the steps necessary to get a full conversation as well as one way to make it look like it was on a phone.


Take care,
Brad


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Drop a raindrop anywhere in the United States to see where it ends up.

 If you ever were curious exactly where a raindrop ends up, check out River Runner (also a World version is available in Beta).

Type in a place you would like to see where the raindrop ends up at the end of its journey. A video is created and you see a tour of the path of the raindrop. 

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 20 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,

Brad

Friday, September 16, 2022

Quick way to see Chrome OS as well as Asset Tag and Serial Number.

 If you work with a number of Chromebooks, or you would like to quickly and easily know the Asset Tag and Serial Number without logging on, use Alt +V on the sign-in screen.

Embedded below is a 30 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, September 15, 2022

How to go Pageless in Google Docs + some reasons why you would want to try it

 Google recently added the ability to create pageless documents. This is nice because you can create a document as long as you like without having to worry about paragraphs or sentences jumping to the next page and breaking the formatting. They will flow just like  a website does, a forever scroll. This is nice for your students/families or others as they can just scroll through the information. Check out how to change any Document into a Pageless Document with just a couple of clicks.

  1. Open a Google Document.

  2. Click on “File” and then “Page Setup”.

  3. Select the “Pageless” tab at the top.

  4. If you want to set the page background color you can do that as well.

  5. Click “Ok” at the bottom to set this change.
  6. This can all be undone and set back to regular pages by going back into Page Setup, choosing the “Pages” tab, and clicking “Ok”.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Multiple accounts in Google Chrome and why pinning it to the taskbar can save you some time and quickly launch a specific site.

 Utilizing multiple Google Chrome accounts can be very beneficial as it keeps personal accounts and work accounts separate. 

If you want to quickly see how to create multiple accounts, please click on the 1 minute video embedded below.

Below that you will see a 1 minute and 31 second video showing you the benefits of pinning those accounts and how to quickly launch a specific site right away.


Click below for how to pin those accounts and what right-clicking does for you.