Thursday, July 2, 2020

Want to see a preview image of a tab in Google Chrome?

If you have a number of tabs open in Google Chrome and want to see a quick image of the site - simply enable the Tab Hover Cards and Tab Hover Card Images in Chrome Experiments by clicking on this link - chrome://flags/. You can see what it looks like in the image below as well as a second YouTube tutorial embedded below.

Take care,

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dinosaurs in Augmented Reality built into Google Search

Want to turn your backyard, home, or any room into Jurassic World? You can now search for any of the following 10 dinosaurs in a Google search:
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  •  Velociraptor
  •  Triceratops
  •  Spinosaurus
  •  Stegosaurus
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Dilophosaurus
  • Pteranodon
  • Parasaurolophus.
Once you search for one of the above mentioned dinosaur and make sure to select "View in 3D". Once you do so you can then adjust the size of the dinosaur. Click here for Google's article relating to the topic here - Travel back in time with AR dinosaurs in Search

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial I created.

Take care,

Sunday, May 31, 2020

How to create a Google Photos custom slideshow

The other day I was asked by a fellow teacher how to create a custom slideshow for her students using Google Photos.

While Google Photos can do a lot - it can't do a slideshow without a little bit of help.

Here are the steps I used to create a slideshow with audio. Of course there are other ways - but this was one way to do it.

  1. I found photos in the Google Photos and then selected the plus in the upper right and created an animation.
  2. The created animation is in a GIF format and moves quite quickly.
  3. I then opened 
    1. selected resize
    2. chose my file and uploaded it
    3. chose speed and slowed it down to 50% and saved it
  4. I then used WeVideo to upload my slowed down animation
  5. Finally, I used BenSound for my audio.
Embedded below is a 3 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, May 10, 2020

New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms.

On April 28th Google announced that a new sharing dialog for Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms would be rolled out.

The previous way (you may still see this for a bit longer) looks like what you see below.

The new sharing dialog looks like what you see below. You can see how it looks quite a bit different.

Below is a screenshot from Google's Blog explaining the changes as well as a 2 minute and 15 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Friday, May 1, 2020

Two ways to create audio files to place into a Google Slide. and Screencastify

If you would like to add audio in your Google Slides I have two ways that you can do it (of course there are many more ways to do it - but these are two that I have found to be useful). Online voice recorder and the extension Screencastify.

A reminder to check your sharing settings for each audio file as you will need to adjust to fit your needs.

Embedded below is a 3 minute and 48 second YouTube tutorial. I also made this tutorial last year - You can now add audio to your Google Slides

Take care,

Thursday, April 30, 2020

How students can see their work, assignments that are missing, as well as class comments and private comments.

In Google Classroom it can be frustrating to not see a notification come up on the initial page. That being said, numerous districts have opened up their email to allow notifications to show up in a student's district supplied email. However, not every student checks their email and not everyone has this feature turned on.

So, if you would like to see attachments by assignment, assignment due dates, missing work, as well as class comment and private comments be sure to enter into Classwork and then look for View your work.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 29 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Kami. Have a PDF that doesn't show Kami right away? Select the three dots and open in new window.

If you have been using Kami to have your student annotate a PDF in Google Classroom you know how helpful it can be. However, with any piece of technology sometimes a frustration can come up. One tiny hiccup occurred this morning when my son Jack opened his assignment and the "Open With" did not come up right away.

Thanks to my friend Alison she figured out that you need to select the three dots (more actions) on the right-hand side. Make sure to select three dots and choose open in new window. Now, in the new window you can select Open With - Annotate with Kami.

Embedded below is a 38 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,
Brad (and Jack)

Monday, April 27, 2020

How to personalize your Google Classroom Header (even add your Bitmoji)

Adjusting your Google Classroom header is one way to show a bit of personality to your class- plus adding your Bitmoji just makes it more fun. While changing the header has been around for years (check out how to add GIFs to your header "shameless self-promotion") Virginia Peterson created a great YouTube tutorial taking you through the process.

Virginia used Google Slides, in my example I use Google Drawings. 

Embedded below is a 5 minute and 50 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Tab Groups coming to Chrome 81 - allows you to organize your tabs

The ability to group Chrome tabs to organize the number of tabs you have open at one time will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks.

Once this feature is rolled out you will simply need to

  •  right click/double tap on a tab
  • select Add to new group
  • Name the new group
  • Keep or change the color of the group
Unfortunately as of now it does not appear that you can save the groups for later on, but you could always use Ctrl Shift T to bring them all back if you close the browser by mistake.

Of course future updates may reflect he ability to save these groups (fingers crossed).

If you would like to give this a look, you will need to add this "experiment" in Chrome flags by entering in chrome://flags/ typing in tab groups, enabling, and then relaunch Chrome.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 40 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

How to use Kami on an iPad in Google Classroom

If you would like to utilize Kami on an iPad in Google Classroom please watch the embedded 3 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial below. You will also see Kami's instructions by clicking here or seeing the information below the video.

To open a file from Google Classroom to Kami on an iPad, follow these steps: 

From Google Chrome Browser

  1. Click the three vertical dots in Google Classroom (not in Chrome), and select Open in new window.
2. Next, click the three vertical dots in Google Chrome (not in Google Classroom) > Request Desktop Site.
3. Select Open with -> Kami.
Note: For Safari, it is the same process, except for step 2 you will need to press and hold the page refresh button instead of the three dots in Chrome. 

From Google Classroom App

You will follow the same steps as the Google Chrome instructions above, but first you will need to open the file in a browser. To do so, click this button in the Classroom app and select Chrome if it asks which browser to use:

What if I need to open any PDF file on my iPad?

You can use Kami on your iPad by following these steps:
  1. Open the Chrome app.
  2. Visit the web version of Kami -
  3. Use Open from Google Drive or Open from Computer to select a file.

I followed these instructions and I still have problems. What now?

There are known issues with Kami in iOS. Unfortunately, this is because Apple does not support Chrome extensions or rendering non-embedded content on PDFs. It seems also there have been some recent changes to the Drive/Classroom apps that have rendered some of the workarounds we had to overcome this that we previously had in place are now obsolete.

Email our Customer Success team at Please use the Share Document button to share the file with us. Send us screenshots or screencasts and tell us what isn't working. Include the URL and file name in the screenshots/screencasts. Tell us who experienced the issue, an approximate time and date when the work was made, and when you realized there was an issue. We love any detail that you can provide - they help us fix the problem as quickly as possible!