If using an iPhone or iPad and reading an article in Safari and want to read a "clean" version of the article try this. Look in the left side of the search field for the 4 lines - tap it and you will see just the text and photos.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 19 second YouTube tutorial.
Ability to record your full screen, tab, webcam (show or hide), change video resolution, show markup tools
Markup tools - ability to pause, stop, highlight, draw, focus/spotlight, as well as an eraser and clear screen ability
When you stop recording you can edit the file easily
Trim, crop, add text, add emojis, as well as callouts (please see note below)
Add titles, tags, description
Share to Facebook, Twitter, Google Classroom, as well as embed
Ability to store videos and easily find your recordings
Their site has numerous instructional GIFs and tutorials to help you along your way as well as areas to ask questions and be in contact with a rep.
** One item to point out - while the site is free, the ability to add emojis, advanced editing, etc does come at a cost ($15 a year). However, the free extension is amazing and while there are times that a video needs to be longer than 5 minutes - 5 minutes should suffice. See embedded picture below for plans and cost if free version is not enough.
Embedded below is Hippo Video's tutorial as well as a is a 5 minute instructional video I created to show you the ins and outs of the site.
It can be very frustrating when you are scrolling down an article on your iPhone and you want to get back to the top. Well, thanks to this handy little trick from Tony Vincent you can get there quickly. Just tap the time in the status bar and you will instantly get to the top of the page/app.
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If you are looking for a very straightforward and easy to use video recorder (including webcam, tab recording, and mic) - try the extension Loom.
You will have a choice to use Continue with Google, Continue with Outlook, or log in with an email address.
You will see the Loom icon appear in your extensions and you can begin your recording from there.
What I think is a really nice feature is that Loom appears in your Gmail (when you select Compose in Gmail). When you see the icon appear, select it, you will then have the options to use the most recent recording, my videos, or create a new recording. If you choose create a new recording you will then be prompted to select Loom in your extensions. You will then select be able to record webcam, tab, or whole screen.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 58 second YouTube tutorial I created.
Thank you to Richard Byrne for posting this in his awesome blog - www.freetechforteachers.com.
If want to know if a site is secure in Google Chrome check to the left of the address bar. If you see a lock and Secure - the site is secure. See example picture below.
If you see this, know that the connections is not secure and is recommended you do not enter in any sensitive or personal information.
When you select the lock and Secure you will see many other options as well that will show you notifications, certificate information, cookies, as well as Site settings. Site settings is where you will see settings such as location, camera, microphone, Flash, etc.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 11 second YouTube tutorial plus 2 pictures of what the settings look like.
A great feature in Facebook has been "save link" (available on top right of posts select the three dots). However, it was kind of like having a spot to keep all of your clothes - but everything was in one drawer - kind of hard to keep organized.
Thankfully Facebook now allows you to customize your saved links to a collection. So you can keep all those sports articles, funny articles, recipes, etc all organized as you would like.
Here is how you can create your collections.
Select the three dots (think of them as more options)
Select save link
At the top of the saved link it will have the option to Add to a collection.
From there you can select your collection - or create a new one
Should you like to get to your collections easily
On the Facebook home page scroll down to under Explore and select saved
There is where you will see your collections as well as the ability to quickly and easily create new collections.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 11 second YouTube tutorial.
If you ever had the desire to create a podcast I have created a short blog post on one way you can do it with just your phone (my example is using an iPhone). There are numerous other services that could accomplish creating and storing a podcast, but I found this way to be pretty simple.
I use the Opinion App (I purchased the $3.99 paid version). From there all you need to do is launch the app and press the red circle and the recording has begun. Once completed you will see the recording and listen to it (you can also cut/trim certain sections as well). When you select your recording you then have the options to send the recording on (I downloaded the SoundCloud app (free) - so I just sent my recording straight to SoundCloud. You will be asked to name your podcast, add an image if you like, as well as your location. Remember to select Upload & Share (bottom right).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 43 second YouTube tutorial I created.
You will need to log on to SoundCloud and create your sign-in (I used a Google sign-in). From there you will be able to change your profile, see your stats, who you follow, etc.
Once you select profile you will then see your podcast that you just sent from your phone. You will see the share button as well as see the ability to edit your track, download, as well as delete your podcast).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 46 second YouTube tutorial I created.
Please feel free to reach out if any questions. Again, there are many ways in which you can create and share a podcast - this is just the simplest way that I have found.
Keep exploring with Google Arts & Culture. Meet the people, visit the places and learn about the events that shaped our world. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums. Be moved by stories depicted in thousands of photos, videos, manuscripts and artworks on every type of screen and in virtual reality. Find your favorite artworks, create your own collections and share them with friends.
However, what is going "viral" is that the app matches your face with famous paintings. All you need to do is scroll down on the home page to the 4th "section"
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 58 second YouTube tutorial.
If you have ever searched through Facebook for a post either you or a friend created it can be frustrating unless you know this simple little option.
If you are using the web version of Facebook simply enter into your account (or friend's profile) and after the profile name put a space and type in a keyword (baseball, Christmas, birthday, etc.) You will then see the posts that came up regarding that keyword (along with other options as well).
If you are using the Facebook app - simply enter into your account (or friend's profile) and next to their name in the bar at top you will see a magnifying glass. Select the magnifying glass and type in a keyword (baseball, Christmas, birthday, etc.) You will then see the posts that came up regarding that keyword (along with other options as well).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 33 second YouTube tutorial showing the two different ways.
If you would like to merge multiple Google Slide presentations into one, you will need to follow these directions:
Make sure to select the last slide in the 1st presentation.
Enter into the slide you wish to copy to the 1st presentation.
Select the 1st slide
Hold down shift
Select the final slide (all should be selected)
Select Ctrl C
Return to 1st Slide presentation
Paste the copied slide project (Ctrl v)
There you have it. If you are wondering why you would want to do this, one reason would be when your class is working on different parts of a topic. In the 4th grade class I was working with today, they were all working on different parts of the Appalachian Trail. The students would then have all information discussed in one slide presentation.
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This Google function involves the concept of "six degrees of separation" - the belief that we are all no more that six degrees apart. In this feature, no celebrity is more than six co-stars away from actor Kevin Bacon.
Embedded below is a GIF showing this feature with Barack Obama.
Check123 is a website that includes educational videos that are either one, two, or three minutes long. You can search videos by length of video, subject, and topic. Check123 lets you search by keyword or you can browse the subject categories.
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A little over a year ago I created a video tutorial and blog post on how to upload your Google Photos directly into Shutterfly. Well, within the past month the Google Photos icon was no longer there (Facebook, Instagram, and Smugmug are). I received a number of messages from disappointed users and I tweeted Shutterfly. They stated that this option is no longer available - what a bummer.
Today my wife and I were working on a calendar for my parents and noticed that the Google Photos icon shows up once you start working on a project.
I would suggest making a new album in Google Photos and then you will have that album ready to go for your Shutterfly project.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 21 second YouTube tutorial.
If you have ever found an image on the internet and you wanted to use it - it can be a hassle. With the Save to Google Photos extension it makes it so simple. Once the extension has been added all you need to do is right-click on the photo and save it right into Google Photos.
What is great about this is that with Google Photos' unlimited photo storage - you don't need to worry about storage. Do remember copyright rules when/if using the image you selected.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 39 second YouTube tutorial.
While there are plenty of extensions that allow users to split your screen. My personal favorite is Tab Resize - allows users to easily split their screen a number of ways (see embedded picture below).
However, if you want a quick way to split your screen, here are 2 ways.
Double tap next to the new tab section above the URL - you can then grab a tab and drag it to the other side.
Alt [ to open up the left side of the screen or Alt ] for the right side.
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"A supermoon happens when the full moon coincides with the moon's closest approach to Earth in its orbit. Supermoons make the moon appear a little brighter and closer than normal, although the difference is hard to spot with the naked eye."