A great feature to check out in Chrome://flags is Tab audio muting UI control. What this does is allow you to instantly mute a tab in Chrome without having to even go into the site.
Why is this great? Say you are playing some music in one tab and working on something in another tab. Someone comes into your room and you can just select the mute sound in the tab. Takes less time that right clicking and then muting.
Google’s G Suite has a new activity dashboard to show who read your files (Docs, Sheets, and Slides). The dashboard is available by selecting:
Think of it as being very similar to read receipts in an email. Once shared you can check the activity dashboard to see who has opened the file as well as who has access to the file. Maybe someone shared the file with someone you would rather not have access.
The option is available for users to toggle Activity Dashboard off for all files or for just this specific file. Below are 2 pictures showing you an introduction to Activity dashboard you will see in your file as well as the options you have to toggle on or off the dashboard.
Only G Suite Business and Enterprise users can see who has viewed their documents (when administrator permissions allow).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial.
"He hacked the computer!" I have heard that a lot this year from students and teachers when they see the embedded picture below.
What the student did was right click (or Ctrl+Shift+I) on the screen and then selected Inspect. Inspect basically shows you the innards of the site (source code, images, fonts, icons, etc). It is intended for developers, although anyone can access it. Typically the reason they did it was to get attention and make it look like they were "hacking".
I was not sure if I was going to share the following video with everyone but then I thought that knowledge is indeed power. If someone wanted to get someone else in some hot water - making it look like a social media post says something that it truly doesn't can accomplish this very quickly.
Please note again that they did not change the site - this is a browser feature intended for developers
Just so you have the knowledge - here is how to do it.
Right click on the web-page and select Inspect (or Ctrl+Shift+I)
type in document.designMode = 'on' and select enter
you can now go in and select the text you would like to alter
again you are not changing the actual site
The embedded 1 minute and 33 second YouTube tutorial below show you how a user can use this "Inspect" to go into any site and make it look like the site itself has been altered.
Please remember to always double check your sources before acting. You just never know.
That's right - check-boxes are available in Sheets.
When you are in a sheet simply select
Checkboxes in sheets have many uses - the one I show below deals with my wife who teachers 4th grade and has students write a state report. Students can not double up, so pasting in all 50 states and then adding checkboxes in the 2nd column easily shows what states have and have not been chosen.
FYI - this new feature was available in my personal Google account and has not yet been added to my school account.
If you would like to have access to over 25,000 books available to on any deviceto children 12 and under try Epic!
Epic! is free for educators; however, for families it is $7.99 (unless you get a referral by a teacher in which case it is $5.99 a month). Please note you have 30 days to try it for free.
In order for families to have access at home (after school hours) families would need to sign-up for an account.
The free educator version is for use in the classroom or school library only. For use at home, students should be using the home version of Epic!. This is due to our Terms of Service and our contracts with publishers.
In order to sign up you will need to follow the instructions on the site. If you are a teacher make sure you enter all information necessary so your school will be verified.
The other day I was working with a student whose name was always underlined as a spelling suggestion in his Google Docs. Once I showed him he could add his name in "personal dictionary" under Tools > Spelling his face shone so brightly!!
So... this post falls under the "Why didn't I do this before?" as well as "Better late than never!" categories. Adding closed captioning to your videos has numerous benefits including:
makes your post available to more users
Captions let viewers watch your video in more places
According to a study by the United Kingdom’s Ofcom, 80% of people who watch video with closed captions on are not deaf or hard of hearing. One major reason why people use captions is due to their environment.
Boosts views as well
If you would like to have your YouTube videos to include closed captioning here are the steps:
enter into your video manager and select Subtitles/CC
set your language
select language (English in my example)
check the transcript (edit where necessary)
go back to Info / Settings
in the tags field enter in the proper tags to go along with your video to make it available as well as one major tip
yt:cc=on this will force closed captioning for all users when they select your video
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial (with captions)!
Creator can be used on a Chromebook. You can create a teacher account and
invite your students to join your class. Your class can have a total of 40
books (with the free account) – but don’t worry you can download the books and
then add them to Google Drive.
site where students respond to a question directly from their iPad or
Chromebook with a code you provide them. The free version allows 1 minute and
30 seconds of response time.
sites are worth checking into and if you are interested in a helping hand
please let me know. I would love to come into your classroom.
The Book Creator app for Chrome is remarkably user friendly. As a teacher you can find the share code for students to join your library (available top middle of screen), as well as how to remove a user and freeze the join code (select the multi-user icon).
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial showing what was mentioned above.
You will then go through the rest of the process including inviting students to be part of your class
When ready you can start creating books (just like the app for the iPad)
It is important to point out that there is a free version (1 library and ability to store 40 books) as well as paid versions. Click here to see the pricing. Please note that you can delete books, download them, as well as share them online.
If you share online and then want to delete, you will need to stop publishing and then delete the book.
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 21 second YouTube tutorial.
Big shout out to Layla Lyons for sharing this with me the other day!
What does it look like when you share your Grid with your students? If you share the link to your Grid students will see all topics that have been created.
Students will see any resources, instructions, and attachments you have included with each topic. When the students select the topic they will see the resources, instructions, and attachments that pertain to that particular topic. Remember you do not need to share the whole grid, you can share just the individual topic.
Once students select the topic they will see the Flipgrid + Symbol as well as any other student video submissions. When they select the + they will see...
live video of user (will not record until select record icon)
ability to add stickie notes (will not be seen by viewers)
once video icon is selected a 3 second countdown will begin (90 seconds is the default)
students can pause video as well as delete
when completed select the green arrow icon to the right
a preview is available where students can decide to keep or delete
a selfie will then be taken to be displayed in the grid for all students to see
if allowed in your settings students can add stickers and drawings
finally, students will enter their name to be displayed in the grid
email, title, and links are optional
students can now download their video and selfie (if desired)
students can see their submission as well as other submissions
Embedded below is a 2 minute 17 second YouTube tutorial.
Once you have your Grid and topic created you can add some extra information to your topic to include a video, GIFs, photos, as well as a Google Doc. When completed you can share the code with students, or send the topic easily through Google Classroom or Remind.
In order to edit your topic:
Find your Grid (select My Grids at the top)
Under the Grid find the topic and select the actions button to the right and select Edit topic.
Under Topic Resources is where you can add a GIF, video, photo, etc.
Under Topic Resources you can include an external link (Google Docs, OneNote, Dropbox)
Once your topic has been updated you can then select the Share Topic icon and share as a URL, embed code, QR code, as well as share to Remind and Google Classroom.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 52 second YouTube tutorial.
This week (week of April 1st, 2018) Google Maps has added a mini-game using Waldo from Where's Waldo?
When you launch Google Maps using your Android, iOS, or notebook computer you will see Waldo appear on the left side of the screen (later on he will be available under the menu). When you select Waldo it will launch the game and will be taken to different parts of the globe. Just like in the books, you will need to find Waldo (and 4 of his other traveling friends if you would like to). Once you find Waldo it will unlock the next location. To move around on the map you can use your mouse or the directional arrows on your keyboard.
I never knew that in England (where the puzzle books originate from) it is Where's Wally? In the US and Canada they changed the name to Where's Waldo!
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 31 second YouTube tutorial I created.
If you are looking for a simple way to create GIFs using your webcam try the site Andtheniwaslike. You do not need to sign up on the site; however, if you do the GIFs will be saved to your account (free). The sign up is easy, just sign up using your Google, Twitter, or Facebook account.
Below are the steps to create your GIFs (you can add a caption if you like)
Select the record button
There will be a 3 second countdown
Once the recording has completed you will have some options
You can trim the GIF
Normal loping (GIF appears normally)
Back-and-forth looping (GIF goes back and forth)
Reverse looping (starts at the end of the GIF)
SAVE - your GIF is saved
If signed up for the site your GIF is saved (access it in upper right of screen)
If did not sign up for the site, right click on the GIF and save image
You can now add the GIF where you would like to
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial I created.