Thursday, May 31, 2018

Google Expeditions now includes AR (Augmented Reality) + a great site to search all Expeditions

A great feature has come  to the Expeditions App (iOS and Google Play)- augmented reality (a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.)

When you enter into the Expeditions App, simply select AR and you will be taken to a list of all AR tours. The tours include Coral Reefs, The Spanish Armada, Bridges, Solar System, Bees, The Skeletal System, and many more.

For a complete list of Expeditions in VR (virtual reality) as well as AR check out Aquila Education's simple to search website 

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial I created in the front of my house.


Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Chrome Music Lab - Sound Waves, Arpeggios, Kandinsky, and Melody Maker

This post is the second one in a series of posts about Google's Chrome Music Lab. The first post dealt with making songs, listening to and making rhythms, spectrogram, and chords and is available by clicking here.

Google's Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun.
The site is free and allows for users to experiment with making sound waves, arpeggios, Kandinsky experiment, as well as a Melody Maker.

To see a 2 minute and 1-second YouTube tutorial I created, please click on the embedded video
below.


Take care,
Brad


Monday, May 28, 2018

Chrome Music Lab - Song Maker, Rhythm, Spectrogram, and Chords

Google's Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun.
The site is free and allows for users to experiment with making songs, listening to and making rhythms, spectrogram, and chords.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Looking for free comic-book printables? Try Makebeliefscomix.com

If you are looking for free printables for your classroom or for your child(ren) take a look at Bill Zimmerman's Makebeliefscomix.com.

When you enter the site select printables and you will see 700+ printables ready to be printed. They are arranged by category as well.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Classroomscreen - use a GIF as a background!!

Classroomscreen.com has a nice new update - the ability to use GIFs as a background!

When you access the backgrounds, look to the right for the GIFs (there are a total of 7).

Embedded below is a 25 second YouTube tutorial showing how to access the GIFs and a few examples.


There is a GIF below as well showing all 7 GIFs.




If new to Classroomscreen.com - click here for a link to numerous posts about this incredible and easy to use site.

Take care,
Brad


Friday, May 25, 2018

Favorite a photo in Google Photos

Just today (5/25/18) I noticed in Google Photos on my phone I noticed a Star next to the three dots (upper right). This star allows you to favorite a photo. You can then access your favorited photos by going into your albums and selecting favorites.

This is a nice new feature and will be rolled out over the next few weeks. This option I do not see on my notebook computer.

Embedded below is a 32 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care!
Brad

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Grammarly Extension - automatically detect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word choice!

The Grammarly extension will make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful.

Once you add Grammarly, your spelling and grammar will be reviewed almost everywhere you write on the web (Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, etc.)

There are currently more than 10 million users of Grammarly!

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 57-second YouTube tutorial I created.


Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chrome running slowly? Check Task Manager in Google Chrome

If you are noticing that for some reason Google Chrome is running slowly, check Chrome's Task Manager. When you do this you will be able to view the processes running inside Google Chrome. In your task manager window you’ll see every open tab along with every enabled extension, the amount of memory and CPU power each is using, and how much network data they’re sending or receiving.

Embedded below is a 40 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Monday, May 21, 2018

Want more results when you search in Google?

If you would like to see more than 10 results when you search in Google:

  • Search for a topic 
  • Select settings
  • Search settings
  • See Results per page and take anywhere from 10 to 100
    • The more results per page the slower the results page will load
  • Remember to select Save at the bottom
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 10 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Gmail - How to add personal pictures to the background

In the newly redesigned Gmail a nice feature is being able to choose a theme for your background (including the ability to add your own personal picture).

To add a new picture:

  • Settings Gear
  • Themes
  • Pick your theme
  • To add your own select My Photos (bottom left)
  • Select where your photo is stored
Embedded below is a 45 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Saturday, May 19, 2018

QR Code Log-ins for Book Creator - great for younger users.

If you would like to use Book Creator for Chrome and would like to have a simple way to sign-in (great for younger users as well as those who do not have Google accounts) - try using their QR code generator.

Upon sign-in select your picture (upper-right) and then select QR logins.

Type or paste in the names of your students (you can always add more later) and then print individual or all QR codes at once.

When students log in, make sure they select QR code and allow camera access.

Embedded below is a 39 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 18, 2018

Save Tweets in Twitter Bookmarks

If you have ever found tweets that you would like to go back to, use Twitter's mobile site (either on your mobile device or type in https://mobile.twitter.com/home).

When you find a Tweet you would like to bookmark select the up arrow and then Add Tweet to Bookmarks).

Embedded below is a 33 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail

Before you can write emails faster with Smart Compose you will need to Enable experimental access. Once you enable experimental access you will gain early access to features still under development. Google may email you to request feedback on these features. Experimental features may be removed without notice.

How to enable experimental access:

  • select the settings gear
  • settings
  • scroll down and check enable experimental access
  • save changes
  • Gmail will relaunch
How to enable Smart Compose:
  • select the settings gear
  • settings
  • scroll down to 5th option (Smart Compose)
  • check Writing suggestions on
  • save changes
Compose a new email
  • When you start composing your email, suggestions will come up. If you like the suggestion and would like to use it make sure to select Tab. If you d not like the suggestion, ignore and keep writing.
  • I have found so far that the option took me a day or so to get accustomed to and the suggestions have been beneficial. However, as Levar Burton would say, "You don't have to take my word for it!" Try it yourself!
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 15 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad






Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Outlook - How to remove the bell every time you receive an email

If you would like to remove the bell sound every time you receive an email in Outlook - follow these steps.

  • File
  • Options
  • Mail
  • Message arrival
  • Uncheck play a sound
  • Select Ok
Embedded below is a 31 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Monday, May 14, 2018

Use your Bitmoji in Classroomscreen.com

Adding your bitmoji in Classroomscreen.com just adds that little bit of fun for you and your students. Make sure to add the Bitmoji extension in Chrome and then either copy and drag into a text box of copy and use Ctrl V.

Embedded below is a 42-second YouTube tutorial I created.





Sunday, May 13, 2018

Make a video out of your photos in Google Photos - perfect for Mother's Day

If you use Google Photos and would like to quickly and easily create a video out of the photos, try https://photos.google.com/movies/create. You will be presented with an image like you see below.


You can then select the video you would like to create. In the example 1 minute and 22-second video below, I show how to create a Mother's Day video.


Take care and Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there.
Brad

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Confidential Mode in Gmail - from a sender's and recipient's point of view.

If you have enabled the new Gmail you will see that a new feature is the ability to use confidential mode in Gmail. Confidential mode allows you to send an email that recipients will not have the option to forward email contents, copy/paste, download, nor print. You can also set an expiration date of 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 3 months, or 5 years. You can also send an SMS password code if desired.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 34 second YouTube tutorial from both the sender's and receiver's point of view.

To find out more about Gmail's confidential mode click here.

One thing to point out, I did read that if you do not see Confidential Mode - try going under settings and then toggle conversation view to on. I myself did not have to do this - but read a few places that some users did. Not sure why or if this would make a difference - just passing on.



Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 11, 2018

Extensions in Chrome - where can I see all the ones I have added?

If you are a Google Chrome extension user and would like to quickly see all the extensions you have added all you need to do is

  •  select the three dots (upper right)  
  • at the very top you will see all extensions you have enabled.
  • you can then drag the extension to next to the address bar
Embedded below is a 41 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Khan Academy - How parents/families can create an account for their children (free)

If you would like your child or children to use Khan Academy and you would like to see their progress, sign up for a parent account.

In the embedded 2 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial below, I show how to create an account for a child. The example shows what it looks like for a child under 13. To see the PDF for the differences between a restricted and non-restricted click here.


If you have any questions please reach out.
Brad

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

This week's 7 posts (Ai, Khan Academy, Talk to Books) + video of Google Assistant Making a Phone Call

Hi everyone,

I wanted to pass on this past week's blog posts. I do want to point out that the “Talk to Books” while fascinating (ask it a question and scans 100,000+ books to find an answer) it may not be something you would use with a younger audience. This was something to pass on to you to try.

Wanted to point out that if you are ever frustrated with selecting text in a doc, try double clicking beforehand (to select full words), or triple-clicking to select full paragraphs.

Finally, I wanted to pass this on to take a look at - Click here for Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call.

Selecting text in a document? Try double and triple clicking before selecting the text.

When selecting text to copy or cut dragging your cursor character by character can be a bugger. Try these options:
  • Double click before text - this will allow you to select a word at a time - not just characters
  • Triple click before text - this will allow you to select a whole paragraph
Embedded below is a 31 second YouTube tutorial.


Any questions please let me know!
Brad

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Khan Academy - How teachers can log on, create an account, use Google Classroom, & assign content.

Khan Academy offers the ability to learn about math, art, computer programming, grammar, etc all for free.

The example video I have embedded below goes through the process of creating a teacher account (Google account) as well as using Google Classroom to import your class(es).

If you select Teachers, start here, then select Continue with Google, and then you can add your class. If you do not see the option, select your name in the upper right and then select Coach Dashboard.

When ready select Add new class and a pop-up window will appear. If using Google Classroom make sure to select the Import from Google Classroom button and then select your class.

Once you have selected your class, select the grade (you can skip this but I think you will want to select it), then you can assign the content you would like to.

Make sure to check out the tabs across the top for Content, Assignments, Progress, Activity, Roster, and Settings.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 53 second YouTube tutorial I created.



Take care,
Brad



Monday, May 7, 2018

Juxtapose - easy to create image comparison

The other day my friend and colleague Layla Lyons (great follow on Twitter by the way) shared a way to make photo comparisons using a site known as Juxtapose.

I recommend taking a look at some of the examples that have  already been created. The ones of Berlin took my breath away.

The site is very easy to use.

  • Find 2 pictures that show a comparison
    • best if taken from the exact same spot 
  • Right click to copy the image address and paste where states URL
    • Add a tlabel and credit
  • Select preview
  • Publish and share
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Semantris Blocks - Artificial Intelligence word association game (blocks - can take your time)

Semantris blocks are very similar to the Arcade version, however, you are presented with words that you need to eliminate. When you eliminate the word you are given a certain number of points. However, take a good look around and make sure that when you enter a clue word it is not similar to another word, An example would be boat. I was going to type in water; however, the term ocean was there as well. So, I typed in an engine and it removed the boat.

If you see a word in a certain color block and there are a lot of other colored blocks - you will want to aim for that word because all of the blocks will be removed, thus gaining you more points.

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





Take care,
Brad

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Semantris - Artificial Intelligence Arcade version - word association game

Semantris  is a word association game powered by machine learning. The goal of the arcade version is to think fast, type fast, and get as many points as you can. In order to "get points" you will need to enter clues that you think go best with the given word. Each time you enter a clue, the AI looks at all the words in play and chooses the ones it thinks are most related.

The faster you are the more points you will gain.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial showing how this site works.




Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 4, 2018

Talk to Books - Ask a question and the model looks in over 100,000 books for an AI response

Talk to Books provides a way to ask questions and have AI (artificial intelligence) browse over 100,000 books to provide you with information.


A big thank you to Steve Wick for sharing this link the other day on his Twitter feed. Embedded below is a 1 minute and 13 second YouTube tutorial I created showing how to use the site.


Take care,
Brad

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Customize values to your checkboxes in Google Sheets

Today I was asked a question on YouTube dealing with checkboxes in Google Docs and how to get a sum of the total number of checkboxes. Here is how to do it.

  • Enter into your Google Sheet and select the area that you would like checkboxes to appear
  • Select Data
    • Data Validation
    • Criteria - select the box that states select from range and change the criteria to checkbox
    • Select use custom cell values (for this example I used 1 for checked and 0 for unchecked)
      • Select Save
    • Go back to the sheet and select the boxes you would like checked
    • Finally, insert a Function (in this case I used sum)
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial I created.


Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

14 quick blog posts (Mute a Tab in Chrome, Epic!, Source Code, Activity Dashboard, Favicons in Omnibox)

How to add your YouTube video with captions to Facebook







Search in the address bar (Omnibox) in Google and have Favicons show in a search

A quick reminder that you can search in the Google address bar (also known as the Omibox). A new feature (was previously an experiment) is that many times you will receive an answer to your question in the Omnibox. Please know answers do not always come in the Omnibox but will when you hit enter.

Something to point out is that you can search for experiments in Google Chrome by typing in chrome://flags and then searching for some features to help make Chrome "better".

One experiment to check out is the ability to add Favicons (think pictures companies have to represent them). To add the Favicons type in Favicon and add the Omnibox UI Show Suggestion Favicons. You will need to relaunch Chrome in order for the Favicons to show.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 18 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Book Creator in Chrome - allows the book to be read aloud to the reader

A great addition to Book Creator in Chrome is the ability for the reader to have the book read aloud (just like in the app).

The ability for the book to be read comes when the reader selects play and then Read to Me (upper right).

Embedded below is a 23 second YouTube tutorial I created. To find other tutorials I have created dealing with Book Creator either click here or select the page above.


Take care,
Brad