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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Find photos from a friend quickly on your iPhone

How many times have you wanted to find a photo/video that you know a friend shared with you, but you can't find it quickly because you are scrolling through your texts?

Well there is an easy way to find them:

  • Tap their name
  •  the i
  •  then you can look through photos from your conversations
Embedded below is a 23 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wakelet Update - You can now upload multiple images to your collection.

Wakelet's newest enhancement allows the user to add multiple images at once. This is such an important addition as this will be a huge time saver.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 27 second YouTube tutorial as well as a Wakelet collection showing the ins and outs of the site.






Thursday, May 16, 2019

Missing the menu in your Google Docs? Try Ctrl + Shift + F

In this past week there have been a number of teachers who have contacted me regarding missing their menu in their Google Docs.

There are 2 ways to solve this issue:
  1. Try Ctrl + Shift + F
  2. Select the symbol in the upper right (see embedded pic)
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 14 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Where are extensions in Google Chrome and how can I remove one easily?

In the school district where I work there have been a few pop-ups and advertisements that have been coming up on teacher's computers. What appears to be the issue is that an extension was added. To remove the extension look to the right of your address bar and right click on one that you believe to be the issue.

The one that was causing issues was one entitled "Ads by PDF viewer".

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 42 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Use Google Translate to translate an entire website into the language of your choice.

Google Translate is an amazing site and app. One simple use of the site is the ability to paste the url of the website you would like to be translated and simply select the language you would like it translated to.

In the example below you will see a GIF followed by a 45 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Monday, May 13, 2019

You can place callers on Hold using your iPhone then Merge the calls (if you like)

So, I was goofing around the other day and found out that if you hold down the Mute button for 5 seconds while on a call, this will place the caller on Hold.

You are then free to add a call and merge the calls, or to work on whatever else you need to do!

To merge a call:

  • add call
  • call them
  • select Merge Call


Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 20 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Use Google Photos to easily create a Mother's Day Movie (or dog, cat, Father's Day, etc)

If you use Google Photos, remember you can easily create a movie by choosing from among the options you see below.



Once you choose the category your movie falls in, follow the directions (for Mother's Day choose the mom, and then the children, grandchildren, etc.)

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Control Center Settings Plus 3D Touch Options

If you have an iOS device make sure to take advantage of your control center and the 3D touch options that come with it.

Your control center can be found when you scroll up from the bottom of the screen. Some of the options include the ability to instantly send what is on your device to an Apple TV, record your screen, have a flashlight, timer, calculator, etc. The options can all be seen below. Plus - make sure to press on the icon for the 3D touch options.

                                                                                  
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 10, 2019

Ride a rocket through an interactive view of the Solar System

If you (or your students/children) want to ride a rocket through an interactive view of the Solar System, check out BBC's How Big is Space?

As you use your arrow key  (or drag the page view) your rocket will travel through the Solar System. You will see information regarding space travel and the distance (in km) that objects are from Earth. Example - Legonaut 24km Lego man launched by two Canadian teenagers in January 2012



 Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 55 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Thursday, May 9, 2019

New word cloud tool - Wordwanderer

The other day TCEA shared a blog post about Word Wanderer. What separates Word wanderer from other cloud tools is you can see how terms are related to each other, see different forms of speech in the text, etc.

This is a great site to check your won writing, show students how text is related, see words of speech, etc.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 33 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Google Classroom's iOS App now includes a student selector

Google Classroom's iOS app has a student selector built into it. To read an article about this feature from Google click here.

A few nice features is the fact that when a student's name is called you can

  • Call on the student later
  • Mark them as absent
  • See how many have not been picked 
    • as well as a running tally of how many picked and how many absent
  • You can also reset the selector as well
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 49 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Have an issue with staying focused while writing? Try the Mostdangerouswritingapp

Need to stay focused while writing? Try Themostdangerouswritingapp. Basically, choose the amount of time you would like to write (anywhere from 3 minutes to 1 hour). If you stop writing for 5 seconds within the time frame, all writing will be lost. If you write for the allotted time, you can then save your writing to your computer.

The site is designed to remove your inner editor and get you to focus at the task at hand - write!

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




Take care,
Brad

Monday, May 6, 2019

Learn math and science topics complete with videos as well as practice questions with Braingenie

Braingenie allows you to practice math and science topics complete with instructional videos and practice questions.

As a student you can use the site without signing up; however, it will not store your results for the future. As a teacher you can use the site without signing up as well; however, if you sign up for an account (free) you can assign topics to your class.

Embedded below is a photo showing all the available courses as well as a 1 minute and 28 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Google Earth Engine Timelapse website - Animations from 35 years of satellite imagery

Google recently updated their Google Earth Engine Timelapse  to provide historical imagery (animations from 35 years of satellite imagery) in an online version of Google Earth. It is fascinating to see the animations and how areas have changed.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a minute 1 minute and 21 second YouTube video I created.





Take care,
Brad

Saturday, May 4, 2019

How to leave feedback to your students in Flipgrid.

Flipgrid is an amazing platform to amplify student voice. While it is awesome for students to have the ability to voice their thoughts, what can take it a step further is for the teacher to be able to leave constructive feedback for their students.

Flipgrid has the ability to add feedback in 
  • rubric form
  •  comment (1024 characters)
  •  or my personal favorite - reply with a video!
  • you can also feature the response, spark the response, add Mixtapes, leave a mic drop (see the embedded picture below)

In order to leave feedback make sure to 
  • enter your grid
  • select the topic
  • select the video you would like
  • the video will play right away

Below is a 1 minute and 22 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nice update in Wakelet - Ability to insert bullet points in the notes field.

Wakelet is an amazing platform to store anything with a link into one shareable link to share with others. Wakelet also continues to upgrade their platform constantly.

The newest upgrade is the ability to insert bullet points into the notes field. This is a simple but useful upgrade as it can help you make certain points stand out.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 32 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Free science and math simulations for teaching STEM topics. Over 360 million simulations!

phET interactive simulations offers teachers and students over 360 million free simulations revolving around science and math topics for free. Simulations are available from elementary all the way to University.

If you join the site (free) you can share a topic directly into Google Classroom!

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 22 second example showing area model introduction.


Shout out to Sarak Keifer for sharing this the other day on Twitter!

Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Copy and paste images in sheets

Google recently announced that you can easily copy and paste images on the web directly into a cell in Google Sheets.
  • Simply right click on the image 
  • select Copy Image
  • enter into your Sheet and CTRL V to paste
For more information - here is the link to Google's post - 

https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/04/new-tools-sheets.html

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 34 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Team Drives is being renamed to Shared Drives (early June)

Starting on June 3, 2019 (1-3 day rollout) the name Team Drives will be renamed to Shared Drives. The reason Google stated was because Team Drives are used for a lot more than sharing within teams, so “shared drives” makes it easier to understand how you could use them.

For information regarding this update click here - Team Drives is being renamed to shared drives.

FYI - On mobile, Android users will see this change beginning on May 28, 2019. iOS users will see this change beginning on May 21, 2019.

Take care,
Brad

Monday, April 29, 2019

Popular Tech Myths in US You can charge your phone overnight - won't hurt the battery. πŸ“±πŸŒƒπŸ”‹πŸ‘Œ + most Googled tech question by state. Apparently "Phone in rice" is a big one! πŸ“±πŸšπŸ˜ƒ

PC Mag recently shared popular tech myths in 2019 and it is an interesting read. You can see one chart embedded below. Basically, a bigger sensor helps you take better pictures with your phone (not megapixels), you don't harm the battery on your phone by charging overnight, Macs do get viruses, a computer does not need to be shut down every night, etc.

You can also view on the site the most Googled tech question by state. Apparently phone in rice is big in a number of states!


Enjoy!
Brad

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Quizlet App Feature (Beta) Swipe to the right to set aside terms you know and to the left to study again.

Quizlet has a Beta Feature available in their app (Smart Swipe) Swipe to the right to set aside terms you know and to the left to study again.

If you do not see this feature available, you can delete the app and add the app , or make sure to update the app.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 12 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Where do MLB and NFL fans live?

Seatgeek has provided a map showing all 50 states and what counties root for what team for MLB and NFL.

Click here for Where do MLB fans live.



Team with the most U.S. counties: Atlanta Braves

Team with the most out-of-state counties: Atlanta Braves

Team that covers the greatest land area: Seattle Mariners

Team with the most California counties: San Francisco Giants

State with the most teams : Pennsylvania - 7


Click here for Where do NFL Fans live.


Team with the most U.S. counties: Dallas Cowboys

Team that covers the greatest land area: Seattle Seahawks

Team with the most out-of-state counties: Kansas City Chiefs

Team with the most California counties: San Francisco 49ers

This would be great for comparing and contrasting for students!

Go Eagles!
Brad

Friday, April 26, 2019

Google's Avengers Easter Egg

Google has added an Easter Egg into their search. If you search for Thanos and then select the "glove" items will disappear. If you want items to reappear, simply re-select the glove. This works on mobile devices as well as on a notebook.

Embedded below is a 38 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Moment AR - help engage a child in talking about emotions.

Moment AR is an augmented reality app that helps to engage a child in talking about their emotions. Please note you will need a smartphone or tablet as well as a merge cube - https://www.MergeCube.com.

When you launch the app you will see the options you see below. Once you select the option the camera will open and you will need to place the merge cube in front of the device to see the augmentation.

When you use the emotions option you will see the characters. Make sure to tap on one of them and then you will see the character acting out scenes on the cube. This is great to discuss with the child about how the character is feeling and the discussion can begin. To go back to the other emotions make sure to tap the character and it will return to the original screen.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Create an app using Google Sheets. You read that correctly! No coding necessary.

Many view creating an app as something that is reserved for those who know coding inside and out. If you can create a spreadsheet in Google Sheets, you can create a working app. While this will create an app - it will not be a published app in the app store or Google Play; however, you can pursue that.

What you will need to do is create the information you want in your app in a Google Spreadsheet and then open up the website Glide - https://www.glideapps.com/

Once you open the site there are plenty of sample apps (with available spreadsheets) and sample videos.

When you select create app you will then need to choose your spreadsheet and make adjustments once built. One item that I would suggest you look at is the screen icon (left side and looks like a screen of a phone). You can then choose the layout (if using pictures make sure to select list - but check the others as well.

You can then choose to open the app (left side) as well as share (left side). You will see some options available for sharing as well as the settings option that allows you to change the image, name , description, as well as if you would like it public or with a password.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 2 minute and 32 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Add audio to GIFs / memes/ photos

If you would like to add audio to  GIFs/ memes / photos try using the GIFnote app. One item to point out the music that is suggested sometimes has language that is not appropriate - so while this is fun, it is something I wanted to point out.

When you log on you will see trending GIFs as well as categories above to search. If you would like to see one, simply select it and then you will see it play and you can hear the music by selecting the audio icon. You can share it by selecting the share icon in the bottom right. You can also save this as afavorite (upper right heart) as long as you are logged in with an account (you can use Facebook).

If you would like to make your own just select the photo/meme/GIF you would like to use and then search for the music that you would like to accompany it.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,
Brad

Monday, April 22, 2019

Want to create a word search/scramble, hangman, bingo, matching game, tournament bracket or random name picker without a spreadsheet? Try Flippity's quick creation.

Flippity's quick creation allows you to create the options you see below with their quick creation solution.

Random Name Picker
Fun With Words
Word Search
Word Scramble
Hangman
Bingo
Matching Game
Tournament Bracket

In the example below, I show my son (Jack who is 6) and how he wanted to create a tournament of the first 64 Pokemon. Of course Pikachu ⚡ won! 

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 41 second YouTube tutorial.





Gotta catch em allπŸ˜ƒ!!
Brad

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Take your VR Tour to the next level by adding audio

Earlier this month I shared how to create a virtual tour from your computer and share it  - today I am sharing how you can take your tour to the next level - add audio!

To add audio (you will need to have it be an MP3) you can use a website such as 123apps'  online voice recorder. What is great about online voice recorder is the fact that it allows you to trim your audio, save it, and the fact it is free.

You can also use audio from your phone (and upload it to a site such as Google Drive) and then convert it to MP3 using 123apps' online audio converter.

You can then add the audio recordings directly in your tour by clicking on the area (or scene) you would like to add audio and click on what you see below (looks like a person with audio). The other option is to add ambient noise.
Once you upload your audio, publish your tour, and share it - please remind your viewers to select the gear (upper right) and make sure they click on the gear and turn narration on.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 25 second YouTube tutorial I created.



Take care,
Brad

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Test your knowledge - Quizzes built into Google Earth

You can access the quizzes by selecting Voyager and then games - or you can click here.

  • Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego - The Crown Jewels Caper
      • The world’s greatest super thief has struck again. Can you track her around the globe to recover the stolen loot?
    • Coming Soon: The Tutankhamun's Mask Caper
      • Check back soon to help Carmen Sandiego track VILE operative Paper Star as she seeks the keys to the Kremlin.
    • Coming Soon:The Keys to the Kremlin Caper
      • Check back soon to help Carmen Sandiego track VILE operative Paper Star as she seeks the keys to the Kremlin.
  • Animals of the World
    • Test your knowledge about the creatures large and small that share our planet.
  • Natural Wonders
    • Test your knowledge of places near and far. Take this multiple-choice quiz and explore some unbelievable natural wonders.
  • Ocean Safari
    • How well do you know the ocean’s biggest creatures? Test your knowledge while taking a virtual dive around the world.
  • Summer Travel
    • Test your knowledge of nine of the most popular travel destinations on Google Earth.
  • Beaches Around the World
    • Test your knowledge of the world’s sandy stretches, from beachcomber’s favorites to idyllic spots caught on the silver screen.
  • Spooky Spots
    • Test your knowledge of some of the world’s eeriest environs, from haunted hotels to macabre mountains.
  • Football (soccer) Trivia
    • Whether you call it football or soccer, test your knowledge of championship matches and world records.
  • Castles & Palaces
    • Think you know your royal residences? Test your knowledge of these castles and palaces around the world.
  • Holiday Traditions
    • Test your knowledge of holiday celebrations across the globe.
  • World War 1
    • Test your knowledge of the battles and events that took place during WWI, the first truly global conflict.
Below are snapshots of what the quizzes look like.



Take care,
Brad

Friday, April 19, 2019

Create a GIF right from your iPhone - use the Gboard keyboard

If you would like to send a quick GIF right from your iPhone quickly and easily, try adding the GBoard - Google's Keyboard 

Once added, select what looks like the infinity symbol over a camera (right side) and then you will see your options.

For a little something extra select the options on the right side to add a few effects.

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 28 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,
Brad

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Flippity's Scavenger Hunt. Fun way to create a challenge for your students!

Flippity  has a scavenger hunt template ready for you to use to challenge your students, or better yet - have them create some to challenge one-another.

You could use the template in the site; however, for ease of use I would recommend you use their Add-on . You could add it directly from their website, or click here. The Add-on is great as the templates are built directly into your spreadsheet as well as the already published URL.

Please note in the spreadsheet there is a link to adjust options - you will see in the video below.

Two items I would like to point out to possibly make it easier for you / your students.

  1. Create the questions and place somewhere easy to access. In the example below I used Google Keep.
  2. If you have a lot of items to use I would use an extension such as Tab-Resize

Embedded below is a GIF showing a published version as well as a 2 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Flippity has a new Add-on and it is awesome! Plus - how to change Flippity's Hangman to a different game.

Awesome news! Flippity has a brand new Add-on for Google Sheets that is outstanding and easy to use.

If you are new to Flippity, Flippity is a site that turns Google Spreadsheets into a random name picker, games, flashcards, etc.

Below you will see an embedded  GIF followed by a 2 minute and 5 second YouTube tutorial showing how to use the Add-on plus how to change Hangman to a different game (snowman). This is a nice solution to this popular game.




Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Flipgrid how to have your class access your grid on shared devices (hint - use Classroomscreen as well)

If you would like to have your Grid easily available for your students on shared devices try the following.

  • Create your grid and make sure to select Student ID as the Grid Community Type
    • Name your Grid
    • Create your Flip Code
  • When asked to create your student list you can type in just one name
    • Student and then 1 for last name
  • That is all the names you will need as students can later edit the name when they access the grid
  • You can then print the QR code (along with the Flip Code and Student ID) 
    • I recommend copying the QR code and Flip Code and Student ID and pasting in Classroomscreen.com
      • This allows for students to be able to scan the QR code on a shared device 
  • Students can now scan the code, access te Grid, alter their name, and create their video.
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 21 second YouTube tutorial showing the above as well as what it looks like from a student's point of view using a mobile deice.


Take care,
Brad

Monday, April 15, 2019

You can now add audio to your Google Slides

In Google Slides you can now add audio (MP3 and WAV files from Drive). If you see this feature is not available to you, it will be rolled out over the next couple of weeks (information below was posted on Google's Blog).

  • Rapid Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on April 2, 2019. 
  • Scheduled Release domains: Gradual rollout (up to 15 days for feature visibility) starting on April 18, 2019. 

  • In order to insert audio you will need to have the file available in your Google Drive (remember this is an MP3 or WAV file). If recording on an iOS device the voice memos are in an MPEG 4 so you will need to use an audio converter such as Online Audio Converter.

    To insert an audio file follow these steps:

    • Select Insert Audio
    • Select your file in Drive
    • Once audio is inserted you can adjust audio settings by clicking on Format Options in the toolbar and you will see the options you see below.



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





    Take care,
    Brad



    Sunday, April 14, 2019

    Wheeldecide is a fun and simple to use random name picker that is in the form of a spinner

    Wheeldecide is a fun and simple to use random name picker that is in the form of a spinner. A few weeks ago I posted about Wheel of Names.

    Wheeldecide is very similar (can post 100 names individually or pasting) and save it with a Facebook log-in. What makes it different are the dynamic wheels where you can have a spinner made of restaurants and events around you, box office movies, as well as movie rentals.


    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 38 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad

    Saturday, April 13, 2019

    Tired of seeing sports score notifications on your iPhone?

    If you have received sports score notifications on your iPhone and don't want them - there is a simple solution.


    • Enter into your settings
    • Scroll down to TV
    • Toggle off Show Sports Scores
    • It really is that easy!
    Embedded below is a 24 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Friday, April 12, 2019

    Use the Chwazi App to choose who pays the bill, who goes first, or who is in what group.

    This app is outstanding and will make choices for you. All you need to do is download the Chwazi app and place fingers on the screen and the app will make the choice for you.

    You can adjust the number of fingers chosen as well as have it create groups for the user (check the upper left of the screen for those options).

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





    Thanks to Tony Vincent for Tweeting about this. See Tweet below

    Take care,
    Brad

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Tour Builder Blog Post update - open tour directly in Earth

    The other day I shared how to view and save Tour Builder tours - click on this link: How to view and save your tours you created using Tour Builder in Google Earth

    In the post I describe how to download the Tour in a file known as a KML file and then upload to Google Earth. While you can do that - it is much easier select options (upper right three lines) and then selecting Open in Earth (see picture and GIF below).




    Take care,
    Brad

    Wednesday, April 10, 2019

    Share distraction free YouTube videos using Wakelet

    If you have ever found a YouTube video that you would like to share with your students or with the families of your students, but are frustrated because of the ads or that YouTube automatically will play the next video - I have solution.

    Try loading the videos into a Wakelet collection and share with your students / families - ad and auto videos are removed.

    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 44 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Tuesday, April 9, 2019

    Looking to learn about a Google tool? Try Google's Teacher Center!

    The other day a colleague asked me if there were some sites that would allow her to learn on her own about certain Google tools. Well there is - the Google Teacher Center. From Classroom to Gmail to Chromebooks and Tablets - the teacher center has you covered.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, April 8, 2019

    Curve/arch your text, download as a PNG image, and import to Slides, Docs, etc.

    Tony Vincent the other day Tweeted about the ability to arch text and import into Google Slides - see embedded Tweet below.


     This is a great and simple way to add a little creativity to your Slide, Doc, Drawing, etc.

    Embedded below is a 1:59 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Sunday, April 7, 2019

    Use the Select to Speak extension to have any text read aloud to you in 27 languages and 21 different speeds.

    The Select to Speak extension allows you to have any text read aloud to you in 27 languages and 21 different speeds.

    Once added, make sure to select the text you would like read aloud and then simply click on the extension and the text will be read aloud. If you would like to make adjustments (speed, male/female and language) right click on the extension.

    Embedded below will show you what the free and paid version offer as well as a 1:17 YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad


    Saturday, April 6, 2019

    Twitter Dark Mode, Dim, Lights Out, and adjust text size

    Twitter's newest update allows you to scroll with 2 options - dim and lights out which you can adjust automatically in the mornings and evenings.

    On your device

    • select your profile picture
    • Settings and privacy
    • Display and sound
      • Dark Mode
        • Dim and Lights Out
      • Automatic Dark Mode
    Embedded below is a 54 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad

    Friday, April 5, 2019

    Paste text into 'SMMRY' and you will see a summary at the length you designate.

    SMMRY allows the user to paste a URL, file, text, essay, or story in the box and a shortened summary will be supplied to you. SMMRY allows you to adjust the length of the summary as well.

    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 52 second YouTube tutorial as well as information revolving around SMMRY.





    Below is more information that is available in the "About" section:


    SMMRY (pronounced SUMMARY) was created to summarize articles and text.

    SMMRY's mission is to provide an efficient manner of understanding text, which is done primarily by reducing the text to only the most important sentences. SMMRY accomplishes its mission by:

    • Ranking sentences by importance using the core algorithm.
    • Reorganizing the summary to focus on a topic; by selection of a keyword.
    • Removing transition phrases.
    • Removing unnecessary clauses.
    • Removing excessive examples.

    The core algorithm summarizes in 7 simple steps:

    1) Associate words with their grammatical counterparts. (e.g. "city" and "cities")
    2) Calculate the occurrence of each word in the text.
    3) Assign each word with points depending on their popularity.
    4) Detect which periods represent the end of a sentence. (e.g "Mr." does not).
    5) Split up the text into individual sentences.
    6) Rank sentences by the sum of their words' points.
    7) Return X of the most highly ranked sentences in chronological order.

    Take care,
    Brad

    Thursday, April 4, 2019

    Google Drive integration now available in Wakelet!

    Wakelet and Google Drive users can now officially rejoice - Google Drive integration is now available in Wakelet.

    • Simply enter into your collection
    • select the + 
    •  find Google Drive on the right-hand side. 
    • Once you sign into your account you will be able to search and find the file you would like to add.
    • If sharing your collection with others, remember to adjust your sharing settings of that file in Google
    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 53 second YouTube tutorial.






    Take care,
    Brad

    Wednesday, April 3, 2019

    Find your VR tours in Google Expeditions

    In yesterday's post I shared how you can Create a virtual tour right from your computer and share it. Today I am sharing how easy it is to find it Google Expeditions to view, guide, or view in a VR set.

    A few points:

    • Open Google Expeditions
    • Upper left make sure you select the 3 lines and sign-in
    • Select Library (bottom of screen)
    • You will see your downloads
      • Select My Tours (right side)
    • Find your tour
    • Download to view or guide
    • You will then have options to View, View in VR, or be a guide
    • If you choose Guide a pop-up box will come up with a four digit code to share with your audience
    Embedded below is a 2 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care and enjoy!
    Brad

    Tuesday, April 2, 2019

    How to create a virtual tour right from your computer and share it.

    Google's Tour Creator enable's you to create your own virtual tour of anywhere in the world right from the comfort of your own computer. You can even share the tour and enjoy in Expeditions.

    A few hints before you (or your students/children) create one:

    • make sure a script is ready so you can copy and paste the information
    • you will probably not find the exact image you would like right away so move Pegman (yellow guy) around the area you are interested in
      • you will see a snapshot of what is there so be patient and drag around until you see what you want
    • make sure to select a starting point for your image
    • create some points of interest
      • only have a 300 character limit
    • publish your creation 
    • if open in Expeditions you will find the newly created tour in My Tours
      • you can download the tour when you see it in My Tours
    • you can go back and alter and adjust the tour even after you create it
    • when published you will see a direct link that you can be copied to the clipboard
    • to see the tour I created for the purpose of this blog post - click on the link below:
      • https://poly.google.com/view/aPL1p3XGerD
    Embedded below is a 9 minute and 35 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, April 1, 2019

    How to view and save your tours you created using Tour Builder in Google Earth

    The past few days I have shared items revolving around Google Earth and Tour Builder. In this post you will see how to find your tours in Tourbuilder, Download the tour to your computer as a KML file, and then how to upload and view in Google Earth.

    In Tourbuilder make sure you are signed in and select

    • My Tours
    • Choose your tour and select Export
    • In this example I chose Download KML
    • Open Google Earth in Chrome
    • Select My Places (looks like a bookmark - left side second from the bottom)
    • Import KML file
    • Select Save
    Embedded below is  a 1 minute and 38 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad

    Sunday, March 31, 2019

    How to create and share a tour in Google Earth.

    The other day I shared a tour of all 30 baseball stadiums - Google Earth Tour of all 30 Major League Baseball Team Stadiums created in Tour Builder.

    Today you will see how to create a tour in Google Earth with Tourbuilder. A few items to point out while creating a tour:
    • Make sure you are signed in to your Google Account
    • Simply name your tour and your name
    • Feel free to add a cover photo as well as any additional information you would like your audience to have. There are additional options below including type of story (2-D, 3-D), as well as path color.
    • You can then add a location.
    • Continue to add as many locations as you would like and then select done editing.
    • You can then share your tour by email, or change your sharing settings and copy the url and share away!
    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 2 minute and 21 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Saturday, March 30, 2019

    Google Earth Tour of all 30 Major League Baseball Team Stadiums created in Tour Builder

    With MLB Baseball getting into full gear, I thought I would create a Google Earth tour using Tour Builder of all 30 MLB stadiums.

    The stadiums are organized by league and division.


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


    Take care,
    Brad

    Friday, March 29, 2019

    Adobe Spark Post - Create an image for Social Media Post

    The Adobe Spark Post app is a great app to quickly create a post with stunning graphics. You can simply use Adobe's templates, or create your own.

    In the example below I created one from scratch and chose to load an image from their free database. Once the picture, or pictures are found, you then have the options below for what social media site you would like to use.

    Once created you then have additional options as well. The one I focused on dealt with effects. I altered the way the text was presented and then downloaded the newly created 4 second "video". I would recommend downloading the video and then uploading to Giphy to make it into a GIF. You can then share it where you would like to.

    Embedded below is a 2 minute and 24 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Thursday, March 28, 2019

    Wheel of names - awesome random name picker

    Wheel of names is an amazing random name picker. Below are reasons why it is awesome:

    • Can add as many names as needed
    • Use full sentences / paragraphs
    • Use images
    • Customize the color, speed of spin, as well as what message is displayed when winner's name comes up
    • You can search by hashtag to import users
    • You can save your list (must have a Google account)
    • You can share your list with others as well.
    Embedded below is a GIF (showing a Twitter search) followed by a 2 minute and 24 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Wednesday, March 27, 2019

    Use yellkey.com to generate a url that is easy to share with a group of participants

    Tony Vincent shared the other day about using yellkey to an easy to share url with your participants.

    All you need to do is copy the link and enter into yellkey, choose the amount of time (5 minutes to 24 hours) you would like the URL to be live, and generate yellkey.

    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad


    Tuesday, March 26, 2019

    Quizlet Live combines teamwork and communication!

    Quizlet Live! is an amazing tool built into Quizlet's platform. In Quizlet Live! students work in teams to correctly match terms and definitions. What sets Quizlet Live! apart from others is the fact that students are grouped into teams (you need at least 4 students to play), each with a device, and the players on each team have the same question asked. However, only one players has an answer that is correct. So students must collaborate and agree on a final answer. There is no time limit; however, if students get an answer wrong they go back to 0.

    Embedded below is a 2 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial I created as well as a 2 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial from Quizlet.


    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, March 25, 2019

    Sound playing in a Chrome tab and want to quickly mute it? Right click and "Mute Site"

    In the past you would have to check out Chrome Flags and allow audio muting  UI control. Click here for a blog post I created  April  of 2018 about it.

    Now, all you have to do is simply right click  on the tab and select Mute 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.

    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 24 second YouTube tutorial.





    Take care,
    Brad

    Sunday, March 24, 2019

    Let Siri streamline actions for you - ask to Start a Run, play ESPN radio, text a friend, etc.

    If you would like to add some items for Siri to perform for you, simply go into Settings - Siri and Search, then tap + to add a phrase.

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



    Take care,
    Brad

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

    Wakelet new Feature! You can now save content from other people's collections.

    A great new feature is available now in Wakelet. You can easily add content from other user's collections into your own.

    This is great for making your collection as personalized as you can with the content that is right for you.

    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 54 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Friday, March 22, 2019

    Look at this - watch the rise and fall of the 10 biggest cities in the World since 1500


    John Burn-Murdoch  shared his project showing the changing ranks of the 10 biggest cities in the world since 1500.

    Take a look at the embedded Tweet below to watch the rise and fall of cities. So many ways educators can use this. Why were these cities so populated? What caused them to fall/rise? What continents showed the most rise in population in the 1500s/1600s/1700s/1800s etc? A lot of research can be done to explain the how and why. Flipgrid would be an amazing tool to allow students to share their findings.

    Take care,
    Brad