Monday, August 31, 2020

Kami Tutorial - teacher and student point of view

Hello everyone,

If you are interested in the ins and outs of Kami (teacher and student point of view) I have created a brief - ok it is 20 minutes - so maybe not too brief video below. I also have a document that Kami created available for you as well. This document includes 5 steps on how to use add Kami and use it for their assignment(s). 

Monday, August 24, 2020

What to do with your old Google Classroom. A few quick tips. Plus a joke.

So you see your classroom from last school year and wonder what you can do with it. There are a few things and I will keep it brief.

If you select the three dots in the upper right of the classroom in question you will see the options to:
If you choose to archive it, the class will then be moved to the archived section (under the hamburger - the three lines in the upper left of your screen). This class can always be "brought back to life" if you desire.

If you copy it, please note that what it does it makes a copy of everything in the Classroom (just not the students). Every document, video, including your directions, course syllabus, and other 'view only' documents you provided to your students in their assignments. However, they are in draft form so you can use as you see fit.

Personally, with a new school year, I like archiving the class and starting from scratch - but that is up to you.

One bit of advice I have when starting your class is to make your stream be streamlined by removing the notifications of classwork being posted in the stream. I like the stream being clean ad only for announcements you make. Remind the students to always go into their classwork to see what their classwork is. Of course these are just my 2 cents. 

Reminds me of Steven Wright's joke: 
"Why is it, "A penny for your thoughts,"
But, “you have to put your two cents in?" Somebody's making a penny. 😀

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial I created.

Take care,

Sunday, August 23, 2020

Cool image trick in Google + a quick review on how to find images to reuse

 The other day Alison Navarrete shared a Tweet with me about a cool tip with Google images and docs. 

Once she showed this to me I thought it would be a good idea to post a little reminder on how you can find  images for reuse (and teach others).

In the embedded video below you will see 

  • how to search in Google (select images and then tools and choose your usage rights)
  • search within a Google Doc for an image (insert image - search the web)
  • find an image you want to use and then simply drag the image to your open tab (Docs, Slides, Gmail) and then place within 
Below the video you will see Tyler's original Tweet about this cool tip! Thanks Tyler! 🙂