Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How to embed a certain section of a YouTube video for your students/viewers into a Google Slide

 There are times when you want to show your class only a certain section of a particular video. To do so try the following in a Google Slide:

  • I like to make sure the Slide layout is blank
  • Then select Insert > Video
  • Either search or enter in the specific url for the YouTube video and press select
    • I like to center the video
  • On the right side of your screen you will see Start at and End at
    • adjust the times to your specifications
  • Choose whether you want to autoplay when presenting as well as  mute audio
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 29 second YouTube tutorial that includes showing a clip about the Boston Tea Party.

Take care,

Friday, October 23, 2020

Take your Google Form to the next level with Paint-by-Numbers

 The other day I saw a video tutorial by Teaching It that ran through the steps of using Paint-by-Numbers in Google Forms - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rDzbGrU3Bo 

It got me thinking of how much fun it would be for students of all ages to answer questions and see their answers fill in a color in a painting!

Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 5 minute and 56 second YouTube tutorial that I created.

  • In order to do this you will first need to find a website for a color by numbers. A simple website to use is http://coloritbynumbers.com/online.
    • You can then choose a picture
      • I recommend taking a picture (snipping tool) to be used later on in your Form
      • Then, choose the number 1, color in, and then take a picture.
      • Continue on until the painting has been completed.
  • Then, start your Google Form and add fields for first and last name.
    • I also added the original picture to show the students what they would be coloring in
  • Next, add a new section to the form
    • Add a title (color the ones or something like that) as well as adding something like "Answer the question below to color in the ones."
    • Then, add your picture.
  • Add your question
    • Make sure it is Short Answer
    • At the bottom (next to required) select the three dots and add response validation
    • Choose Number  > Equal to > answer
    • Add custom error text (keep trying)
  • Add a new section
  • Upper right of next section make sure to select Duplicate section
    • update the title, description, etc.
  • For the image - select where it says Image Title 
    • Add Image Title
    • Choose the three dots and select change 
    • You can now change out the image and add the "ones" picture
  • Continue until all questions and images have been added

Take care,

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

How to adjust microphone levels on a Chromebook Make sure to update Google Chrome

 If you (or your students) have been having issues with being either too quiet or too loud on Zoom or Google Meet, here is one thing to try.

  • Make sure your Google Chrome is up-to-date.
    • Select the three dots in the upper right
    • Settings
    • About Chrome (it is located bottom left after you select Settings)
    • Select check for updates
  • Once updated select the bottom corner of shelf (time)
  • You will see the volume level
    • select the carrot to the right (audio settings)
  • You can then adjust the microphone levels
Embedded below is a 48 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Monday, October 12, 2020

Where are my extensions in Google Chrome?

Ever added extensions in Google Chrome and then can't find them? I have 2 quick suggestions to try:

  • See if you have what looks like a puzzle piece to the far right of the url (looks like what you see below.
    • if you see the puzzle piece simply click on it and then "pin" the extensions you want to see by clicking on the pin
    • if you want to remove this puzzle piece you must go into chrome://flags/ and then type in extensions and disable the experiment Extensions Toolbar Menu
    • you will then need to relaunch Chrome for this experiment to be removed
  • The 2nd way is that possible it is hidden to the right of your URL.
    • you can try either clicking on the three dots in the upper right of Chrome and seeing the extensions there
      • or go to the left of where the extensions are stored and drag the bar to the left.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 30 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,


How to check for Zoom updates

 If you would like to check Zoom for updates, below I have created a video of one way to do this. I have also included Zoom's help center as well.

How I did it was to open Zoom's Cloud Meeting on my computer and then sign in and check for updates.

Another way to get to Zoom's Cloud Meeting is to start a meeting and then end it. When you end it - make sure to sign in and then select your icon in the upper right and then check for updates.

Embedded below is a 52 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Friday, October 9, 2020

How to quickly have a split screen on a Mac (control shift 2)

 If you would like to have a split screen on your Mac there are a few ways to do it; howevr the easiest I found was to select:

  • control shift 2
If you want 4 screens to come up try control shift 4

Embedded below is a 28 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Thursday, October 8, 2020

How to make sure users receive their form in an email in Google Forms (release score)

If you have created a form in Google forms and would like to return the form to the participants (a quiz to your students) after you have reviewed and added any feedback simply follow these steps:

  • in forms make sure you select the settings gear next to Send
  • in the general tab be sure to check collect email addresses (you can see other options as well below that)
  • in the section 2 over from General you will see Quizzes
    • choose to make it a quiz
    • release grade 
      • in my example below I show Later, after manual review
        • this is important for marking open-ended questions as well as leaving feedback
  • select save
  • send your form to your participants (students)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

How to share a contact group in Outlook

 If you would like to share your contact group you have created in Outlook, follow these steps:

  • Open a new message.
  • Open Contacts.
  • Drag the distribution list from Contacts into the message body.
  • Send the message.

Friday, October 2, 2020

How to share a YouTube video so it will show in full screen.

 If you would like to share a YouTube video with others but do so in full-screen mode try this...