Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Create Anything You Imagine with Little Alchemy 2!

 Little Alchemy allows you to mix items and create the world basically from scratch.  You will start with four items on the right (air, earth, fire, and water). You drag one of the items into the middle of the screen and then drag another on top of it. This will then create another item - example - water and water creates a puddle. The newly created item you can see on the right hand side as well as stored in the Encyclopedia (hint there are 720 items to create).

If you ever get stuck, or just want to see what is created you can always use YouTube to see all the creations with a full walkthrough of all 720 items. 

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 55 second YouTube tutorial I created.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, September 26, 2022

1000+ Fun & Educational Learning Activities on Turtlediary.com

 Turtlediary is an educational website that has over 1000 interactive learning activities for grades K through 5.

You can see in the images below some of what is included.






Embedded below is a 2 minute long video tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Hands down the easiest way to voice type on a Chromebook (dictation tool).

 A great feature in Google Docs is the ability to voice type using control shift s. Students really enjoy this feature; however, when you are not on a Google Doc - they can be a bit bummed that it does not work. 

What you can do (if you are on a Chromebook) is to go into the accessibility features and select dictation. This will have a microphone appear in the bottom righthand corner of your Chromebook. Make sure to select it and then speak. When finished speaking/typing, make sure to click on it again. While a simple tool, I am sure for many, this will be very helpful.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 49 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Learn emoji math addition and subtraction in Google Sheets! 😀🚀

Want your students to enjoy adding and subtracting by adding different available emojis and be able to see if they got the problem correct?

If so - try Eric Curts' Google Sheets Emoji Math: Addition & Subtraction. Click here for the Google Sheets template.

Eric gives a great step-by-step tutorial and video in his post: Click here for Eric's post.

Embedded below is a 2 minute 19 second YouTube tutorial I created.


Take care,
Brad😀🚀



Friday, September 23, 2022

How to invite others to watch a private video on YouTube

 If you create a video and mark it as private, you can still share the video with others while still keeping it private.

When you publish your YouTube video you will see the options for Private, Unlisted, and Public. What is nice is, under Private you will see a link to Share Privately. 

You will then see the ability to email others to see the video. Please note that the users must have a Google account to view the video.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, September 22, 2022

How to have your Chromebook speak selected text using the built-in Select to speak option.

 If you (or a student) would like to have selected text read aloud, simply use the Select to speak option. This option is available in the accessibility section on a Chromebook (select the area near the clock, choose accessibility and then Select to speak).

When you have a section you would like to be read aloud, make sure to choose the option, and then a text box will appear that you can drag to include the text you would like included.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial that includes the above as well as a few tips and tricks.





Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Change the Text Style in Google Forms: Here's How!

 Google recently added the long awaited addition of adding text style in your Google Forms.

To change the font, simply choose the paint palette (Customize Theme) in the upper right and you will see the options you see below. You will see there are three sections: Header, Question, and Text. You can then adjust the text style and text size to fit your needs.


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





Take care,

Brad

How to create a reading list of pages on the web quickly and see all bookmarks in Google Chrome

 If you would like to be able to create a reading list of pages on the web quickly and see all bookmarks in Google Chrome simply select the icon to the right of the extension icon to the right of the address bar (see image below). The extension icon looks like a puzzle piece and the side panel icon looks like a white rectangle and grey rectangle.

When you select the side panel icon you will see the ability to add the current tab you are reading to your reading list as well as the ability to see all your bookmarks quickly and easily.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 27 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad




Monday, September 19, 2022

The easiest way to write with emojis in Google Docs

 Recently Google started to release the "upgrade" on the ability to add emojis directly into Google Docs. Previously users had to go to Insert> Emojis and then proceed from there.

With the new update, users can use the @ symbol and type in the emoji of choice. For example when you type in @dogs, make sure to scroll down a bit as the popup menu will show you people first, and then places, etc. However, it is a short scroll and you can see many of the emojis to select from.

Embedded below is a second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad😀  

Sunday, September 18, 2022

How to create a fake text conversation. Great for first person point of view!

 A fun and engaging way for students to show what they know about events from the past or simply a conversation between 2 characters is to create a text conversation using a site like Fakewhatsappgenerator

When users enter into the site they will see the ability to select the phone settings, battery options, connection, and most importantly - the messages (see image below).

In the 2 minute and 17 second YouTube tutorial below I take you through the steps necessary to get a full conversation as well as one way to make it look like it was on a phone.


Take care,
Brad


Saturday, September 17, 2022

Drop a raindrop anywhere in the United States to see where it ends up.

 If you ever were curious exactly where a raindrop ends up, check out River Runner (also a World version is available in Beta).

Type in a place you would like to see where the raindrop ends up at the end of its journey. A video is created and you see a tour of the path of the raindrop. 

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 20 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,

Brad

Friday, September 16, 2022

Quick way to see Chrome OS as well as Asset Tag and Serial Number.

 If you work with a number of Chromebooks, or you would like to quickly and easily know the Asset Tag and Serial Number without logging on, use Alt +V on the sign-in screen.

Embedded below is a 30 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, September 15, 2022

How to go Pageless in Google Docs + some reasons why you would want to try it

 Google recently added the ability to create pageless documents. This is nice because you can create a document as long as you like without having to worry about paragraphs or sentences jumping to the next page and breaking the formatting. They will flow just like  a website does, a forever scroll. This is nice for your students/families or others as they can just scroll through the information. Check out how to change any Document into a Pageless Document with just a couple of clicks.

  1. Open a Google Document.

  2. Click on “File” and then “Page Setup”.

  3. Select the “Pageless” tab at the top.

  4. If you want to set the page background color you can do that as well.

  5. Click “Ok” at the bottom to set this change.
  6. This can all be undone and set back to regular pages by going back into Page Setup, choosing the “Pages” tab, and clicking “Ok”.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Multiple accounts in Google Chrome and why pinning it to the taskbar can save you some time and quickly launch a specific site.

 Utilizing multiple Google Chrome accounts can be very beneficial as it keeps personal accounts and work accounts separate. 

If you want to quickly see how to create multiple accounts, please click on the 1 minute video embedded below.

Below that you will see a 1 minute and 31 second video showing you the benefits of pinning those accounts and how to quickly launch a specific site right away.


Click below for how to pin those accounts and what right-clicking does for you.



Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Remove background of an image in IOS 16 and how to unsend an image.

 If you would like to remove the background of a photo, make sure to update your device to iOS 16. You can then touch and hold the subject of interest in the photo and then you will see a highlight going around the subject. Then make sure to copy or share.

One more thing, when you send a text message too fast and you want to edit it - touch and hold the message and choose to edit. It will then let you know it was edited and the receiver knows that the message was edited.

Embedded below is a 42 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, September 12, 2022

Create text graphics online with various fun and creative fonts and effects using Fontmeme.com

 Fontmeme has a simple and easy to use text generator with lots of options. Simply enter into the site and choose your font and then scroll down to enter in your text as well as adjust the size of the text as well as any kind of effect and color. Make sure to then generate the text in the font your choose.

You can then select the pencil to see all the options you would like.

I did not adjust anything and right-clicked on the image and copied it into a Google Doc.

See the images below as well as a 1 minute and 25 second YouTube tutorial.







Take care,
Brad

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Online interactive map game where you drag and drop countries or states onto a world map.

 MapPuzzle is a fun online interactive map game where you drag and drop countries or states onto a world map. 

You can see in the image below the options to try World Borders, Spanish Provinces, USA States, etc. You can also reset the game as well. Make sure when you select the country/province/state - you click on it and then drag to the appropriate spot on the map and click on it.


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



Take care,

Brad

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Google Screencast for ChromeOS brief tutorial.

 If you are looking for you (or your students) to record their Chromebook screen (with the option to annotate with a marker tool).

Eric Curts does an amazing job with his tutorial as well as tips and tricks - click here for his detailed post.


Long story short, the Screencast tool is a very simple tool to use and could be quite effective as students can easily show what they need to. 

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 165 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Friday, September 9, 2022

One site that will allow you to Merge, split, compress, convert, rotate, unlock and watermark PDFs with just a few clicks. Ilovepdf.com

One of the most common questions I am asked revolves around PDFs and how to edit them. While nothing is perfect, Ilovepdf allows you the options you see below.


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial showing how to edit as well as convert your PDF to a Word Document.




Take care,
Brad


Thursday, September 8, 2022

Cursive Letter formation using the website GeoGebra

 If you teach cursive letter formation, the website GeoGebra does a very nice job of showing you letter formation and repeats itself over and over.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Change font size on Windows 10 quickly


If you would like the font size larger on your Windows 10 device there are two ways to do it. You will be going to the Accessibility settings on your computer.

  • Press the Windows logo key+U  or select Start > Settings > Accessibility.
  • Select Text size. Drag the Text size slider to the right to increase the size of the sample text.
  •  Once you are happy with the size of the text make sure to select Apply.
Embedded below is a second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Classroomscreen Tutorial 2022

 If you would like to see a tutorial of the ins and outs of Classroomscreen, take a look at the video below. It will show you the different widgets and the new features. 


Take care,
Brad


Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Watch a YouTube video with no commercials directly in Classroomscreen

A great feature built into Classroomscreen is the ability to embed a YouTube video directly onto the screen. This could be useful for relaxed music when students enter the day, or for whatever you need.

To access this feature make sure to select more widgets and then video.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Monday, August 29, 2022

How to create a quick poll in your classroom (even vote from their device).

 If you have used Clssroomscreen in the past you will remember that they had a polling feature, but the remote polling was only if you paid for an upgrade. With the new version of Classroomscreen, you can now use this feature for free (just need to create a free account).

When you choose the polling feature you will see the options for multiple choice, smileys, as well as True/False. When you choose your poll type you will see options to remove and or add options, choose the poll settings, how to vote, as well as the chart type.

If you create an account and sign in, the option of remote polling is available. At the top of the poll you will see how to vote and the specific code users will use. You will also see the option to display a QR code that users can utilize.


The remote voting is great as you have the option to display the voting live, hide the votes, as well as lock the voting.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 52 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Thursday, May 19, 2022

How to add a timer, stopwatch, date, and time directly into a Google Slides presentation

 Back in the middle of February I shared an easy way to add a timer or stopwatch into a Google Slides presentation.

Another way you could embed a timer, stopwatch, date and time directly into your Slides presentation is to use the Slides Timer.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial followed by directions that information that was taken directly from the extension website.



Create timmers using placeholders. ie <<0:00+>>, <<5:00->>, <<time>>, <<date>>, <<shortdate>>, <<longdate>>

Slides Timer is an extension which will automatically bring timers to life in presented slides. Times placed between << and >> will be replaced with a timer. Use - as the last character to count down from the specified time. Use + to count up from the specified time. use <<time>> to display the current time. 

Example: 

<<5:00->> will count down starting at 5 minutes. 

<<2:00+>> will count up starting at 2 minutes

<<time>> will display the current time 

<<time^>> will display the current time without seconds

<<time&>> will display the current time without am/pm

<<time^&>> will display the current time without seconds and am/pm

<<date>> will display numeric dates in / format

<<shortdate>> will display abbreviated word date values

<<longdate>> will display full word date values

<<00:30-->> will advance to the previous slide on countdown

<<00:30-+>> will advance to the next slide on countdown

<<00:30-@>> will trigger inserted audio on countdown

<<00:30-!>> will trigger inserted video on countdown

<<00:30-~>> will continuously countdown when navigating slides.

<<00:30+~>> will continuously countup when navigating slides.

Take care,

Brad

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Alternative to the Snipping Tool - Snip & Sketch. Plus how to use Window Key Shift S.

 Hi everyone,

Lately a number of people have been asking about the Snipping Tool and the announcement that it is moving.

While the snipping tool is simple to use, I would like to suggest trying to other items.

  1. Try adding  Snip & Sketch. This is basically a more robust version of the snipping tool.
  2. I strongly encourage you to use the shortcut Window Key + Shift + s.
    1. This will allow you to take a screenshot and will save it to your clipboard.
    2. Please know that you can use Ctrl v to paste the screenshot or..... take a bunch of screenshots and come back to the clipboard by pressing Windows Key v.
      1. This will take you to all of your screenshots.
Embedded below is a 2 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial.


Previously I make a blog post titled: How to take a full page screen capture plus three other ways to take a screenshot. This will take you through a few tips.

Take care,

Brad





Wednesday, March 9, 2022

YouTube - how to see captions as well as translated captions.

The ability for users to see captions in a video in YouTube can be accessed by either selecting the letter c or by clicking on the closed-captioning. While not all videos have closed-captioning available, many do.

You could also have those captions be translated for students or whomever you would like. To access the translation make sure to have the closed-captioning on and then the settings gear, choose CC subtitles, then auto-translate, and then choose the language you would like.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Create YouTube Playlist with Videos “Made for Kids”

 In YouTube the ability to create and share Playlists with students and families allows for some great learning resources to made available to them.

One "issue" is when you are playing a video and that video is categorized as "Made for Kids" it does not allow you to add them directly to a playlist. A way to still add that video it to search for the title of the playlist in YouTube, but do not play it. Look for the thumbnail video and choose the three dots in the upper right. You can now save that video directly to a playlist of your choosing. (see image below)


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial showing you how to create a playlist, how to delete a playlist, as well as how to share a playlist.



Take care,

Brad

How to give temporary access to files in Google Drive.

 The ability to give temporary access to files in Google Drive is a great new option in Google Drive (available in Google Workspace).

  •  Share the file and be sure to give the other person permission (viewer, commenter, or editor).

  • Select the permission options and now you will see the option to allow temporary access (comment and view only).


  • You will also have the ability to allow the user 30 days of access or to remove the access on a particular date.




Embedded below is a 1 minute and 41 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Khan Academy - How to send quick review or enrichment questions to your class or specific student(s).

 Khan Academy is an amazing free resource available for our students (and for us as well). While it can be overwhelming, a simple way to use it would be to send review questions to your students. What is great about it is that the students can take the assessment (usually between 4-7 questions), receive assistance if needed, and then see their score. What I especially like is the fact that they can click on the score and see their answers to the questions as well as retake the assessment and get a higher grade!

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 37 second YouTube tutorial showing you the necessary steps.



Take care,

Brad

A look at Flippity's WordMaster. Similar to Wordle - can create up to 10 characters and easily share

 If you like to play Wordle - there is a great website called mywordle.me that allows you to easily create your own Wordles to share with others. I created a blog post as well - How to create your own custom Wordle.

Flippity.net has included the game called Word Master. ** Make sure to check out all of Flippity's other options as well - it is an outstanding site.**

Word Master is very similar to Wordle with a few minor tweaks. You can see the differences below:

Important differences from Wordle:

There is no dictionary. Players may type whatever the wish, including gibberish.

There is no standard character set. You may use numbers, symbols, and non-English characters in your puzzles (but players will need to be able to type those characters.)

You may use words of any length up to 10 characters. 5 character words are recommended.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 59 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, March 7, 2022

Shortcut on how to reload a webpage without using cached content.

 If you have ever had a website not load properly there is a shortcut that allows you to reload the webpage without using cached content - try Shift+Ctrl+r.

If you want to clear your cache - you can click on this link for a blog post I created: Ever have a website not load properly? Try clearing your cached images and files.

For a full list of Chromebook shortcuts click here.

Embedded below is a 42 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Take a look at a World Map that transforms it to show how large countries would be according to other criteria.

 Bouncymaps provides users with a look at data on a map in a whole new way. The site shows the "regular" world map with the ability to hover over each county and show data revolving around the criteria (example - United States has 329.1 million people which is 4.3% of the World's population). However, where it gets super "cool" is when you look at the bottom of the map and choose Bouncy Map instead of World Map. The map "changes" to reflect the criteria, not the land size of the country.

There are a number of criteria that includes sub categories as well.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 31 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Online-convert.com - Convert media files online from one format into another for free

 If you are in need of converting a media file into another file, give online-convert.com  a try. The site is very easy to use and can convert the files you see below.



Embedded below is a 1 minute and 48 second YouTube tutorial showing the steps involved.




Google Photos search options - you can search by places, holidays, faces, even specific dates.

 Google Photos has a ton of amazing feature; however the one that can save you a ton of time is the search option. You can search by face (include a name for even easier searching), favorites, holidays, concerts, sports, and my favorite one for specific search is by date. Just type in a date and Google will take you right there. Nice to have that ability.

Embedded below is a 33 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

How to see a list of your more recent copies on a Windows based device.

 If you have ever copied an item on your Windows-based device and then by mistake copied another one prior to pasting the original one, you know it can be a big frustration. Well, there is a simple solution:

  • hold down the Windows Key and the letter V
You will then see the previously copied items on your clipboard.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad


Chromebook Clipboard - how to see a list of last 5 copied items easily.

On a Chromebook if you have copied a website link or an image and then went ahead an copied another link or image before pasting the last one it can be frustrating. Thankfully all you need to do to find that last copied link or image is to 
  • select the "search" button (look like a magnifying glass above Shift) and the letter V
You will then see the last 5 items you copied.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 14 second YouTube video.



Take care,
Brad

Save articles, videos, websites until you need them with Tab Snooze.

 If you have a website that you have found but would like to save it for later, try adding the extension Tab Snooze.

Once you click on the extension you can snooze the tab to come back to at a later date and time. Now, I have reached out to the developer to see why the at the date of this post some of the options are not showing as you see below.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 54 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,
Brad



How to present Google Slides in fullscreen and still have it be interactive.

 If you present your Google Slides in present mode you know that while it is awesome, you can not interact with the slides.

If you want to present in (almost) fullscreen, add the extension Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides

When you have a Slide make sure to select the extension and then you will see the slide projected and still be able to interact.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 36 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, February 28, 2022

You're getting old! A site will show you some fun facts to read about since the day you were born.

 Today is my birthday and a friend of mine sent me the website https://you.regettingold.com/ . In the site you simply enter in the date in question and you are presented with lots of interesting (and some odd) facts since the day you were born.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, February 24, 2022

How to use Screencastify's Interactive Questions feature

 If you use Screencastify for recording instructional videos you know how valuable of a tool it is. A nice feature that is relatively new is the ability to add Interactive Questions into your video. 

To add the questions you will simply need to access your previously created video and go into your recordings. Make sure to select he interactive questions icon on the right and then you can then start watching your video. When you are ready to ask a multiple choice question make sure to click on the blue "Add Question" icon at the bottom of the page (has a time stamp). Make sure to add at least two possible answers and choose the correct answer. Continue on with as many questions as needed and then share your video with others (top of screen). You can share directly to Google Classroom or as a link.

Once the quiz has been completed you will see responses at the top of the screen as well with the quiz already graded.

If for some reason you need to adjust your questions, make sure you click on list view on the right side of the screen.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 57 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,

Brad

How to fix when Chromebook is typing in a different language

 If you (or a student) are typing on a Chromebook and the letters you are typing do not come up as they should, take a quick look down to the bottom right of the screen where the clock is. In the United States what you should see is something that looks like what you see below (notice the US).


However, you may see something that looks like this (notice the DV).


The quickest way to "solve" this is to select Ctrl + Spacebar. This should then adjust back to the US keyboard.

If you would like to see more information regarding the keyboard, simply go into the settings, and adjust the different input methods. 

In the 1 minute and 3 second video embedded below you will see how to adjust the keyboards.


Take care,
Brad



Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Use an Add-on to turn a Google Doc into a fill in the blank worksheet

If you would like to create a fill-in-the-blank type worksheet quickly and easily within a Google Doc - simply use the CLOZEit Add-on for Google Docs.

Once added, you can highlight or underline words you'd like to be blanked. It does not matter what color you use to highlight the words.

Once you launch the Add-on you will see the options available to you on the right-hand side (see image below).

You can the Add-on multiple times. If there are more words you wish to be blanked, select them and run it again. You can also edit the word bank list.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 21 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad


Twistedwave com - an audio editor built directly into your browser (as well as an app)

 If you are looking for an easy to use audio editor (and free up to 5 minutes) - check out TwistedWave.

You can upload files as well as create a recording directly within the site. The controls are easy to use and have a few nice features, such as the ability to add an remove markers, change the pitch/speed, fade in/out, etc.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 6 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

How to add an image placeholder in Google Slides

 If you would like to have a template set up for your students that includes slides with image placeholders, or you would like to have a Slide with image placeholders, try the following.

  • Open a new Google Slide.
    • Slide > Edit Theme
  • In Layouts move the top text box where it says, "Click to edit theme title style" up a bit and shrink the size of the actual box.
    • Delete the second text box where it says, "Click to edit theme subtitle style"
  • Time to enter your placeholder
    • Insert > Placeholder > Image > Choose rectangle, rounded rectangle, or oval
    • Choose how large you would like the placeholder to be
    • If you would like to copy, make sure to use Ctrl D to make an exact copy
  • If you would like to add another slide with an image placeholder, go to another Slide and create as you would like.
  • Rename the edited Slide deck (if you want) and close out of the editing by clicking on the x in the upper right to close the editing feature.
  • To access your newly created Slides with image placeholder make sure to go above the slide (on the left side) and choose the carrot next to the + (see image below)

  • Choose the Slides you would like to include (with the placeholders)
If you now want to share the template with your students make sure to name your presentation and then share with your class in Classroom (remember to force a copy).

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 14 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad


A few tips on adding background audio into Google Slides

 A great feature in Google Slides is the ability to include all types of content (including video and audio) to go along with text.

A few quick reminders when importing background audio.

  • If you are using a video as well (you can use the audio as background music) make sure to add the video first, look to the right for options to play on click, play automatically, or play manual.
    • It is up to you - but if you are using background music I would say to play automatically.
  • With the audio, there are a number of sites that have royalty free music. 
    • I really like using Bensound
    • Another one to use is YouTube's - located in your YouTube Creator Studio - Audio Library - make sure to scroll. It is located on the bottom of Dashboard, Content, Playlists, etc.
  • Once you download your audio, make sure to upload it into Google Drive go back to your Slide and choose to insert audio.
  • Once you insert your audio you will have a bunch of options that you see below. Again, if your video is automatically playing, I would recommend choosing to start playing automatically. 
    • I would also recommend moving the volume down a bit so it does not overwhelm your audience with too much audio.
    • You can also Hide the audio icon when presenting, loop the audio, as well as the ability to stop the audio on slide change.

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

Take care,
Brad


Tuesday, February 22, 2022

One way to organize your Bookmarks in Twitter

In Twitter you do have the option to Bookmark Tweets to look back later on. While sites such as Wakelet offer a great way to stay organized, a Google extension known as Dewey offers a simple way to keep your Bookmarks organized. You can even organize them by Tags you create.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How to add a timer or stopwatch directly into a Google Slides presentation

 If you would like to add a timer or stopwatch directly into Google Slides, one solution is to embed a YouTube video.

To do this select Insert > Video > 5 minute timer > select

  • you can then adjust the dimensions of the embedded YouTube video
  • you can either click on the video right away or go into Slideshow and play it then
One more item to point out is if the video you chose has audio, you can mute the audio (on the right side of the screen under format options.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 10 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

How to access all Chromebook keyboard shortcuts quickly and easily.

 Shortcuts are an amazing way to save yourself (and your students) time. Favorite ones include:

  • Ctrl + C - copy
  • Ctrl + V = paste
  • Ctrl + Shift + V = paste as plain text
  • Ctrl + Shift + B = show bookmarks
  • Ctrl + P = print
  • Ctrl + Z = undo
If you would like to access them quickly on your Chromebook 

Embedded below is a 29 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Multiple desktops on a Chromebook (2 ways to get to them) + a little extra tip

 If you (or your students) like to utilize multiple desktops on a Chromebook, you know how useful they can be to keep "things" organized.

If you do not use desktops, it is a great way to keep organized by storing all of one topic in each desktop (and naming them is nice as well).

The traditional way to access the desktops is to select the Show windows key (see image below).


If you would like to quickly access the desktops - you could also swipe up on your touchpad with three fingers.

EXTRA TIP!!!!!
  • If you close out one of your desktops you will see it side-by-side with one of your other desktops. Of course you could close the desktop out, or you could take the desktop and drag it to the side - as well as your other desktop and you could split screen them!
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 30 second YouTube tutorial followed by a 42 second YouTube tutorial showing how to have a split screen on your Chromebook.





Take care,
Brad






Monday, February 14, 2022

How to access your extensions quickly using keyboard shortcuts.

 If you use extensions in Google Chrome you know how beneficial they can be. If you are also a fan of shortcuts - you know how helpful they can be. Now, put your hands together.

In order to launch an extension with a shortcut simply click on the extension icon and choose manage extensions.


Once you have opened the Manage Extensions, choose the 3 lines in the upper left and select Keyboard Shortcuts.

Then, click on the pencil to the right of activate extension, and then choose something like Ctrl + Shift + C. Then, try out your new shortcut. Make sure to not use something such as Ctrl + C (because that it a shortcut that is used a lot).


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




Take care,
Brad





Sunday, February 13, 2022

How to take a full page screen capture plus three other ways to take a screenshot.

 If you would like to take a full page screen capture try the extension Go Full Page. The extension does exactly as is stated and takes an entire full page screen capture. You can download as a PDF or PNG. To make edits to the full page screen capture there is a 7 day free trial followed by a $1/month fee.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial that also includes how to tale a screenshot by using the following:

  • Windows Key +Print Screen
  • Windows Key + Shift + S
  • Snipping tool


Take care,
Brad

Quickly split your screen into 2 or 4 screens on a Windows based device.

 If you would like to quickly split your Windows based device into multiple screens you could always use an extension like Tab Resize; however the much easier way is to simply use a shortcut.

  • For 2 screens use Ctrl + Shift + 2 
  • For 4 screens use Ctrl + Shift + 4
Embedded below is a 33 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Friday, February 11, 2022

Closed a Tab in Google Chrome? Two ways to reopen the closed tab(s).

 If you have ever closed a Tab (or Tabs) by mistake in Chrome it can be very frustrating. Fortunately there are two ways to get those closed Tabs back.

The first way is to right click on the + (or new Tab button) and select to reopen closed tab. The other option is Ctrl+ Shift+ T.



One other way is to go into your history by selecting the three dots in the upper right and choosing history - or Control + H.

Embedded below is a 24 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Ever have a website not load properly? Try clearing your cached images and files.

 If you have ever had a website not load properly, try clearing your cache. Think of cache as the place where your browser (in this example Google Chrome) stores images, code, and other file types to avoid having to redownload repeatedly. Your browser would run a lot slower if cache did not exist. That being said, sometimes those stored images/code/other files can have something go wrong with them.

So... try clearing it. Here are two ways to do it in Chrome:

  • select the three dots in the upper right ---select settings--- security and privacy --- clear browsing data --- make sure cached images and files are selected --- clear data
  • hold down Ctrl Shift Delete --- make sure cached images and files are selected --- clear data
I would then recommend restarting your computer and trying the site again.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 16 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Mathsbot.com A website for math teachers grades K-12 Includes Question Generators, Manipulatives, Printables, Puzzles, Starters, Tools

Mathsbot is a very useful website that has  Question Generators, Manipulatives, Printables, Puzzles, Starters, Tools all at your fingertips for free.

One thing to point out is that this site is not just for primary teachers and students, many of the topics are relevant to older students as well.

I really like the Starter and Drills that has many ways to start your day including quick questions and number of the day.

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



Take care,

Brad

How to utilize multiple desktops on a Windows based device, plus how to get to them quickly.

 If you are using a Windows-based device, one thing to try (if you are not already) is to use multiple desktops. I do mean multiple desktops on your computer, this does not mean to have multiple monitors (although that is ideal).

If you are use three fingers on your touchpad and start from the bottom and swipe up you will then see the possibilities to add more desktops. This is helpful because you could have a different browser available to you. a different lesson all ready to go, etc. 

If you like the idea of multiple desktops, but not the three finger swipe up, try using the Windows Key + Tab.

Finally, to go to the other desktops quickly and easily, try using the Windows Key and the left or right arrow keys.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 41 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Mathlearningcenter.org A standards based program as well as a site that offers numerous free resources (apps, lessons, worksheets etc).

Mathlearningcenter.org is a site that contains numerous free resources to try with your students. There is a web version available as well as apps available to add in Chrome and iOS. The apps/sites are extremely user friendly. What I really like is that you can share the work created directly in the site as a direct link or download an image to share. This is extremely helpful for students that may have missed a lesson or would like to see the work again.

Also, when selecting the app make sure to check out the tutorial as well as select the i to see helpful How To information.



Embedded below is a 2 minute and 15 second YouTube tutorial (I show the math clock app).



Take care,

Brad


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Mouse or trackpad isn't working? Here are a few tips and tricks to help you out.

 It doesn't happen often; however, when a mouse or touchpad stops working it can be paralyzing, especially if a computer is 100% necessary.

  • Ctrl L search
  • Tab - go through results and enter when find the result you want
  • Shift Tab allows you to go back when you pass your desired by result 
  • To go through the Tabs at the top you can use either
    • Ctrl + Shift + Tab (goes from right to left)
    • Ctrl + Page Up (also goes from right to left)
    • Ctrl + Page Down (goes from left to right)

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 46 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Google Forms - How to see your responses in a much more readable Google Doc

With all the amazing Google Forms offers, one "pain point" I have heard many times  is the fact that the results can be frustrating to decipher. 

Thankfully a Google Add-on allows the results to be read in a much easier format. The Add-on (in Sheets) is called Save as Doc. This is amazing as you can now see each person's response on their own page(s). This is especially helpful while reading longer responses.

Once you have gone through the process, the Add-on will be available in your Google Sheet on the right-hand side. You will then see the options you see below. Be sure to select the cells you would like to utilize (I choose all data) as well as name your document. As for the Heading - you have 5 options (1 is the largest and 5 is the smallest).


Embedded below is a 2 minute and 6 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad