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
 

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Motivational Quotes Extension - receive a motivational quote when you open a new tab in Chrome

 If you would like to receive a motivational quote when you open a new tab in Google Chrome - try adding the Daily Motivation - Motivational Quotes extension.

Once you add the extension, make to allow the extension to open when you open a new tab. Also, look into the gear in the upper left to change the theme.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 11 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Friday, February 4, 2022

Forgot old password on a Chromebook

 If you are signing in to your Chromebook and your password has recently changed, make sure to put in your old password when prompted. However, do not worry if you do not remember it. What you can do is simply select Forgot old password.

If you do this just know that all local data that was previously saved on your Chromebook will no longer be available, only synced data and settings will be restored.

Embedded below is a 33 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Confetti Cannon. Add some virtual confetti to your lesson!

 If you would like to add some virtual confetti to your lesson try adding the Confetti Cannon! extension. Remember to pin the extension by clicking on the extension icon (looks like a puzzle piece).

Embedded below is a 41 second YouTube tutorial. Thank you to Alison Navarrete for sharing this with me.



Take care,

Brad

Book Creator update. Check out the new app store that includes Bitmoji, Giphy, Google Drive, and Canva.

 Book Creator now has an app store that you can add apps such as Bitmoji, Giphy, Google Drive, and Canva for free.

In this example we are going to take a look at adding Canva .

When you open Book Creator make sure to select the three lines in the upper left (Teacher Dashboard) and look to the right for apps.


Once selected you will see the apps that are currently available.



Make sure to choose the + on the app (in this example Canva).

A few items to look into:

 Canva for Education site.

 Information about Canva for those under 13.

 Canva consent form.

Book Creator's Blog Post 

 

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 18 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,

Brad

 

 








Wednesday, February 2, 2022

How to have additional sounds in Classroomscreen & other sites

 If you use Classroomscreen in your classroom to support class activities, you will know that there are built in audio sounds to the timer. While you can not add additional sounds to the timer - you can embed a webpage with additional sounds.

The example I use in the embedded video below is a Teacher Soundboard created by Candace Buchanan. What you can do is select media in Classroomscreen and embed the teacher soundboard's url.

You will then see the site on the screen. You can shrink or enlarge the embedded page as well as navigate between the 3 pages.

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



Take care,

Brad

Quickest way to share a document while in Google Drive

 If you would like to quickly bring up the sharing settings of a document in Google Drive, simply select the document and press the period key. That's it!


Embedded below is a 19 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

How to create or import text watermarks in Google Docs.

Google recently announced the ability to create (or import) text watermarks in Google Docs. If you are importing a Microsoft Word document, the text watermarks will show.

If you are starting a Google Doc and would like to create a text watermark, simply follow the steps:

  • Insert
  • Watermark
    • you will then see image on the right 
    • make sure to change from the option of an Image watermark to a Text watermark.
  • You can then add your text and see the options to change the formatting of the text as well as the ability to remove the watermark.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 23 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Look into originality reports on Google Slide files from a teacher and student point-of-view. It compares Billions of web pages and books on the web.

Originality reports are now available for Google Slides files when used in Google Classroom (previously it was just available in Google Docs). Click here for the announcement from Google.

A few brief reminders about originality reports is that you (as the teacher) can turn on 5 reports per class. Also, students can run 3 reports prior to handing the assignment in. Please click here for more information from Google.

Embedded below is a 2 minute and 2 second YouTube tutorial showing originality reports from a teacher and student point-of-view.



Take care,

Brad

Monday, January 31, 2022

When publishing your videos in YouTube you have the option to invite others to view a private video.

 If you use YouTube to publish your videos, a nice "newish"  feature that I just saw the other day is the ability to invite others to view a private video.

When you are choosing the visibility of your video, you will see under Private the ability to share the video privately with others (as long as they log in with their Google credentials).



Embedded below is a 47 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Sunday, January 30, 2022

How to remove the background in a video for free.

 If you would like to take the background out of a video for free, try using unscreen.com. Thanks to a friend of mine (Layla Lyons) for sharing this site with me - thank you!

To use unscreen, upload a video (if you used an iPhone you will need to convert it to an MP4). They have a very helpful link to explain it all. They recommend using a site known as Zamzar  I used the site and it worked great.

When ready, upload the video and the background will be removed after a brief time. You can then change the background and download and/or share it.

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



Take care,

Brad


Friday, January 28, 2022

Brief look at the share this page icon built into Google Chrome.

 If you would like to share a particular page on Chrome - look to the right of the address bar for what looks like an arrow. Make sure to select the icon and you will see the options you see below.


This is a nice feature as it allows you to share the page you are on quickly and easily.

Embedded below is a 52 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad


Thursday, January 27, 2022

How to customize Google Chrome Color/Theme, Background, Shortcuts, and Cards

 If you would like to customize your Google Chrome Color/Theme, Background, Shortcuts, and Cards, simply open a New Tab in Chrome and then choose to Customize Chrome in the bottom right of your screen.

You will then see the options you see below.


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



Take care,
Brad


In Gmail - how to change the way your emails show.

 If you use Gmail - sometime you want to be able to adjust the way the emails come in. Maybe you want all the unread first, or you want them to show in the order that they came.

In order to do this - select the settings gear in the upper right and then make your choice.

Embedded below is a 48 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,

Brad

Emoji Math Addition and Subtraction using Google Sheets

Eric Curts has created a great resource for those who would benefit from addition and subtraction practice. His creation utilizes google sheets and emojis to help practice basic facts. What I really like about it (other than the emojis) is that there are 2 "levels" for practice for both addition and subtraction. The first level allows for the students to type in a number (see the emojis that represent the number) and then add their second number and be able to count the number of emojis in the sum. The second level, while it shows the emojis representing the numbers, it does not show in the sum (or difference).

Please click here for Eric's post as well as below for Eric's template:

  • "Emoji Math - Addition and Subtraction" - Google Sheets template link
  • Embedded below is a 2 minute and 20 second video tutorial.




    Take care,

    Brad

    Wednesday, January 26, 2022

    How to make your QR codes a little more lively using QR Code Monkey

     If you would like to make your QR codes stand out a little bit more, such as add color, add a logo, and change the design - try out QR Code Monkey.

    Embedded below is a QR code of my Twitter URL.


    Below you will see a 1 minute and 48 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,

    Brad

    How to create your own custom Wordle

     If you would like to create your own custom Wordle quickly and easily try using the website mywordle.me


    When you are ready to create your own custom Wordle click on Make your Own Wordle and then enter in your custom word and generate the link and share with whomever you would like.


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




    Take care,
    Brad


    How to create your own Wordle in Google Sheets

     For those of you who are enjoying Wordle in your spare time, now it is time to take it to the classroom. Embedded below you will see @scott_teach's Tweet where he has used Excel and some conditional formatting to create a Wordle you can use with your class.

    I took the Excel sheet and copied it into a Google Sheet and made it available by clicking here

    A brief YouTube tutorial is below. 



    Take care,

    Brad

    Sunday, January 23, 2022

    How to create or edit your email signature in OWA Outlook Web Access

     If you would like to edit your email signature in OWA (Outlook Web Access) try these steps:

    • Settings gear
    • Either type in signature or look at the bottom for view all Outlook settings
    • select Mail on the left
    • Compose and Reply
    • Add the details to your signature and select Save
    Embedded below is a 36 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Thursday, January 20, 2022

    How to set up a checklist in Google Docs to be used and shared in your classroom in under 1:45 seconds.

     If you would like to create a checklist to be used in your classroom (or wherever), try using Google Docs. Embedded below I show you how to create a checklist that is ready to be shared with others (or printed out) in under 1 minute and 45 seconds.

    When entering into your Doc, I like to go to do the following:

    •  File> page setup and change the left and right margin to 0.1
    • Double click in the header, click on options and header format (blue on right side) to 0.1
    • Insert > Table (I chose a 4x4)
    • Right click on the 1st row and column and scroll to table properties
      • change the column width (I chose 5 inches)
    • Right click again on the first row and column and choose to add a row above (this will be important to add text above the three columns on the right).
      • Make sure to click on the top line on the left and change the border color to white (same with the side border color).
    • Now add your text where needed.
    • When ready to place your checkmarks - highlight the rows you would like and then choose the checkbox icon (it may be hidden in the three dots).
    Embedded below is a 2 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,

    Brad

    Wednesday, January 19, 2022

    How to set up a rule in Outlook and have an email go directly into a specific folder.

     If you would like to set up a rule for a specific user or what the subject of the email contains, be sure to follow the steps below.

    • Select the email in question
    • Choose Rules at the top
      • Create a rule
    • You can then choose your options (I chose from the specific sender)
      • can also choose what the subject contains
      • as well as "Sent to"
    • You can then choose to send the email to a specific folder (can choose a previously made one or create a new one).
      • Can also choose to display a specific sound 
      • An important item to choose is to choose to Display in the New Item Alert Window
    Embedded below is a 2:00 minute YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad



    Tuesday, January 18, 2022

    Classrooms on Wakelet tutorial (student and teacher point of view). How to get your class up and running - plus a few tips and tricks

     Wakelet is an amazing platform that allows users to save, organize and share content from across the web with a single link and all for free.


    A new amazing feature built into the platform is Classrooms. Classrooms allows you to work with students in a safe and secure way. To see Wakelet's blog post on this topic - please click here.

    • In order to get started make sure you have Classrooms enabled by clicking on the three dots in the upper right of the home screen, choose account settings, and make sure to place a check next to Education Account.
    • You will now see Classrooms and make sure to select Create Classroom 
    • Create your classroom by choosing Google Classroom, Microsoft, or Clever. Also, check the features you would like enabled and then choose create.

    • Students now have an account and can log on to Wakelet.com and choose Log in. In the example in the video I used Google.
    • Students can now create their own Collections, Bookmarks, and join Group Collections. (as you see below).
    • If a student does start their own collection and then wants to work with another student (or students) - you as the teacher need to go into the Classrooms page on Wakelet, choose the student's name in the class and then share the collection and choose to invite collaborators. Seer image below.

      • A reminder that collections created by students CAN NOT be shared publicly.
      • This can be a touch frustrating - especially if you want  families to see their child's work. However, there is a solution.
    • The solution to being able to share work created by students would be to log on to your Wakelet account and create a collection. Example - Sydney's 2022 Portfolio.
    • You will then need to select share and choose how you would like to share the collection with the student (you can see the options below). Personally, I really like to send by code or send the link directly to the student in Google Classroom. 

    • Now, the student can create their portfolio and you have the options to share the collection with others.
    Embedded below is an 8:06 second YouTube tutorial where I take you through the steps of signing up as a teacher and what it all looks like from a teacher and student point of view.





    Take care,
    Brad



    Monday, January 17, 2022

    How to create a GIF from a video on YouTube

    If you have ever watched a video on YouTube and you thought you could make part of that video and make it a GIF - here you go.

    • Copy the url of the YouTube video 
    • Paste the video into Gifrun.com
    • You will then need to find the specific part of the video where you would like the GIF to start
    • Adjust the time (up to 15 seconds)
    • You can then preview the GIF as well as the edit size, framer per second, as well as add text
    • You can then create your GIF and download if desired
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 38 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad

    Sunday, January 16, 2022

    How to delete a lot of photos in Google Photos quickly

     If you have a lot of photos that you would like to mass delete it can be a bit difficult in Google Photos. Since it appears as you can only select one and then hold shift and scroll down to the bottom and all the photos should be highlighted in your view. The problem with that is the view only lets you highlight a few at a time.

    If you would like to delete a few thousand at a time here is a simple tip:

    • shrink your screen using  ctrl shift -
      • I shrank my screen to 25%
    • hold down shift and click on the first photo
    • let go of Shift
    • go to the bottom of your screen 
    • hold Shift again and choose that image in the bottom right
      • you will see they are all highlighted blue and selected
    • you can then continue to scroll down and choose more
    • I was able to delete 8,000 photos at a time - not sure what the max is (if there is one)
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 6 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad

    Saturday, January 15, 2022

    A few tips about Code.org and signing you and your class for accounts.

     If you are planning on using Code.org for you and your students - here are a few tips.

    • In my example I used Google, of course use what you need. Once you have completed your sign in make sure to scroll down to Classroom Sections.
    • You will see any sections (including archived ones).
    • When you create a new section you will see the following (I chose Google Classroom)

    •  Once you choose how you want your students to sign in you will then need to edit your section details (don't worry you can always adjust by selecting the gear to the far right).
      • A rule of thumb for the courses is A=Kindergarten, B= 1st, C=2nd, and so on. 
    • When you are ready to place the information for your students to sign in, I recommend the following links to be available for them:

    Embedded below is a 2 minute and 49 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad