If you are looking for a simple site to create a maze - look no further than Mazegenerator.net
When you enter into the site you will see the options you see below. Of course you can adjust the options as you see fit. You can even change the shape of the maze as well as see a solution to the maze itself.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 3 second YouTube tutorial.
If you have been on Twitter and you noticed that the latest tweets appear to be from hours ago, make sure to select what appears to be 2 plusses and a star and then change from Top Tweets to Latest Tweets.
I have had a few teachers asking me recently about the difference between using the @ symbol in a Doc and the comment feature and what that looks like.
Doc in body of Doc
If typing in a Doc and use the @ symbol - type in someone's name and they will then be alerted and you can share the doc with them without having to go into the Share icon.
In the comment section you type in the @ symbol and then their email address you will see a note stating that the person you included has been added to the discussion and an email has been sent. The sharing settings will then come up for you as well.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 51 second YouTube tutorial.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Open a Google Document.
Click on “File” and then “Page Setup”.
Select the “Pageless” tab at the top.
If you want to set the page background color you can do that as well.
Click “Ok” at the bottom to set this change.
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.
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.
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.
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.