Tuesday, March 15, 2022

How to Change Google Calendar Notifications

I have some good news for you if, like another reader who emailed me this morning, you are trying to keep Google Calendar notifications flooding your inbox. It's easy to adjust the frequency with which you receive email, desktop, and mobile notifications from Google Calendar. To do that simply go into the settings menu for the calendar that you don't want to receive notifications from and then disable the notifications entirely or adjust when and where you receive them. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to disable and enable notifications for the calendars in your Google Calendar account. 

Join Me Next Week for a Webinar About Creating Digital Products and More

Creating and selling digital products like webinars, on-demand courses, and eBooks is one of the ways that I've been able to keep this site going and keep a roof over my head for the last decade. And I've done it without using any of the big marketplaces like Teachers Pay Teachers that take a substantial cut of your sales. Next week I'm hosting a webinar in which I'll show you how you do the same. 

In How to Create and Sell Your Own Digital Products you'll learn how to create eBooks, lesson materials, and online courses. In some ways creating the materials is the easy part. Selling is the harder part for many teachers. That's why during the webinar I'll show you how to sell your products without paying huge commission fees to online marketplaces. 

Learn more and register here to join me for this live webinar on March 22nd at 4pm ET.

My Five Favorite Canva Features

Canva is a tool that I use nearly every day of my working life. Like some of the other tools in my daily work life, there are some features of Canva that I use far more than others. Canva seems to be constantly adding new features so my favorite ones might be a little different a year from now. For now, the following are my five favorite and most frequently used features in Canva. 

  • Copying designs
  • Image background remover and face touch-up. 
  • Color match suggestions.
  • Slide presentation recorder (with and without webcam video).
  • Publishing and sharing slides as websites. 
See all of these features in action in this short video.

Applications for Education
Of all these features the one that has the broadest appeal for educators is probably the option to record yourself talking over your slides with or without your webcam turned on. This makes it incredibly easy to create a short video lesson by using your existing slides right inside of Canva. The slide recording tool can also be used by students to make short video presentations or to simply practice giving a presentation then listening to or watching themselves to get better for their next attempt.

Speaking of presentation, Microsoft's Presenter Coach offers a great way for students to get some immediate feedback on the pacing of their presentations. Here's a little demo of how it works.

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