Sunday, December 11, 2022

A New Google Slides Feature That Could Help Reduce Collaborator Confusion

For as long as Google Slides has existed one of the problems with it has been collaborators accidentally editing over each other's work. In the early days of Google Slides, before I put collaboration protocols in place, I broke up a few "fights" between students who had accused each other of "wrecking" the other's work. That type of situation could be avoided in the future with the use of a new "Follow" feature in Google Slides

The Follow feature in Google Slides enables collaborators to follow each other as they work on slides. To use the follow feature you simply have to click on the avatar (name) of your collaborator(s) as they're working. You'll then be able to see what they're doing in real-time. Of course, if your collaborator isn't doing anything, you won't see anything happen on the slides. 

Applications for Education
The new follow feature in Google Slides could help to avoid situations in which one student overwrites another's changes to a Google Slides presentation. The better solution to that problem is still to have students work together either in the same physical location or via Google Meet to discuss changes to slideshows they're developing.

What's New in Focusable? More Ways to Help You Focus

Focusable is the first thing listed in my Best of the Web 2022 presentation. Since the first time that I tried it back in September, I knew that Focusable was a tool that could do a lot of good for teachers and students. It does so by helping you learn to ignore distractions and focus on the things that you need to get done. Unlike browser extensions that simply block distracting websites, Focusable teaches you how to focus so that you don't give into the temptations of distracting websites and apps. 

Like any good educational technology company, Focusable has listened to feedback from teachers and students to make improvements. The latest update to Focusable puts a lot of that feedback into use. For example, you can now use Focusable without an account. Another significant update is that you no longer have to use your webcam to record your reflections on the progress you're making. And you can now have more control over the time intervals for your focus/ work sessions. Watch my new video that is embedded below to learn more about what's new in Focusable. 

Video - What's New in Focusable? More Ways to Help You Focus  

Applications for Education
Focusable was built for the purpose of helping students learn how to focus on their work while ignoring distractions. An ancillary benefit of using Focusable is creating a little journal to document progress on a project. If you give students a little direction like “state what worked and what didn’t,” they can use Focusable to develop the skill of focusing while also documenting their progress on a project. You can then use your Focusable teacher account to view your students’ progress.

On a related note, take a look at Why We Procrastinate.

How to Create & Sell Your Own Digital Products in 2023

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