Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Save Kahoot Quiz Results In Your Google Drive Account

Kahoot is featured at the end of nearly every Best of the Web presentation that I give. Kahoot provides a fun way to gather feedback from a group through their phones, iPads, Chromebooks, or any other device that has a web browser and an Internet connection. You can include pictures and or videos as part of each question that you create and share in a Kahoot activity. Players are awarded points for answering correctly and quickly. Or you can turn off the points system to use Kahoot in a non-competitive environment.

The latest update to Kahoot, one that I failed to share a few weeks ago when it came out, enables you to save the results of a Kahoot in your Google Drive account. When you have completed a Kahoot activity simply go to the results screen and click the Google Drive icon to save the results. You can still download your results as a PDF if you prefer that option.

Best of the Web - Winter 2015 - Slides from #OETC15

This afternoon at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference I presented my latest version of Best of the Web (and various app stores). This version contains some of the sites and apps that were in my fall 2014 version of the same slides. Those that have been included again either released some notable updates or are so good that I think they're worth including again. This version is also different because for the first time I included slides to denote sections of the presentation. Many people asked for the slides so I'm sharing them below as a Google Slides presentation. You can also click here to open a copy.

If you would like to make a copy of these slides follow the directions listed here.

To learn more about the ins and outs of Google Drive, consider joining my online class Getting Going With GAFE.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Read & Write for iPad and Android - Text to Speech and More

The popular Chrome app Read & Write for Google is now available as a free iPad app and as a free Android app. According to the email I received from Read & Write's product manager the new apps are essentially keyboards that allow users to access the support tools that have made Read & Write for Google popular over the last couple of years. Some of those popular tools include text-to-speech, a talking dictionary, and a picture dictionary.

The Read & Write iPad app and Android app provide text-to-speech functionality for free forever. The other features are free as a one month trial. But teachers who use their Google Accounts to sign into the apps (use your school-issued Google Account) can get all of the features for free. Click here for information on getting a Read & Write account with your Google Apps for Edu account.

Applications for Education
Just last week a reader emailed me looking for a suggestion for an app that would read Google Documents aloud on her students' iPads. Read & Write for iPad could be the perfect tool for that need.

Create, Integrate, Demonstrate - Slides from My Workshop at #OETC15

This afternoon I conducted an afternoon workshop at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference. I promised a bunch of folks that I would post the slides from the opening of the session. You should be able to see the slides embedded below.

As always, if you're interested in having me speak at your conference or school, email me at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com. My speaking page contains more information on the workshops and presentations that I frequently conduct.

Insert Graphs and Equations Into Google Docs and Forms

One of the most frequently asked questions in my webinars and workshops about Google Drive is, "how can I add math problems to my Form?" Thanks to Google Forms Add-ons there is a rather simple answer to this question now. g(Math) is a Google Forms Add-on that allows you to insert graphs and mathematical expressions into your Google Forms.

To get the Add-on select "get Add-ons" from the Add-ons menu in Google Forms. Then search for g(Math). Click the install button, give the Add-on permission to access your account, and then you're ready to go. To insert graphs and equations into your Form select g(Math) from your Add-ons menu and follow the directions that pop-up on the right side of the screen.

g(Math) is also available as an Add-on for Google Docs. The process of installing it and using it is the same as it is for the Google Forms versions of g(Math).