Thursday, August 3, 2017

Use a Screen Reader With Google Classroom

Earlier this week a follower of the Practical Ed Tech Facebook page asked if a screen reader could be used for Google Classroom. You can use a screen reader with Google Classroom.

If you use a Chromebook, you can use Chromevox with Google Classroom.

Users of the Android app for Google Classroom can use TalkBack. iOS users who have the Google Classroom app installed can use VoiceOver for iOS.

On a Windows computer you can use the screen reader options built into Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome.

On a Mac you can use VoiceOver or the screen reader options built into Firefox or Chrome.

A New Google Forms Feedback Feature You and Your Students Will Like

Earlier this week Google released a bunch of updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms. One of the updates to Google Forms is the option to give individualized feedback on each question that a student answers on a quiz given through Google Forms. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use this new feedback feature.


Applications for Education
This new feedback option could be great to use on quizzes that have short answer questions as you can give students an explanation of why their answers were or were not given full points.

Learn more about Google Forms in the Practical Ed Tech webinar Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Three Google Classroom Updates That You Will Appreciate

Six updates to Google Classroom were released yesterday. Three of those updates could immediately improve your use of Google Classroom this fall. Those three features are demonstrated in my video embedded below. In the video you will see how to view all of a single student's work in one stream, how to display class codes for easier viewing by students, and how to rearrange the order in which your Classrooms are displayed in your homepage.


Learn more about how to use Google Classroom in next week's webinar Keeping Track With Google Keep, Calendar, and Classroom

Practical Ed Tech Live Episode #13

On Tuesday afternoon I hosted another episode of Practical Ed Tech Live. As I do in every episode, I answered some questions that I had received in advance and some that were submitted live. The questions that were submitted in advance can be seen in this document. The video of the episode is embedded below.

Three Good Videos About Solar Eclipses

On August 21st a solar eclipse will cover a large portion of the United States. If you're in an area that the eclipse will cover, you may want to have your students build solar eclipse viewing boxes. But before doing that, you may want to have your students review how eclipses happen. The following three videos are good for that purpose.

Of the three videos in this post, this one from Vox is the most detailed and is well suited to use in a flipped lesson tool like EDpuzzle.


If you need a short refresher to post in a classroom blog, the following video from the Washington Post is a good choice.


Finally, for elementary school classrooms, SciShow Kids offers the following lesson about solar eclipses. The shortcoming of this video is that it is based on the solar eclipse that covered parts of Europe in 2015. That might be a little confusing for some students.