Friday, March 8, 2019

297 Google Tools Tutorial Videos

About four years ago I started to put forth a concerted effort to publish more tutorial videos on my YouTube channel. In that time I have created nearly 1000 tutorials. 297 of those tutorials are about various products available to G Suite for Education users.

You can find all 297 of my Google tools tutorial videos in this playlist. In the playlist you will find videos about things like using Word Art in Google Slides, how to create canned responses in Gmail, and how to use data validation in Google Forms.


How to Use Jamboard Without Owning a Jamboard

In Wednesday's Practical Ed Tech Live episode I suggested having students use Google's Jamboard to collaboratively create drawings. A couple people have emailed me to ask how that is done if you don't own one of Google's physical interactive whiteboards called Jamboards. The answer is that you can simply go to jamboard.google.com in your web browser, sign into your Google account, and start drawing. You can also do the same with the Jamboard Android app and the Jamboard iOS app. Watch my video to see how you can use Jamboard online without owning a physical Jamboard.


Applications for Education
A few student uses for Jamboard include creating mind maps, making flowcharts, and making simple cartoon stories. If they're using Jamboard to make mind maps or flowcharts, don't forget that students can use the text and image tools.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Recording of Yesterday's Live Q&A

Yesterday afternoon I hosted another edition of Practical Ed Tech Live! I answered a handful of questions from readers during the fourteen minute broadcast. The recording is now available to watch here and as embedded below. The questions that I answered appear below the video.


Do you have a suggestion for a way to move my folders from one Google drive to another one? I'm moving and want to take with me my work folders. Thanks!
Joan

We have students needing to digitally draw for a create-your-own-shoe project in business Ed classes. Will you please recommend a few digital resources they can use?
John

A while back you had posted about how to create flashcards that open up in your browser when you sign on to the Internet. For the life of me I can’t remember if this was an extension or a site. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about? I’d like to share it with a parent whose child is struggling with his math facts.
Marni

Do you have a recommendation on how to make interactive videos? I looked at YouTube’s editor. It appears that it only works for approved partners.
Shelly

I am looking for some excellent math apps for Grade 1 and 2. Any suggestions that are either free or relatively less expensive? I am also looking so that they can be linked to all the ipads in the classroom without having to buy each app separately.
Caroline

I'm seeing a lot of great things about choice boards, online stations, etc. This is a component I want to implement for next year. However, I would really like to be able to add my voice on a Google Slide/Google Sheet so that students can hear the directions from me. Is this possible on the iPad? How exactly do I do this. I'm seeing a lot of tutorials but nothing is instructing me on how to make this work for students with a 1:1 iPad.
Alicia

How are schools using Google Cardboard? Are they buying ipods or iphones? Is there an affordable option that schools are using?
Clair

Our district is looking for a way to record test questions & answer choices individually so a student can click on a question and have just that one read to them. I normally read the whole test using Audacity and download one MP3 file but they want smaller chunks. Wizer is too inconsistent. Searched your website and didn't see anything that already existed. Any ideas?
Jennifer

5 Good Chrome Extensions for Teachers and Students

Now that I've run through my five favorite add-ons for Google Docs, Sheets, Forms, and Slides it's time to share my favorite Chrome extensions for teachers and students. Like my other lists, this list is comprised of my go-to recommendations not necessarily the most popular extensions.

Share to Classroom is a Chrome extension that makes it easy to quickly push a webpage to your students. You can use Share to Classroom to push the page just for your students to read or you can use the extension to create an assignment or discussion question.

Loom is a Chrome extension that you can use to create screencast videos. There are lots of other extensions that do the same thing. What I like about Loom is that you can use it to create and send a screencast directly from your Gmail inbox. Watch this video to see how it's done.


ReCall Study Time is a Chrome extension for limiting the amount of time you spend on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Instagram. When you have ReCall Study Time enabled you will see a huge reminder to get back to work if you try to open one of those five social media sites. Learn more about ReCall Study Time and two similar extensions by watching this video.


The Google Keep Chrome extension that makes it easy to save bookmarks and notes to your Google Keep account. You can then access your notes and bookmarks at Keep.Google.com or view them through Google Docs. If you're already using G Suite for Education, Google Keep is a convenient place to save your bookmarks and notes.

Audio Player for Google Slides answers the question, "how do I add music to Google Slides?" With Audio Player for Google Slides installed you can not only add music to play continuously in the background of a presentation you can also use it to record audio in your Google Slides.

In the following video I demonstrate how to install, disable, and remove extensions from your Chrome web browser.

Tom Richey Explains Tariffs

Tom Richey's YouTube channel is a must-subscribe for AP history (European and U.S.) students and their teachers. He regularly posts engaging lectures about a wide variety of topics in that are integral to developing an advanced understanding of European and U.S. History. He also hosts live review sessions on his YouTube channel.

Tom's latest video explains the differences between revenue and protective tariffs.



One of the best parts of Tom's videos is his use of slides and slide transitions to support the lecture. The pacing is perfect for most students to be able to take notes while watching the video. The pacing is also good for creating a flipped video lesson. Take a look at these tools for building lessons with YouTube videos.