Friday, April 10, 2020

How to Quickly Incorporate Google Meet Into Google Classroom

Thanks to a Tweet from Chris Pirkl yesterday evening I learned that Google has now made it easier to post Google Meet links in Google Classroom. In fact, now you can now have a Google Meet link permanently assigned to each of your classrooms with Google Classroom. This means that you can have the same meeting link for an entire semester or year. I like this because no longer have to worry about remembering to post the link for each online meeting that I have with my students. Instead, we now have the same link for every meeting and I just need to post a quick reminder for my students to join the meeting at our regular meeting times.

You can find the new Google Meet and Google Classroom integration in the settings in each of your Google Classrooms. Remember that if you have more than one classroom you will have a different Meet link for each of those classrooms.

In the following video I demonstrate how to activate the new Google Meet and Google Classroom integration.

Webinar Recording - Strategies for Remote Instructional Technology Support

Yesterday afternoon I hosted a webinar titled Three Strategies for Remote Instructional Technology Support. If you missed it, the recording is now available to view here on my YouTube channel and as embedded below. The slides from the presentation can be seen here or as embedded below.

Highlights of the webinar included:
  • Improving your autoresponder. 
  • Using Google Forms to organize your help resources. 
  • Creating a help app.

Three Strategies for Remote Instructional Technology Support by Richard Byrne

Thursday, April 9, 2020

How to Create a Tech Help Site With Google Forms

This afternoon I hosted a free webinar titled Strategies for Remote Instructional Technology Support (the recording will be available later this evening). One of the strategies that I talked about and demonstrated in the webinar was using Google Forms to create a tech help resource to share with your colleagues. This can be done by using branching logic otherwise known as "go to section based on answer" in Google Forms.

Create a tech help site with Google Forms start by adding an opening multiple choice question that asks people to pick the topic that they need help with. Then create a section in the Google Form for each topic that is listed in the opening question. Within each section you can include video tutorials and links to additional resources. At the end of each section put in another question that lets visitors return to the home screen or exit from the Form. The "go to section based on answer" feature of Google Forms will let you direct people to the appropriate section based on how they answer the first question on the Form. Watch my video below to see how the whole process works. You can see my demo Form right here.

Once you've built your tech help Google Form you can embed it into your existing website or simply email it to people who could benefit from using it.

You'll notice in the video above that I included a section in my Form for "something else" in which people can book an appointment with me via Google Calendar. That is done with Google Calendar appointment pages. This video can show you how to do that.

Save Time With This Google Calendar Scheduling Tip

Here's a little tip that I passed along to a colleague yesterday morning that might help some of you too. When you're scheduling meetings that are going to happen on a consistent schedule you can go into the "more options" for the event on your calendar and set a custom, repeating schedule. This saves you the step of having to manually add every event in a sequence.

I used this method to schedule all of my Google Hangout Meetings for my computer science students for the rest of the year. If you need to add video conferencing to your event, you can do that in the same place that you set your repeating schedule and have the meeting link automatically added to every event in the sequence. Watch my short video below to see how this works.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Create Online Art Galleries With Wakelet, Padlet, and Google Sites

In last week's episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I answered a question from a reader who was looking for a way for students to be able to submit examples of their artwork and have them displayed in a public gallery. The suggestion that I made on the podcast was to try using Wakelet or Padlet to gather and display examples. I made a couple of videos to show how both of those services can be used to create online art galleries. Both services let you embed your galleries into Google Sites and other website builders. In the following videos I demonstrate how to use Wakelet and Padlet to create online art galleries.

The advantage of Padlet is that is has more design options than Wakelet does. Padlet also has more content moderation options than Wakelet does. The advantage of Wakelet is that you can make as many collections as you like for free whereas Padlet limits you to three for free.