Saturday, May 2, 2020

The Week in Review - Green Screens, Parks, and Virtual Meetings

Good morning from Maine where the wind is howling but the sun is shining. Despite the wind it's relatively warm and should be nice for playing outside once my kids wake up. I'm also planning to ride my bike outside today. How about you? Do you have anything you're looking forward to doing this weekend? I hope so. After a long week of virtual classes, it's nice to step away from the computer for a day or two. Which is exactly what I'll be doing as soon as I finish this blog post.

Registration for the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp went on sale on Thursday. It offers ten hours of live, interactive webinars on a wide array of topics applicable to every classroom. Register in May and you'll save $50 off the regular price. Register with a group of five or more and you'll save another $50!

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Things You Should Never Do In a Virtual Staff Meeting
2. Google Classroom Assignments from Teacher and Student Perspectives - Nine Lessons
3. An Overview of How Students View and Return Assignments in Google Classroom
4. By Request - How to Create a Timed Quiz in Google Classroom
5. National Parks Games and Challenges - Try Virtual National Parks Bingo
6. How to Create a Green Screen Video Without a Green Screen
7. 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Videos

Online PD With Me!
I've been hosting professional development webinars for a decade.
Thank You for Your Support!
Other Places to Follow My Work
Besides FreeTech4Teachers.com and the daily email digest, there are other ways to keep up with what I'm publishing. 
  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter - This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and it includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week's most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com.
  • My YouTube Channel - More than 21,000 people subscribe to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 350 Google tools tutorials. 
  • The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is where I answer questions from readers, share news and notes, and occasionally talk to interesting people in education. 
  • Facebook - The FreeTech4Teachers.com Facebook page has more than 450,000 followers. 
  • Twitter - I've been Tweeting away for the last thirteen years at twitter.com/rmbyrne
  • Instagram - this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing.

The Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp

Every summer teachers from all over the world join me here in Vacationland for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp. This year I've had to suspend the in-person workshops in favor of a virtual format. The good news is that this year I'll be able to accommodate more people than ever before.


What is it?
The Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp is all about helping you gain knowledge and develop new tech skills. You'll develop these skills through ten interactive webinars, a discussion forum, and a virtual social hour.

Some of the topics that we'll cover include developing video and podcasting projects, making simple apps, teaching search strategies, and tying everything together with digital portfolios. The complete list of topics is available here. I'll show you how all of these topics and tools fit into a simple framework that you can use whenever you're developing new lessons.

When is it?
The Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp will be held three times this summer. The first session is June 15th-19th. The second session is July 6th-10th. And the third session is July 20th-24th.

Every session includes ten live webinars, a discussion forum, and a virtual social hour. Don't worry if you can't make it to every live webinar because they will be recorded for you to watch when it is convenient for you.

Registration
You can register right here for the session of your choice. Register in May and you'll save $50. Discounts are available for groups of five or more registering from the same school district.

Friday, May 1, 2020

How to Restore Files in Google Drive

Twice this afternoon I had people ask me about restoring files that were deleted from either Google Classroom or from Google Drive. If you've accidentally deleted a file or folder in your Google Drive, there is a good chance that you can get it back. If you've accidentally deleted an assignment from Google Classroom, you're kind of out of luck.

To restore a file or folder in Google Drive go into the trash folder in your Google Drive then right-click on the file or folder name and click "restore." Your file or folder should then reappear in your Google Drive homepage. The video below shows you how this work.


If you have accidentally deleted an assignment from Google Classroom, it's gone along with any record of students turning in anything related to that assignment. However, all is not lost because depending upon the assignment type, your students should still have a copy of their original work in their Google Drives.


Ofee - Host Online Experiences to Teach and Share

Ofee is a new service that lets anyone who has a lesson to teach, share it with the world in a live online setting. Ofee was developed by three high school students. This morning I had a Zoom meeting with one of those students (and his mom) and got a tour of how Ofee works. It's simple and impressive.

You can use Ofee to host an online experience or to participate in an experience. To host an experience just register on the site then sign in and click "add experience." From there Ofee will walk you through six easy steps to create your online experience. The most important step is creating an online meeting using Zoom (you can use Zoom's free plan), then making that information available to people who register for your Ofee experience. Once you've created your experience it has to be approved before you can go live.

As the host of an Ofee experience you can offer multiple days and times for your event. You can also specify how many people can register. You could schedule one-on-one sessions or let dozens of people attend.

People looking to participate in an Ofee experience can go to the site and browse for an experience. There are experiences on a wide range of topics including fitness, camping, closet organization, job interview skills, and more. In fact, I'm hosting an experience next week on time-saving tips for G Suite users. There are ten slots available for the free experience I'm hosting.

Through Ofee people can offer paid and free experiences. The one I'm hosting is free. People who are looking to earn a little money through online tutoring might find Ofee to be a great way to make their services available for reasonable fee.

I'm looking forward to trying Ofee with a live group next week. I'll report back here after the experience with more information about this promising new service developed by students.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Month in Review - The Most Popular Posts

It's the last day of April. In some ways this month seemed to fly by and in others it seemed to drag along. The part that flew by was all work related as I was constantly answering questions from students, colleagues, and readers in between hosting virtual class meetings and webinars. The part that dragged along was all related to weather. Winter wouldn't give way to spring here and we had more than a handful of snowy days here in Maine.

As I do at the end of every month, I've created a list of the most popular posts of the month. It will probably not be a surprise to you that most of the posts in the list address topics related to online instruction. Take a look and see if there is something useful that you missed earlier in the month.

These were the most popular posts in April:
1. An Option for Making Sure Students Know They Have Google Classroom Assignments
2. An Overview of How Students View and Return Assignments in Google Classroom
3. Now You Can Use Flipgrid to Make Screencast Videos
4. 5 Google Classroom Tips for Teachers - Things You Might Have Overlooked or Forgotten
5. Google Classroom Assignments from Teacher and Student Perspectives - Nine Lessons
6. 5 Things You Should Never Do In a Virtual Staff Meeting
7. How to Quickly Create a Narrated Video from PowerPoint or Google Slides
8. Three Ways to Share Docs in Google Classroom - When to Use Each
9. By Request - How to Create a Timed Quiz in Google Classroom
10. How to Quickly Incorporate Google Meet Into Google Classroom

Online PD With Me!
I've been hosting professional development webinars for a decade.
Thank You for Your Support!
Other Places to Follow My Work
Besides FreeTech4Teachers.com and the daily email digest, there are other ways to keep up with what I'm publishing. 
  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter - This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and it includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week's most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com.
  • My YouTube Channel - More than 21,000 people subscribe to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 350 Google tools tutorials. 
  • The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is where I answer questions from readers, share news and notes, and occasionally talk to interesting people in education. 
  • Facebook - The FreeTech4Teachers.com Facebook page has more than 450,000 followers. 
  • Twitter - I've been Tweeting away for the last thirteen years at twitter.com/rmbyrne
  • Instagram - this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing.