Friday, July 10, 2020

How to Embed Padlet Walls Into Google Sites

This morning I responded to a Tweet from a follower who was having a little trouble embedding Padlet walls into her Google Site. To help her out I recorded a short screencast video. This is an update to a video that I made on the same topic a few years ago.

The key thing to remember when embedding Padlet walls into Google Sites or any other website is that your Padlet wall can't be private if you want it to properly display when embedded.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

A Dozen Lessons About Inventions That "Changed the World"

It was a hot and humid afternoon here in Maine. In fact, the weather app on my phone said that it was "oppressively humid." I'd say that was right. The only good thing about the heat and humidity is that it provides the perfect reason to enjoy a popsicle with my toddlers. Having that popsicle reminded of a TED-Ed lesson that I came across a few years ago.

How the Popsicle Was Invented is one of twelve lessons in a TED-Ed series titled Moments of Vision. The videos in the series teach short lessons about inventions that have "changed the world" in serious and not-so-serious ways. For example, the invention of the stethoscope did change health care. The invention of the Popsicle, however, just makes summer days a little more enjoyable.


Ask your students to look around their homes or around your school for everyday items that many of us use. Then send them off to research and present the origins of those everyday items. An item that come to mind as I look at my desk is the tab on soda pop cans.

How to Selectively Copy Google Slides

I'm fortunate to get lots of emails from readers who ask all kinds of questions. One of the questions that I recently answered came from a reader who wanted to know if there was an easy way to copy chunks of sections of a long Google Slides presentation into a new one without having to manually copy and paste. Fortunately, my answer was "yes, you can do that." And like a lot of the questions that I answer, a screencast video offers a better explanation than what I can write. That's why I made the following short video to demonstrate how to selectively copy slides from one Google Slides presentation to another.


By the way, you can find more than 300 other G Suite tutorials on my YouTube channel.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Three Interesting Resources for Students to Learn About Career Fields

One of the benefits of working and living in a small community is that I get to see what many of my former students do after high school and college. Some of my former students have joined the teaching profession themselves. Some bounce around from job-to-job or career path until they find what they really like. The point being that often we don't understand what a particular profession is really like unless we hear from people who are in it themselves. That's why resources like iCould, Next Vista, and What People Don't Get About My Job are excellent to share and discuss with students.

iCould is a UK-based website that features videos of people sharing their career stories. The stories cover people in all types of careers and at all phases of their working careers. One of the the main purposes of iCould is to expose viewers to what different types of jobs really entail. Visitors to iCould can search for stories by job type, life theme, or keyword tags. The teaching resources section of iCould includes some classroom activities that your students can complete to help them learn more about a particular career path, discover their own interests, and learn about what makes people successful in their careers.

What People Don't Get About My Job is an older piece from The Atlantic, but is still worth sharing and discussing with your students. The article is comprised of 26 contributions from readers explaining what most people don't understand about their jobs. There is one job for every letter of the alphabet. In the article you will find jobs like Kindergarten Teacher, IRS employee, zookeeper, and even unemployed.

Next Vista for Learning offers more than one hundred short videos of people talking about their careers. Some of the careers in the video library include librarian, nurse, engineer, musician, and chemist.

Three New Flippity Templates to Try


Flippity is one of my go-to recommendations for anyone looking to make interesting things with Google Sheets. A couple of days ago I published a video about Flippity's new board game template. That's not the only new template recently added to Flippity's catalog of offerings. The other new templates on Flippity are an updated progress tracker, a self assessment quiz template, and a renamed spelling game template. 

Flippity's updated progress tracker template is simply called Leader Board. It replaces the old progress tracker template that Flippity offered. The Leader Board displays names, avatars, and points. You input the progress or scores into your Google Sheet and Flippity will generate the leader board on a stand-alone webpage that you can share.

The self assessment quiz template from Flippity lets you create an online game in which players answer multiple choice questions and are then told something about themselves based on those answers. The example that Flippity provides is a quiz that tells you what kind of Lord of the Rings character you are.

The third new template on Flippity isn't really new. It's actually a rename and slight redesign of their old hangman template. The hangman template is gone and is replaced by a melting snowman template. Players guess the letters in a mystery word. If they answer incorrectly, the snowman melts a little bit. The goal is to spell the mystery word before the snowman completely melts. Try it here.