Wednesday, September 2, 2020

How to Change Google Drive Comment Notifications

On Monday I shared directions for using Google Drive to comment on shared videos. Yesterday, I received a follow-up question from a reader who wanted to know if students would receive a notification when he replies to his students' comments on a video. Provided that students haven't disabled notifications, they will receive a notification when replies to their comments are published. That raises the question, "how do you change comment notifications in Google Drive?"

You can change the default comment notifications for file across your Google Drive. You can also change the comment notification settings for individual files within your Google account. In the following video I demonstrate how to do both of those things.



If you're sharing a lot of files for commenting in Google Drive, you might want to change the default notifications so that you're inundated with email and or browser notifications. If you have a particularly important document and you want to make sure you never miss a notification, change the default notification setting for that document.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

How to Use Version History in Google Slides

Last week I received an email from a reader who wanted to know if there was a way to share a set of Google Slides with a group of students but restrict them to working on one or two slides within the slideshow. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to lock students into specific slides within a shared slideshow. Since you can't do that, the next best thing is to use version history in Google Slides to keep track of the changes made to a shared slideshow.

In the following video I demonstrate how to use version history in Google Slides to see the changes made to a shared slideshow. Within the version history you can see who made changes, when the changes were made, and give names to each version of the slideshow. Most importantly, the video shows you how to revert to a previous version of a Google Slides slideshow.


On a related note, here's how to selectively copy slides from one Google Slides presentation to another.

Watch You Watched in August

My YouTube channel has nothing but short screencast videos on it (mostly made with Screencast-o-matic) but it keeps growing. More than 28,0000 people now subscribe to it. In August those 28,000 people watched nearly 15,000 hours of my videos. These were the ten most-watched videos on my YouTube channel in August.


Zoom Tip - How to Flip Your Camera or Stop Mirroring


How to Host an Online Meeting With Zoom


The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms


How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form


How to Use EDpuzzle to Create Video-based Lessons


How to Use PDFs in Google Classroom


How to Create a Video With Canva


How to Use Google Meet in Google Classroom - Updated


How to Share Videos Through Google Drive


How to Add Images to Google Slides

Monday, August 31, 2020

The Month in Review - Back to School

Greetings from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Maine.

It's a sunny day here in Maine and great afternoon to soak up the last rays of summer sunshine. Leaves are starting to change color on some of the trees around here. The first red leaves of the year provide a small sense of normalcy as we start a new school year in a way that is definitely not normal.  I hope that all of you can also find some small sense of normalcy as your new school year begins too.

One of the normal things that I do every month is create a list of most popular posts of the month. Here's that list:

1. New Google Classroom and Google Meet Updates to Note
2. Use Whiteboards in Google Meet Without Screensharing
3. How to Use Grid View in Google Meet - No Chrome Extensions Required!
4. How to Make a Whiteboard Video in Flipgrid
5. What You Need to Know About the Latest Version of Flipgrid
6. All About Zoom Breakout Rooms
7. Seven Zoom Tutorials to Watch Before School Starts
8. Five Tips for Live Online Instruction
9. How to Direct Students to Videos Based on Answer Choices in Google Forms
10. Five Current Google Meet Features to Note

Thank You for Your Support!
Other Places to Follow My Work
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  • 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 28,000 people subscribe to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 400 Google tools tutorials.  
  • Facebook - The FreeTech4Teachers.com Facebook page has more than 460,000 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.

How to Use Google Drive to Comment on Videos

One of the great "hidden" features of Google Drive that is often overlooked is that you can comment on almost any file that you upload to your Google Drive. This includes videos that you upload to Google Drive. That's exactly what I demonstrate in this new video.


Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the video above, using uploading videos and sharing them in Google Drive can be a good way for you to give students private feedback on videos that they make. You could also use commenting on videos to have students ask you questions about instructional videos you share with them.