Monday, March 15, 2021

Create Infinitely Recurring Zoom Meetings

Last week one of my colleagues asked me for help setting up some Zoom meetings. He needed to hold a series of meetings that were not going to be held at the same time each day. He could have set a series of individual meetings. That would have required students to have a different link for each meeting. The solution that I proposed to him was to create a recurring meeting without setting a schedule. 

In Zoom you can create recurring meetings without specifying a date and time for each instance of the meeting. By doing this you can give meeting attendees one link that can be used every time they join the meeting regardless of when the meeting is actually held. This also avoids the 50 occurrences limit that Zoom imposes when you schedule recurring meetings that have dates attached to them. The only downside to scheduling recurring meetings without a specific date and time is that you'll have to notify and remind your meeting attendees every time you want them to join the recurring meeting. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to create recurring Zoom meetings without having to create a specific schedule of dates and times. 

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Wordtune Helps You Tune Your Sentences

Last week I wrote about a Chrome extension called Wordtune. It's an extension that will make suggestions on how to change and or improve the structure of your sentences. It will work in a lot of web applications including Google Docs. Google Docs is probably the application in which most students can benefit from using Wordtune. That's why I made this short video to demonstrate how Wordtune works in Google Docs. 

Applications for Education
Wordtune could be a good Chrome extension for students to use to help them avoid using the same phrases and or sentence structures too often in a document.

On a related note, here's what I look for when testing a new Chrome extension.

How to Display Kahoot Questions and Answer Choices on the Same Screen

Last week Kahoot added a feature that teachers and students have been waiting years to see. That feature is the option to have game questions and answer choices displayed on the same screen. This means that students no longer have to look up at a screen in your room or a screen in Zoom then down at their phones or laptops to answer a question. They'll see the question and the answer choices on the same screen. If you haven't seen this new feature in action, take a look at this short video demonstration.   

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Jamboard Now Offers Version History

This school year Google's Jamboard has become one of my go-to tools for hybrid instruction. Yesterday, Google added a feature to Jamboard that I'm excited to finally see. That feature is version history. 

Version history in Jamboard works just like version history in Google Docs and Google Slides. To access it simply open the little "three dots" menu next to the share button in Jamboard. Once you open that menu you'll see a new option for "see version history" at the bottom of the menu. Click on "see version history" and you'll see a list of time-stamped versions or revisions of the Jamboard. 

Just like in Google Docs and Google Slides you can name the different versions of a Google Jamboard. And just like in Docs and Slides you can revert back to previous version with just one click. 

Applications for Education
Version history in Jamboard could be useful when students are working together on a brainstorming activity or, as my students were doing yesterday, a flowchart creation activity. Students can work for a while on a Jamboard then stop and talk about the various versions they've made. If they decide that a previous version was better, they can quickly revert back to it.

On a related note, here's an overview of how to use Jamboard in Google Classroom

Search, Kahoot, and Phones - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where after a few spring-like days winter is blowing back in with full force. After riding my bike in 60F weather earlier this week it's a bit of a shock to the system to be back in 20s this morning. At least it's sunny and the skiing should be good tomorrow. As always, I hope that you have something fun planned for the weekend. 

This week I didn't host any new webinars. I will be hosting or co-hosting two of them next week. On Monday I'm hosting Copyright & Creative Commons for Educators. On Thursday I'm co-hosting Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff. And I still have three on-demand PD opportunities available through Practical Ed Tech.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Features of Google Advanced Search That Students Should Know How to Use
2. How to Change Your Google Account Profile Image & Why You Should Change It
3. 27 Videos That Can Help Students Improve Their Writing
4. Why My Dogs Have Email Addresses and Your Dog or Cat Should Too
5. Kahoot Now Displays Questions and Answers on the Same Screen - Finally!
6. Seven Free Tools That Help Students Format Bibliographies
7. Tracing the Evolution of Telephones - A Search Challenge for Students

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