Saturday, April 3, 2021

Hybrid Instruction, Boxes, and Tires - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is rising and it's going to be a nice spring day. That doesn't mean we don't still have some snow lingering in the yard. My dogs are grateful for the few remaining piles of snow that we have. My daughters will be happy that tomorrow's Easter egg hunt won't require them to wear snowsuits and boots like last year. 

This week I'm taking a slightly different approach to my week-in-review list. Usually, I just list the seven most popular posts that appeared on Free Technology for Teachers during the week. This week I'm including a few posts from the other sites that I maintain. 

These were my most popular posts of the week:
1. Three Areas That Can Help Teachers Improve Hybrid Learning for All Students
2. How to Make and Share Google Jamboard Templates
3. A Fun and Educational Use of Cardboard Boxes
4. How to Record Voice Notes in Gmail, Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Google Docs
5. A Great Series of Videos for Those Who Have I.T. Career Questions
6. Google Meet Transcripts Automatically Saved as New Google Docs
7. How to Fix a Flat Bike Tire

On-demand Professional Development
Other Places to Follow Me:
  • The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter comes out every Sunday evening/ Monday morning. It features my favorite tip of the week and the week's most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers.
  • My YouTube channel has more than 34,000 subscribers watching my short tutorial videos on a wide array of educational technology tools. 
  • I've been Tweeting as @rmbyrne for fourteen years. 
  • The Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page features new and old posts from this blog throughout the week. 
  • And if you're curious about my life outside of education, you can follow me on Instagram or Strava.
This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and 711Web.

Webinar Recording - Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff - Episode 34

On Thursday afternoon Rushton Hurley from Next Vista for Learning and I co-hosted the 34th episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. It was another fun half-hour of answering all kinds of questions. We also shared a couple of cool tools including one that isn't available right now, but at the current pace of AI development it might be available in the not-too-distant future. The recording of the episode along with the slides can seen here or as embedded below.

Some of the questions that we answered in this episode included batch export of Google Photos, alternatives to Smart Notebooks, ideas for using Jamboard and Wizer.me, recording videos, and developing your own mobile apps.


This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin , 711Web, and Today Headline.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Two New Google Workspace Features for Students - Including Saving Google Forms in Progress!

This week Google announced two new Google Workspaces for Education features that are sure to be beneficial to students. Both of the new features are things that teachers and students have requested for years. The first is a new set of citation options in Google Documents. The second is a new "save in progress" option in Google Forms.

Google Docs has included a citation and bibliography tool for quite a while. This week Google announced that new citation options are going to be available in Google Docs soon, if you don't already have them. The new options include citing films (movies), television shows, and a catch-all miscellaneous category.

The other new Google Workspaces for Education feature that Google announced this week is an option to save Google Forms responses in progress. Google is calling this feature "draft responses." Draft responses will let students save their responses to a Google Form without having to actually submit the form or leave the form open in the background. Draft responses can be saved for up to thirty days. Students will need to be signed into a Google Workspaces for Education account in order to save their responses in progress.

Draft responses in Google Forms is a beta product. Your Google Workspaces for Education domain administrator will need to apply for the beta in order for your school to use it. Domain administrators can apply for the beta here.

Applications for Education
As I mentioned above, the ability to save Google Forms responses in progress is a feature that teachers have requested for years. This feature will remove some of the pressure to give students a finite period of time to complete a quiz or other activity in Google Forms. I have never been a fan of timed quizzes so this new feature is particularly appealing to me.
 
The new options for citing sources in Google Documents is also going to be helpful to students. In particular, I foresee it being helpful to students in film studies classes as well as history students who might be viewing archival television news broadcasts.

On a related note, here's how to use the citation tool in Google Docs and here's how to create a quiz in Google Forms.

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin , 711Web, and Today Headline.

Five Jamboard Features You Should Know How to Use

In the last year Jamboard has become one of my favorite tools for online and hybrid instruction. I often use it in place of Zoom's whiteboard function because I can create multiple page whiteboards that I then share with my students via Google Classroom. My students can then take notes on their own copies of the Jamboard and modify their copies of the Jamboard. I also like using Jamboard to give students diagram templates that they then complete on their own. Those features of Jamboard and more are highlighted in my new video, Five Jamboard Features You Need to Know.

In the following video you can learn:

1. How to use version history in Jamboard and how to name versions. 

2. How to quickly duplicate objects and why that's helpful.

3. How to export Jamboards as PDFs. 

4. How to set custom backgrounds in Jamboard. 

5. How to create and distribute Jamboard templates. 



This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin and 711Web.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

My Most Popular Tutorials in March

As I mentioned in today's episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff, my YouTube channel now has nearly 35,000 subscribers watching my tutorial videos. On my channel I cover everything from how to make a Google Form to how to make a green screen video to how to map spreadsheet data. Here's a list of the ten most-watched tutorial videos on my YouTube channel in March.

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my work include CloudComputin and 711Web.

How to Create Comic Strips in Google Slides



How to Add a Timer to Your PowerPoint Slides



How to Create Videos on a Chromebook - No Extensions or Apps Required



Threadit - Google's Alternative to Flipgrid?!


This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my work include CloudComputin and 711Web.