Have you explored the "explore" feature in Google Apps? I hadn't until a few weeks ago. Google launched this feature back in October 2016 (read more about it here).
Explore will, "bring you insights, design tools and research recommendations so you can create better work, faster" (quote taken from the linked article above).
Google Explore can help:
Next time you are in a Google Application, take a few moments to explore, "Explore"!
~The IT Persin,
Two years, four months ago I began blogging Tuesday Tech Tips. Today marks number 50!
One of my go-to tools is a Chrome Extension called Screencastify. It can be used on any computer with the Chrome browser, a Chromebook or Chromebox. This tool allows you to capture video from your screen, webcam, or both.
Screencastify is free. A few imitations to the paid version is that videos are limited to 10 minutes, and you can only record up to 50 times a month (that is a lo!). I like that I can upload my videos right to YouTube and edit there.
1. To begin, add the Screencastify Extension to your browser
2. Allow it to access your computer's microphone and camera
3. Sign in to Google Drive so videos save in the "Screencastify" folder
4. Set permissions to allow tab recording (optional, but recommended).
5. Press the filmstrip Screencastify icon and record!
Ready to take it one step further? Take a look at Matt Miller's Ditch That Textbook blog article on more ways to use Screencastify.
Thanks for reading!
~The IT Persin,
This week, a teacher approached me about a student who struggles with handwriting and typing. These two tools came to mind. One tool is Google's Voice Typing and the other, Typing Club
Google Voice Typing
Google Voice Typing is available in Google Docs. It uses your computer's microphone to turn your speech into text. Voice Typing is found under Tools - Voice Typing
Students will need to speak the words comma, period, question mark, etc. to indicate punctuation.
Google Voice Typing Help Article
Typing Club is a free site that teaches students touch typing. It begins with the home, top and bottom row keys. It progresses to capital letters and punctuation keys. Students will enjoy "Typing Jungle" because it has games. Swing across balloons as you type to get to the end, or defeat the evil snow monster!
Be sure to login with your Google or Microsoft 365 account to save progress
Typing Club Website
Typing Club App for Chromebooks
About the "IT Persin"
Carol has her degree from Duquesne University in elementary education (K-6) and the Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. She has 4 years of teaching experience K-8 & 1 year of computer para experience. Carol is currently the Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Oaks School District in Pittsburgh, PA. She has been married 5 years to her loving husband and they have a retired racing Greyhound, Henry.
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