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,
I'm back! Happy New Year!
In December, I met with elementary teachers to work on Google Classroom. This tip is not how to create a Google Classroom, but tips to help during the creation/setup process. If you are a "Google School," try creating a Google Classroom!
Suggestion 1: Include in the class name the school year (2016-17)
Why? Next year you can reuse a post from your archived class. Using the current school year in the naming scheme can help you stay organized.
Note: If you want to edit the name of an existing class, click the 3 dots next to the class name on the home page.
Suggestion 2: Under the "students" section, select the appropriate student permissions.
Why? By default, Google allows students to post and comment. This setting may be great for student-driven classrooms, but I recommend that only the teacher can post or comment. If you want students to be able to comment, you can temporarily change permissions. If you have a student that cannot handle the responsibility, use the mute feature.
Have a great week back,
~The IT Persin, Carol
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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