Monday, July 22, 2019

How to Make an Interactive Worksheet or Timeline in Google Drawings?

Want to take your Google Drawings skills to the next level? Check out my brief video on how to create an interactive worksheet or timeline using Google Drawings.


Need a Review on Creating a Quiz in Google Forms?

Need a review in creating a quiz in Google Forms? Here is a quick tutorial to help you get started!



Friday, July 12, 2019

Get Rid of Distractions with the Just Read Extension!

It doesn't take too long to get distracted while reading on the Internet. You are browsing through Twitter and find an amazing blog post, only to get distracted by the Amazon advertisement for that product you have been looking at.

Perhaps you want students to read an article and avoid those distracting ads or links. You can now get rid of these distractions on your Chrome Browser using the Just Read Chrome Extension.

How Does It Work? 

First, install Just Read from the Chrome Store.

Source: Just Read (2019)
Then, open up any website of your choice and select the Just Read extension.


Next, Just Read will open a new window containing your webpage. Use the tools in the top-right corner of your screen to create a custom version of your website.


  • Use the trash can icon to delete advertisements, links, images, text, and any other distractions. 
  • Use the pencil icon to customize the appearance of text, font color, and text size. 
  • Use the printer icon to print out your customized page or save as a PDF on a Mac. 

Want More Information? 

Check out this helpful video created by Just Read. 




Conclusion

In a highly distracting online environment, Just Read is an excellent tool to help students (and adults) self regulate and focus on reading content online without the distractions.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Add a Logo to Your QR Codes with QR-Monkey

QR Codes are very useful in education - especially with the number of mobile devices in today's classrooms. Although QR Codes are helpful, they sometimes get lost in the shuffle because we don't know where they go.

Creating a custom QR Code - with a logo or image inside of it could be a good solution. You can easily upload any image or logo to help students (and even colleagues) to help your audience understand the purpose of the code.

QR-Monkey is a great tool to do so. Check out my brief tutorial on how it works!




Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Increase Accessibility to Google Slides with Closed Captioning Feature

Google Slides introduced a Closed Captioning feature to make presentations more accessible for all students. Whether you have students who are hearing impaired, English language learners, or just need to see what you are saying, this tool is easy to use and very helpful!

How Does It Work? 

First, put your presentation into presentation mode.



Second, move your cursor to the bottom-left corner of your screen to access a variety of presentation tools.



Next, allow Google Slides to have access to your device's camera.

Finally, start speaking and Google Slides will automatically take spoken language and convert it to closed captioning. Check out my sample below!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Schedule Feature in Gmail

Gmail just launched a new feature to make your life easier and more efficient! You now have the ability to schedule when you send email messages.

How Does It Work? 

Step 1: Open up Gmail and compose a message.

Step 2: Look for the "Send" button in the bottom left-corner of your screen. Click on the drop-down arrow and choose "Schedule Send"

Step 3: Choose when you want to send your email and Gmail will do the rest!


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Changing the Writing Process with Google Classroom

How does the writing process typically work in many classrooms? Students are assigned a writing piece, they may write a draft, turn in their final copy, and get feedback a week or two later.

Google Classroom as a Solution

What if there was a better way to give students feedback? Google Classroom makes the writing process much easier! Here's how it works:

1. Create an assignment in Google Classroom

2. Have students open the assignment and attach their Google Doc (DO NOT hit "Turn In")

3. Have students complete the assignment. While students are working on their assignment, you can open up their Doc and see what they are doing in real-time. Add feedback and suggestions with just a click of the mouse.

4. When students are finished, they can open up the assignment in Google Classroom and hit "Turn In." This will change the student's permissions within the document from editing to view only.

Check out my video tutorial on how to do this!