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3 Ways to Get More Out of Your Links on Google Docs

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Hyperlinks have been around since the dawn of the Internet; however, are you getting the most out of your Hyperlinks and Google Docs? Here are three ideas on getting the most out of a powerful connection tool. Check out my video or text below: Idea # 1 - Do a Search  Did you know that you can do a search for a website, document, or bookmark in Google Docs? When you are adding a link, Google will suggest results or you can do a simple good search from the Insert Link window. Idea # 2 - Use Headings and Bookmarks Need a way to link to specific locations in your document? There are several different options. Headings are not only a great way to organize content in your document, but also a great way to navigate through your document. If you change your text to the heading format, you can navigate using the document outline pane or you can directly link to headings using the Insert Link function. Bookmarks are another helpful feature for linking to specific loc

Lovin' Loom: Creating Engaging Screencasts for Students

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Not all screencasting tools are created the same! In fact, you might want to consider using tools that provide you with the option of showing your face. A study by Guo in 2014 found that students who saw the face of their teacher were much more engaged in screencasts than those who didn't. The study also found that after 6 minutes of video, students started to lose interest. Loom is a free tool that provides you with several important features to keep students engaged: The presenter can present information from their screen and webcam at the same time.  Loom allows the presenter to adjust the size and location of their webcam video. Videos are automatically published to Loom and can be shared via a link. Students can leave their reactions via thumbs up/down or emojis throughout the video. This interaction is great! Especially if you ask for student feedback, such as "give me a thumbs up / down to tell me if this content makes sense." Although Loom is a

3 Ways to Make Google Classroom Accessible to All Students

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Remote learning can be challenging for all students; however, there are specific proactive steps we can take to help students become successful in an online environment. Check out my video below for how!     Idea # 1 - Create a Dedicated Place to Ask Questions I love having a dedicated place in any online class I teach, where students can ask a question and receive an answer. This public forum allows students to see questions and answers that their classmates have requested and received. Share links, videos, and responses to solve problems. Plus, it is a great way to have other students contribute to the class environment by answering their classmate's questions. Idea # 2 - Stay Organized Keep organized by using the topics feature to organize assignments by the due date. It may also be helpful to number your assignments for easy identification. For example, if a student is missing an assignment, it may be beneficial to refer to it as 001 Revolutionary War Essay ver