Many educators are creating and curating content on their YouTube channels. But, did you know that YouTube Studio allows you to INVITE other Gmail users to your channel and assign different access permissions?
Type in user’s Gmail address (they must have a Gmail account)
Select ACCESS permissions for each user
What access permissions are available?
After you enter the Gmail address of the user that you wish to invite to your channel, you may then select from the following permissions:
Manager: Can add and remove others, edit everything. Can’t delete channel.
Editor: Can edit everything. Can’t add or remove others, delete videos or the channel, or enter into contracts.
Editor (Limited): Can edit everything. Can’t add or remove others, delete videos or the channel, enter into contracts or see revenue information.
Viewer: Can see everything. Can’t edit anything.
Viewer Limited: Can see everything except revenue information. Can’t edit anything.
Once the user accepts the invitation they have access to add, edit and/or view your channel!
How could inviting users and assigning permissions be helpful in education?
There are so many ways this feature is helpful in education. Here are a few examples:
Invite Users as Viewers: Teachers could invite students (13+), colleagues, families, and/or administrators to their channel as a viewer. This is a great way to let people know your channel exists and there is content there for class or general information.
Curate content as a school, team or district with Editors or Managers: Participants could be assigned either as Editors or Managers to curate content and also help monitor users and submissions. This would be a nice way to streamline the curation process and also empower other users to participate in the channel. For example, I recently added a colleague as a Manager for our new Google Educator Group New England YouTube Channel. Now we can collaborate on content for our Group!
Do you collaborate with your YouTube channel? I’d love to hear about it!
I use Google Chrome every single day so I’m always excited to learn and share tips and tricks! In this blog, I hope to share some ideas for Chrome that you may find extremely useful!
Today’s topics: Utlizing your Omnibox, searching Drive and Gmail from within your Omnibox, pinning tabs, creating Groups for your tabs, reopening a closed tab, muting tabs, two of my favorite Chrome Flags, the new QR code generator, and video play settings!
Utilize Your Omnibox
The Omnibox is the address bar where you type in the URLs. But, it can do more than many users realize! The Omnibox works just like the Google search bar so you may type in questions such as “What is the weather”, type in math problems, or even set a timer!
Search Google Drive or Gmail from Onmibox
I like to set up my Omnibox to search my Drive and Gmail. Here’s how:
Right-click in your Omnibox and select “Manage Search Engines” or go into your Settings.
Add Gmail and/or Drive as search engines by copying and pasting the following URLs
Type in the keyword you will use to activate the search Omnibox. Note: The keywords are case sensitive.
Now, when you access the Omnibox and type in the keyword it will start the search and locate items that match your search in your Drive or Gmail! I love it!
You may actually search any site as long as you add it as a search engine.
If you pin your tabs you can make sure you won’t easily exit out of them. All you do is right-click on the tab and select “Pin”. Now the tab will appear as a smaller version in Chrome. To unpin, simply right-click and select “unpin”.
The tab Groups feature allows users to right click on a tab and then add the tab to a Group. Once established, Groups may be expanded and collapsed. In this example, I added a tab to a new group titled “Joli’s Websites”.
Next, I color coded the Group by selecting the color purple.
Lastly, I added other websites to the Group by right-clicking and selecting “Add Tab to Group”.
You may then collapse and expand the group of tabs as needed.
Reopen your last closed Tab
Whoops! You accidentally closed a tab. No worries! If you are using a Chromebook press Control+Shift+T. If you are using a Mac try Command+Shift+T.
If I’m helping a students in a Goole Meet and another student is recording in another tab they may end up recording me. To solve this, show students how to mute a site open in a tab. If you mute the tab,it will remain open but the background noise will be eliminated. Simply right-click on the tab and select “Mute” and do the same to unmute.
If you are looking to speed up your browser and enhancing your overall Chrome experience, you may want to check out Google’s Flags. Flags are still in development mode and experimental so there is a note of caution informing you to enable Flags at your own risk before. If you want to check Flags you may find them here.
One Flag I have enjoyed is the Hover Card which provides you with thumbnail images of the tabs in your browser. To enable Hover Cards visit chrome://flags/#tab-hover-cards and enable the setting. Then, relaunch Chrome! I find this very useful as I gain access to a quick thumbnail images of the website.
OmniBox Google Drive Suggestions
If you have already set Google as your default search engines, you may now enable on #omnibox-drive-suggestions to search your Google Drive for items matching the keyword you type in the omnibox.
In this example, you will notice that I start to type in Valentine, Google will locate items in my drive that may match what I am searching for.
QR Code Generator
QR codes are scannable barcodes that allow users to access information quickly. In my last blog, I discussed the new QR code generator in Google Chrome along with 20 integration ideas! Make sure to checkout the blog here!
Video Play Settings
Did you know you have video play settings built into Chrome? When you have a video playing you will notice the music notes appear in your brower. Click on the notes and you will have access to video play settings!
What are your favorite Chrome tips? I’d love to hear from you!
QR codes are scannable barcodes that allow users to gain access to information quickly. Users may use their device’s camera (if scanning QR codes are supported) or download different QR code apps and extensions such as The QR Code Extension to either scan or create codes. The QR codes may link to videos, websites, games, documents, slideshows, and more!
Google has made it easy for teachers to create QR codes as there is now a QR code generator built into Google Chrome! Once users are at the desired destination, they may click on the generator (located in the Omnibox) and immediately have access to download a QR code.
How may educators use QR codes in education?
You may be wondering how educators may use these codes during their instruction. Over the years, I have used QR codes quite frequently. Whether you use the QR code generator in Chrome or generate codes using other popular edtech apps such as Seesaw and Flipgrid, there most certainly are dozens of ways to enhance your instruction with QR codes!
Here are 20 ideas for using QR codes in the classroom:
Self-publishing: Allow students to publish and share their work by creating QR Codes. The codes may link to slide-decks, movies, published writing, artwork and more!
Share Thinking: Allow students to share their thoughts, questions, and connections by posting QR codes along with published work. For example, if students display their artwork they may share their artist statement via QR code! Or, they may posts QR codes linking to audio comments, questions and connections.
Access Read Alouds: Generate QR codes linking to students, staff, and authors sharing read alouds.
Resource lists: Create a QR code for students to place in their folders or agendas so they may quickly access important sites and documents.Or, have students generate QR codes to resources they used during research projects.
Revisiting Anchor Charts: Display QR codes showcasing important anchor charts students may need to revisit throughout the year.
Book Reviews: Place QR codes on books or display in the classroom or school Library. The codes may provide quick access to student and staff book reviews and recommendations.
Displaying Exemplars: Share examples of different exemplars for students to explore prior to starting a project. Or, after projects have been completed.
Scavenger Hunts: Post QR codes around the building for students to participate in a scavenger hunt!
News: Create a bulletin board with QR codes providing quick access to important school information and news updates.
Tutorials: Empower students by allowing them to create their own tutorials for other students to reference via QR codes. And, of course teachers may share their tutorials too!
Quick Access to Assignment: Generate QR codes students students may quickly access assignments.
Pre-filled Forms: Use QR codes to link to Forms such as surveys, exit tickets and digital hall-passes.
Presentations: Add the QR code onto your presentation slide so students and staff may quickly access your resource.
Differentiate Instruction: Provide different QR codes for different flexible groups to access assignments, games and resources.
Self-correcting stations: Allow students to self-correct by creating solutions and sharing via QR codes.
Double-dose of Directions: Do your students often forget the directions to the assignments? Use QR codes to add audio or video directions to worksheets and rotation stations!
Portfolios- Students may quickly generate QR codes to add completed work to their portfolios. Students may take photographs and videos of experiments, posters, and other non-digital activities and upload the files to their Drive. Now, they may create the QR codes!
Digital Contact Card: Share a digital contact card with students and parents by printing out QR codes with links to your contact information.
Newsletters/Yearbooks- Add QR codes to the hardcopies of your newsletters or yearbooks to quickly access videos and presentations you wish to share.
Clever Badges- Ok. This has nothing to do with Google Chrome. But I had to mention how the Clever app makes it so easy for even our youngest learners to login to their devices and different websites simply by using QR codes.
Last week, I opened up a Google Sheet and all I could see was a fun coding game waiting to be designed for kids! I had a blast creating the game and decided to give it a Valentine’s Day theme due to the upcoming holiday!
I knew I wanted the first Tab to be the cover of my game. So, I merged the cells in the Sheet to create a space for the image. I created a basic image with Word Art and shapes by using Google Drawings. Once finished, I downloaded the image as a PNG File. Then, I went back into Sheets and selected Insert-Image to place the image into the cells in the Sheet. I cropped out all the extra cells by using The Crop Sheet Add-on but you could also crop the Sheet cells out manually.
Step 2: Design the First Level
The paint bucket allowed me to fill in the different cells with color. I eliminated the cell borders in each Sheet except for the area where the coding challenge would be located. Titles and directions were added by merging cells in order to make room for text. I used OpenMoji.com to add decorations and characters into the game.
Step 3: Data Validation
The Data Validation tool in Sheets made it simple to add the different answer choice into a dropdown list for each level of the game. This feature also allowed me to make the correct answer choices fill with green paint while the incorrect answers remained red. This would make it easy for students to self-correct!
Step 4: Adding Coding Block Images
I decided I wanted a corresponding coding block images to appear once students selected answers. To do this, I created the images in Google Drawings and then went to File-Publish to get a direct URL to the image. I created a Sheet Tab with links to all the images and posted the URLs in there. (You could HIDE this Tab.)
The VLookup formula allowed me to have the spreadsheet insert the images that match the student answer choices. (If you open the Template you can see all the formulas underneath the answer choices and modify as you wish. And, if you don’t know a lot about formulas, you could just modify my Sheet as you will most likely see the patterns. I don’t know too much about advanced formulas myself.)
Step 5: Create a Congratulatory Image
To show students they completed the level, I decided I wanted an image to appear in the Sheet stating they completed the level. To do this, I assigned each correct answer choice a point value by using an IF statement such =IF(O3=”East”,1,0). I placed this formula in the cell below the data validation choices. I merged the cells below the coding choices to allow room for the image and inserted another IF statement to make the image appear only if a student gained enough points by selecting the correct answers.
Step 6: Duplicate Tabs to Create New Levels
Once I had my first level completed, I then right clicked on the tab and duplicated the level. I then created new levels by changing colors, directions, data validation choices, and images! Then, I had my 10 year old give the game a test run! He loved it! So…..now I share with you!
Have you created any coding games with Sheets? Can you modify and edit this game to make it even better? I’d love to hear from you!
Jamboard is a FREE collaborative whiteboard application that is part of the G Suite for Education. Educators have found Jamboard extremely beneficial for increasing engagement and opportunities for collaboration. Students may collaborate in real-time while using the drawing, text, image, sticky notes, shapes, and laser tools. Users with access to a PC or Chromebook may use the web application at Jamboard.google.com or Jam.new. But, if you have access to a phone or tablet, the FREE app allows users to add files from their Google Drive. Activities created using the Jamboard app or website are frequently referred to as “Jams”.
In the market for a new hardware? There is also a touch-screen whiteboard available for purchase as well. The physical Jamboard device allows students to pull information from websites, access the handwriting recognition feature and draw with a stylus.
Note: Jamboard must be turn-on by the domain administrator.
Are you already using Jamboard in your classroom?
If you are already using Jamboard in your classroom, I hope this blog post provides you with some new ideas, tips, and templates to “Pump Up the Jam” in your classroom!
Needs some integration ideas?
Educators are constantly finding new and innovative ways to enhance their daily instruction during both onsite and online instruction with Jamboard.
Here are some ideas:
General and SEL
“Bucket Filling” or kindness walls
2nd Step Reflections
Brainstorming behavior expectations during remote learning activities
Sharing examples of respect
Picture of the day
Sharing problem solving strategies
Collaborating on a problem
Using the whiteboard to demonstrate solutions
Collaborating while posting examples of 2D and 3D shapes
Sharing learning and reflections
Sharing predictions, inferences, connections
Demonstrating revisions and edits
Sharing example images of writer’s craft
Sharing reflections, questions, and learning
Locating and sharing examples of the parts of speech
Reviewing sight words
Sharing examples of the 5 themes of geography for states, countries, and regions
Collaborating while researching locations
Sharing examples of what students notice and wonder
Sharing thoughts on current events
Discussing educational videos
Locating and sharing evidence
Sharing results from experiments
Collaborating while researching
Brainstorming and collaborating on ideas supporting animal adaptations, habitats, and ecosystems
Sharing examples of what students notice and wonder
What would that look like?
Check out this Wakelet collection to see some fabulous examples of completed activities from educators on Twitter. (You do not need to have a Twitter account to click on the links in the Tweets.)
I have curated dozens of templates from amazing educators on Twitter. Simply click on the Tweet that interests you and “Make a Copy” of the Jamboard activity. Click here to view the collection. I’ll continue to add to this collection throughout the year so make sure to bookmark it for later 🙂
Since Jamboard is part of the G Suite for Education, it’s super easy to share your Jams by clicking the Share button and inviting specific collaborators or posting the link. You may also add your Jamboard activity in Google Classroom or create a Jam on the fly during your Google Meet!
How have you used Jamboard in your classroom? I’d love to hear from you!
Are you creating beautiful daily lesson plans for students using Google Slides? Are your assignments posted into Google Classroom along with links, tasks, and templates and followed with a detailed checklist created in Docs? I’m sure you spent a lot of time creating these resources! But, are we creating too MANY resources and links for our students?
Last week, I watched my 10 year old son attempt to complete all his assignments in Google Classroom. My son is relatively tech-savvy and loves working digitally, but he was LOST. There were too many links, too many Classroom topics, and too many places to “go”. In fact, I had difficulty helping him locate some of the resources!
Sometimes less is more. Creating multiple resources, Classroom topics, links, and Docs to help our students stay organized could possibly be counter-productive especially while helping our youngest learners. Could we be making it even more challenging for students to locate and access assignments by providing too many guiding Docs?
To streamline resources in Google Classroom many edtech gurus have recommended:
1. Classroom Topics named “Today’s Links”: If you name a Google Classroom topic “Today’s Links” students will know where to find all the materials for that day! Teachers may choose to move the links under the correct subject Topic headings later.
2. Numbering Assignments: Numbering assignments makes it easy to refer to an assignment later. Also, students may be able to recall which number assignment they should work on today.
But, once you add on all the amazing Google Slides daily/weekly learning plans and Google Docs checklists it may still get a little confusing.
How could we simplify our assignments and make it easier for students?
The first solution that came to me is Google Sheets!
Google Sheets allows you to create a “one-stop-shop” for objectives, tasks, checklists, links, and more!
Also, you can link to the specific Google Classroom Assignment in the Sheet by clicking on the 3 dots in the right-hand corner of the assignment while in Google Classroom. Then, add that link to the template.
Finally, you may add a checkbox for students to complete once they have “Turned-In” each assignment.
Duplicate the template by clicking on the TAB below and selecting “dupicate”. You may rename each TAB using dates.
This Fall, educators are doing everything they can to provide sanitized materials for our students. But what about those old, laminated bathroom passes or sign-out notebooks? If your students have access to a device that can scan QR codes you may want to consider using digital hall passes. Most all newer model SMARTphones, tablets and laptops are able to scan QR codes.
Why QR Code Hall Passes?
If students have access to a device with a QR code scanner, the codes allow students to quickly scan the code whenever they need to leave the classroom without touching a shared bathroom pass or notebook. This also creates a record system for the teacher by recording student activity using a spreadsheet. The information may then be sorted and shared with parents, co-teachers or administrators as needed. This blog post also explains how to create a pre-filled link so even our youngest learners…
No one can say this school year wasn’t interesting. Can you believe it’s almost over? As we approach the end of the school year you may be wondering how you may collaborate on a digital yearbook. The answer is simple….Google Slides!
This yearbook was designed for elementary students but you can find more ideas for older students at Jennifer Scott’s SlidesYearbook.com!
Directions: Click the link above and “Make a Copy” of the template. Now, you may edit and revise as your heart desires. I have included animated GIFs that help explain each activity and how to edit the Doc.
Activity 1: All About Me
Activity one starts on Slide 4. This activity allows students to share their interests and goals with classmates.
Step 1: For the first activity you are going to share Slide 4 in Google Classroom as “Make a Copy” for each student. To do this you could just copy and paste the Slide into a new deck. This will allow all students to edit their own Slide.
Step 2: Next, you will share the yearbook in Google Classroom as “Anyone with a Link May Edit”. Once students have finished editing their Slides, they may now go to the collaborative deck and select File-Import Slide and add their Slide.
Alternate Route: Another way you could share this activity with students is to make a copy of Slide 4 for each student. Add each student’s name to the top so they know which Slide to edit. However, I have found this method to be confusing and more cumbersome as students end up accidentally editing the wrong Slides.
Activity 2: Class Pictures
Activity two allows students to take a selfie or upload a photograph for the classroom picture. Students will go to Slide 7, click on the red rectangle, and go to Replace- Image. Now, students may select the camera and take a selfie!
Activity 3: Photographs
This activity was remixed from the fabulous SlidesYearbook.com! Students and teachers may collaborate by adding photographs of past field trips, events, projects, and lessons. Once again users would click on the image and select Replace-Image in the toolbar. If you share these Slides with parents and co-workers they could add images as well! This collaborative approach really helps streamline the process of creating a yearbook!
Activity 4: Class Memories
Slides 16-20 allow users to share their favorite memories by clicking and dragging and editable cloud textbox! Change the background colors, fonts, and headers yourself or allow your students to customize themselves!
Have you already started your class yearbook? I’d love to see an example!
Snap Camera is a FREE application that allows you to use different lenses on your computer while recording videos, taking photographs or participating in video chats using Google Meet, Zoom or Skype. There are thousands of lenses or filters to choose from including the traditional Snapchat filters as well as designs from Lens Creator.
Could SnapCamera be used for educational purposes? Absolutely! There are so many ways educators could use this app with students. However, this app may not be appropriate for younger students to use as it is intended for an older audience.
Here are some ideas:
Reading– Locate a filter and appear as a character from a favorite book. Or, use a background that relates to the setting in the story you are reading.
2. Math– Appear as a chef using recipes for a lesson on fractions. Or, pick a fun math themed background!
3. Science– Use an animal filter during a discussion about animal adaptations or teach a lesson straight from a science lab!
4. Social Studies– It’s easy to travel around the world using Snap Camera! Teach a lesson in front of a pyramid or turn yourself into a pilgrim while discussing Plimoth Plantation!
Open the app: Open the app on the computer and search through all the different lenses.
Locate the lense you want to use: Play around with all the different filters until you find one you like.
Take a picture or video: You may record your videos or take photographs with Snap Camera and then download to your device. Then, simply upload the video or photographs to the platform you are using with students.
Open video conferencing platform: If you are using this filter during synchronous instruction you can open up Google Meet and the filter will now be on your camera!
Have fun! Once you see the possibilities of using Snap Camera in the classroom you will have a lot of fun.
Do you have any ideas how educators could use Snap Camera with their students? Feel free to comment below.
Educators have been very excited to explore the possibilities of inserting audio into Google Slides. If you haven’t heard, teachers and students may now record audio and then insert the audio clip into their presentations. But how do we use this feature? Do we just record ourselves reading the content of each Slide? No way! Here are some different ideas for using the Google Slides audio feature in education.
Elaborating on Your Ideas
We know that Slides should have a limited amount of text during presentations. Often, presenters simply share a few bullet points or phrases on a Slide. However, this often means that the audience may forget what exactly the presenter said about this Slide when they go back and revisit. Adding audio clips in the margins will allow your audience to recall the information and teaching points. And, presenters may include additional information as well.
Educators are using the G Suite for Education with even our youngest learners. Many educators are making their Google Slides interactive by creating hyperdocs or including activities or formative assessments in their Slides. But, what if students are having difficulty reading the directions? Adding audio directions alongside your text directions will surely be helpful for all learners.
Narrating Your eBook or Newsletters
Many students and teachers are transforming their Google Slides presentations into ebooks and newsletters. Simply change the Page Layout to Custom and select 8.5 x ll inches. Now you will have an ebook suitable for sharing and printing. Users may now add audio clips to narrate their work which often helps them locate errors for revising while doing so. And, students that are limited in their typing or writing skills may elaborate more on their stories by including these narrations alongside their work.
Using Audio Clips as an Answer Choice
If you use Google Slides for activities or formative assessments you may want to consider using the audio as an answer choice. Many people do not realize that you can change the image on the audio recording by right clicking on the image and selecting Replace.
To make this happen, I decided to create the images first. I used Google Drawings to create new images that I would use for the answer choices. In this assignment the answers choices were limited to A or B, however there are so many different images you could include for answer choices across the curriculum.
Photographs of locations for geography questions
Shapes and figures for geometry
Images of science topics
Numbers for computations
Next, I recorded audio explaining if the selection was correct or incorrect. The student then will hear an audio recording and explanations while completing the activities.
Recording sounds for spelling sorts or tests
Many teachers use Google Slides for drag and drop activities. If you teach spelling you will now be able to make the audio recordings and include them in the headings or as the answer. Students will click on the audio recording to hear the sounds and will be able to complete their sorts. You could even make ALL the spelling words drag and drop audio clips!
Track reading fluency
It’s often difficult to track progress in oral fluency. Google Slides audio would simplify the process by allowing teachers or students to insert an image of text that was being read as well as an audio recording of the student reading the text. Teachers and students could then add comments, feedback or suggestions.
Foreign Language Practice/Translations
Adding audio to Google Slides could really help students improve their foreign language skills and improve their pronunciations. Teachers could post words and phrases allowing students to hear correct pronunciations. Or, students could insert recordings reading words and phrases for teachers.
How do you use Slides audio? I’d love to hear your ideas!