November 30

Recording with Screencastify

Recording your screen is easy with the Chrome extension, Screencastify!

Screencastify allows you  to capture your browser tab, entire desktop or webcam. The extension is fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Classroom, so sharing is easy.

Using Screencastify in the Classroom

  • Going to be out? Share a message with your students by recording your screen along with your webcam.  Example (WCS readers only, login required)
  • Teachers and students create math tutorials by aiming the webcam at a paper or board while working and talking through the problem.
  • Share student made (teacher reviewed) tutorials for test or exam review.
  • Students in foreign language classes use the webcam feature to record conversational videos for sharing and collaboration on a Padlet board or for posting in Google Classroom.
  • Record narration for picture books created using Google Slides, Docs, or StoryJumper.
  • Science students take photos during different parts of a lab and combine them to create a lab report with the student describing what happened at each stage as illustrated by the photos.
  • Students can create a comic or add to an image in Google Drawings and record an explanation to justify their analysis of the work.  Example

Have more integration ideas? Please comment below!

Screencastify Setup Instructions

 

November 28

Tuesday Tip! Manipulating G Suite App URLs with Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension

Often there are times when we want to manipulate a Google Document’s URL to meet the needs of our students or when sharing with our colleagues.  In fact, one of our previous Tuesday Tips focused on Forcing a Copy.  Now there is a Chrome Extension which will make that easier for you!

 Sir Links-a-Lot   

After adding the Extension, simply click on the extension icon and choose how to manipulate the URL to best suite the need.  Options offered are: Force Copy, Preview, Template, PDF.  The Extension also offers to Copy the Link To Clipboard, Copy G-shortener Link to Clipboard, and Open the Link in a New Tab.

So, when choosing to force a copy, for example, the end of the URL will be changed from edit to copy.  Then, simply copy the manipulated URL and paste it to the desired location.  The extension is compatible with G Suite apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings.

Check back next Tuesday for more Google URL manipulation suggestions!

September 5

Tuesday Tip! Adding Audio

One of the best ways to check  for understanding is to ask a student to explain something.  Why not ask students to add an audio explanation to something they have created using digital tools?  A great tool for adding an audio explanation is the Chrome Extension Simple Audio Recorder.  The extension records your voice and automatically saves the recording as an audio file.

After successful installation, a small pop-up will ask you to allow this extension to use your microphone.  Then, a microphone will appear at the end of the omnibar when the extension is ready to use.  To create a recording, click on the mic icon that lives at the end of the URL address bar.  A small timer will appear to inform you of elapsed time.  Click the mic again to end the recording and there will be a prompt that suggests you save your recording as an audio file.  Choose where you would like to save the recording.  Then, simply link the recording to whatever you want to explain.  This YouTube video shows just how quick and easy it is to use.  Audio recording is that simple!

Click on an image below to access an example.

July 25

G Suite Training Extension for Chrome

How many times have you been working on a project and needed a bit of training in order to effectively use the digital tool?

Really?  Me too!

Almost every single time.

And down the rabbit hole of learning I go with lots of lost time.

The folks at Google must have realized that and created the G Suite Training Extension for our Chrome browser.  It offers simple, interactive training where you can learn and take action all at the same time.  Adding the extension makes the training available within whatever Google App you are using.  So, leaving the application to learn how to use it is never necessary. Continue reading

May 23

Tuesday Tip! It’s Time to Split

When note-taking for research, it is generally better to avoid highlighting, copying, and pasting.  This makes it easier for students to report information in their own words while creating notes.  At times, like when doing research, it helps to have a resource open on one half of the screen and a place for note-taking open on the other half.  The note-taking half might be a tool like Google Keep, a Google Document, or a Google Slide.  Tab Scissors and Tab Glue are great Chrome Extensions for such a task.

Tab Scissors is an organizational tool which splits one window into two smaller side-by-side windows.  When creating a split screen with one click, all the tabs to the left of the selected one will remain on the left.  The rest will move to the window on the right.  Tab Glue brings the two split windows back together in one window.

April 7

Finally! Introducing EquatiO!

Finally a user friendly equation editor integrated with Google Docs and Google Forms! Introducing EquatiO!

EquatiO is a Chrome Extension that launches an equation editor at the bottom of the screen within Google Docs and Google Forms.

Students can collaborate in one Google Doc and insert their own equations or expressions.

Teachers can collaborate in one Google Doc to create assessments. Click the image below to see a demo in Google Docs.

 Download EquatiO from the Web Store.

Check out EquatiO tutorials on the EquatiO YouTube Playlist.

Happy equation writing!

 

November 2

Short! Sweet! Goo.gl URL Shortener

URL shortening is a technique in which a Uniform Resource Locator (URL) can be made shorter and still direct users to the required page.  It is especially helpful when posting a URL for people to enter because the web address is so much shorter, requiring less input, and provides for fewer mistakes.  This is especially helpful when there are character limitations such as with Twitter.  Shortening a URL helps students get logged on to the same page more quickly.

Take something long and unwieldy like this: https://www.lifewire.com/google-url-shortener-1616794

to this: https://goo.gl/CIXQ6X goo-gl

 

One such URL shortener is Goo.gl (Goo.gl Chrome extension)  This shortener provides analytics that will show you how many times the shortened URL has been used.  It lets you create a QR code for any web link.  Save time, save keystrokes, track interactions, use Goo.gl! Short! Sweet!

September 21

Bookmark, Capture, Highlight, Annotate, and Share with Diigo

diigo logo 2Diigo has a helpful Chrome extension which allows users to bookmark, then add digital highlights and interactive sticky notes to webpages and articles.  Annotated items can be shared with other Diigo users and groups.

It allows users to collaborate and share what they are reading and notes users attach.  The material can be accessed online, anywhere, using most any device.  Both public and private groups can be created which allows for specificity in sharing.  Items can also be tagged making it easy to search and find materials relating to a certain topic.  Bookmark, Capture, Highlight, Annotate, and Share with Diigo - #WCSEdtech

The Diigo Chrome extension is an exceptional tool for the classroom!  Reading and research materials can be bookmarked, highlighted, annotated, and notes added.  Web resources can be shared with the whole class or used for differentiating with small groups and individuals.  Check out this video for an overview of its features.