February 6

Tuesday Tip! Efficiency in Google Classroom with Share to Classroom

Today’s #WCSEdTech tip is all about teacher efficiency in Google Classroom and how you can quickly and easily push webpages to any of your Google Classrooms, so they open instantly on students’ computers.

First, find Share to Classroom in the Chrome Web Store and Add to Chrome.
Note: If you are using a WCS device, this extension may already be added to Chrome. 

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December 7

Join us for a #WCSEdTech Hangout!

Session Description: Keep the communication flowing in your classroom with Google Keep! In this session participants will learn how to create, share and use notes for student communication, collaboration, and teacher feedback. Learn how to add images, grab image text, and organize notes for research and then integrate all into Google Docs. This session will be interactive and provide participants with resources for integrating Keep into the classroom.

Instructional Technology Coaches will be at supported satellite locations:

Hillsboro Elem/Middle Library

Franklin High Library

Mill Creek Middle Library

What is an EdTech Hangout?  
Participants join an online workshop where they interact and collaborate with one another at satellite locations.  In supported sites, a tech coach will be on-site to provide technical support and guidance for participants.

December 5

Tuesday Tip! Accessing G Suite Tools

In our district we are fortunate to have a Dashboard App which allows us to access all our favorites from one place.  But what happens when that Dashboard App is not accessible.  At first we sort of flounder like when the electrical power goes out and we still turn on the light switch anyway.  Next, we look to our Bookmarks and hope we have saved some of our favorites there.

Image result for G SuiteThere is an easy way to access our favorite G Suite tools when this happens.  For example, to access your Google Drive where all your files are stored in G Suite, simply enter the following into the omnibar: drive.google.com

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December 5

Tuesday Tip! More Manipulating Google URLs

Last week we shared the Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension, which makes manipulating G Suite product URLs a quick and easy process.  But, what if you are the recipient of one of those items and you don’t know for certain that you want a copy of this item?  Then, manipulate the URL so that you can see it without making a copy.  The process is as simple as this:

At the end of the URL is the word copy

 Change that word to view

Then, if a copy of the item is desired, simply choose File and Make a copy…

The same principal works when the URL ends with preview or template/preview or export?format=pdf

So, don’t feel as if you have to clutter up your Google Drive when all you want to do is view – manipulate that URL and view to your heart’s content!

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!

October 10

Tuesday Tip! Inviting Teachers to a Google Classroom

Did you know you can invite other teachers to be a co-teacher your Google Classroom?

When the invitation is accepted, both teachers can coordinate class activities.  This is especially helpful if there is a student support co-teacher for a class, if a teacher must be out of the building for an extended time, or if a student suddenly becomes home-bound, for example.  Continue reading

October 3

Tuesday Tip! Share Your Originals Without Fear

When you share a Google creation with a colleague, often you are including them as a collaborator who contributes, tweaks, and improves your work.  Sometimes, though, you want to keep your original document, slides, etc., well, original without collaboration.  In that case, there are a couple of ways to share it.

The first, and most common way, is to share your Google creation with View only rights.  This allows the folks you have shared your items with to access links but not make changes to your original.  If those with whom the item is shared want to use it and tweak it to make it their own, all that is needed is for the person to select File and Make a copyContinue reading