If you plan to include links to YouTube links to your study guides (or to any handout!), consider asking your students to add the DocuTube extension. Once installed, this program will offer students the option to view the YouTube videos you’ve linked in a pop-up window so that they don’t have to leave Google Docs. To get the add-on, students need to go to Google Docs –>Add-ons–>Get add-ons and then search for “DocuTube.” Try it out by adding it to your Chrome browser! It’s pretty handy.
Giving a quiz you created in a Google Form? Want to push out an article for students to read for 15 minutes? Use Focused Browsing through your teacher dashboard in Hapara!
This website gives a detailed look at how to use Focused Browsing with a Google form (quiz) – check out the site for lots of info, or the video for a quick how-to. And as always, schedule an appointment with me if you’d like more help!
Flipgrid is a super-fast way to get student reactions using just a quick online code and a Chromebook! If you look here, you’ll see that I asked my journalism class for a reaction to an article we’re reading, and they gave me a 30-second (or under) response. The whole thing, from set up to execution, took under 10 minutes. And it’s free!
A few weeks ago, I presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference on using Google Calendar. We also had a Lunch & Learn on the topic. Here is the slide presentation that I shared. If you go through it, you can learn:
- The basic anatomy of a Google Calendar
- How to create and invited people to events
- Use appointment slots for students or parents to sign up to see you before/after school
- Share a calendar with an audience
- Create a calendar for collaboration among many people
- Create and use Resource Rooms