Skip the fluff on YouTube videos!

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If you’d like to tear through YouTube videos at a faster pace (right arrow) – or if you’d like to pause (space bar), rewind (j), or restart (o) – take a minute to master a few of these keyboard shortcuts. They come in handy when you’re showing clips to a class and want to be able to back up a few seconds or skip to the end.

Another way to keep the videos – and not the comments or suggested videos – at the forefront of your YouTube experience is to download Turn off the Lights – an extension that dims everything but the video when you select it – or Hide YouTube Comments – an extension that simply removes comments from every YouTube video you view until you feel like you’re missing out on what the keyboard warriors are saying and you delete the extension. 😐 😁

Google Classroom pushed out another update

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Google Classroom made some adjustments this week – you should see a pop-up that sends you an alert when you visit the site. The most notable involve the Classwork page.

There’s now a category called “Materials” that allows you to post and organize class resources – taking the place of the dearly departed “About” page, I guess.

In addition, Classroom sites that were created before the changes that occurred over the summer now have the option to add a “Classwork” page.

Read about the rest of the updates – and see what’s to come – on the “What’s New in Classroom” site.