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.

Create a CCHS-themed Google Form

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If you’d like to make a Carmel-themed Google form, click here – you will be prompted to make a copy of the template. It will be yours to edit, and is stored in your Google Drive.

 

Manage Your Gmail With A Click

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CloudHQ has a lot of productivity-themed Chrome extensions that will enable you to do things like share Gmail labels (or folders) with others, or annotate your emails with notes. I use Save Emails to Google Drive because with one click, it downloads both my email and any attachments straight to my Google Drive. Check out the CloudHQ site to see what else they offer!