Find contacts in the new Gmail

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I spent too long looking for my contact list in the new version of Gmail, stubbornly thinking I’d figure it out without looking it up. I’m glad I finally gave in and Googled it. I never would have guessed where they moved it. Read this quick article to find out how to access yours.

QBall! The fun, throwable wireless microphone!

All you need is a speaker and a place to plug the receiver in. I can set it up for you in two shakes, and then you can use it for class discussions, review games, whatever you want!
Email me if you’d like to give it a spin!

Thanks to Cathy Brennan and her PE class for the demonstration!

Chrome browser no longer supports apps

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What’s missing in this picture?

Apps. According to this article, Google will no longer support apps for laptop or desktop devices – and they’re on their way out for Chromebooks as well. This isn’t much of a tragedy, though, as apps mostly act as “glorified bookmarks” (according to the article). Extensions, the programs that sit up next to your address bar and work on whichever website you’re on, will remain, though!

DocuTube makes viewing YouTube links easier

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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.

Push websites to your students with the click of a button

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If both you and your students have the Share to Classroom extension, you can push websites to the whole class at once by simply clicking on it, then pasting in the site you’d like them to look at. (You can also do this using Hapara, FYI.) Students can also share websites with you – and the extension keeps track of who has shared what with whom!

Help students to summarize articles/websites

noun_1018335_ccI loved this article on Control Alt Achieve by Eric Curts – “Seven Summarization Tools for Students.” Why would a student need a summary of an article before (or after) reading? What are the best tools out there? Click the link to find out! (And if you decide to use an app or extension that he suggests, let me know so that I can be sure it’s available to students.)