Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Quickly Share Text with Your Class

We all do it. We want our students to see a web link or basic text on the projector so we go to Drive, open a new Document, type up the text or web link, change the font to a larger size, and then project so the class can see it. But wait, there is an easier way!
Give Gzaas a try. It is super easy and quick!

  1. Go to https://gzaas.com.
  2. Type in the text you want to appear on the screen and click “gzaas it”.

  3. Project this screen for your students to see!

Feel Like Getting Creative?:
  1. After you make your Gzaas change the style, edit the font, font color, background color or pattern, and explore text shadow!

Go wild and share quick text with your class!

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Download Your Google Content with Google Takeout

Students use their school Google Apps Accounts to produce a lot of great writing, presentations, and more. When they graduate or leave the district they might like to take that work with them. You can download your Google files for safe keeping. You can then upload these files to a personal Google Account later, turn them into Microsoft Office files, or upload contacts, calendars, and email to another Google account.

Download Your Content:
  1. Visit Google Takeout and login with your school Google Account.
  2. Select the Google Tools and Services you want to export your data and documents from and select the option to receive the file as a download via email (depending on the size of your Google account, this could take several hours).

  3. Click “Next Step” when done.

  4. Check your email. You will receive an email when the files are ready for download.

Unzip and Upload Your Content:
  1. Once the Google Takeout email arrives, use the links to download your archived data and documents.
  2. Download the archive (there may be more than one archive for large amounts of data) and save them to your personal computer, external hard drive, or other location.
  3. You can "unzip" the archives and then upload the data and documents to a new personal Google Account or use the files and document in Microsoft Office or other applications.

Things to consider:

  • Google Forms do not download.
  • Google Sites do not download.
  • These are downloaded as Microsoft Office files so some fonts and layout issues may arise.

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!

Transfer Your G Suite Content to Another Google Account

The end of the school year always brings on changes in staffing or High School students moving out of school your domain. In the past, G Suite users had to download all their content and then deal with transferring manually into another Google account if they wanted to keep their Google files. There is now a very easy way to transfer all your G Suite content into a personal (or another school) domain easily! The best part is that this just makes a new copy in the new account. The original account does not lose these files. Follow the steps below to move your G Suite content to a new account!

  1. Click on your profile icon in the top right of your screen and click on “My Account”. Click on your profile icon in the top right of your screen and click on “My Account.
  2. In the center isTransfer Your Content”. Click on Start Transfer".

  3. Enter in the email address you wish to have content sent to and then click Send Code”.
  4. You will need to sign into the account you are sending content to and check for an email with a code. Click Get confirmation codeand copy the code and enter it in the original account. You will be prompted to select/unselect Drive and Gmail to transfer.
  5. Once you start the process you can leave the page you are on. Your account that is receiving the content will get two emails: The first one will state that “Your content is on its way”.
  6. When the transfer is completed you will receive a second one stating “Your content has arrived”.

Things to consider:
  • Google Forms do not transfer.
  • While this is running, you will see files appear and disappear in your main Google Drive folder. This is normal. Copies are being made and moved. Just let Transfer do its thing.
  • The first time I did this not all my files transferred. You may want to visually double check that all your files do make it over. If they don’t you can do these steps again.

If you want these steps in a document click HERE!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Schedule Gmail

One of the most requested features for Gmail is finally here! You can now schedule when an email will be sent. This is HUGE! I can’t tell you how many emails I have composed in my Drafts label ready to be sent, and I forget to send them or recreate them because I forgot they were already written. Scheduling is super easy. Head to your inbox and start being proactive and get those emails scheduled!

Schedule Gmail
  1. Head to Gmail.
  2. Compose your fantastic piece of communication.
  3. Click the arrow next to the “Send” button.
  4. Click “Schedule Send”.
  5. Choose a pre-selected option or choose a custom day and time by clicking “Pick date & time”.    
  6. Sit back and know that you look like a punctual rock star and your emails will be delivered whenever you want, even if you are not near your computer!

Start scheduling all your communication to be delivered even when you are not at your device!

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Interactive Lessons with ClassKick

Are you looking for a web tool that allows ease of use, activities with manipulative movement, instant feedback, audio comments, peer interaction, and so much more (oh, and that works on ANY device?)? Of course, you are! ClassKick is a great web or app-based tool that does this at ALL levels! Yes, 4-year-olds to high school students can use ClassKick! It is really a cool activity creator! Teachers can create interactive activities and watch students work on the screen and interact with them (no, I do not encourage just sitting at your desk drinking coffee while watching kids digitally, but ClassKick does allow teachers to view students’ work in real time on their screen). There is live feedback, availability of peer help, audio notes and responses, sharing created assignments with peer teachers to copy, and so much more. Head over to ClassKick (on the web or iOS app) and check it out! You will become a fan, too!

Set Up Your Class:
  1. Sign in (or create) your account.
  2. Click on “Roster” on the left and the “+” button on the right and choose “New Roster”.
  3. Name your class, chose a color, and add students (you really don’t need to add students as they will sign in each time they go to an activity).

  • More Assignment info HERE!

Create Assignments:
  1. Click on “Assignments” on the left and then the “+” button on the right and choose one of the following (there will be some premade ones on your screen already. You can click the trash can to the right to remove them if you want them gone):
    -New Blank Assignment: blank slides for you to create on your own -Create from FIle: upload image of PDF as an assignment
    -Browse Assignment Library: use already created assignments
  2. Once you choose your assignment type you will name it, write a description, choose a subject, and grade. You can be as basic or detailed as you wish.
  3. Then you can edit the slides your students will interact with. This is where it gets AWESOME! Here are your options (I am not explaining the PRO options, only FREE):
    -Pen: draw squiggly lines or anything on the screen
    -Eraser: delete all those pesky mistakes we all make
    -Text Box: type text (captions, instructions, details, anything)
    -Line: draw straight lines
    -Web Link: insert a link to a web page
    -Image: insert an image or PDF already on your device
    -Audio: record your voice and drag to any location on the screen
    -Manipulative: upload images to be moved around by students
    -Fill in the Blank: insert a box that has “acceptable answers” to self-grade
    -Sticker: add a sticker with preset comments
    -Background: choose a color or pattern for the slide background
  4. Create as many slides as you want. Think of slides as individual questions and workspacess for your students to draw, type, create, or annotate.

  • More Assignment info HERE!

Assign Assignment:
  1. You have created your activity and now you need to get it to your students. Click on the assignment you want to send and the 3 dots to the right. Then choose “Assign”.
  2. You will be asked to choose a roster (class) to assign this to.
  3. You can also do this while editing the assignment at the bottom.
  4. You will get a class code. All you have to do is share this with you students (or post the link in Google Classroom).
  5. They will go to the link and sign in with their name.
  6. You can watch their activity, give feedback, and answer live questions by clicking on “Assignment” and then “View Student Work”. Here you will see live activity and what students are actively doing. They can “Raise their hand” for questions and add any of the items you choose when you created the assignment (text box, audio, lines, etc.).
  7. You can score individual slides and give feedback in the form or audio, text, or even stickers. Students will see this in their slides as you do it! This is Super COOL!

  • More Assign Assignment info HERE!

Take some time and explore ClassKick. Create some interactive activities and let your students have fun! Give it a try!

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Drawing with Chrome Canvas

The challenge of finding just the right whiteboard drawing app or image annotation tool is real. There are so many options out there and it can be tough to find just the right one to work on the device you are using (iOS, Android, Chrome OS, PC, Mac). Even more important, if you are a multi-device user, is finding one that syncs to any device you log into at any moment. If there was just one that would work on all devices, live sync without having to click save or download, and be basic and easy to use. If you already live in a Google Chrome world then I might have the app for you! Chrome Canvas is a basic annotation style whiteboard app that is easy to use and 100% web-based (yep, works on all platforms, even outside Chrome!) and syncs to your Google Account. You can start with just a plain white canvas or import an image and annotate on that. Head over to canvas.apps.chrome and give it a try!

Start with a Blank Canvas:
  1. Head over to canvas.apps.chrome.
  2. Choose “New Drawing”.

  3. Choose the pen style you want:

  4. Choose the size and opacity of the line  you wish to draw.

  5. Choose the color you wish to draw with.

    There are default colors.

    You can also choose a custom color or use the HEX#.

  6. Create away!

Start with an Image:
  1. Head over to canvas.apps.chrome.
  2. Choose “New from image”.
  3. Browse to the image you wish to annotate.
  4. The canvas will now be the size and shape of the image.

  5. Annotate away!

Download Your Creation:

  1. This is real easy. Just click the 3 dots in the upper left corner.
  2. Choose “Export Drawing”.

  3. DONE! 

Go and give Chrome Canvas a try.  See what you can create!

If you want these directions in a Doc click HERE!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Publish with Book Creator

One of the benefits of living in a digital world is the availability of a worldwide audience. Students write differently for a larger audience then they do for the classroom. There are many tools out there that allow for digital publishing. One of them is Book Creator. This is a tool that can be used on Chromebooks as well as iPads (free for Chromebooks, paid app on iOS). There are different levels of paid access, but the free version can be used in a classroom as well! With the free version, you get 1 library (collection of books) and 40 individual books. That works well for 1 book per student and leftover books for you or teams to create. At the end of the year you can archive this library and start over with a new library and 40 new books. Check out the steps below to explore how Book Creator can help your students publish to a large audience!

Create an Account:
  1. Head over to bookcreator.com.
  2. Click “Sign In” at the top and then choose “Teacher” in the box.

  3. Choose your method of signin.
  4. Complete the steps to set up your library.

Create a Book:
  1. Click on the “+ New Book” button.
  2. Choose your layout/shape.
  3. Choose your Background by clicking the “i” icon.
  4. Add content by clicking the “+” icon: Media Import: Import images/videos from any of the listed location (including Google Search)

    Camera: Use your webcam to add a video/image.

    Pen: Draw anything you wish

    Text: Create a text box

    Voice to Text: Add text by typing or DICTATION!

    Record: record audio to add to your book

    Insert shapes and callout bubbles (can have text added)

    Add pages
    Click the arrow to the right to add a page Manage/reorder pages Play the book Just click the arrow in the top right to play the book. You can even have it read to you by clicking “Read to me”.

Share with Students:
There are 2 ways to get students into your Library.

Library Code: 
  1. Go to the dropdown in the top left, then “Invite others to join”. Your code will pop up. You can also expire this code at any time.
  2. You can also click on the “Invite Code” link at the top.

  3. Have your class go to bookcreator.com.
  4. They will click the “Student” option.
  5. They will sign in with their Google Account.
  6. Students will be asked for the teacher code. 

QR Code:

  1. Create your class list in your Library. Click on your icon in the top right and choose QR logins.
  2. Create accounts by adding more students then print codes.
  3. They will use these codes to sign in.

Students can now view any book in the library and add books of their own. Keep in mind...you are limited to 40 books with the free account.

Publish and Share Books:
  1. After your books are finished you can share them with the word by clicking the “Share icon”. You can then choose to “Publish online”, “Download as ebook”, or “Print”.
  2. Once published, your book can be read on bookcreator.com with a private link. You choose who to share this book with, and you can unpublish the book at any time.

You now have a Library and student access. Have them create away and publish their work for the world to see!

If you want these steps in a document click Here!