Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Create Educandy Activities

Learning should be fun. That is one of the most important things to remember. If we can make education enjoyable and engaging then it makes learning that much easier. Educandy is a site that makes creating fun and engaging word activities for your students very easy, and best of all...it is FREE! Check out Educandy to see the activities you can create for your classroom today!

Create Learning Activities:
  1. Head over to educandy.com and set up a free account.
  2. Click on “My Activities”.

  1. Choose what type of activity you want to create: 

    • Words: make a list of terms to do activities with
    • Matching Pairs: make a list of terms that are related to another term 
    • Quiz Questions: make multiple-choice questions

  1. Add questions/terms.
    • Words: 

    • Matching Pairs: 

    • Quiz Questions: 

Share the Activity with Your Students
  1. Click “My Activities” and choose the one you created that you want to share.
  2. Click the “Share” button.

  1. Copy the link and share it with your students. You can also embed it in a website if you wish. Make sure to share the code and which activity you want them to do:
    • Words: 

    • Matching Pairs: 

    • Quiz Questions: 

  1. You can also click “Play” and choose the specific activity you want to play. Then share that web link from the web address bar so they do not have to choose which one to do.

Jump in and explore Educandy and see if it can make learning fun for your students!

If you want these steps in a document click HERE!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Create Picture Collages

Are you looking for an easy way to share pictures in a collage format? There are lots of tools to do this, but some require accounts. Collage Maker does not! Below are some tips on how to use this FREE tool to make great images from multiple images.

Create a Photo Collage:
  1. Get some images on your device (PC, Mac, Chromebook).
  2. Choose your layout on the left (there are many to scroll through).

  1. Click “Add Images” in the top right to choose images from your device.

  1. Drag images to the place you want them in the collage and drag image to the location in each spot to fit the best display.

  1. Edit the border size and color. 

  1. Click the “Share” button.

  1. Click “Download Photo”.

You now have an awesome collage creation ready to use in your project!

If you want these directions in a document click HERE!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Manually Update Chromebooks

Chromebooks are awesome devices. They are fast, easy to use, and auto-update (as long as you restart them at least 1time each week). There are times (like the beginning of the school year) that you might need to manually update them in order to have the latest version of Chrome OS (remember, NWEA requires the updated version). Below are the steps to manually update. 

Update YourChromee OS:
  1. Sign in to the device.
  2. Click on the clock in the bottom right corner.

  1. Click the settings gear.

  1. Click the hamburger (3 horizontal lines) in the top left corner.

  1. Go to the bottom and click on “About Chrome”.

  1. Click “Check for Updates”.

  1. Let it run (keep the device on and lid open).
  2. When “Restart” appears, click on it.

All done!

Here is a video showing how to do these steps: Update Chromebook

If you want these steps in a document click HERE!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Create Contact Group in New Contacts

Google is always updating its tools. Usually, this brings wanted new functions. In the case of Google Contacts, this is not all that happened. Unfortunately, we lost a very important ability- the ability for classroom teachers to easily create Contact Groups by copy/paste into groups. We can no longer just copy and paste the email addresses into the “Add” box. Now, a contact has to already exist within your account in order to be added to a Contact Group. This makes it tough for teachers who have so many parents to add as contacts. There is no easy way for teachers to manually create each and every parent as an individual contact just to add to a Group. The good news is that Scott Wolz has created an awesome tool to help with this. It is very easy to do. Follow the steps below to create Contact Groups with a simple Google Sheet.

Create Contact Groups:
  1. Before starting, you will need to get some important information from your classroom parents. You will need email addresses and if possible first and last names. The names are not required but can help out in the long run.
  2. Make a copy of this sheet created by Scott Wolz: Send2Contacts
  3. Gather the needed emails and names from your classroom parents. A Google Form is the easiest way to do this.
  4. In the Google Sheet enter the email address (and names if you have them). 

  5. Name the new contact group something like “Classroom Parents” or something that works for you.
  6. When you have all the names on the document, click the “Send 2 Contacts” button. 
  1. Allow the permission needed.
  2. Go to Google Contacts.
  3. You will see the newly created group on the left with the contacts now in that group!

If you have issues accessing this newly created group in Gmail, try remaining the group in Contacts without any spaces (Ex: Demo Group = DemoGroup).

Here is a video showing how to do this. https://youtu.be/At1-nzrAL4Y 

If you want these directions in a Document click Here.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Add Audio in Google Slides

One of the options that has always been missing from Google Slides is the option to attach audio within a Slide. Now there is a Native-to-Slides way to have audio in your Slides! Can you hear the world rejoicing and cheering for joy? Follow the steps below and start making your presentations heard!

Add Audio to Drive:
  1. In order to add audio to your Google Slides, you first must upload your audio into your Google Drive. Make sure the clip you want to use is either an MP3 or WAV file. These are the only file types supported by Slides.
  2. There are many free file converters available online if you need to convert your audio files. Here are two that work: 

* I suggest creating a folder with all your audio and making the folder shared as “Anyone with the link can view”. Then all your audio for all your Slides is in one easy to manage location and will work with shared slide decks!

Insert Audio in Slides:

  1. Open a Google Slide deck.
  2. On any slide you want audio to play click “Insert” and choose “Audio”.
  3. Search for the audio clip from within your Drive.

  4. Once you select audio an audio icon will be placed on your slide. You can drag and move the player icon anywhere you want. Also, you can replace it with an image (or even a GIF).
  5. You can even remove it completely (in Audio Settings). You will need to set it to start playback “Automatically” in order to remove it while presenting.

  6. The options for the icon/image for the audio is the same as all images in Google Slides.  The size and color can be edited as well as adding Drop Shadow or Reflection.
  7. The audio sound level can be adjusted, as well as setting it to autoplay, loop, or stop on slide change.

Now, sit back and make your Google Slides heard by all!

If you want these steps in a document click HERE!

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!