We rely on Google for many of the images we use for instruction, and we often teach our students to search using Google for the images they need for their projects. We would like to show you how “Google Advanced Search” will expedite your search and filter your results. Teach your students to search for images that are free for reuse and to cite their sources.
When searching for images, after you have entered your topic and have selected the “Images” search,
go to the gear located in the upper right hand corner. This
Select “Advanced search”, and choose your options. Make sure to choose “Usage Rights”,
and select the appropriate “free to use” option. After you have clicked the blue “Advanced Search” button, you will find the results of your Google Advanced Search.
Finally, just click on the picture that fits your needs, select “View Image”, and download or copy the image.
As always, if you have any questions, pleasecontact us.
Here’s a summer project. Learn to embed Google presentations to provide quick access for student support and curriculum resources.
Start with your “Parent Orientation” or your “Welcome Back” presentation while the changes you want to make next year are fresh in your mind.
If you already have a PowerPoint, tweak it and update it with clean, fresh images and concise information.
Next, log into your Google Drive and browse to find and upload your PowerPoint to your Google Drive.
Make sure you select the slides you wish to import and check the box if you want to preserve the original formatting and theme.
Next, name your Presentation, and choose under “File” the “Publish to Web” option.
After the window opens, click on “Embed”, and select your preferred options for your slideshow. Click on “Publish”,
and you will get an “Embed Code”.
Copy the code, proceed to the webpage you have designed for your slideshow, and while in the HTML view of your page, or using an HTML element, paste in the code. Your slideshow is now ready to view online.
The best part of this process is that when you update your Google Presentation, your “live” online presentation will automatically sync your changes. By having this presentation online and available, your parents and students will have access to it if they aren’t able to attend orientation or open house. It’s also a convenient way to offer support for new students and their family members.
Your 2014-2015 Planbook is either on, or near its last page. It’s time to create and organize your “Year-End Check-off List”. In terms of technology, we cannot stress enough one word.
Backup. Backup. Backup.
I vividly remember sitting in an administration office working on a school website on the first day of summer break. In the next room, the district IT administrator was moving files and cleaning out network drives. I also remember the reaction when the entire junior high network drive was accidentally deleted. Although I understood the magnitude of what had just happened, I also felt confident that all of my files were safe. The last thing I had done was a full backup.
Once your files are secure, your next task might be to clean out, delete, and organize your bookmarks. If you are logged into Chrome, these can be accessed from any computer. In addition to Chrome bookmarks, Google has its own bookmarking online service that can be accessed from any browser. By adding a “Google Bookmarklet” to your web browser, you can easily bookmark webpages and label them to organize them. Make sure you have enabled your “Bookmarks Bar” to view the bookmarklet where it will be “dragged”.
These bookmarks are private, and currently you are not able to sync them with Chrome bookmarks. We are hoping this will be a feature that will be added as Google continues to expand its features. For now, you can share individual bookmarked links via your “Google+ Share” tab.
The main advantage of your Google Bookmarks page is the ability to store your bookmarks and to access them from any browser on any computer.
You will need to go to https://www.google.com/bookmarks/ and log into your Google account. You may discover that you already have some bookmarks. You can sort them by title, date, or label.
You can add a bookmark from the toolbar on the side, or you can use the “Google Bookmarklet” to add bookmarks as you clean out and update your Chrome bookmarks.
It seems as though there are endless ways to manage bookmarks, but we are doing our best to keep it simple for you.
Recess TEC extends our best wishes for this Memorial Day weekend as you spend the time with your family and friends and pause to pay tribute to those who died serving in the military.
We highly recommend using the Chrome browser, especially when working in Google Drive and Google Classroom. It is important, though, to frequently check for updates to keep Chrome running smoothly and efficiently. Our tip for this Sunday will help you complete that process in just a few minutes.
On the upper right-hand corner of the Chrome Toolbar, you’ll find a “Customize and Control Google Chrome Icon”. This is a square made up of three horizontal bars. Click on that and you should see this menu:
If your browser needs updating, you will find the “Update Google Chrome” message. Clicking on the message will launch this window:
After you click on “Relaunch”, your Chrome browser will close, update, and reopen with the same tabs that you had before you updated.
Once the update has completed (and this takes about a minute), the menu should now look like this:
Click on the “About Google Chrome” bar, and Chrome will once again check for updates. With the update that was just completed, it will only take a few seconds for the update check to run resulting in this message:
We recommend checking for updates on a regular basis to keep Chrome running smoothly for you and your students.
Another beautiful day is promised for Central Illinois, and we hope the same is in your forecast. One more tip is to find some outside time with family and friends.
We would also like to highlight last week’s post if you missed it. We are heading to EIASE once again this summer to host our own workshops. If you haven’t already registered, we invite you to follow this link to do so online. We’re featuring Google Classroom, iPad workshops, and general technology integration in your curriculum. Each session is two hours long, and we promise to jump right in and give you what you need to get excited about next year!
Here is another tip we picked up atMETC 2015 in the session, “Become a Google Ninja” presented by Michael McCann and Greg Lawrence.“Lab Scheduler” is a Google add-on that enables school personnel to schedule devices, resource rooms, computer labs, or resource personnel. We see “Lab Scheduler” offering far more uses than just device “sign-outs”. For visiting support personnel, training, special events at school when classrooms need to schedule special visitors, and anything that is tied into blocks of time/periods, this add-on will simplify the set up and keep it current.
The video below from Greg Lawrence’s YouTube Channel explains how best to add and set up the “Lab Scheduler” add-on, and when I previewed the app itself, I was impressed with how slick it worked. This is a great little management tool for anyone trying to manage schedules in middle schools and high schools.
March made its entrance as the proverbial lion, and with nine inches of fresh snow on the ground, I’m headed out to catch some snow shots this first day of March. Stay warm and safe!
Every day our curriculum and collaborative work are moving to an online venue, and we are encouraging our students to create and submit their work in digital form. Here is a tip we picked up at METC 2015 in the session, “Become a Google Ninja” presented by Michael McCann and Greg Lawrence . This was a new one to us, and we couldn’t wait to share it with you. Continue reading to find out how you can quickly add one of those common comments we all use when assessing student work.
We’ve seen and used the “canned comments” our grading programs provide, but most of us like to add our own comments that reflect our personal “voice”. Google Docs provides that option under “preferences”.
Just access that option under “Tools” where you can find the shortcuts that are there for you, and delete and add to personalize it even more.
Make sure you choose characters and combinations that you wouldn’t normally use, such as “qa”.
Stay warm, enjoy your Sunday, and hopefully the sun is shining in your corner of the world!
“Google Apps for Education” and “Google Classroom” have been our popular workshops this past year. It has been exciting to watch the changes and for us, it has been a challenge to keep our training current. Every time we meet with teachers, we add new features to our presentations, and it’s motivating to visualize the ever increasing options for teachers and students.
One of the features that is often missed, and sometimes one that teachers are not aware of, is their YouTube account. Google acquired YouTube in 2006, and if you have a Google account, you have a YouTube account. “Your Google account + your YouTube account” can be paired to create powerful lessons, and for your students, YouTube is a creative venue to showcase what they have learned.
One of the tips we offer is that whenever you are viewing YouTube videos on your computer, log into your account. As you find clips that you can use in your curriculum, add them to a playlist for quick and easy access.
Under each video, you will find a “+ Add to” link. Clicking on this link will give you options to add the video to your “Favorites”, to create a new playlist, or to add the video to an existing playlist.
Sometime this week, take some time to log into your YouTube account, and begin building playlists that match your curriculum. A starting point might be:
Browse through the videos on this channel to add some multimedia pieces to a Monday lesson. Don’t forget to add it to your first YouTube playlist.
At our last workshop, our teachers asked about YouTube and how they could make the viewing experience safer for their students. We offered several suggestions, such as SafeShare.tv. In the past, we enabled the Chrome Extension for Clea.nr, but that extension no longer exists. The easiest and quickest “fix” to remove comments is to enable the YouTube Safety mode. Make sure you are logged into your YouTube account so the Safety Mode will be locked, regardless of the browser you are using.
The video below explains best how to set your YouTube viewing preferences to safety mode.
(Note: We generally use the Chrome browser since it works best with Google and YouTube.)
We hope this helps ease your minds and gives you a little more control, while giving your students a little more freedom.
We teach our students how to research, but research looks a lot different from the research we conducted when we were in the classroom. There’s nothing more that we love than opening up a book, but searching online is the first option our students choose. Google has stepped up to the plate with lessons and support to help us teach students how to research online by providing Google Search for Education.
“Lesson Plans and Activities” provides links to literacy plans viewed as Google Documents with CCSS objectives and step-by-step directions at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Video webinar trainings are included as additional support.
“Power Searching” is divided into two main “courses”, “Advanced Power Searching” and “Power Searching”. Each online course comes with a syllabus and videos to support the instruction.
“A Google a Day” is an easy way to provide fun and engaging classroom challenges, whether you choose to assign them daily, or even weekly. The activities reach across the curriculum in Geography, Science, Culture, and History and provide ways for students to work together, or individually on Google Slides.
Finally, “Live Training” includes Google+ webinars with the latest tips and trainings from Google.
There are plenty of additional links that offer more support as you browse and explore the options. It’s easy to get pulled into the “World of Google”. Take a look and we promise you will find something useful to add to this week’s lessons and activities in your planbooks.
It’s a new year with plenty of goals and projects ahead. Have we mentioned that we are presenting at ISTE? In Philadelphia? Have we told you we are excited? And then there’s travel, building a new home, and selling the old family homestead. They’re all at the top of the list. How in the world are we going to keep track of the “To-Do’s” involved!? Let’s talk about Google Tasks.
We’ve shared Google Tasks when we present “Google Apps for Education”. We first discovered it as a component of the Google Calendar, and the calendar was our “tip post” two years ago. Google Tasks can by synced across several platforms. Starting in the calendar itself, the option to add tasks can be seen by clicking the “pull-down” arrow on the left side of your calendar where you find the option to enable “Tasks”. By clicking on it, your “Tasks” will appear in a “Tasks Bar” on the right side of your calendar.
Watch the instructional Google video below that demonstrates adding tasks through your Gmail account which includes tips to manipulate your tasks in your calendar.
And there’s an app for that. Our “go-to” iTunes app is “Go Tasks” which is free and has excellent user reviews.
Another option is to make a “homescreen bookmark” as described in this Google video.
Finally, we encourage everyone to use the Chrome browser when working in Google. There is an extension made by Google, “Google Tasks” which works well. In researching and reading the reviews, though, we found another extension called, “Better Google Tasks” developed by Matt Atkins. I have installed it, and it does a great job. One of the features I like about this extension is that you can view all of your task lists at once.
We hope these tips help organize and simplify your crazy life a little. We are working on ours, too. Enjoy what is for many of you, your last day of the holiday break, and return with a fresh, revised attitude to make the rest of this year the very best for you and your students!