Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Techie Tuesday: Sharing Made Easy!

Looking for an easier way to share Google Docs with your class, their parents and families, a committee, or the entire staff?  Google Groups can help!

Check out this step-by-step slideshow to see how to create a Google Group:

Or, take a look at this video to see the steps for creating a Google Group in action:

Other resources on using Google Groups in the classroom:

As always, let me know if you have any questions!

How are you using Google Groups in the classroom?  Share your ideas in the comments below!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

How to: Embed a YouTube Playlist in your Google Site

Embedding a YouTube Playlist into your Google Site requires a few more steps than embedding a single YouTube video.

Teachers will often publish their class's videos as a playlist to our school YouTube.  Then, they can embed the YouTube playlist into their Google Site so that families see it when they visit the class's webpage.

Students might want to embed a YouTube playlist into their own Google Site as a way to showcase multiple projects they were involved with.  For example, with Clay Animation, our 6th graders were each involved in helping to produce three videos.

Here are slides with step-by-step directions on how to embed a YouTube playlist into a Google Site:

If you would rather see the process in action, check out this video where I demonstrate embedding a YouTube playlist into my Google Site:

Feel free to contact me with any follow up questions!

Google Drive: Activity - New!

Google Drive recently released a new feature that can help you to see the latest activity on files and folders in your Drive.

The feature is called Activity, and it's located on the right side of your Google Drive.  The Activity list shows the names of people who have recently edited, shared, or left a comment on an item in your Drive (owned by you or shared with you), the name of the item they were editing. and the time it was last edited.  The most recently edited item will appear at the top of the list.  You can then click on the item from within the activity stream to open it up and check it out.

Teachers will like the Activity stream because...

  • As soon as you open up your Drive, you can see which students have recently been working on a file, and you can check out their latest work with only one click.

Students will like the Activity stream because...

  • You'll be able to easily keep track of changes made on group projects, including any new comments left on shared files.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Techie Tuesday: How to Create and Send a Google Form

Welcome to WVR Techie Tuesday!  Our topic today is creating and sending a Google Form.

Here are some step-by-step directions to create and send a Google Form:

Check out this video to walk through creating and sending a Google Form, as well as viewing the responses:

Ready to take your Google Forms to the next level?  Check out these awesome blogs and resources for additional information on forms, including: branching forms, using scripts to create self-grading forms, and using forms on iPads and mobile devices:

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