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Google Teacher Podcast

The Google Teacher Podcast is designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools in classrooms and schools. Hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning).


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Google Teacher Tips (Vol. 5) - GTP119

Google News and Updates Use the new Google Chat app for fast and reliable communication New quick settings help you optimize your Gmail layout New Google Groups now generally available Learn and play together as a family with Chromebook Featured Content

Susan Vincentz (Kentucky): Using screencastify to record and export audio only

Stephanie Howell (Ohio) -- Google Educator Group: people gathering together, talk about Google, build a community to expand your knowledge. Working as a group collaboratively. Supporting others. Amazing community. She leads the Ohio GEG with Eric Curts. Think globally ? Global GEG supports local GEGs. Host events together. Groups can come together and communicate, grow, learn, build upon each other?s ideas. Built-up as an educator. Was so in her own world. Now, gets perspective from others. 

Google Educator Groups (GEG) resources

Katie Wardrobe (Australia): Use Chrome extension Transpose on YouTube and Vimeo to change the speed, key of music, or create a playback loop. 

Daren White (England): Forms and Sheets responses to maintain interaction with students during streamed lessons. Form responses come back and shout out correct answers, birthdays, anything else they want to call out.

Tanner Oglesby (Arkansas): Use Google Forms to create a database in Sheets. He uses it to gather student contact information and was very useful during remote learning.

Dan Stitzel (Ohio) -- Keep for personal organizations, notes, checklists, copy/paste links. Excellent for sharing with other people as well. Share individual notes with co-teacher. Share a note that you start, both add to it. Create a checklist for a student and share with a student so only you two see it. Location reminder feature -- a set reminder for when you arrive at a place. Remember when you get to work: that reminder pops up. When go to a certain buildings, accomplish what you noted in Keep.

Anna Cartwright (New York): Highlighter strips in Google Slides by creating a semi-transparent colored rectangle that can be dragged over the text. 

Mike Mohammad (Wisconsin): Loves the podcast. Favorite for distance learning: adding audio to Google Slides. Loves using Cloud Audio Recorder to record snips of audio to Drive, then students add into slideshows -- or he adds them. Made a YouTube video for it.

Ronaldo Palacios (California): Using Google Meet to view all students and share screens he opens a second window.

Pam Hubler (South Carolina): Google Sheets instead of the calendar to keep track of my daily activities as a coach. IT takes less time to update one Google sheet for a month than add individual events on a calendar. Easy to share with admin, teachers to see where she is. Updated tracker from show notes in episode 65. 

Template: Notes with a new tracker linked:

Laura Conway (Colorado): Military spouse headed overseas next year. Asking how to move files from the school account.

Kim McClintic (Texas): Hi Matt and Katie, I would like to know if you have any suggestions for how to keep track of assignments that are turned into Google classroom.I have a digital journal or notebook that I have had students doing for a novel study and every week I add new slides to their journals. However, if I?m still grading work that they turned in they cannot begin work for the new assignment until I return it to them. Do you have any suggestions for how I could assign work for them and allow them to continue working without me having to return the journal to them so that I can continue grading while they continue working?

Amber Houk (North Carolina): Using Google Voice to listen to her recording a song story. Students call in for a new song story each day.

On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE is OUT! Get the paperback/Kindle here. FREE Tech Like a PIRATE resources page 20 Google Sites tips and tricks Kasey: Google Classroom Cleanup Tips for the End of the Year Get Your Virtual Lead On (virtual conference for leaders)
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Ending the Year Remotely with Google - GTP118

Google News and Updates Keep tabs on your tabs in Google Chrome Google Meet is here to host your video meetings, for free New ways Google Duo helps make time together more special

We need your tips! Episode 119 will be the finale of our fourth season of the podcast. This episode is all about YOU and your Google tips, tricks, strategies, and resources!

Go to our feedback page and leave us a voice message to include in the episode!

Featured Content

Google Classroom and Drive cleanup for the EOY

From the previous episode 88:

Return all work, grade it if you need to Archive Classes Clean-up Folders in Drive Create new folders for the things you want to keep and move things over Create a folder for exemplary work Do NOT Delete the Classroom Folder Do NOT Delete from Shared with Me Delete Old Class Calendars Reflect on your Google Classroom practices, collaborate with others for ideas

A check-out form that admins could sign digitally / students and parents / returning equipment

Doing last Google Meet calls with students

Fun things to do during Google Meet calls (Kahoot/Gimkit, scavenger hunts, virtual field trips with Google Earth, etc.)

How to Create a Google Classroom Template (for next year)

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Debbie Thymianos (Henderson, NV) -- Is there a way to disable the chat in Google Meets? It's very distracting when they are messaging each other or writing nonsense.

Philip Trott (Bermuda) -- I swear I have been listening to your podcast for YEARS. I must have a hundred subscriptions, and yours is the ONLY one I listen to weekly. I really appreciate all the hard work you put in. Is there a way to subscribe to the Keyword blog? I didn't see anything on there and I would prefer to receive a weekly email or something to remind me to go in there and check. If you have any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.

Keyword Blog RSS feed Keyword Blog education RSS feed RSS reader: Feedly RSS feed to email via IFTTT Email subscription to G Suite Updates  Google Edu Newsletter On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE is OUT! Get the paperback/Kindle here. FREE Tech Like a PIRATE resources page 20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources Page Kasey: Lessons Learned From Remote Learning (interview with Evan Robb) Remote Learning Resources

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Using Google To Tech Like A Pirate - GTP117

Google News and Updates To every teacher, thank you times infinity New Google Lens features to help you be more productive at home Kids can learn at home with Read Along by Google Make at-home learning more fun with 3D and AR in Search Featured Content

Want to do Tech Like a Pirate stuff?


What?s the focus of the book? (Using tech to create an experience, make learning memorable) ?Don?t just teach a lesson. Create an experience!?

Is there research that supports doing activities that are fun? (Shawn Achor productivity, neuroscience study, National Institute for Play ongoing studies)

What are the ways to Tech Like a Pirate?

Social media and apps Video Games Collaboration Images Exploration Global communication

Can these be used with Google tools? And remote learning?

Social media and apps: Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter templates in Slides Video: In video calls/pre-recorded video: What?s the lens you see the video through? (news anchor, on the scenes TV reporter, reality game show, horror movie, etc.) Global communication: Inviting virtual guests, adding virtual field trips to video calls Exploration: giving students flexibility in what they research/find info (and where they find it) Collaboration: Shared Google Slides

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Renee Johnson (California) -- Task: create an unboxing video of your past self. Before created: put items in it, like survival kit to send to past self to prepare for the situation now. Write a note to explain why each item was in it. Close box. Put tape. In the video, past self opens up the box, reads the note, and pulls out one by one to see what?s inside. Posted these on a Wakelet so everyone can watch everyone?s videos. Hopefully, someone else can use this.

8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas

Steve Scaysbrook (United Kingdom) -- Use of Google school within the university. Examples of this? Mostly, setting up an online school for professionals who need to do continued professional development (CPD). Do that study. Give them tasks, curriculum, info ? then mark work and give them CPD time for doing it.

On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE: 10 things you?ll find in the book Tech Like a PIRATE resources page The LOST CHAPTER of Tech Like a PIRATE: Storytelling: Bringing the power of stories to your teaching and Learning math through story: Examples from one teacher?s classroom Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources Page Kasey: FREE Access to Fluency Tutor What Students Have to Say About Remote Learning [interviews with a 3rd and 12th grader] ? SULS061 Remote Learning Resources

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Engaging Students and Families During Remote Learning - GTP116

Google News and Updates New features for Google Sites: Templates, announcement banners, and access for children with Google Accounts New sharing dialog for Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms Maps that bring us closer, even when we're apart The science of why remote meetings don't feel the same Google Meet premium video meetings?free for everyone Featured Content ?Family? gatherings of older student mentors and students Family Game night with classes/teachers Padlet/Flipgrid where people could put affirmations and celebrations Facebook group for teachers Informal coffee talks Birthday party for a teacher/student in a parking lot with social distancing Scavenger hunt - collect items, spell out mascot name with items and post pictures Would you rather? - discussion on Google Classroom, in person, or asynchronous Learn a TikTok dance What are you learning at home? Interview a family member Virtual guests and virtual field trips  Pixel art Virtual greeting cards on Google Drawings Make a creative stop-motion animation  Virtual Learning Ideas



Resources Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag Tracey Dranttel (North Carolina) -- Email Pat Goolsby (Georgia) -- Voicemail Clay Smith (Twitter) On The Blogs Matt: Remote Learning 101: FREE online course 20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students Webinar: Use student-paced mode in Pear Deck Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources Page Kasey: FREE Interactive Tic-Tac-Toe Choice Board for Google Slides Leading Through Crisis and Beyond for Teachers and Educational Leaders FREE Webinar: G Suite for School Leaders: Leading the New Normal with a Framework for Meaningful Digital Learning Remote Learning Resources
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Using Google Tools to Connect with Students - GTP115

Google News and Updates Present high-quality video and audio in Google Meet See up to 16 Google Meet participants at once with a tiled layout Start or join a Google Meet video meeting directly from Gmail Explore new sites, relive old hikes for National Park Week (Arts & Culture) Featured Content

Using Google Tools to Connect with Students

Encourage connectedness Good morning videos Office Hours/Check-ins: Keep interactions light-hearted when possible. Try having a joke of the day, funny video of the day, or playing a game. Trackers -  from Lisa Johnson Google Forms Attendance and Check-in: How are you doing? How do you feel? Online safety/Digital Citizenship - Applied Digital Skills Using Google Classroom posts and comments to support conversations and connection

Google Slides: give students a prompt and have them respond with webcam pics

Have them teach something non-school curriculum through pictures

Google Form (or a non-graded Google Classroom assignment): Asking ?how are you doing? and following up with them via email or Google Classroom private comments

Connect outside tools to Google Classroom:

Flipgrid for student check-ins, for fun prompts, to share their pets, etc. Pear Deck has SEL slides ? put them in student-paced mode to be accessed any time

Fun Google Meet video call ideas (13-20 in graphic below has some fun stuff)

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Melissa Burns (South Carolina)  -- I don't know about anybody else, but my Google Classroom Stream was about to drive me CrAzY. I was always getting messages from parents and students that they could not find certain things like links or instructions. My saving grace was discovering the Materials option in the Classwork section. Here I can organize important instructions, links, and even "How-To," videos. Did not know if this could help anyone else. I love listening to ya'll every week.

Google Classroom Cheat Sheets, Google Classroom FAQ, Bookmark the Classwork Page

Anonymous Voicemail -- Enabled Google Meet on Classroom. Access from top banner. Is there a way to go into Google Calendar and set up a scheduled time? It assigns a different Google Meet location. They aren?t going to the same spot. Her workaround: Go to down to description: enters link there. Doesn?t allow her to enter Google Classroom meet link.

On The Blogs Matt: Use Explore Explain Apply to plan remote learning lessons 10 online whiteboard options for remote learning Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources 70 elearning activities, templates and tutorials Kasey: FREE Google Templates Work From Home and Get Things Done! Google Classroom FAQ FREE Webinar: G Suite for School Leaders: Leading the New Normal with a Framework for Meaningful Digital Learning Remote Learning Resources

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G Suite Basics for Remote Learning - GTP114

Google News and Updates Extending the availability of Google Meet advanced features to all customers through September 30, 2020 New Meet features to improve distance learning (Start a Meet video chat in Google Classroom) 5 tips for effective distance learning during school closures Accessibility ideas for distance learning during COVID-19 If you are not subscribed to the G Suite Updates blog, now is a good time! Click the ?subscribe by email? button. Featured Content Make a copy - How to use all the free templates out there File>Make a copy Force a Copy links Template links How to Create and Assign Templates (GTP095) How to use Google Templates and Assign in Google Classroom Sharing - Guide to Sharing What is G Suite (core, additional, terms) Where to find answers Help forums Google it! G Suite Updates Blog Communicating with students (private comments, class comments, in-file comments) LMGTFY Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Jennifer Isaacs (Illinois) -- All the videos show for me to click on the 3 dots and I can move my assignments up or down. Mine are like that. I only have 3 options and they are edit, delete, or copy link. Help!

Kat Benne -- I am looking for a way for me to share my screen which would have a lesson with my students (8th grade) when we are having a virtual meeting. My laptop is older and does not have a webcam so I am using my iPad. Is there a virtual meeting platform where I can share my screen with them while we talk about the content? And is there a tutorial for that procedure. Thanks for your time.

Nicole Blake (Indiana) -- How to make a document camera with your smartphone (Google Drive video). Start with Google Meet. Join on a smartphone. Set on a stack of books so hang over the edge. Under phone is now on the screen. Record with screencast extension.

David Rogers (South Africa) -- In the podcast this morning, I was sure I heard you say that ScreenCastify was making their premium product available to all school users during the shutdown. I have been wanting to recommend ScreenCastify to my teachers, but the cost has always been prohibitive for us. I was very pleased when I heard of this offer, but disappointed when I saw there was still a five-minute limit. Is this offer only available in the USA? I teach in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Screencastify post about free access On The Blogs Matt: 10 live video streams for students How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning -- New ideas for educators every day Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources 70 elearning activities, templates and tutorials Kasey: The Guide to Google Drive Sharing (FREE eBook) Home Learning Strategies for Primary Students That All Teachers Can Use How to use Google Templates and Assign in Google Classroom What is G Suite for Education (FREE download) 10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning 12 Practical Tips for Remote Learning During School Closures Remote Learning Resources

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REPLAY - Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom - GTT082

Episode 82 was originally released on April 8, 2019.

On this episode:

Google Classroom is one of the nicest kids on the playground of education technology. There are many apps and websites that want to play with Google and Google is happy to play with so many of the other apps and sites that are enjoying the nice days and time to play.

Matt and Kasey share and discuss some great tools that are fine on their own but when they play Google we never want edtech recess to end!

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Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning - GTP113

Google News and Updates Create pointers to any file or folder in Google Drive with shortcuts Discover podcasts you?ll love with Google Podcasts, now on iOS Teach from Home Featured Content

What is G Suite for Education

Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teacher and Students (FREE)

Melanie?s Tips:

Share a quick daily video with your students (Melanie uses the ?Shorts? camera in Flipgrid) Move items to the top of the stream (three dots menu button: click ?move to top?) Use topics to keep things organized (In classwork: New > Topic ? and they?re draggable!) Use ?email guardians? under People tab to keep parents in the loop

6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom

4 Must-Have to Google Classroom Skills

How to Package Your Digital Assignments

How to manage Google Classroom assignments during remote learning

How to use Google Meet with Google Classroom

How to provide feedback

Meaningful Feedback in Google Classroom

How to record videos to share with students through Google Classroom

Screencastify ( 10 video tips for students with slow internet Infographic (below): How to optimize videos on Screencastify for students with slow internet Flipgrid ( ? use the Shorts camera to record videos for students)

How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

A topic for ?Due this Week,? or ?Due Today!?  If your students are tech savvy enough, you can have them collect all of their links in one document and submit all at once.

How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn?t Know

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Vicki Heupel (Montana) -- With remote learning: more need for forms for formative assessment. Tips and tricks for assigning thru GC: When do you assign for one class vs. for all classes? To be effective. Autograded within Google Classroom.

MrWiseley in a blog comment: ?Oh my goodness! I have an answer for the need!!! Select the column with the student IDs (better than names that might have varied spellings by the teachers). Select "Format --> Conditional Formatting". Then do a "custom formula" of =countif(D:D,D1)>2 where D represents column D (replace with the column letter for YOUR sheet). Choose to format with a cell color, and BOOM! Any kid listed more than twice will be highlighted in that color!?

On The Blogs Matt: 10 video tips for students with slow internet 10 no-internet remote learning activities -- New ideas for educators every day Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources 70 elearning activities, templates and tutorials Kasey: Home Learning with Choice Boards During School Closure [interview with Laura Steinbrink] Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students Remote Learning Resources
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Google Meet for Remote Teaching - GTP112

Google News and Updates Helping educators and students stay connected [email protected] on YouTube Connecting people with COVID-19 information and resources Now you can transcribe speech with Google Translate Join a GEG - Google Educator Group Featured Content

Hangouts? Meet? Compare Meet with classic chat video calls

FREE Hangouts Meet Tutorials

Manage Meet Video meeting

13+ over questions - Communicating with Parents and Guardians about G Suite for Education

G Suite Enterprise features available:

Recording videos Live streaming (through Calendar)

Google updates: 

Mute/block only by event creators Can?t rejoin in nicknamed meetings when event creator is last to leave

Infographics below:

Tips for teacher users Tips for student users Teaching ideas for using Hangouts Meet

20 virtual field trip ideas and activities

30+ digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide to creating your own)

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Yudelka Alvarado (NYC) -- I want to give my students my notes on Google slides to help them with remote learning. It isn't an assignment- so I don't get to choose permissions. I post it as Class Material and it defaults to giving them editing AND viewing permissions. I then have to go back to every material on my google drive and remove their editing permissions each time I post the material. How do I change this so that it defaults to ONLY giving viewing permissions? HELP!!

Put the view-only link in the instructions.

Bailey Sandsmark (San Diego) -- Sheets: entire sixth-grade team holds their own lunch detentions. Creating a form to keep track of those students. Into sheet. To better track ?frequent flyers?. Automatically populate student names that appear +3 times. Conditional formatting. Wants it to find instances where something shows up multiple times.

On The Blogs Matt: How to use Google Meet for online learning, elearning -- New ideas for educators every day Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources 70 elearning activities, templates and tutorials Kasey: Google Classroom Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students 10 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher Should Know Remote Learning Resources

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Teaching Remotely with Carly Black - GTP111

Google News and Updates Hangouts Meet improvements for remote learning Google?s Home Learning Page Google?s COVID-19 Support Resources Page for Educators Chromebook App Hub distance learning Share your distance learning tips with Google Featured Content

Carly Black spends her days encouraging tenth graders in West Salem, Ohio to believe reading and writing is totally cool. At night she chases toddlers with her teacher husband and in the morning repeats the process all over again. Find the lessons and ideas she uses to encourage her students and tame her toddlers on the blog.

Carly?s student newsletter about home learning

Carly?s weekly student checklist template

Podcast and Webinar that Carly refers to in this episode with Jenn Pearson.

Resources Twitter: @teachmomrepeat Class Blog: Website: Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Alexis Snider (Hanoi, Vietnam) -- 7th week of home learning. Tips. 1. Use tech that students already know. 2. Planning a lesson: learning goal, student w/minimal adult support complete successfully, which tool meets those needs.

Leanne -- Can you please tell me how to disable "Chat" in Google Slides. I use GSuite for my morning work and my kids are chatting. We have looked everywhere we know to look and haven't been successful at disabling this feature. Answer:

On The Blogs Matt 70 elearning activities, templates and tutorials Ditch That Textbook elearning resources page Kasey FREE Tech Coach Collaborative to Support Schools FREE PD for Teachers Stuck at Home
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Using Google to Teach Remotely - GTP110

Google News and Updates With school closures, teachers can keep their lessons going remotely Extending Hangouts Meet premium features to all G Suite customers through July 1, 2020 Math gave Lilian Rincon a voice, and led to her passion Hey Google, tell me about an inspiring woman Featured Content

Tips for Enabling Distance Learning through G Suite & Chrome (From Google)

How to use Chromebooks offline for e-learning days, homework

Coronavirus Closures? Online Learning Tips for Teachers and Schools [interview with an American Teacher in China]

FREE Webinar: Online Learning Tips for School Closures

Nadine Gilkison?s e-learning Slides template and website resources

How to Access Files Offline in Google Drive

FREE Online Learning Tools and Resources for Schools Affected

Premium tools being offered for free from many companies:

Google Hangouts Meet Screencastify Nearpod Kahoot! Pear Deck Edpuzzle EPforlearning WeVideo Kami BrainPop Tyker And more open every day!

Lesson ideas:

Create a template students can access later Take images with the webcam and annotate Create a PDF ebook with Google Slides Create a multimedia science lab report Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Lisa Munley (Scranton, PA) -- Met Matt after PETE&C in Pittsburgh. Tip for new listeners. Listen to most recent episodes. Went back to single digits: ideas to listen to now. Go back to the first season. I drive a lot. Teachers in 20 schools, five counties. Share how you make notes while drive and listen?

Adrienne Farrow (Oregon) -- Google Forms. Possible to do text to speech on a Chromebook. Possible for Google Forms to read questions out loud for the student rather than text to speech? Easier for taking quizzes and surveys. Instead of highlighting and using text to speech.

texthelp: Making Google Forms Accessible to Struggling Readers Use screencastify On The Blogs Matt: 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas Tech Like a Pirate resource page (scheduled release: April) Kasey: The Power of Student Entrepreneurship ? SULS052 FREE Webinar: Online Learning Tips for School Closures
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Spring Break Reading & Listening Recommendations - GTP109

Google News and Updates Google Translate adds five languages Addressing equity in CS curriculum with Kapor Center Use these 6 tips for better video calls Meet the Doodle for Google guest judges Featured Content

Spring Break is here you might be in the market for some on great reading recommendations as well as some awesome podcast recommendations.

Reading Recommendations:

Girl Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis (and Girl Stop Apologizing) Daily Rituals by Mason Currey My Pencil Made Me Do It: A Guide to Sketchnoting by Carrie Baughcum (Hear Carrie on e4 of GTP and e48 of SULS.) Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain by Zaretta Hammond

Podcast Recommendations:

Y?all Need This Podcast Steal the Show Podcast with Michael Port 10 Minute Teacher Podcast Vrain Waves with Ben Kalb and Becky Peters House of #EdTech Shake Up Learning Show Ditch That Textbook Podcast Education Podcast Network Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Anita Gledhill (Brampton, Canada) -- After handing out a slide deck, if we need to add a slide, delete and re-send. Instead, use add-on: Slip and Slide from John Sowash?s Chromebook Podcast. Solves this problem.

Shout out to Kayla, Matt's former swimmer, and first-year teacher, who listens to the show!

On The Blogs Matt: 12 social media-inspired hooks for class Tech Like a Pirate resource page (scheduled release: April) Kasey 13 Tools to Record Audio on Chromebooks and Other Devices Digital Equity and Why It Matters (interview with Ken Shelton)
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Shape Learning with Maps and Creation Tools - GTP108

Google News and Updates Autocorrect now available for Google Docs on web Smart Compose in Google Docs now generally available Edit your new Google Sites faster with a revamped Settings menu Google Maps 101: how contributed content makes a more helpful map The Suite Life: 4 tips for a more manageable Gmail inbox Featured Content

Jessica Brogley currently teaches courses in educational technology in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. Prior to this, she served in the Platteville School District as the Instructional Technology Support Specialist and the Digital Communication Specialist for three years. Jessica cut her teeth as an 8-12th grade English Language Arts and College Credit Public Speaking for Seymour Community Schools in Seymour, Wisconsin for 11 years.

Jessica is one of the few educators in Southwest Wisconsin who is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Innovator, and Google Streetview Certified. She's also a Level 8 Google Local guide with over 1700 photos, over 500 are photospheres. This past fall, Jessica was also one of 200 people selected world-wide by Google to attend the 2019 Connect Live event, completely sponsored by Google in San Jose, CA in the Fall of 2019. That conference not only celebrated the top Google Maps contributors, but it also gave her a chance to ask questions and provide feedback to actual Google employees. She also founded the Southwest Wisconsin Google Educator Group.


Insta360 cameras (two fisheye lenses on each side). Connect the phone to the device via wifi. The phone is like the shutter. Stitches image together as one spherical image. Transfer back from the camera to phone: what to do. Retouch ($2 app) erases yourself out of the photo. Use Google Street View app: upload to google maps. Tiny Planet photography.

Kids write about aspects of the community. (Early standard in elementary.) Use camera: photograph police station, firehouse, city hall, school, etc. Publish to account. Use tour creator to write about the significance. They can?t write collaboratively but can take turns. (Fire department: didn?t know what certain things are. Study: what that is what does it do?) Tourist opportunity: where to enjoy an afternoon, historical locations, etc.

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Laura Cahill (Massachusetts) - I couldn't listen to this episode fast enough because the ISTE Standards have become such a driving force in my work as an edtech coach! After going through the ISTE certification process with my team (the Instructional Technology and Digital Learning Department in the Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts), we quickly realized what an amazing framework the ISTE Standards would be for powerful teaching and learning. One way we started to use them to support students and teachers was by creating a crosswalk document between our state DLCS standards and the ISTE student standards. This has been huge in terms of helping our teachers see the bigger goal of creating "Empowered Learners" which we all agreed is the overarching goal and the standard that all of the other lead toward. Now, when planning PD for teachers, we use the ISTE Educator Standards to guide us and have started to educate our principals in them so they know what to look for in classrooms.

I may be overly-enthusiastic about this but I wanted you to know that I really appreciate you bringing them to the masses! (and, I highly recommend the ISTE certification if you can ever find the time!... I am not compensated in any way to say that!)

On The Blogs Matt - 20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers (plus lesson ideas) Kasey - The Instructional Playbook (interview with Jim Knight)

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Powerful Learning with ISTE Standards - GTP107

Google News and Updates New interface in Google Classroom (Post from Alice Keeler) 1,000 of the most stunning landscapes in Google Earth Helpful shortcuts for Google apps on iOS From pop quiz to final exam: Chromebooks pass the test Featured Content

"Today?s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook." (

ISTE Student Standards:

Empowered Learner: Student leverage technology to take an active role in the choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. Digital Citizen: Students recognize the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of living, learning and working in an interconnected digital world, and they act and model in ways that are safe, legal and ethical. Knowledge Constructor: Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. Innovative Designer: Students use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions. Computational Thinker: Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions. Creative Communicator: Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. Global Collaborator: Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. Resources Kasey?s post on Empowered Learner We hit on a lot of support with this in episode 105 How to Cite Sources in Google Docs 8 Ways to Support Digital Citizenship Skills with Google Slides for creation: Google Slides to the Left (e60), Slides to the Right Cha Cha Cha (e61) Don Wettrick?s students doing genius hour all the time (Innovation and Open Source Learning) ? creating apps, hosting events, creating businesses If/then conditional logic (Google Forms) - How to Differentiate Questions in Google Forms Choose your own adventure stories Made with Code CS First Teachable Machine ePortfolios with Google Sites Magnetic Poetry with Drawings or Slides Every Student Should Publish for the World! On The Blogs Matt - The Ditch That Textbook Video Library Kasey - Google Accessibility Tools to Reach ALL Learners

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Student Leadership and the Chrome Squad- GTP106

Google News and Updates Google Maps is turning 15! Celebrate with a new look and features Charting the next 15 years of Google Maps Street View?s 15 favorite street views Supporting the 2020 U.S. election Featured Content

"Six years ago (or maybe longer?kids have killed my memory) Kevin Worthy came to Royse City as our Superintendent of Schools and a vision in tow. It was a simple, but mighty vision: be all about the kids and be innovative. It took a few years, and a strategic plan, but we progressed as a district on those two fronts. Part of that strategic plan was to move 1-1 with our students. We saw districts that tried and failed because of poor planning, poor training, poor infrastructure, or a combination thereof. It was decided to take a more measured approach. The first step was to get the right people in place. Three years ago RCISD hired Zach Snow as the Instructional Technology Coordinator and did the crazy thing of placing him not in the technology department, but the newly reorganized curriculum department head by Assistant Superintendent Julia Robinson. This is a seemingly small distinction, but if the focus was going to be on instruction and not on the technology, then department placement is key." (Sourced from

In this conversation Kasey and Chrome Squad discuss the following:

New additions to the Squad Impact of the Chrome Squad How being on the Squad has impacted the current and former students How to start a program like this at your school Resources

The Chrome Squad

Adviser Cody Holt (Twitter: @beard_speak, Website: About The Chrome Squad The Chrome Squad Story Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Chuck Day (Castleford Idaho) -- Trying to get Bitmoji to work with Chromebooks. It would be a great way to personalize learning, create presentations to demonstrate knowledge, use avatars to create slide shows, etc. Can?t sync up with Chromebooks. Works through Google Play Store. 

Bitmojis for your students: How to create and share them (tutorial video)

Mark Rupe (Dinuba, California)-- Matt, you mentioned in episode 96 that Jamboard can input files from Google drive. Also, I could be wrong, but you mentioned the Jamboard could be pushed out via Google Classroom. Question: Were you talking about the mobile version of the app? I went to and began "playing." Love Jamboard thanks to you and Kasey. However, I can't find buttons, menu items, etc. to do the above? Can you import files such as a Slide deck? All I see is an icon for importing pictures from Google Drive! I know it's me. I know you are super busy, but please let me know what I'm doing wrong.

Our district is a Google district. Thanks to your podcast, I'm lobbying them to let all teachers and kids have access to this new addition to G-Suite. I think they just have to flip a switch. Great program. Thank you!! (32 years, started with one Apple IIe in a class of 31 kids!)

On The Blogs Matt: Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations The ULTIMATE Google Slides Teacher Resource Kasey: Fake Instagram Template in Google Slides My Pencil Made Me Do It! (interview with Carrie Baughcum) Shake Up Learning Book Study starts Feb. 13th!
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Digital Citizenship Resources for All Levels - GTP105

Before we start today?s show, we wanted to make a quick announcement. The podcast is undergoing a name change. It?s a small one, but an important one. We?ve decided to shorten the show?s name to be called the Google Teacher Podcast. We?ve heard from several of you that there are problems with including the word ?tribe? in the name of the show. The last thing we want to do is create a show that is disrespectful or offensive to anyone -- especially in its name.

Google News and Updates Made by Google's 20 tips for 2020 Improving 40 million Chromebooks for education Data Privacy Day: seven ways we protect your privacy The Most Searched: A celebration of Black history makers Featured Content

Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level.

Be Internet Legends 

Be Internet Awesome 

Interland Game

ISTE Standards-Aligned Curriculum

English Spanish

Pear Deck Curriculum

Google Classroom: Assign Interland to specific classes or sections, or simply make the resource available to all your students in the form of a class announcement.

Interland for School Chromebooks: G Suite administrators can seamlessly make Interland available to students directly from their school Chromebook taskbar.

Teacher Training Course

Educator Resources 

Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag

Kate Whittaker (Pennsylvania) -- This is in response to the mailbag question about using YouTube Live to stream concerts and performances. If you want to stream these, you should double-check what rights were purchased for the performance. When I was a video teacher we were not allowed to record most plays because only the rights to perform the play were purchased. The rights to video/audio record are usually separate and more expensive. Although it's been a while since I taught video, I wouldn't be surprised if streaming rights need to be purchased.

Mike Brilla (Philadelphia) -- My middle school is on a six-day cycle. How can we set-up Google Calendar to update our six-day cycle calendar if changes need to be made? If we miss school for a snow day, we must change every day for the rest of the year on the calendar. Please help!

On The Blogs Matt - Google Classroom (still) to the rescue: Blogging, vlogging, and podcasting (guest post by Laura Steinbrink) Kasey: 4-Part Series on Dynamic Learning with Google (FREE Toolkit) Shake Up Learning Book Study starts Feb. 13th!
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Don't Ditch That Tech! - GTT104

Google News and Updates Originality reports and rubrics now generally available for Google Classroom users Improve student writing with originality reports and rubrics in Classroom G Suite Add-ons now generally available in Calendar, Gmail, and Google Drive Featured Content

Nate Ridgway is a tech-loving history teacher in Indianapolis, Indiana. He specializes in lesson design and differentiation and also is licensed in Special Education Mild Interventions. He's taught in both middle school and high school settings, but currently is enjoying teaching World History & Dual Credit U.S. History. He is currently finishing a Master's degree in History at the University of Indianapolis.

Angie Ridgway began her career in middle and high school Spanish teaching. She's now working with future secondary teachers and new faculty members at the University of Indianapolis. Her passion lies in supporting new teachers' work in the implementation of original pedagogies that strive to meet all students' needs. She holds an M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with areas of emphasis in secondary education and Spanish.

The Five Principles of Don?t Ditch That Tech

Technology should be used to enhance students? learning and should rely on evidence-based practices. There is no substitute for great teaching or great student-to-teacher relationships. Technology should help us work with content in interactive, meaningful ways. Technology should help teachers and students cross varied developmental levels.  Technology should eventually empower students to be designers of their own learning. The goal is for students to become critical thinkers and life-long learners. Technology should promote reflection and metacognition.

Iorad - online tutorial builder 

A Dangerously Powerful EdTech App: iorad (from Teaching from the Ridge blog)

Dotstorming -- Dotstorming takes the process of dot voting online to allow groups of people to collaborate on a topic.

Penzu Journal -- A private, 100% customizable online journal.

Twitter: @TeachFromRidge


Resources Don?t Ditch That Tech (book) Free book preview and book study resources PDF notes from Nate and Angie?s presentation in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit Nate and Angie?s Make It Til Friday podcast Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Melanie Samson-Cormie (Edmonton CA) -- Loves Google Classroom, but Moodle is so visual. Add HTML. Teaches grades 5 and 6. It can be tough to navigate. Tips for making it more visual or easier to navigate.

On The Blogs Matt: 10 social media-inspired learning activities: no account needed (lots of Google Slides templates!) Kids blogging in math class: Why and how (Guest post by Thom Gibson ? Google Sites is an option!) Kasey: It?s NOT About Google (Podcast & Blog Series) How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom Shake Up Learning Book Study starts Feb. 13th!

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10+ Ways to Share Google Files - GTT103

Google News and Updates More options for copying presentations in Google Slides New Chromebooks for 2020 Doodle for Google 2020: How do you show kindness? Submissions close on March 13th, 2020 New look for Google Forms on mobile Featured Content

You can share the files and folders that you store in Google Drive with anyone.

When you share from Google Drive, you can control whether people can edit, comment on, or only view the file.

Share button settings Kasey?s Guide to Google Drive Sharing Copy/template links, etc Create G Suite Templates with This Mind-Blowing Hack Sir Links a Lot extension Email collaborators Shared folders Shared drive Add to Drive button How to Make a Copy of Google Files Does not get updates from the original file Does not work in GC Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc! 10 ways for teachers, students to share links in class Attach in gmail Attach in Google Calendar Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer Conti (Ohio) -- Listened to episode on YouTube. YouTube Audio Library. They have a live studio where they do announcements. Lesson yesterday: students go into audio library and pull out sound effects or audio clips that they could use on ?Good Morning Mustangs?. Found sound effects for weather and for bells ringing for all-school mass. Came in handy and was able to use it right away! (FYI - GTT uses the ?Cockpit? audio for our podcast)

Kathy Hilby (Wisconsin) (YouTube live for schools) -- Great episode on YouTube tips and tricks!  Some questions that arose while listening? Do you know if schools are using YouTube Live to share concerts or performances?  Not having used it myself, I'm wondering if it would be appropriate.
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Finally, not necessarily a question but more of a comment.  The tip to insert videos in Google Slides to avoid the "suggested videos" is great!  I'm wondering if this could be an efficient way for teachers to organize videos instead of using a playlist.  It allows notes about the video to be added in the speaker notes. Plus, the presentation could be easily shared among grade level team members so they could add videos they find too.

On The Blogs Matt - 4 classroom test/quiz strategies to avoid the gotcha game Kasey: The Top 10 Secrets of an Awesome Tech Coach (FREE eBook) It?s NOT About Google (Part 1) with FREE Dynamic Learning with Google Toolkit

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YouTube Tricks for Teachers - GTT102

Google News and Updates 2019 in review: Stories from Google this year Teacher's coding lesson helps students show gratitude Google Translate improves offline translation How we highlight fact checks in Search and Google News Featured Content YouTube Studio Beta vs. Classic Studio Playlists (collaborative playlists) ViewPure / Showing videos in Slides to avoid ads Use the editor (YouTube Studio) to blur, add audio, etc. YouTube Audio Library Go live with webcam YouTube Live 30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube Easily Turn a YouTube Clip into an Animated GIF Image! Follow Matt and Kasey on YouTube Shake Up Learning Ditch That Textbook Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Stephanie Nasso (Gunnison CO) -- I just found the Google Teacher Tribe podcast. It's like finding a new favorite show on Netflix and there's already 5 seasons. I'm so excited to hear all of the tips you guys have on how to incorporate tech into my high school math class! Thanks guys! Stephanie Fitzpatrick (Chicago) -- I know there was mention of google expeditions coming to chromebooks, is there a date that this will come to chromebook platform? (Expeditions page on Google for Education) Android Apps on Chromebooks 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook Lisa Scumpieru (Hagerstown, MD) -- Hello. I listened to episode 99 and I liked the idea of Jamboard as a portfolio system. I have not used it as a portfolio system, but I think that it most definitely could be used in that manner. This is how I think it could work: Set up a Jamboard with pages that have two pages per marking period to start. Have one page named "Best Work and Reflection" and the other page as "Goals". Best Work - students would bring it in from their Drive. Reflection - placed on a post-it next to the work. Goals - This would be student choice - let them draw their goals or find pictures to represent what they will do for the next marking period. Have them add one post-it explaining their work.  To go a step further with this, have the students screencast their Jams explaining their portfolio and then add it to Google Classroom or even a Google Site. Note: When a teacher sets up the Jamboard template, all they need to do is add the link in Google Classroom and Make a Copy for each student. On the teachers Jamboard, each student shows up as a separate Jam. Teachers can pop-in and check the students' work as they are doing it. If you would like me to record this, I would be willing to do that, but I wasn't sure if it would be too long.  On The Blogs Matt: 30+ education sketchnotes for inspiration, ideas (featuring sketchnotes by Jen Giffen from episode 10) FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): Kasey: The Top 20 Posts of 2019 #PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) ? SULS043

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Creating with Google Earth - GTT101

Google News and Updates We need a hero: 2019 in Search Interpreter mode brings the real-time translation to your phone Review the latest changes to a new Google Site before publishing Send emails as attachments in Gmail Featured Content

E16: Tour the World with the New Google Earth

Create your own maps and stories in Google Earth

5 Tips to Start Creating with Google Earth (FREE PDF from Google) - CHEAT SHEET

Creating Stories About the World

The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank LitTrip) Math on Maps Golden Eagle Migration


Creating with Google Earth: 10 ideas to try (Ditch That Textbook blog)

Identify important locations in a story/history Show the timeline of a person?s life Relive a trip Do a ?Day in the Life? project Tell a fictional story Do place-based math problems Do a collaborative class map Create a yearbook/newspaper supplement Create a school/district resource about other schools Create a ?where are they now?? map

Some features in Google Earth?s creation tools:

Placemarks Lines and shapes Street View Slides Present Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Dianne Miller Duncan (Southern California) -- How can I use Google Classroom or other Google tools for independent study students? Teachers have a variety of grades on the roster. Setting up one google classroom would be hard.

Thanks to Brian Briggs for sharing this #createwithchrome Google advent activity:

On The Blogs Matt: 20 sites for students with free time on their hands FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): Kasey: 6 FREE Google Templates for Teachers and Students from TechChef4U Holiday Reading: 6 Books to Transform Your Classroom

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REPLAY: The Power of Hyperdocs and Lesson Design with Lisa Highfill ? GTT072

Check out the original show notes:

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Google Teacher Tribe Behind-the-Scenes - GTT100

Google News and Updates MATT - Use the Google Assistant with your G Suite account in beta KASEY - When fashion and choreography meet artificial intelligence CHRIS - Hey Google, play me the news Featured Content

We are finally at episode 100 of the podcast! This episode features Matt, Kasey, and producer Chris Nesi! Chris leads Matt and Kasey in a conversation that reflects on the run of this podcast through 100 episodes and provides some Google-goodness as well!

Topics discussed:

What have Matt and Kasey learned as hosts of this podcast? Favorite Episodes: Kasey: Episode 72 Matt: Episode 83 Chris: Episode 8 Favorite Memories from creating the podcast? Guest(s) you would like to have on in the future? Matt and Kasey shared their 'Because of this pocast..." stories. What Google topic would you like to cover but haven't? What Google tool(s) do Matt and Kasey struggle with?

The conversation also featured an Ask Me Anything (AMA) segment where Matt and Kasey answered questions from Mike Brilla, Mike Mohammad, and Erin Kiger.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Mike Mohammad - Congrats on 100! Shelly Stanton (@StantonShelly) - Looking for fun ways to introduce Google Classroom to students. Janna Bonds - Curious to know how to restrict access to Google Forms. On The Blogs Matt - The new Ditch That Textbook ?Google in the Classroom? page with LOTS of resources Kasey - Gearing Up for the Hour of Code Chris - Check out the House of #EdTech podcast!

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Google Time-Savers - GTT099

Google News and Updates Smart Compose for Google Docs launching in beta Allow site viewers to provide feedback on your new Google Sites Add different page numbers to different sections in Google Docs Create your own maps and stories in Google Earth Featured Content Chrome Bookmarks bar Extensions Chrome database Keyboard shortcuts Text expanders Switch between Chrome Profiles You?re Doing it Wrong! How to Manage/Toggle Between Multiple Google Accounts Docs 7 Reasons to Try Voice-Typing in Google Docs Google Classroom Create a Class Template Google Keep Using Google Keep for Feedback and Assessment Google Keep Cheat Sheet Voice Notes Gmail Use filters to organize and get only the messages you want Use your mobile app instead of your browser

10 Time Saving Tips and Tools for Teachers

Time savers for teachers: A more efficient you!

Quick Google Forms time savers for teachers
Gather data by making Forms for yourself



10 Google Classroom time savers for teachers
Find student work by using Google Drive
Adjust notification settings

10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Guy Winters (Ramsey, MN) -- I had thought about Captions in Slides only as a feature used by a teacher when giving a presentation, but the comment from Jenn Conti about students using Captions opened my mind to new opportunities. The student can take control rather than waiting (or asking) the teacher to start captions, can start captions while the class is watching a video without captions, and have captioned conversations with teachers or peers. This would also make good speech practice for English language learners, debate team members, drama and speech students, and students with speech or hearing impairments; the teacher can build a deck of slides with words or phrases and the students can practice on their own.

Beth Kostka (Georgia) -- Thanks for a wonderful episode.  I listened to your podcast this week and was shocked to realize that I have access to jamboard with G-suite for education (I had no clue). I have now been playing around with it and LOVE it.  I am wondering if any teachers have ever tried to use Jamboard as a "digital portfolio"? I am thinking that each sheet could be a unit and students upload pictures, reflections, and models/drawings to show their thinking. I would love to hear if this has been tried.  I am thinking about trying it and would prefer not to reinvent the wheel.

On The Blogs Matt: 20 Google Sites tips and tricks Free ebook: A beginner?s guide to Twitter for educators FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): Kasey: The Shake Up Learning Story Google Certification Courses are open until Dec. 3rd!
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All About Google Certifications - GTT098

Google News and Updates Update to Audio in Google Slides Google Classroom accessibility empowers inclusive learning Map out Thanksgiving with these tips from Google Maps Insert collapsible text boxes into new Google Sites Featured Content

4 Google Certifications for Educators

Google Certified Educator Level 1 Google Certified Educator Level 2 Google Certified Trainer Google Certified Innovator

Episode 28 with Mason Mason

Google Teacher Center

Fundamentals Training for Level 1 Advanced Training for Level 2 Certified Trainer Course

FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications

FREE Webinar: How to Get Google Certified

Benefits of Google Certifications - 10 Reasons to Become a Google Certified Educator

FREE Google Certified Educator Toolkits

Level 1 Level 2

FREE eBook: How to Become a Google Certified Trainer

6 Steps to Google Certified Trainer

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Google Certified Trainer Application

Google Certified Trainer FAQ

Google Certification Tips and FAQ (YouTube playlist)

Kasey?s Courses - Only open twice a year! (May and November)

Enrollment window open Nov. 19-Dec. 3!

Level 1 Academy Level 2 Academy Trainer Academy All courses and bundles Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Steve Dutcher (Okinawa, Japan) -- Trying to find a way to print student essays from Google Docs for exemplars board, but include feedback in comments. I tried to batch print essays from Drive. Downloaded them to a computer in a zip file. Opened in Word doc. Batch printed from Word. Word said it included comments. I was able to print comments on the side through Windows.

Jen Giffen (Toronto, Canada) -- Solution for Jen Green, copying all folders and subfolders in someone?s drive. A colleague created a Chrome extension -- files and folder copier. G Suite marketplace. Takes the entire folder no matter who owns it, creates full copy, copier becomes an owner. Everything displayed in the spreadsheet. It doesn?t work very well with Shared Drive. The creator claims you can do that though.

On The Blogs Matt: How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): Kasey: How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach Google Certification Courses open on Nov. 19!

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Using Google Tools in Primary Grades - GTT097

Google News and Updates What?s new in Chrome OS: Virtual Desks, simpler printing and more Want to make a podcast? 5 tips to get you started Instantly create new docs, events, spreadsheets and more from your browser Vint Cerf?s top moments from 50 years of the Internet Featured Content

To use Google Classroom or Not?

Chromebooks iPads/Tablets

Yes, Kinder+ can use Google Sheets!

Collaborate with older grades

When 1st & 7th graders get to work together in the same building, you realize the power of a K-8 school! ? 1st graders came w/a plan, 7th graders taught them how to use the tool. #shakeuplearning #gttribe I got to show them how to use the magic "explore" button too!

? ??? ?????? (@specialtechie) November 2, 2019

Google Apps for Littles by Alice Keeler and Christine Pinto

Drag and Drop activities in Slides

Shapes Counting Use slide sorter in Slides to put items in order. How to Create Drag and Drop Activities with Google Slides

Alice Keeler?s Templates for Elementary Math

Pixel Art 5 Google Apps Templates for Kindergarten Digital Protractor Battleship Measurement Baseball  

20 G Suite templates for K-2 from Kris Szajner

Susan Stewart: K2 Can Chromebook Too (Taking screenshots can open a world of possiblilities!)

Video calls with authors, experts, other classes

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here?s how



Episode 6 with Christine Pinto

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenn Conti (Cuyahoga Falls, OH) -- Podcast smashing. Use closed captioning in Google Slides. Smashed with Jake Miller?s EDU Duct Tape podcast philosophy of using tech to solve a problem in the classroom. A friend at another school to close caption morning broadcast for hearing impaired students. Tested at her school. Students open Google Slide, turn on closed captioning and picked up the voice of students on broadcast, showed it on the screen. The perfect fix for the problem! Thanks for all you do through GTT! Congrats on 1 million downloads!

On The Blogs Matt: Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides (free template!) FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): Kasey: 10+ Ways to Use Technology in the Math Classroom Google Certification Courses open on Nov. 19!

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Using Jamboard for Digital Thinking - GTT096

Google News and Updates What?s the meaning of life? (And five other Google searches.) Using personal experience to make Chromebooks accessible Annie Leibovitz unveils photo series with Google Pixel Host Hangouts Meet with up to 100 (G Suite for Edu) Featured Content

Google Jamboard - Unleash your team?s creativity with Jamboard. Sketch your ideas whiteboard-style while benefiting from the access and connectivity of an interactive canvas. Drop images, add notes and pull assets directly from the web while collaborating with team members from anywhere.

Jamboard unlocks your team?s creative potential with real-time co-authoring. Experience unhindered productivity, whether your team is in the same room using multiple Jamboards, or across the world using the Jamboard app on mobile.

With Jamboard?s incredibly responsive and accurate display, it feels natural to draw and sketch the way you would on a traditional whiteboard. Enrich your brainstorm with the best of Google Search and your team?s work in G Suite: Grab images and content from the web and bring them straight into your jam; pull in work from Docs, Sheets, and Slides; even add photos stored in Drive.

Matt and Kasey discuss...

Jamboard hardware v. software

Jamboard Features:

Import from Drive Collaborate Move and resize Accessibility tools Drawing tools -- Autodraw built-in Add clips from the web

Jamboard Lesson Ideas:

Graphic organizer backgrounds Draw angles Brainstorming Pre-writing Sketchnotes Jamboard Sample Activities

Jamboard Resources:

Jamboard training from the Google Teacher Center Jamboard Quickstart Guide Jamboard Sample Activities Jamboard Study Guide Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer Gream (Kentucky) -- 650 students. Needs to force a copy of a folder with subfolders inside it and documents. I can?t find a way to force the copy.

Craig Klement (Texas) -- Finish Google Form when running out of time. Put in Google Classroom. In settings: limit to one response/edit after submit. Students submit the form. When back to class, go back to Google Classroom, click on form link, where students left off. Required questions: Make an option that says ?not finished yet?.

On The Blogs Matt - DITCH: A framework for creating wildly engaging lessons (90+ ideas for implementation!) Kasey: What is G Suite for Education? What You Need to Know! FREE ebook: The Complete Guide to Google Certifications
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How to Create and Assign Templates in G Suite - GTT095

Google News and Updates Customize text size and position for captions in Google Slides 13 ways to conjure up a spooky smart home this Halloween 15 years of Google Books NGram Viewer If it has audio, now it can have captions Featured Content Custom Drive Templates  Drive Template Gallery Templates from the Apps Homepage Template Links Stop Asking How to Put a Worksheet in Google Classroom Making templates to assign to students through Google Classroom ? Blog post: How to create classroom templates in Google Docs and Slides What tool should you use? (Matt suggests Google Slides.) Locking items down using background images How to Create Drag and Drop with Google Slides Assigning templates to students with Google Classroom Making a copy (or a force copy link) Re-using templates to save time next time HyperDocs -- Step by step templates to guide students through the learning process Hyperdocs website: HyperDocs templates: Teachers Give Teachers (database of pre-created HyperDocs): Episode 072: The Power of Hyperdocs and Lesson Design with Lisa Highfill Episode 071: Hyperdocs with Sean Fahey 9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class (post by Sean Fahey) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Chelsey Greer (Connecticut) - Students need assessments read aloud. Easier way to add to Google Form quizzes? Record self, upload to YouTube, insert video. Easier way? FYI: Add-ons are blocked in her district. 

Read&Write for Google Chrome Screencastify  YouTube: Link to specific time in video Talk to your special education staff about what you may have available

Kelsey Jones (California) - I've been listening to your podcast during my commute and love all the ideas you've been sharing! My goal is to incorporate Google into my classroom and reduce as much paper as possible. I've been using Google Forms for assessments, I love how it can auto-grade. My question is, do you guys know if there is a way for students to save their work while using Forms? For example, if they have a 30 question assignment and they are only able to get to 10 of the problems. Is there a way for them to save what they've done and resume where they left off later?

On The Blogs Matt - How to create a digital escape room for your class or PD (guest post by Mandi Tolen) Kasey Halloween Magnetic Poetry Template 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning

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REPLAY - Meet the Chrome Squad - GTT008

This is a REPLAY of episode 8 from March 13, 2017.

Matt and Kasey speak with Royse City High School?s Student Chrome Squad! Students Tyler Crumrine, Britni Sanchez, Bryan Barnes, Caleb Fay and their teacher advisor and Innovative Learning Specialist, Cody Holt discuss what the Chrome Squad is, how it began and the challenges they face.

Cody Holt spent 11 years as a high school Language Arts before transitioning to the world of instructional technology. As an Innovative Learning Specialist for Royse City ISD Cody gets to help teachers navigate instruction in a digital age; specifically how to incorporate digital tools to positively impact learning.

You access the show notes by visiting

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Teaching Students Google Skills - GTT094

Google News and Updates A new look for the Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps How I use Google in my classroom?and other advice for teachers A progress report with Google Classroom's first school How classroom tech brings accessibility with dignity Featured Content

Applied Digital Skills Curriculum and Resources from Google (late elementary and up)

Resource Kit

Tips for working with students with G Suite:

Create low-stakes practice opportunities before using for a grade Praise students when they discover something others can use Don?t be afraid to try something new even if you don?t perfectly understand it Know what the student side of things looks like


Google Apps for Littles: Believe They Can Basics on Christine Pinto?s website Christine Pinto Google Teacher Tribe Episode Resources Google Search Education Google Students Edu in 90 A Google a Day Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Stephanie DeMichele (Ohio)

Ryan Lindsay (Australia) -- Put all of his Google Chrome ideas into school Dungeons and Dragons club. Integrate rich use of Google Classroom to manage. Chat and share links. First steps of Docs and Sheets, homework, put together stories. Sheets as an XP tracker (hand in homework), shows kids how formulas work. Lucid Press, Canva, visual design. Google Summit: Flipgrid. Student voice as a retelling of what the characters have done, drama. Previous adventures and retelling it.

On The Blogs


6 things that make autograded Google Forms quizzes better Should we use autograded multiple-choice quizzes?


100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom FREE Webinar: How to Get Google Certified

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Using Google Tools for PD and Training - GTT093

Google News and Updates Follow the journey of 13 Latino Trailblazers Make the Palace of Versailles yours on Google Arts & Culture Keeping privacy and security simple, for you To stay secure online, Password Checkup has your back Featured Content Google Sites for workshops Links to EVERYTHING -- presentations, notes, activities, additional resources For multiple days, organize pages by day Embed slides, docs, etc. to make it easier to access and view Link to outside resources in the menu Links to all activities One-stop shop Give them ONE LINK that includes everything! Published Google Slides Collaborative notes with Google Docs (or Slides) Using Google Classroom tips Not recommended for anything less than a day with a mixed group from different schools--unless it?s your main topic. Coaches/Trainers: keep a class going all year with your teachers Blended book studies Blended PD with Google Classroom episode coming next week on The Shake Up Learning Show FREE Google Certified Trainer resources Shared Google Slides to share ideas. (Change the slide master for different types) (Here?s a post on how to do this with students that you can adjust for PD) Invite people with Google Hangouts Google Slides live closed captions Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Melissa Burns, 4th grade, Clinton SC -- Wants to do a digital interactive notebook with Google Slides. How to add additional slides after assigning the initial notebook? Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them Michele Koper (Wisconsin) -- I love listening to your podcast every week. I've gotten so many ideas that I've been able to share with staff. After listening to your PD tips (which I completely agree with- especially the problem-solution topic), I just couldn't resist emailing about the meatloaf comparison. Instead of meatloaf, I like to think of it as a smoothie that I'm able to throw some greens into. Thought I'd just pass along a more appetizing visual :)

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10 Tips for Google Trainings and PD - GTT092

Google News and Updates Dark theme is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS Better line spacing support for branding in Google Docs and Slides What's new in Chrome OS: Google Assistant comes to more Chromebooks 6 Chromebook keyboard shortcuts that save time Featured Content

Matt?s recent post: 27 tips to deliver powerful professional development

Share all sides of a tech tool: If you?re doing technology professional development, it?s always helpful for teachers to see the student side of a tool as well as the teacher side. If they can see how the initial setup works, that?s even better. Go deep rather than wide: ?60 apps in 60 minutes.? I?ve attended these sessions at conferences. I?ve delivered them! Many times, I think they?re ?edu-tainment? more than actual professional development. It just creates a passing familiarity with lots of apps rather than actual implementation and change. I love to go deep ? learn a new strategy or tool, practice it, discuss implementation ? rather than wide. Sticking on one or two impactful ideas is powerful. It can empower teachers to be ready to start using a new idea when they leave rather than just knowing about it. Use the meatloaf approach to PD: When we have meatloaf for dinner, my kids know what they are getting. They like the way meatloaf tastes. However, if my wife and I want to make the meatloaf a little more nutritious, we may grind up broccoli or cauliflower and sneak it into the mix. That way, they are getting the taste they want but also a little extra nutrition. Professional development should be the same way. If I?m talking about a teaching strategy or digital tool, I love to model it in a fun way. When I demonstrate Flipgrid, I ask teachers to record me videos of where I should eat dinner that evening. They learn the tool without even realizing they?ve learned it. The task can be fun and also teach them something. It?s kind of like mixing cauliflower into meatloaf. Use the problem/solution framework: Ask yourself, ?What are the problems these educators face? What?s the problem that this solves?? Then, use that as a guide. Show them how your ideas solve that problem for them. They might forget what you said, but they won?t forget how you made them feel.? For many teachers, professional development is a drag. It makes them feel adequate. They might feel like the person leading PD doesn?t understand them and their situation. I take every opportunity to make them feel welcome. Appreciated. Capable. I smile a LOT. If someone struggles, I help them feel like the struggle is easily fixed. If they make a mistake, I help them to feel that it?s no big deal. If something goes wrong and it?s not their fault, I make sure they know it?s not their fault and they did everything as they were supposed to. Anxiety negatively affects our neurologically-based skills. Anything we can do to reduce anxiety ? in adults and in children! ? helps.

Kasey: How to Design Google PD That Works - a framework for trainers

On The Blogs Matt - 75+ Google Classroom tips and tricks (with a FREE ebook!) Kasey: How to Create Drag and Drop Activities with Google Slides

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Give G Suite Superpowers with Add-Ons - GTT091

Google News and Updates Live captions in Hangouts Meet, now available on Android New improvements for Jamboard mobile and tablet apps Get more done with a little help from Google Chrome Form Notifications add-on now available in the G Suite Marketplace Featured Content

Add-ons are customized extensions of G Suite productivity applications such as Gmail, Google Sheets, and Google Docs. Add-ons are built using Apps Script?a rapid application development platform based on JavaScript that lets you create business and productivity applications quickly and easily.

With Add-ons you can do the following:

Add customized functionality to G Suite applications such as Gmail. Boost your workflow efficiency when working with G Suite. Use Apps Script services to easily control and move data between Google applications. Connect to non-Google services within G Suite applications, allowing you to retrieve or upload data from those services into and from G Suite. Create custom interfaces (sidebars, menus, and dialogs) that are displayed within the G Suite application the add-on extends, potentially removing the need for a user to switch browser tabs when working with multiple applications.

You can create add-ons for your personal use, for use within your organization, or publish them to the G Suite Marketplace where millions of users and domain administrators can find and install them

Our Favorite G Suite Add-Ons Slides Randomizer Slido Extensis Fonts Mail Merge for Avery Labels Form Approvals Wolfram Alpha Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Lindsay Shields (California) -- I had to comment on the new Classroom updates after listening to [episode 90]. My district beta tests the new updates to Google, so I have been using the grades feature since last spring. I love it. The grades page allows me to easily see who has turned in assignments, which assignments need grading and who has turned work in late. I no longer have to click on each assignment in Classroom for this. I also import grades from Classroom to our SIS system (Aeries). It is truly a timesaver. To effectively do this, you need to first create the assignment in both Classroom and Aeries. It helps to have the same number of points in both Classroom and Aeries. Once you have graded the assignment, you need to return it in Classroom. This makes the grades "official." Once you have done that, then you go to your grade book in your SIS system. It is truly magic! It saves me so much time. I use Forms for bell work and I can import the scores from Forms to Classroom, return the grades to students and then import the scores to Aeries. I can grade several classes of warm-ups in minutes. I also just started using the rubric feature. So far it is easy to create a rubric and score the assignment.

Beth Evans (via SpeakPipe) -- How to fill out forms in everyday life. Name, age, birthday, gender, etc. When filling out a form once, an option of using autofill. How do you shut off autofill?

On The Blogs Matt - 25 practical ways to use Google Forms in class, school Kasey: Fall book study starts Sept. 26 9 Ways to Improve Student Writing with Google Docs
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A Summer of Google Updates - GTT90

Google News and Updates FOR SUMMER 2019

Summer 2019 was a busy time for Google and Google for Education. The links below are related to what was discussed in episode 90 of the podcast.


Gradebook in Classroom now generally available Create rubrics in Classroom with a new beta All classes moving to Google Classroom with the Classwork Page in September Google Assignments, your new grading companion Originality reports for Google Classroom and Google Assignments launching to beta


See changes in Google Docs over time with Compare Documents


View the edit history of a cell in Sheets Additional tools for enhanced reporting in Google Sheets


New features for Slides Present mode Switch to a blank screen and set advanced time options for presentations in Google Slides Audio rollout on Slides has been ?paused? by Google


Import questions from previously existing forms into a new Google form

Drive, etc.

Check out the new G Suite Learning Center Coming Soon: Transformation reports from Google for Education Priority page in Drive now available for all G Suite editions New fonts intended to help improve reading speed now available in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides


Making learning to read accessible and fun with Bolo Bringing CS education to everyone through six new grants If you give a student a Chromebook What?s new in Chrome OS: better audio, camera and notifications A new way to help students turn in their best work Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

We invite you to contribute to the podcast with your Google tips, tricks, and questions. Visit our Feedback page for a number of ways of reaching out to the show!

On The Blogs Matt - 3 easy strategies to organize your Google Classroom Kasey Fall book study starts Sept. 26 10 Google Classroom Tips You Didn?t Know

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Tips from the Tribe (Vol. 4) - GTT089

Google News and Updates Dark mode available for Calendar and Keep on Android A new look for Google Search Glass Enterprise Edition 2: faster and more helpful Collaborating to protect nearly anonymous animals

Featured Content

In this episode, we celebrate all of you who listen by sharing tips and tricks submitted by listeners like you!

Sarah Kiefer (OH) Blake Bray (TX) Stephanie Skrocki (NJ) Susan Vincentz (KY/IN) Pam Hubler (SC) Stephanie Howell (OH) Rayna Freedman (MA) Lee Tucker (GA) On The Blogs Matt - Four-part video series, ?Awesome Lesson Planning Made Easy? Video 1: One quick protocol to get your lesson plans structured Video 2: Four frameworks to level up your lesson planning Video 3: Three powerful templates (and how to make your own) Video 4: Introducing the Ditch That Textbook Lesson Plan Book

Get your copy of the Ditch That Textbook Lesson Plan Book, featuring ?

Flexible planning template LOTS of Ditch That Textbook ideas and digital tools Lesson planning resources ? and more! Kasey -  How to Get Google Certified (podcast edition) (enrollment open from May 21 - June 4)
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End of the Year Google Classroom Cleanup - GTT088

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Google News and Updates Three new machine learning courses What?s so interesting about spreadsheets? Affirming the identities of teachers and students in the classroom Carmen Sandiego is back on Google Earth, gumshoe Featured Content

It's the end of another school year or you're approaching the end of the year and either way you should consider cleaning up Google Classroom and Drive.

Return all work, grade it if you need to Archive Classes Clean-up Folders in Drive Create new folders for the things you want to keep and move things over Create a folder for exemplary work Do NOT Delete the Classroom Folder Do NOT Delete from Shared with Me Delete Old Class Calendars Reflect on your Google Classroom practices, collaborate with others for ideas

Google Classroom Cleanup Tips for the End of the Year

How to Create a Google Classroom Template (for next year)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag KD Meucci (on the blog) -- I'm trying to access Jamboard, but it says my access is denied and to contact my systems admin. I'm getting some pushback, is there any reason not to give access? Also, my admin doesn't understand the platform and thinks I'm asking to purchase an actual Jamboard. From the podcast, it sounds like Jamboard is just like Padlet, but within G Suites. Help?!! Dana Klement (Texas) -- long time listener, google trainer certification, excited to help teachers see power of Google tools, wants students to be set up for success, eighth grade in small school district, will have had the same drive since kindergarten, wants to train students to use g suite going into high school, last two weeks, streamline ? set eighth graders up for success in high school, key features, extensions, organizational tips and tricks to help them to be set up for success? On The Blogs Matt - Creating Mosaic Art with Google Drawings (guest post by Sarah Jacobs) Matt?s Tech to Learn Online Course is discounted 50 percent through May! Kasey - How to Get Credit for Listening to Podcasts ? SULS012 (enrollment open from May 21 - June 4)

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Summer Learning Opportunities - GTT087

Google News and Updates Three new features to format and work with data in Sheets Create and insert image carousels in new Sites Helpful new visual features in Search and Lens Bringing you the next-generation Google Assistant Featured Content

Get Google Certified This Summer!

The Google Certification Academies open for limited enrollment on May 21, 2019!

There are three courses designed to fit your needs:

The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy The Google Certified Trainer Academy

These courses are designed to walk you through the process and give you everything you need to know to pass the exam.

But don?t miss this opportunity! These courses only open twice a year.

Enrollment opens on May 21, 2019, and will close at 11:59 PM CST on June 4, 2019.

If you miss this window, you have to wait until November!

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The Google Classroom Master Class The Google Slides Master Class All Shake Up Learning Courses

The Tech to Learn Online Course

Tech to Learn is an online course dedicated to helping YOU identify ways to use technology to move the needle for learning ... to amplify and boost what's happening in your classroom.

In this course, we will cover ...

SIX areas where technology can truly boost learning in the classroom How technology can be paired with sound, solid teaching practices Practical examples you can implement in your class immediately

Plus, in this course, you'll also get ...

More than seven hours of video instruction with Matt Miller of Ditch That Textbook Downloadable checklists and guides to help you succeed Four BONUS mini-modules on key topics like productivity and cheating

Until the end of May, Google Teacher Tribe listeners can get 50 percent off the price of the course! Click here to enroll, and find the ?MAY SALE? discount option to check out.

Check out the FREE video series on teaching meaningfully with technology!

Get even more information about this course by clicking here.

Other online courses to check out:

The Chromebook Infused Classroom Side Hustle Teachers Summer Camp

Free online digital summits and conferences

Hive Summit (Aug. 1-14) CUE Ditch Summit (July 29-Aug. 4) Strobel Summit Teach with Tech Conference (July 22-24)

The best of ISTE without going to ISTE

#notatISTE Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Laura Steinbrink (Missouri)

Nanci Greene

On The Blogs Matt - The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers (updated post!) Kasey - How to Create a Class Brand (and much more) with Tony Vincent
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Conquer Summer Learning with Google Tools - GTT086

Google News and Updates Team Drives is being renamed to shared drives Get lost in the new Earth Timelapse, now on mobile After school, this teen tracks climate change with NASA This National Tell a Story Day, take a page from your Assistant Featured Content

Collaborative Notes with Docs or Slides

Buddy up with your team or friends and take collaborative notes. When everyone attends different sessions, you all walk away with collective knowledge and resources. Docs suggestion - Create a table of contents or divide the pages in a way that makes sense. Tables are also handy. (Kasey?s Alan November story.) Collaborative Notes with Google Docs Slides suggestion - New slide for each session gives natural division to your notes.

Google Keep

Take notes in Keep, share with your team or teacher friends Use the Keep extension to add bookmarks of resources and presentations Add audio, photos, or even annotate or draw Use the mobile app and add notes with dictation on the fly Grab text from a photo of a presenter slide or (gasp!) paper handout Google Keep Cheat Sheet Personalize Google Keep for You and Your Students


Use Chrome bookmarks and bookmark manager to save all your links and organize into a folder for the conference.

Google Photos

Lots of people take pictures of links and presenter slides (as well as selfies) Sync new photos to your Google Photos collection Create an album and share with others


Can use the web app without an interactive panel There?s a mobile app, too Swap between devices Take photos with your phone, draw with your finger Draw with a stylus and add sticky notes on the app with a tablet Use dictation tools (voice typing) to add text quickly Integrates with Google Photos AND Google image search Collaborate with others View notes across platforms

Hangouts Chat

Backchannel to stay connected with your peeps. Discuss and share ideas and questions.

How to Maximize the Edcamp Experience

15 building blocks to a meaningful conference experience


Grab social media posts (tweets, etc.) and add to a Wakelet collection Take your notes in Wakelet, adding text with titles above each session you go to Adding links creates a website card instead of just a link, giving you a preview Embed videos Upload a PDF (session materials) Also, add previous posts (bookmarks) to your collection Collaborative Wakelet collections: create shared notes with buddies or colleagues


Create a notebook for the conference Take notes and use the web clipper to save all the links and notes in one space. Add images and audio Searchable (even text in images) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Sarah Kiefer (Speakpipe)

Cam Ross (Melbourne, Australia) -- Just re-listened to Episode 18 to learn some more about what Google Slides can do, and came across the DriveSlides Chrome extension. What an amazing tool, and one that I have been able to use with the family pics at home but also with school-based projects. Keep up the amazing work, as I am learning so much each and every episode.

On The Blogs Matt - 30 activities for any Depth of Knowledge level (Slides vocab cards Stella, applied digital skills Amy DeFriese, Google Slide sticky notes/infographics) Kasey -  The Google Certified Trainer Ultimate Planner & Checklist Google Certification Courses open on May 21st! (1) The Google Certified Educator Level 1 Academy (2) The Google Certified Educator Level 2 Academy (3) The Google Certified Trainer Academy

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Accessibility Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Google - GTT085

A G Suite user guide to accessibility!

Google News and Updates:

Work anywhere with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in new offline mode Work with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Dropbox with a new beta Duplicate larger sites in new Google Sites Visit US National Parks in Google Earth

Google Accessibility Features: - FULL LIST!

G Suite user guide to accessibility

Adapting to the needs of learners, educators and schools with Chromebooks

Accessibility is a key part of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines

?to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn?

Chrome Browser

Use TalkBack to browse the web with Chrome Chrome low-vision features help Chrome assistive technology help Chrome keyboard shortcuts Change text, image, and video sizes (zoom) Running things in the browser enables webpage zoom Chrome keyboard access High-contrast Chrome extension Chrome accessibility extensions Videos: Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility


Chromevox MATT -- Magnify your screen on a Chromebook


Accessibility help for Docs editors Google Docs screen reader help Google Docs keyboard shortcuts Voice typing in Google Docs 7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs Braille support in Google Docs Make documents more accessible Video: Get started with Google Docs using a screen reader (19 minutes) Google Docs VPAT


Accessibility help for Docs editors Google Slides screen reader help Present slides with captions Braille support in Google Slides Google Slides keyboard shortcuts Video: Get started with Google Slides using a screen reader (16 minutes) Google Slides VPAT


Accessibility for Hangouts Meet Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts Meet


6 ways to make the most of closed captions in Google Slides


Alex Tougas (Annapolis, MD) -- Google Forms: can?t break quiz up in sections or save as you go. Workaround? Google form for summative assessment -- like 50 questions.

Kamilee Jorgenson (Rangely, Colorado) -- Is it possible to go into Calendar, search for, and extract particular events? I am using my calendar to record my times driving a route for the school. Is it possible to go into Calendar, find all of that particular event, and then export them to a different document?

Export from Calendar (ICS)

Export to Sheets

On the Blogs:

Matt:60 tips to spark creative lesson ideas

Kasey: 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks

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What's Going On At Google? - GTT084

Google News and Updates At Tech Day, hundreds of kids dive deep into STEM  

On World Heritage Day, explore historic sites in 3D


Want to Change the Game? Design your own with Google Play


Avoid double-booking rooms in Calendar


RSVP to Calendar events from forwarded invitations


Save time with new scheduling features in Calendar


Master your email with these essential Gmail tips


Improvements to organizing and finding Team Drives


Easily customize theme colors in Slides


Get more done in less time with G Suite Add-ons beta


Google Voice for G Suite: Cloud telephony with the intelligence and security of Google Cloud


Introducing Currents, the newest G Suite app


Work smarter in Sheets with several new features for objects


Apply to be a part of the Hangouts Chat Accelerated Transition Program


Summary: Next 2019 announcements

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Rebecca (@tccsapd) on Twitter -- Save a webpage to your @googledrive instead of printing! I just found this by accident. ? Simply change your print destination to Google Drive and the web page you are looking at becomes a PDF. Or follow these steps: Joe Marquez (@JoeMarquez70) on Twitter -- Are you an @PearDeck fan and have been dying to use the closed captioning feature during a PearDeck lesson? Here is the way to do it :) Bailee Sandsmark -- Update fitness scores through Google Form to Sheet and Autocrat runs them a report. Would like to use the same form to the same sheet, but when it goes to Autocrat, wants most recent data and all data graphed. On The Blogs Matt - 35 creative Google Drawings activities for classes Kasey - The Teacher?s Guide to Digital Choice Boards (Free eBook with Templates)

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How to Create Google Sites Templates with Joe Marquez - GTT083

Google News and Updates Live captions in Hangouts Meet Exploring new possibilities in cloud-based education technology Gmail Smart Compose subject suggestions Office editing makes it easier to work with Office files in Docs, Sheets, and Slides Featured Content

Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage students.

Technology has been the spark which has ignited his exploration into next-generation educational technology and pushed him into becoming a leader and technology coach for the Clovis Unified School District.

Joe is now a K-12 Education Strategist for CDW-G helping educators across the US reach their full potential with devices in the classroom. His innovating spirit, outgoing attitude and outrageous personality has earned him the coveted titles of Certified Google Innovator, Certified Google Trainer, Prezi Educational Society member, PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Nearpod PioNEAR, Remind Connected Educator and Advisory Board Member, Quiver Ambassador, Common Sense Ambassador, Flipgrid Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator, CUE Rockstar Teacher Faculty and CUE Lead Learner. Recently Joe was the recipient of the CVCUE 2014 Educator of the Year Award, the prestigious Clovis Unified Crystal Award and featured speaker at the California Teachers Summit in 2015, 2106 and 2017. 

Resources Also a guest on episode 24 (Engaging Science Students) Twitter: @JoeMarquez70 Website: Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Blake Bray (Texas) -- YES!!!! Duplicate copies! That's why y'all have a podcast... genius! Thanks! Allison Fluet (Maine) -- I was very impressed with myself when I heard Matt recommend a Google Slides workaround that I?ve been using. It was in response to Blake from Texas and how to get his slides to auto advance (duplicate slides and publish to the web). So, I have that system in place to run my classroom schedule but when I?m gone I have my laptop with me. I have an iPad that I leave behind for my sub but I cannot get Slides to autoplay an inserted video that I?m using as a transition song for my students to know it?s time to rotate in their math stations. Do you have any workarounds to get a video to autoplay When presented on Slides on an iPad? Wendy Cohen (New York) -- When using multiple Google accounts in Chrome, right-click a link and choose ?Open as ?? to choose which account you?d like to use when opening the link. Can save you time from seeing the ?You need access? error messages. How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts On The Blogs Matt - 35 creative Google Drawings activities for classes The #DitchBook Twitter chat -- It?s 30 minutes every Thursday at 10pm Eastern / 9pm Central / 8pm Mountain / 7pm Pacific. We chat about a specific topic every week. Don?t know how a Twitter chat works? Check out this ebook on using Twitter for educators. Kasey - How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (6 Steps)
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Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom - GTT082

Google News and Updates Write now, send later with Schedule send in Gmail Enhance presentations in Slides with audio Quickly find support resources in Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and more Featured Content

Google Classroom is one of the nicest kids on the playground of education technology. There are many apps and websites that want to play with Google and Google is happy to play with so many of the other apps and sites that are enjoying the nice days and time to play.

Matt and Kasey share and discuss some great tools that are fine on their own but when they play Google we never want edtech recess to end!

Resources Duolingo -- Many teachers and even entire governments around the world already view Duolingo as the perfect blended learning companion for their language classrooms. Duolingo lessons give each student personalized feedback and practice, preparing them to get the most out of classroom instruction. Quizlet -- Quizlet makes simple learning tools that let you study anything. Start learning today with flashcards, games and learning tools ? all for free. (See also 6 new ways to play a Quizlet Live game) Quizizz -- This integration makes it seamless for teachers to assign Quizizz games to their class. Students can join a Quizizz game with one click and all their performance data is sent back to Classroom. (See also Gameshow Classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Gimkit) Edpuzzle: Make any video your lesson. Pick a video, add your magical touch and track your students? understanding. With the EDpuzzle integration, teachers can automatically import all Classroom courses and students at sign up. Flipgrid: Flipgrid is a website that allows teachers to create ?grids? of short discussion-style questions that students respond to through recorded videos. Each grid is effectively a message board where teachers can pose a question and their students can post 90-second video responses that appear in a tiled ?grid? display. Easily share links to Flipgrids and add them to assignments in Google Classroom. (See also Catch the Flipgrid Fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class) Insert Learning: InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. You can add sticky notes, links, videos, discussion questions, multiple choice questions and more! Then easily share your lesson with students in Google Classroom. InsertLearning is featured in my FREE ebook: 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 (See also 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning.)

See Kasey?s Full Blog post: 60+ Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jennifer (New York) -- Mark from Wisconsin asked on episode 80 about turning off spell check to proofread a poorly written letter.

I have an assignment in Literature that requires the students to proofread a poorly written letter (roughly 50 mistakes) and make corrections. Is there a way to turn off Spell Check in the shared document? I have it turned off on the master copy, but when I send it out through Classroom, each of their Chromebooks turns Spell Check back on. Thanks!

Blake (Texas) -- Hey y'all, I'm a 1st-grade teacher in Texas and I listen to GTT on my way to work all the time. Then, I run in my classroom and write down the ideas you have sparked so that I can try them.

One of the ideas is to use slides as kind of an "auto-pilot" for a day when I may need a sub. I have 2 large screens in my room and the idea was to make a slide deck that would walk them through the day. (I've even considered uploading videos of myself teaching the lesson and explaining. Phonics, for example, is a difficult lesson to teach as a sub.) So, the sub walks in and opens the slide deck at 8am. and the slides have instructions/video/example ... the students do the work... and then the slide changes to a yellow background when there are 5 minutes left, then to the next thing on the agenda.

Yea, sounds like a neat thing to try to me too. But I can't use a slide deck because I can't set different times for the auto advance.

That was a long way to ask if you know of a way to set different times for each slide. I know I could use another presentation app but we live on the G suite at my school so sharing would be easier if I could find a work around on slides.

Thanks guys. Y'all are awesome! I'm off to drink my sweet tea before the fun times get back from P.E.

Make it into a video with Screencastify and advance as you?d like? Then play the video? Duplicate slides and set auto-advance times for 1 min each On The Blogs Matt - 10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects Kasey - 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

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Google For Enrichment & Free Time - GTT081

Google News and Updates Set start times and import reminders in Tasks Dynamic email in Gmail (beta) Threading changes in Gmail conversation view Take action faster with customizable swipe actions in Gmail on iOS Featured Content

20 sites for students with free time on their hands

GeoGuessr ? GeoGuessr uses Google Maps Street View to place you on the ground somewhere in the world in full panorama. The problem? You have NO idea where you are! You must use context clues to guess your location and pin it on a map. Choose to be dropped in certain continents, countries, cities, etc. ? or make your own GeoGuessr game with GeoSettr! Smarty Pins ? Smarty Pins is kind of like GeoGuessr?s cousin. It asks questions from categories like arts and culture, science and geography, and history and current events. The answers are locations, and you must pin them on a map to answer. It makes geography a game, and the closer you guess, the better your score is. A Google a Day ? Most of us search the internet daily, if not multiple times per day. But effectively searching for something is a skill. A Google a Day challenges users to put their searching skills to the test by asking them to answer a question using Google search. With Google?s search education lesson plans you can take this game even further and begin teaching search literacy in your classroom. Street View Treks ? Google Maps Street View lets its users see what life is like from the road, in full panorama. Street View Treks take that same technology to some of the most spectacular locations in the world, from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal in India. Swim underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or climb the El Capitan rock face at Yosemite National Park. Google Arts and Culture ? Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. See super high-resolution images of some of the best works of art in the world. Walk world-famous museums. Examine historical happenings in detail. Google Quick Draw! ? Quick, Draw! tells you what to draw. Then, Google?s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you?re drawing. It?s a neat way to introduce students to artificial intelligence OR to look at how we convert words/ideas into images. Emoji Scavenger Hunt - Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a super fun game from Google Experiments. Using the camera on your device, students identify emojis in the real world. The application uses artificial intelligence to try and determine what?s in the picture and see if it matches the emoji. Autodraw - AI experiment that allows you to draw and tries to predict what you are drawing so you can then select a more professional image to add to your project. Story Speaker - Combine the power of Google Docs with AI! Make interactive, talking stories without coding and play your story instantly on Google Home. What I love about this tool is that it will give you a ?Choose Your Own Adventure,? story template in Google Docs, so that alone is worth exploring! Help students improve writing and get creative. Even if you don?t have a Google Home or cannot use it in your classroom, the Story Speaker tool and template are worth exploring! Talk to Books - When you type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation. This is a really interesting way to help kids connect and learn with literature, discover new authors and books, and strike up some interesting conversations! Made with Code - Made with Code is a program designed to help close the gender gap in the programming industry, and give girls and young women fun ways to learn how to code the things they love. More tools and resources from Kasey: Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Matthew Reischer (NJ) - Google Forms/Quizzes question Nancy Richards (North Hollywood, CA) - Thank-you for your great ideas, suggestions and tips, Matt and Kasey! On The Blogs Matt - 60 ideas for using Google MyMaps in any content area Kasey - Meaningful Technology Integration and Dynamic Learning (5-Part Podcast Series)

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Spring Break: Google Style - GTT080

Google News and Updates It?s now easier to insert images in cells in Google Sheets Work smarter with the new Priority page in Drive Driving change with Rolling Study Halls Your mission, gumshoe: Catch Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth Featured Content

Spring has finally sprung! Matt and Kasey share some great Google related things you can do on Spring Break or related to Spring Break!

Courses to Try Over Spring Break:

FREE Course: How to Create Magnetic Poetry with Google Slides and Drawings The Google Classroom Master Class The Google Slides Master Class HyperDocs on Air: 12 free videos Master the Screencast: FREE online course by Screencastify

Books to Read Over Spring Break

Go See the Principal: True Tales from the School Trenches by Gerry Brooks You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education by Sir Ken Robinson The Happiness Advantage: How a Positive Brain Fuels Success in Work and Life by Shawn Achor Shake Up Learning Book Study (starts March 28th) Resources How I started traveling the world on my own, thanks to Google Local Guides Connect A safer way to share your ETA, now on iOS Virtual spring break trip with Google Maps Treks (staycation!) 20 sites for students with free time on their hands Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Craig Klement (Garland, TX) -- Choice board on Google MyMaps: pins on different locations, students choose their own adventure, detail the activities in the pin, layers to highlight the route that they took on their adventure. Mark (Wisconsin) -- I have an assignment in Literature that requires the students to proofread a poorly written letter (roughly 50 mistakes) and make corrections. Is there a way to turn off Spell Check in the shared document? I have it turned off on the master copy, but when I send it out through Classroom, each of their Chromebooks turns Spell Check back on. Thanks On The Blogs Matt - The Hyperdocs Toolbox: 14 engaging example activities Kasey - 60+ Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom The Shake Up Learning Show starts March 26th with a 5-episode series!

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What G Suite is Capable of with Lissa Brunan - GTT079

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Google News and Updates Inspiring girls and women to pursue their career ambitions A look at one woman?s job at Google: opening doors for other women Explore millennia of human inventions in one exhibition Using Data GIF Maker to compare data and tell stories Featured Content

Lissa Brunan is the owner and Chief Engagement Officer (CEO) of Engaging TECHniques & Adjunct Professor for Grand Valley State University. She has worked in the field of education her entire career. Before focusing her passion and energy in the world of professional development, she had six years of experience teaching in a middle school classroom. Lissa's main objective is to design, develop, and facilitate professional development focused on understanding and applying educational technology into the classroom to increase student engagement and learning.

Lissa is a Google Certified Trainer, Flipgrid Ambassador, BreakoutEDU Certified Trainer, EdPuzzle Coach, Kahoot Gold Certified Educator, Screencastify Master Screencaster, and a Pear Deck Certified Coach.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer

Google ?Spark?: I dabble and played for years, but I went all in about 3 years ago when I drove 2 hours to do a training/presentation for a school and my stomach dropped when I realized I saved my PowerPoint presentation on my work desktop computer, not on my laptop, and there was no way to access it. NEVER AGAIN! Started learning and didn't look back.




Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jake Miller (Ohio) -- Replacing boring old bullet points with emoji.

Debbie -- When students are actively using pages that the teacher creates (like matching games, etc.), they are not in presentation mode, correct? So, in this case, what is the purpose of presentation mode? In other words, why did you choose Slides for the activity? Not trying to be rude. Just don't understand. Please explain.

On The Blogs Matt - A beginner?s guide to Twitter for educators (free ebook!) Kasey - The Teacher?s Guide to Podcasts (guest post by Chris Nesi)
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Google My Maps for Activities in Your Classroom - GTT078

Google News and Updates Changes to the Google Classroom Stream Helping developers create more choice for educators Find ideas and activities on the new Chromebook App Hub Living the "multidream" by blending coding with a rap career Featured Content


Resources from Google

Through Google My Maps students can explore the basics of cartography, share information about local communities and far-flung destinations. The map is their canvas on which they can build with points, lines, and polygons, and they can go as far as their imagination leads them.

In your Google Drive, go to NEW>MORE and select MY MAPS.

Dropping pins Locations in a story Personal student stories (My Happy Place Hyperdoc by Lisa Highfill) Historical events Summer vacation at back to school (where you?ve visited in your life, etc.) Measuring distances (distance = rate x time, etc.) ? measure and take a screenshot? Layers (biomes, animals, etc.) Poly tool to determine area/perimeter Locations for sports / extracurriculars Plotting locations where you?ve done video calls Amazing Race with Forms and MyMaps Clue #1 Create a map of the journey of a character from a novel Tell a story, non-fiction, fiction, personal

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

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Ginna Jones (Virginia) -- Shares how she teaches proportions with pancakes and Google Slides! Check out her slide deck by clicking here!

Camden (5th-Grader, South Carolina) -- Listen to and from school. Teachers should use Google Lit Trips. Feel like you?re the character. 360 pictures. Earth and Tour Builder. Number the Stars: takes to the street where sisters are stopped by Nazi soldiers. Pictures and video. Diary of Anne Frank takes you to the secret annex where she hid.

On The Blogs Matt - Four ways to make math come alive with Google tools Kasey - Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down Part 1 & Part 2

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Favorite Google Chrome Tips & Tricks - GTT077

Google News and Updates Updated UI for Jamboard web home page Accessibility settings are now easier to access on Docs, Sheets, and Slides Insert a Table of Contents in Google Sites Spelling and grammar improvements in Docs for Enterprise Featured Content

Favorite Chrome Features, Tips, Tricks, and Extensions

Chrome Profiles With profiles, you can keep all your Chrome info separate, like bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings. Profiles are ideal for: Sharing a computer with multiple people. Keeping your different accounts, like work and personal, separate. How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts using Chrome Profiles Bookmarks bar with favicons Setting up tabs at start-up Ctrl + Shift + brackets to swap between tabs Pin tabs Incognito: Browse in private-- If you don?t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode. 8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito in Google Chrome 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenna (Cape Town, South Africa) -- Loves ?swiss army knife?. Extra curricula -- wants to use iPads and Google tools (Slides). Used to create ebooks for kindergarten aged students to read. Number books, counting books. As part of art studies, students painted with watercolors, took pictures. Used the crop tool within Slides to crop the images to different shapes. Use the shapes to compile a new image (a robot). Group all shapes together. Different versions of the robot that can be counted. Collab: all can work on the project together.

Here?s a note from Jenna: ?Unfortunately, my students are still busy with the ones where they have painted their own backgrounds so I don't have a finished product yet. I've attached the one that we used to practice the skill. We did it so that they'd know what to expect when they started painting. For this one, my students used images from Google and turned the slide deck into an eBook for some of the younger students in the school. Each student worked on a different slide so that each slide had a unique robot which we duplicated for the number on the page.?

Link to her example slide deck: click here!

Caroline Goodman (Memphis, Tennessee) -- 2 Gmail accounts: a .org for faculty and staff, .net domain for students. Teachers frequently create docs, sheets, slides, forms in either one or both accounts. Often, files get lost between the two. Sometimes teachers aren?t sure if the doc was created with .org or .net account. How can we search between both Google Drive accounts? Extension or app? Type in a search and it?ll search both of them?

On The Blogs Matt - Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them Kasey - Shake Up Learning Show Starts March 26th
Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study (and book giveaway)

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Webcams in Docs, Slides, Drawings and More! - GTT076

Google News and Updates Lost in translation? Try interpreter mode with the Google Assistant (into 26 languages w/Google Home) Google Classroom: move any post to the top - Announcements ONLY Google Slides accessibility tab (h/t Alice Keeler blog) New Innovator Academy dates and locations released for 2019 Featured Content

The webcam feature in many Google products (Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc.) makes a lot of cool learning activities possible.

How to activate it: Insert > Image > Camera

Make sure you?ve given access to your camera If another program is using the camera, it may not work You don?t need a special camera ? if your Chromebook/laptop has a built-in webcam, use that! Mobile devices: use the device camera, then bring in the images to do the same thing

How to use it:

Click the camera button below the live webcam image to take a picture Take as many pictures as you want Insert one at a time ? remember to click the ?insert? button

Ways it can be used in class:

Student reflection: in a shared Slides presentation where each student has a slide, have each student snap a selfie and add it to his/her own slide. Add speech/thought bubbles with Insert > Shapes > Callouts to allow for reflection or retelling what they?ve learned Interview a character/historical figure: In Google Drawings, snap a selfie, but leave room to one side. Search the web for an image of a character or historical figure and insert it. Add speech/thought bubbles for the student and the character, making it as if they?re having a conversation. Caption This!: This is a fun activity Matt developed with Missouri educator Laura Steinbrink. Search for an image online or upload an image. Use speech/thought bubbles to speak/think for people in the image. Then, have students add a text box on the image explaining why that person would say that. (Justifying their response moves the critical thinking up a notch on Webb?s Depth of Knowledge!) Stop motion animation: Have students snap a picture of something (themselves, a drawing on a whiteboard, a clay representation of what you?re learning, etc.). Add it to a slide in Google Slides. Move it and snap another picture, adding it to the next slide. Keep adding images to new slides until your animation is complete! MATH! Math teachers can sometimes struggle with using technology and having students show their work on a problem. Still using pencil and paper, no problem! Students can hold up their paper to the webcam and take a quick picture to insert into the work or attach it to their Google Classroom assignment.

Google Drawings comic strips -- Have students take pictures of themselves -- posing as themselves or as a character -- and add speech bubbles and thought bubbles.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Audra Arman-Richardson (Nevada) -- With Google+ shortly leaving us, what do you recommend as a replacement? We have 20+ schools throughout our state that share and communicate using this platform. We are not sure what to migrate to.

Mike Brilla (Pennsylvania) -- Google Classroom. Uses Doctopus and Goobric. Self-proclaimed ?organizational train wreck?. Had trouble keeping track of the Sheets. Used Google Keep keeping track. Use Keep extension on Chrome. Uses the label ?Things to grade.? Now everything is in one place. Links are there. Delete note when he?s done.


Danny Contopoulos (science teacher, New York) -- Bailee wants to know how to automatically send responses to different sheets.

In the google sheet that is accepting responses from the form, all Bailee would have to do is create two new tabs and on each tab use a filter formula

=filter('Sheet 1?!A1:F100,'Sheet 1'!B1:B100="Teacher 1")
'Sheet 1?!A1:F100 is the response range
'Sheet 1'!B1:B100 is the column with the teacher?s name
"Teacher 1" is the teacher?s name (matched exactly)

Caroline Goodman (Tennessee)-- School developing new PE program where students/teachers attend classes at various times throughout the day. Google service flexible posting of class schedules so change daily, check in and out of classes, a record of who attended which classes.

Linda Hummer (Ohio) -- Personalized PD in their school district. 2 PD days -- 1 in fall with four different sessions running at the same time that staff could choose to go to, during sessions: 1 tool or several tools that do the same type of thing (formative assessment). Discuss and share what they?re doing, ask questions, work on creating things they?d like. 1 in spring -- changed to two sessions (they?re a K-12 building). Staff shared with one another, asked questions, enjoyed that type of PD, will continue using it.

Ryan Bradford -- I was listening to episode 74 last night and I think I have a solution for Bailee's question. The Query formula can be used to auto separate the data into different sheets based on certain criteria (e,g, school name, resource type, etc). If you create a Google Form with an identifying question like school name and send all of your responses to the default response sheet, you can then create two separate sheets that each use a query formula to pull on specific data based on the school name. I included some screenshots below of how I use this at my school to quickly separate supply requests by type.

On The Blogs Matt - One story, many endings: A fun, creative Google Slides activity Kasey - Google Certified Educator Toolkits and New Resource pages! Google Certified Educator Level 1 Toolkit (3-in-1) download! Level 1 Resources to Help You Pass the Exam Google Certified Educator Level 2 Toolkit (3-in-1) download! Level 2 Resources to Help You Pass the Exam

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REPLAY - Google Forms Magic - GTT009

This is a REPLAY of episode 9 from March 20, 2017.

Forms v. Quizzes feature Email notifications (late work form) Contact form File attachments (field trip permission slips) Student notes for documentation Confirmation page

You access the show notes by visiting

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Student Led Tech Teams with the Chrome Squad - GTT075

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The Chrome Squad is an elite group of students at Royse City High School that provide tech support and learning opportunities for both students and teachers. In the four years the Chrome Squad has been in operation they have evolved--developing new teams and products to serve not only Royse City ISD, but others districts as well. The Chrome Squad has helped over 50 other districts across the US start student internships, spoken at conferences like TCEA, and have been able to spend time at the Googleplex and Google HQ2 in Austin, Tx. The Chrome Squad is made of twenty-one 10th-12th graders working across 8 teams.

Tech TV Connect Store Tech Tips Connected for Learning: The Podcast Inventory Chromecierge C4L Ninjas Promotions

There have been a few changes since the Chrome Squad was last on the Google Teacher Tribe Episode 8.  They have started a podcast that focuses on the great things teachers are doing and the ways a teacher can better empower learners with technology.  You can find the teaser for the podcast on iTunes (Google Play will be coming soon).

The Chrome Squad also adopted a goal setting process used by companies like Google called OKRs, or Objectives-Key Results, as well as Design SPRINTS.  This has allowed the Chrome Squad to design and project plan an entire year?s worth of work in a few days during the summer.

Resources Connected for Learning: The Podcast Re:Work with Google OKRs Design SPRINTS C4L BadgingTwitter: @Chrome_Squad
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F2F at FETC 2019 with Holly Clark - GTT074

Google News and Updates An updated roadmap for classic and new Google Sites Get your whole team jamming with Jamboard web improvements Adapting to the needs of learners, educators, and schools with Chromebooks Choose your own adventure with 13 Google for Education tools Featured Content

We're live at FETC 2019 and we had the opportunity to sit with and speak to Holly Clark, author of The Google Infused Classroom.

Why do we, as educators, attend live, face-to-face professional learning events? Benefits Drawbacks Connections Introvert problems What do you do when you go to a session you don?t like? Time for implementation

Holly Clark was also the guest on episode 41! Listen if you haven't!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Eve Heaton - Eve shares a template for the Valentine?s Conversation Hearts in Google Drawings Bailee Sandsmark - Google Sheets question - Bailee wants to know how to automatically send responses to different sheets. On The Blogs Matt - 10 ways to use Wakelet?s new collaboration feature Kasey - A Perfectionist with Paralysis NO MORE!
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