Tuesday, December 10, 2019

G. Suite Update - If you use Gmail

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What’s changing

You can now attach emails to other emails in Gmail without downloading them first.

Click below to see how to do it!
Send emails as attachments in Gmail

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Podcasts and Audio Resources with Discovery Education

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This discussion came up on the Discovery Education Network and I thought I would share it.  A link to the full discussion thread shown below.

Podcasts and Audio Resources
Educators know more than anyone that we must keep learning.  The genius of podcasts is that they are both personal and professional-- blending narratives with advice needed to be better at our jobs and just better people.  And the best part? You can listen to them anywhere. I walk and listen to podcasts often. Be careful!  I walked into a ladder while on my phone this past Spring and needed stitches! 
Do you use podcasts in your teaching and learning?  Have you created one?  What are your favorites?  In this discussion, provide us with some links to your favorite podcasts and let us know why you love them!

Discovery Education Podcast Resources
Filter your search results to audio files then podcasts and access over 550 podcasts.

Stuff You Should Know: Podcast series providing informational conversations between Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark. They explore the history, facts, misconceptions and opinions about a variety of topics- primarily science-based but also relevant for social studies and health classrooms. These podcasts allow students to dive in and learn more about a topic they’re interested in. Students could do additional research on the topic and then share back with the class.
Stuff You Missed in History Class: Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey team up for conversations about the greatest and strangest things that you missed in history class. The stories are an engaging way for students to learn the untold stories that add details, perspective and depth to the historical time periods they’re studying. These episodes can also be a great way for students to connect historical events to present-day issues.
Weston Woods Audio Books:  A variety of K-5 titles allow students access to stories that may be out of their reading level. These resources model strong reading fluency, set the tone and allow students to explore the tone and mood of a story without struggling through difficult words. Audio files are great for using in stations- you might ask your students to illustrate a scene from the story or pause partway through and ask them to write the ending.

Some Personal Favorites
Kathy Schrocks Podcasts Revisited

Radiolab-An extraordinary podcast about curiosity in all subject areas
Stuff You Should Know- Informational Podcast utilizing Content drawn from all subject areas and all interests.
Truth for Teachers -Frequently ranked in the top ten K-12 podcasts on iTunes, Angela Watson's covers all aspects of the daily life of teachers, speaking words of encouragement and truth to educators to inspire you for the week ahead in the classroom.
Ted Talks Education-all things education and learning from some of the brightest and most innovative minds in the industry!
Robert Corbin, PhD
Director-Global STEM Initiatives
Discovery Education
M: (704) 619-3801

Link to the full thread:

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

NEW - Enhance presentations in Slides with audio

Add Audio in Google Slides!

Google is adding the ability for users to embed MP3 and WAV audio files from Drive into Slides.

"We have listened to your requests and are adding audio files as additional media types in Slides. We know that adding audio clips can bring your presentations to the next level. Short audio clips can grab attention, while longer ones can set the tone for the entire presentation."

  • To insert an audio file into Slides:
    • Insert > Audio and select from your audio files in Drive 
    • Hover over the icon to see playback controls
Once the audio file is inserted, you can find more audio settings by clicking “Format options” in the toolbar. From there, you can set playback options, volume, and looping. You can also hide the audio icon, or replace it with an image of your choice.

Note: The ability to add an audio file into Slides is currently only available on desktop, though audio will play on all platforms.

For more information go to this link:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Learn about the Birth of Democracy with Google Expeditions

Google Expedition - The Birth of Democracy in Germany

GoogleArts & Culture partnered with Hambach Castle to create a GoogleExpedition about the birth of democracy in Germany. Explore The Hambach Festival in the History of Democracy, in both English & German.

Learn about the Birth of Democracy with Google Expeditions   

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Ten Google Search Tips for Students

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Twelve years ago I had a student come up to me in the library and declare, “Mr. Byrne, Google has nothing on this!” Her topic was the Civil War. It was then that I realized my students needed a bit more guidance on how to conduct online research. In the years since that incident in the library, I have spent a lot of time developing search lessons for students to help them become better at search. All of the lessons that I’ve created incorporate at least one of the following ten tips.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Happy 21st Birthday Google!

Google's founders were graduate students at Stanford when they founded the company.

In Friday’s Google Doodle, Google celebrates its own 21st birthday. Google is old enough to drink, but what is a “google”, anyway? It’s a very, very large number:
10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
That’s a one, followed by a hundred zeroes, which is what you get if you multiply ten times ten and keep multiplying by ten until you’ve done it a hundred times. In scientific notation, the mathematical shorthand for dealing with staggeringly large numbers, a googol is written 10100. To give you a sense of how big a googol is, it’s about 20 orders of magnitude bigger than the number of subatomic particles in the universe, which is “only” 1080. It’s also about the lifespan of a supermassive black hole like the one at the center of our galaxy.
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin borrowed the term for their company in 1998, to suggest the unfathomably large number of results their new search engine could provide. Page and Brin were obviously exaggerating a bit, and they also took a bit of poetic license with the spelling.
And if you’ve always Google’s name sounded like a nonsense word made up by a small child, that’s because it actually was: then-nine-year-old Milton Sirotta, whose mathematician uncle Edward Kasner asked him to pin a name on the enormous number for a book Kasner was working on: Mathematics and the Imagination, published in 1940. Kasner died in 1955, and his nephew Sirotta died in 1981, 17 years too early to see the word he’d invented become the name of a California startup that grew into the 17th largest company in the world (under the umbrella of Alphabet).
Kasner’s great-niece told the Baltimore Sun in 2004 that she wasn’t sure what her uncle would think about Google’s use of the word. “Obviously it's only brought attention to the name; it hasn't brought attention to his work, so I'm not quite certain what he'd think,” she said. “They're not using the concepts, but just capitalizing on the name.” She added that she had written to the company in 1998 to introduce herself and the family, but received no response.
Other words for include ten duotrigintillion, ten thousand sexdecillion, and ten sexdecilliard. So today, you can celebrate the fact that when you want information, you don’t have to “ten duotrigintillion” for it.
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Monday, September 16, 2019

Locked Mode Has Arrived for Google Forms

Here's how you do it!

Locked Mode has arrived for Google Forms.  This means that you can assign a Google Form as a quiz and it will not let students open up new tabs or applications during the quiz. As with all new technology, there will be issues, so I would not try this immediately with a real quiz.  For example, I'm not sure if students can open up a new window while in Locked Mode, so there are a few kinks to work out.

To enable Locked Mode:

Create a Google Form
Click Settings (the gear icon) on the top-right Select Quizzes Click the slider for "Make this a quiz"
Check the box for "Turn on locked mode"

Thanks to Mike Milillo for this contribution!