Friday, March 16, 2018

Voice Typing in Google Slides!

One of the amazing features of Docs is the voice typing option. It allows the user to speak and it types exactly what you say. I've been waiting for Google to add this feature to other products and they have... Introducing Voice Typing in Slides. It is in the Tools menu and only allows the function in speaker notes, but you can easily voice-type your Slide content in the notes and copy and paste to the actual slide. Game changer for people who struggle with writing.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Youtube Creator Studio: End Screen & Annotations

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Adding Music to a Youtube Video in 6 Slides

Youtube's music library has over 150,000 free songs. They are broken into genre to help you find exactly the type of background music you want for your project.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Using Bookmarks in Docs

This 51 second video will teach you how to make Bookmarks in Google Docs. Worth the time!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Where is the Youtube Video Trimmer?

1. Creator Studio from your image in the top right
corner of the screen.
If you are like most people, you were probably sad when the trim video function was removed from Youtube. The fact is that the trim video function still exists! Yes, it is true. It lives! But Youtube did decide to hide it from you. But, this post will walk you through how to find it.

Your journey starts by logging in to your account. Go to your image in the top right corner of the screen. The menu that appears is rather new, so don't be surprised if you never noticed it before. One of the options it Creator Studio. This is where you need to go first.

The second step is to go to the video you want to trim and hit the edit button.

Next you will go to Enhancements. You can find it along the top of the screen above the video player.

2. Use the edit button next to the video you want to work on.
3. Go to Enhancements.
Finally you are ready to see the video trimmer! Next to the bottom of the video player, you can find the Trim button. Now you are ready to trim your video. Have fun!
4. The video trimmer is here next to the bottom of the
video player.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Email from a Calendar Event

It was a subtle change, so you may not have even noticed it, but now you can send an email from a calendar event. When you click on a calendar event on your Google Calendar, along the top you will see an envelope for email. Once you click on that icon, you will get an email window like the second image. It will automatically add anyone who is invited to that event to the email and you can write up to 2400 characters. It is a great way to ask a quick question or share some brief information with all those who are coming to the event. I've been using it to ask teachers where they would like to meet for appointments
or to remind them about things they will need for our meeting.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

G4 Students Coding with

G4 students trying out coding with Everyone had fun, but it was interesting to observe the different levels of tolerance for ambiguity and frustration. Not to mention the difference in skill level -- wow! I had three out of the 16 students who simply could not work independently. Every level was an incredible challenge for these three students. The majority were fine on their own or with limited help from a buddy, but these three needed continuous one-on-one attention from me. There were another two that simply wanted validation for their choices, which I also found interesting. These two were up to the challenge, but wanted to be sure about the decisions and choices they were making with their coding. This was our second session of the year and two of the students had completed all of the levels, so I set them to helping and assisting others.

I find working with the elementary students has been one of the unexpected joys of my PreK-12 position. Most of my career has been in the secondary, but at KIS, SIS, and CDS I have had many opportunities to work closely with elementary teachers and their students and it has always been a joy.