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Author: Matt Miller and Kasey Bell - Education Podcast Network

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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).
129 Episodes
Google News and Updates 9 Chromebook and G Suite for Education features to make learning more accessible Featured Content Build classroom community with Google Google Classroom headers Get to know you activities Student interest surveys with Google Forms Fake Instagram Google Forms check-in for student well being Create more touchpoints with students: Make time for one-on-one feedback with students and small groups. Build student conferencing into your weekly schedule to make meaningful connections with students. Appointment slots in Google Calendar for one-on-one conferences with students Student Discussion in Google Classroom Flipgrid for Good Morning videos Remote Learning Tips from an Online Teacher (interview with Paulino Brener) Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag Steve Scaysbrook (England) - Use OBS (Open Broadcast Software). Mix like a TV studio, bringing in a load of different feeds from the screen, external, feed it as one screen to a live broadcast. Feed to Google Meet, Zoom, whatever. He uses Microsoft Teams. Direct to that internal system. Easy to use. Mix and create screens like in a TV studio, flip between them very easily. Text. Slides. Anything else. Very easy to use. Ashley Brown (Mississippi) - Ep121, a private school teacher, being hybrid. Her public school is a hybrid. Did a fellowship with Learn Modern Classrooms. They teach you how to do blended learning with instructional videos, guided notes, tracker (so all students know where they are). Self-paced. Good for students who are in class, out of class, etc. Don’t miss anything. Can move simultaneously. Instructional videos for all students. All students can access it. Use a tracker or the to-do list so kids can see what to work on next. “Love you guys!” On The Blogs Matt 30 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools How to make an FAQ page for parents and students Kasey Blended Learning Best Practices (with Catlin Tucker) 13+ Google Classroom Quick Tip Videos
Google News and Updates Introducing Google Workspace  This year, teachers have gone the distance Create and view tasks in the Google Calendar mobile apps Increase engagement with Q&A and polls in Google Meet Featured Content Google Form to serve as a contact form FAQ document: If a student/parent asks a question, add it to the FAQ doc Take pictures of a whiteboard and add to the student site Include important documents (permission slips, syllabus, etc.) Embed videos to support what you’re teaching in class Use it as a “satellite location” for Google Classroom (for what it won’t do) Host digital escape rooms 30+ free digital escape rooms (plus a step by step guide for creating your own) 20 Google Sites tips and tricks Create a page for resources and tutorials for STUDENTS, and one for PARENTS Google Classroom Cheat Sheets - a great resource for students and parents Google’s Teach from Anywhere page has lots of great resources you may want to make available. Google’s Guide for Guardians Google’s Accessibility Guide for Guardians Post your virtual office hours on the home page, or add the time to your image header HYBRID? Create separate pages for these two groups Daily checklists - Use one Google Slide deck and add a new checklist to a new slide at the beginning each day. Then embed this on the homepage of your google site for parents, guardians, and students Remote Learning Resources from Shake Up Learning Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag Sheryl Brennan (California) -- Back in the classroom. Exciting to implement tools she’s been teaching for seven years. Ep120: To-do widget in Google Classroom. Uses with her students to redirect if they ask what they’re supposed to be doing if they’re finished. If empty: “may do” list. Today: different views from inside the Classwork tab “view your work” widget. Mary Lynn (Nevada) -- Back in a classroom. One student remotely. With Google Meet. Two cameras in the room. Other students in the room. One student in Google Meet all day with her. Feedback? On The Blogs Matt How to create Google Meet breakout rooms for differentiated learning 12 social media-inspired Google Slides templates Kasey Synchronous v. Asynchronous Online Learning Collaborative Notes with Google Docs New Books Coming Soon!
Google News and Updates The Anywhere School: 50+ Google for Education updates MEET In September, we’ll kick off with a larger tiled view of up to 49 people and an integrated Jamboard whiteboard for collaboration. We’ll also release new controls so moderators can choose to always join first, end meetings for all participants, disable in-meeting chat, and much more. In October, we’ll launch custom and blurred backgrounds to provide some extra privacy. Breakout rooms and attendance tracking will also be launching for all Google Enterprise for Education customers, allowing for more engaged classes and insights on participation. Later this year, we’re rolling out hand-raising for all customers and Q&A and polling for G Suite Enterprise for Education customers. Plus, we’ll launch a new temporary recordings feature that will be available to all Education customers for free (premium recordings will still be part of G Suite Enterprise for Education).  CLASSROOM A new to-do widget on the Classes page will help students see what’s coming up, what’s missing, and what’s been graded.  Teachers can now share a link to invite students to their class, which makes joining a class much easier.  Classroom will soon be available in 10 additional languages, for 54 languages total. educators can soon run originality reports five times per course (up from three previously). And with G Suite Enterprise for Education, educators will be able to see matches for potential plagiarism not only against webpages but between student submissions at their school. school leaders with Enterprise licenses will have greater visibility into Classroom usage via new Data Studio dashboards, which allow admins to see active classes, measure feature adoption, and monitor teacher and student engagement.  To support teachers and admins, we’re making it easier to sync Classroom grades with a push to your Student Information System (SIS), starting with Infinite Campus customers (and more SIS to come). Keep reading for more details on what’s new in Classroom. On The Blogs Matt How to use Jamboard in the classroom: 20+ tips and tricks The Unboxing Video: A fun classroom video activity Kasey Read-Along Storybooks Using Audio in Google Slides (by Mike Mohammed) Flipgrid: The Go-To Remote Learning Tool Shake Up Learning Book Study (starts Oct. 1, 2020)
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)
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
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? Website: 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
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
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
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
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! Click Here To View Full Shownotes
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
Google News and Updates Helping educators and students stay connected Learn@Home 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
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
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
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)
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. Resources 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. Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag 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)
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
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!
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!
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 Website: 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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Stephanie Richardson

Did anyone else notice that there were big silent sections in this podcast? it was during the interview portion, and I think it must have been when Matt was talking.

Jan 15th
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