Friday, April 28, 2017

Padlet Now Has Post Connectors & A Few More Updates

Many of you have used Padlet in the past.  It can be a great tool to brainstorm with your class or have students showcase their work.   All your students have to do is double-click on the webpage and then add a title, text, picture, audio, video, file or link.  It's that simple.

If you haven't used Padlet, be sure to visit the site to learn more. There have been some great new updates in the last few weeks that I want to share.
  1. Focus Mode- When a large group of people are working on a padlet together it use to be confusing with information popping up left and right.  Now you just refresh the page to see the changes.
  2. Post Connectors- Add arrows for flow charts, infographics, etc to link various posts.  Here is an example-  EdTech Tools by Student Task

  3. Grid Layout Improvements- Sort the post order, move posts around with numbered labels as guides
  4. Inline Viewing- A few weeks ago they added the ability to listen to audio and video in the context of the padlet.  It no longer redirects you to the source.  This is a great way to show Youtube videos without the clutter or distractions.
What do you think?  Do you still use Padlet or are the kids tired of using it in your classroom?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Transition to Google Team Drives

A few weeks ago I shared about the new Google Team Drives in this post.  You may be wondering how your team can transition from a shared folder setup to these new Team Drives.  There are a couple of methods I've tried but I think this one seems to be the best.
  1. Download the shared folder to your computer.
  2. This will create a zip file that you can typically open by double-clicking it.
  3. Navigate to your Team Drive and click New.
  4. Click Folder Upload.

  5. Upload the folder.  (Caution:  If you have files that are in Word, Excel, or Powerpoint format that you want to remain in the format be sure to turn off the feature in Setting to convert them when uploading.  Google Drawings and Forms will not transfer in this process in the correct format so you need to copy them individually.)
  6. Once all the files are in the Team Drive and your team agrees, you may want to delete the old copies in your shared folder so you don't get confused between the two.
Here is a video that will help with the process.

Once you transition to the Team Drives remember these things.
  • All files are shared and owned by the team.
  • The original person that setup the Team Drive may consider not giving the Full rights to the folder but Edit rights only.
  • Each individual folder can have rights set if necessary.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Google Earth Now in Google Chrome

Google just announced today that Google Earth is web-based in Google Chrome.  You no longer have to install the software to run it.  It also includes some cool new features I've shared below.

  1. Voyager- Showcase of interactive guided tours.  Try this one of National Parks.
  2. "I'm feeling lucky" Button- feature to be automatically directed to 1 of 20, 000 different places. (captain's will)
  3. 3D Button- experience locations as if you were standing there- Tower of London
What activities do you see your students completing using this great tool?

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Google Login Page Coming Soon!

You may have noticed lately that when you login to Google it has a message about a New look for sign-in coming soon.

Please do not be alarmed. This change is happening for a cleaner, simpler look, make the sign-in faster, and to be consistent across devices.  The new login should look like this.  You will see it appear over the next few weeks.


Friday, April 7, 2017

5 Gmail Features You May Have Forgotten

Are you looking for some ways to be more productive with Gmail?  Here are a few features you may have forgotten.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Visualizing Data with Google Trends

Are you struggling to help your kids visualize data or analyze trends?  This video may help.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

3 Simple Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are 3 simple shortcuts you should try the next time you are using Google Drive.

  • Navigate to Google Drive
  • Hold the shift key down while clicking the f key.  This will open a new folder.
  • Hold the shift key down while clicking the t key.  This will make a new document.
  • Select any file in your drive that you need to rename.  Click the n key.  This will give you an option to rename the file.
Want to learn more keyboard shortcuts?  Click the t key and then select Keyboard Shortcuts.