More Video in Google Slides

Google Slides is doing such a good job of wooing me right now.

On Monday I posted about being able to add videos straight from your Drive.  I was so excited I didn’t even notice that if you click once it brings up a “video options” sidebar where you can:

  1. Start and stop a video at certain points.
  2. Autoplay
  3. Mute the audio.  (MovieTalk anyone?)

Video Options

Simple Sort in Google Sheets

Quick introduction to sorting in Google Sheets.

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Reset student responses in quizzes in Google Forms

If you are using the new Google Forms for quizzes and have it set to allow only response, but then find yourself needing to let a student take the quiz again you can work some form magic to do it.  It will delete the student’s original response, but if you’re ok with that follow these directions.

From Forms itself:

Click on responses.

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Choose the student’s name under who has responded.

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Then hit the trash button.  This will delete the student’s response from the form and the form will allow them to do it again.

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You can also do this in the Google Sheet associated with your your Form.

In Forms click on responses.

Click on the green cross icon to open up the sheet.

If it asks, tell it you want to create a new sheet.  (If you’ve already done this it won’t ask.)

In the sheet, right click on the number next to the row of the student who you want to be able to re-take the test.  Choose “delete row”.  Now the student will be able to re-take it because the sheet no longer sees their name.

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Now the student will be able to re-submit the form!

Screenshot on a Chromebook

In addition to the keyboard shortcuts below you can use Awesome Screenshot Extension for Chrome- This is exactly what it says-awesome.  It allows you to annotate images and add boxes.  Sometimes when I choose “selected area” it crops it funny, so I choose “visible part of the page” and do the cropping myself.  You can then save the image to your computer or copy it to use directly in another application.

Note:  On a Chromebook to save the image to the clipboard, click “save to clipboard” on the pop-up screen in the bottom left hand corner before you navigate away from that page.

Post Chromebook Screenshot Ninja

 

Screenshot on a Mac

In addition to the keyboard shortcuts below, you can use Awesome Screenshot Extension for Chrome- This is exactly what it says-awesome.  It allows you to annotate images and add boxes.  Sometimes when I choose “selected area” it crops it funny, so I choose “visible part of the page” and do the cropping myself.  You can then save the image to your computer or copy it to use directly in another application.

Keyboard shortcuts

For a partial screenshot saved as a file- use command+shift+4

For a full screenshot saved as a file – command+shift+3

For a partial screenshot copied to the clipboard (the only one of these I’ve memorized!)- command+shift+option+4

For a full screenshot copied to the clipboard – command+shift+option+3

Tips for Saving and Curating

Situation: You find the most absolutely beautiful, perfect image/text/cartoon/advertisement to go with your unit on [fill in the blank].

Now to save it so you can exploit it!  Don’t end up with a hot mess of saved images/texts/cartoons and advertisements.  Here’s some tips.

  • Try to locate the original or the source with the best quality.  There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect image and then realizing when you project it on the board it’s so pixelated it’s awesomeness is diminished by the cries of “I can’t see it!” and “What does that say?”  This may mean a few extra clicks to find the original resource.  It’s worth it.
  • Use the “Save to Google Drive” Extension.  This is one of my favorites because you can right click on the image and choose save to drive as a link or image.  But wait- you’re not done.  Go immediately to your drive and put it in the folder to which it belongs.  Even if you’re not going to use it immediately. Don’t let it hang out un-organized.
  • While you’re at it, if it fits into more than one lesson use shift+z and move it to a second folder so it’s ready to go when you need it.
  • Google Save (or Save to Google) is a new Google feature that allows you to save websites and photos and tag them like Pinterest.  I don’t use Google Save a lot because it’s one more place to look to find my stuff.  I prefer to have it live in my Google Drive with all of my lessons and slide decks, etc.
  • If you save something in Pinterest on the mobile app you can save it directly to your phone or device and then upload it to your Google Drive through the Google Drive Android or iOS app.  Click on the three dots and then save image.  Then go to the Google Drive App on your device and choose File>Upload and find that picture.  If you’re viewing your Pinterest page on the Internet follow the above steps.

But wait, what you want to save is a website?  No problem.

For websites for which I am going to make a long and involved lesson I like to have a PDF copy of it so that when the website changes, I don’t end up with a beautifully crafted and engaging lesson with no website content or even worse, different website content.  (I’m talking to you, www.petitnicholas.com.)

  • If you only need a portion of the website, you can take a screenshot.  (See my post on screenshots for more information.)  I would do this for the weather report or a title of an article.
  • You can save the entire website as a PDF by using Control + P and changing the printer.  Click on “Change” and then choose “Save as PDF.”  This will download it to your computer and then you should immediately upload it to your Google Drive so that it lives with all of your other information for that unit/lesson.