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NCOCC is proud to provide you with information, resources, and ideas for instructional technology use in an educational setting. We strive to bring you what's new, what's coming, what's changing, and how it can impact and/or benefit your educational environment. We are always open to hearing from you so please utilize the link at the bottom to share information with us and the link above to tell us what you would like NCOCC to provide for classes and summer workshops. Thanks for allowing us to assist you!


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DECLUTTER YOUR YOUTUBE VIDEOS

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ViewPure - declutter your YouTube videos from all distractions!

School is beginning, or has already begun for some of you, and with that you may have found some interesting YouTube videos over the summer to share with your students. This website provides a quick way to declutter them from all of the additional videos that hang on the right hand side as well as additional distractions below the videos. (see before and after below)


http://viewpure.com/

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What's New and Upcoming!?!

Chrome begins blocking flash.

Read about it below.

Just when you are getting back into the swing of things Google has to go and change things up...again!


Starting in September Chrome (Google's web browser) will begin blocking Flash. What does this mean for you? This is important to note if you are currently, or will be utilizing, any games, videos, or additional content that runs on/with Flash. For Example: Readwritethink.org is a huge user of Flash for it's interactive pieces thus when this change takes place these will no longer work properly. How do you get around this? The simplest way is to use a different browser (Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) when you know you will be using Flash based content.


According to the article:


"HTML5 will become the primary experience on Chrome, as long as a website offers it. Visit a site that requires Flash, and the browser will display a prompt at the top of the page asking if you want to run it.


"Aside from that, the only change you'll notice is a safer and more power-efficient browsing experience," LaForge said.


Since the Web is not totally rid of Flash — and to "avoid over-prompting" — Google's browser will continue to support Flash on the top 10 sites that use it: YouTube, Facebook, Yahoo, VK.com, Live.com, Yandex.ru, OK.ru, Twitch.tv, Amazon, and Mail.ru.

This "whitelist" will expire after one year, and the Chrome team will periodically revisit it to remove sites whose usage no longer warrants an exception."


Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2aNYBfv

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The Best Google App for Education No One is Talking About

Google Apps for Education has taken over our districts and with this comes learning new things, new ways to do old things, and little time to get it all in. In May, Google bought Synergyse, a company that creates interactive training experiences for techie stuff, and with this has rolled out the Training for Google Apps Extension.


"When installed, you’ll see a question mark inside a Google-ish logo appear on the top right of the browser anytime you are using a Google product. When you click on that button, the blended learning experience begins!....I say the training extension is an experience because it’s not just videos. The screen has popups, texts, arrows, and a host of other attention grabbers that display right in the Google app to help you learn." (Chris Aviles)


"...it is like having a Google Trainer built into the browser!" (Chris Aviles)


Read the full article here: http://bit.ly/2c7FPeg

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Google Forms has a built-in auto-grade option!?!

Read more and find out how to set it up below!

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ABOVE: From the FORMS DASHBOARD you can click on "BLANK QUIZ"

You can now choose to create a Google Form as a Quiz, AND have it auto-grade, with the built-in settings for Forms as opposed to having to install and implement a Google Add-on (i.e. Flubaroo, Super Quiz, etc.). You can even CONVERT a previous form into a quiz! Simply go to EITHER the forms dashboard (pictured above) OR the gear icon (pictured below), within the form, and under the "quizzes" section click the toggle to on; it is just that easy!
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Watch the YouTube video below for a quick demonstration of how this works!

Google Forms Quiz Creation

Use the "quizzes" settings to auto-grade and convert a previous form to a quiz!

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Once quiz is setup then you need to create the answer key.

Once the quiz feature is turned on you then need to choose the correct answer for each question (otherwise it won't be able to auto-grade!). Click on each question and in blue click on "answer key". This will then allow you to select a correct answer (you can choose MORE THAN ONE correct answer). There is also a built-in feedback feature for correct and incorrect answers AND include a web link to assist them with answering the question if you so choose.

Click on ANSWER KEY in blue within each question.

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Click on the correct answer(s) and choose whether you wish to add answer feedback.

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1) Add incorrect/correct feedback

2) Click on this icon to insert a web/video link

3) Remember to click "ADD" to insert the link

4) Make sure you click SAVE when you are finished

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Here is what it looks like after you have selected the correct answer(s) and provided feedback with links.

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Grade individual responses

If you use Google apps through work or school, you can assign points and leave feedback on individual responses to send later. After you grade a response, be sure to save your changes.

  1. Open a form in Google Forms.
  2. At the top, click RESPONSES.
  3. Click INDIVIDUAL.
  4. To move between responses, click Previous or Next .
  5. Find the question you want to grade.
    • In the top right, enter how many points the response earned.
    • Under the answer, click Add individual feedback.
  6. Enter your feedback and click SAVE.
  7. When you’re ready, you can email scores to individuals.

To save your changes go to the bottom and click SAVE.

Read all instructions here!

It is just that easy! Once you are done share the quiz and await the amazing results!

Chrome's Amazing Online Music Lab!

You have to see it to believe it! Read more and watch a short video below.

Introducing Chrome Music Lab

What is Chrome's Music Lab?

"Chrome Music Lab is a collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. They're collaborations between musicians and coders, all built with the freely available Web Audio API. These experiments are just a start. Check out each experiment to find open-source code you can use to build your own."
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