TEACHnology Today

Technology Integration Newsletter- May 5, 2016

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4 Ways to Safely Show YouTube Videos and Web Content

Educators around the country love YouTube for the educational content that can be found there, however, the potential distraction of pop-ups and recommended videos can be a detriment to its use in the classroom. I found 3 tools that may help you feel better about using this resource in class.


1. TubeChop: This website allows you to paste the link to any YouTube video, and "chop" out any content you don't need. This allows you to show just a portion of a longer video. The video also shows in its own window, so there is no fear of ads from YouTube itself. Chopped videos can also be shared with others.


2. AdBlock Plus: This ad blocker is a great addition to your Google Chrome browser. It will automatically block ads that load in the page or attempt to pop up. To use this too, click the link below and click "Add to Chrome."


3. AdBlock for YouTube: This handy blocker will stop YouTube from playing ads before playing videos you have chosen to show. Note: This does not remove the "Recommended Videos" on the side of a video. To ensure that those videos do not show objectionable content, scroll to the bottom of your screen and click "Restricted Mode" to turn this protection on.


4. Show a Video from within Google Slides: This is a nice way to eliminate the recommended videos and ads, and it's easy to use. Open a Google Slides presentation or make a new one by going to slides.google.com and start a new presentation. When in a slide, choose "Insert" and then "Video." This allows you to search YouTube right from Google Slides. Select the video you want. When you click "Present" at the top, you can play your video.

New Features in Google!

Google Classroom

Google announced this week that they have added a much-requested feature in Google Classroom that will allow you to schedule announcements, assignments, and questions in advance. To use the feature, follow these steps:

  1. Click the plus button and choose from announcement, assignment, or question.
  2. Type your details into the blanks.
  3. Click the arrow to the right of the "Post" button and choose "Schedule."
  4. Choose your date and time.


That's it! Your post will automatically enter Google Classroom at the date and time you picked.


Google Slides: Q & A

This tool helps teachers to connect with their students and collect feedback instantly. With a simple link displayed on a Slides presentation, students can submit questions from their phones, laptops, and tablets—and vote on those they want answered the most. This can help you as the teacher to summarize learning at the end of a lesson!


Google Classroom: Parent Emails

Coming this fall, parents and guardians will be able to sign-up to receive daily or weekly email digests of their student’s progress, upcoming work and class announcements! I will have more information for you on this feature when it rolls out.

An Easy Way to Check Your Spelling and Grammar

There is a free Google Chrome extension that can actually help you to improve your writing. While you can certainly use this with students, I use it professionally every single day to ensure that everything I type is grammatically correct. I believe this extension has taught me to be a better writer! Grammarly works on almost every web page to check your spelling, grammar, tone of voice, and more! I can't recommend it enough.


Note: This extension can cause a minor delay as it works to analyze what you type. If that would bother you, you may choose not to utilize it.

Growth Mindset

Have You Seen Zootopia?

Zootopia has a great message for kids and adults alike--we are not automatically good at everything we try. I love the movie's main song, called Try Everything by Shakira. The song's lyrics encourage us to try, and fail, and try again. This song resonates with me, and as I work to teach my own kids that failure is an important part of the learning process, I realized that the song even has a lesson for me as an adult who struggles with technology. (I fight these battles too--every single day!)


Shakira: Try Everything Lyrics

Shakira - Try Everything (Official Video)
Google Migration Training Site

This training site contains several smaller 10-minute trainings on Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Chrome and other apps like Slides, Sheets and Forms. Use the self-paced trainings to become proficient, or plan to attend trainings in person.

Request a Technology Integration Session Here!

Interested in integrating technology but are unsure of what to tackle first? I'd love to come and chat! We can go over your objectives for the lesson or goals for students, and I can help make a technology recommendation.

Past Editions of TEACHnology Today:

September 24, 2015: Google Calendar Added to Google Classroom—How to Share Yours, Google Chrome Extensions Explained, 4 Great Chrome Extensions—Share to Classroom, Synergyse, Read&Write, and Fluency Tutor

September 30, 2015: Failing Forward and "First Attempt In Learning," Getting Started with Technology Integration by using the TPaCK Model, "In the Classroom" highlight featuring Gloriann Heikes' 21st Century room redesign and a Twitter handle collection form so that we can build an ISD 423 Professional Learning Network!

October 19, 2015: Intro to Quia for Assessment and Review Games, Digital Citizenship Week Educator Guide, Gmail Migration Training Materials, Google Apps for Education for Elementary Students, and This Week in the Classroom with Nesha Withers and Rochelle Drahos

November 1, 2015: Getting Started with Google, Working With Google and Outlook Calendars, Using Newsela for Current Events and Literacy, and This Week in the Classroom with Krista Picha

November 18, 2015: Thankful Turkeys with ImageChef.com, 3 Digital Learning Goals for 2015-16, A Google Classroom Webinar, and This Week in the Classroom with Troy Higgins and Ross Wendling

December 3, 2015: Cool Tool: Nearpod, Formative Assessment or Formative Learning?, Tech Tools for Formative Learning, Google and Data Privacy, and Classroom Management in a BYOD Environment

December 21, 2015: TIES15 Takeaways Edition! TIES Overview and Schedule (With Resources for YOU), A Review of the Keynote Address by George Couros, A How-To Guide with the MIT App Inventor 2 for Hour of Code, and Resources for Reading and Math Teachers.

February 4, 2016: Exporting Contacts from Outlook and Importing them in Gmail, Free "Think Like a Writer" website that helps students organize writing, Free text sets for Grades K-8, and some great resources for SPED, Health and Social Studies teachers.

March 16, 2016: Combatting Digital Distraction: 5 Tips, and information about the Gmail Migration with Helpful Resources