If you are interested in becoming a Google Certified Educator, check out the Google Teacher Center. Summer is a great time to do this! For Level 1 certification, go through the Fundamentals training and then register for the exam. For Level 2, go through the Advanced training and then register for the exam. If you would like to meet for a study/tutor session prior to taking the exam, I’m happy to help you out.
There is a great bookmarking tool extension called Wakelet. This makes it easy to save and organize content you find on the web. The beauty of this is that Wakelet is Free and what you save is viewable on all devices. Imagine how this extension can transform teaching and learning! Check out the Educator’s Guide. Click here to add Wakelet to your Google Chrome extensions.
Google Calendar can help you set goals for yourself! These goals could be personal and/or professional. As we reflect on this school year and come up with goals for next year, this is the perfect tool to help hold us accountable for achieving our goals. To use the goals feature within Google Calendar, open the Google Calendar app on your mobile device, in the bottom right, tap “+”, tap Goal, choose a category or create a custom goal, follow the prompts, tap done. Sessions automatically add to your calendar and when life gets in the way, Google calendar will add it to another available time in your schedule. Check out their commercial here.
Google Earth has a new Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Game! Check out Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego and share with students to get them acquainted with Google Earth in a fun engaging way.
Google Tip: Add Audio to Google Slides
Google Slides will be adding a new feature this month. We will now be able to insert audio into Slides! When you click Insert and then Audio. The audio can be voice, music, narrations, sound effects that you already have the file for. *Note: This is not a way to create audio.
Google Tip: Insert Diagrams
Did you know Google slides has a variety of diagram templates to insert into your presentation? In the tool bar, choose Insert, choose Diagram and a sidebar popup will appear. From this sidebar, select your options and click insert. You can choose from several types of grids, hierarchies, timelines, processes, relationships, or cycles.
Google Tip: Voice Type Speaker Notes
Did you know that you can dictate directly into your speaker notes in Google Slides? Go to Tools and select Voice type speaker notes. This is great for struggling writers or anyone! Take note and think through what you want to say.
The resources I have to share with you this week are great for Earth Day activities. Use Google My Maps, Google Streetview, Google Earth, Google Arts & Culture, Google Tour Builder, and Google Tour Creator to explore the Earth. Google Earth Education is a great place to start. Check out Nasa’s #PictureEarth event too!
Google Tip: Customize Start & End Time for Videos in Google Slides
When you insert Youtube videos into your Google Slides presentations, you have the option to customize the start and end time for the video. This is great when you only need to reference a certain clip of a video. To do this follow these steps: Insert your video on the slide, right click on the video and choose Format Options, go to Video Playback, select your start and end times. You can also choose to autoplay while presenting and/or mute the audio.