G Suite Training Extension

The G Suite Training Extension is a helpful tool for all staff and students.  What this extension does is provide interactive training directly in any G Suite tool.  This extension is very helpful with learning features within tools like Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Calendar, etc.  Have a question about G Suite?  Just look for this icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen. Click it and help is on the way! 

Join a Google Hangout from Google Calendar

Did you know that you can join a Google Hangouts video call from Google Calendar?  Anytime you create an event in Google Calendar, it automatically sets up a video call.  To join any meeting that has been added to your calendar, click on the event, then click Join meeting.  This will launch Google Hangouts.  You’ll want to make sure you allow access to your device’s camera and microphone.  For more information click here.

How to Make Photo Slideshows with Google Photos and Youtube

At MiGoogle, I learned a quick easy way to make photo slideshows in Youtube.  Since Youtube and Google Photos all sync with your Google account, the process is very efficient.

  1. Go to Youtube
  2. Click Upload
  3. Choose Photo Slideshow Create
  4. Select Photos from Google Drive, Google Photos, or Upload Photos
  5. Next, choose audio and click upload

Change slide duration, effects, transitions if you choose or even explore the advanced editor to add titles and view a timeline.

Here is the final product.  Just a tip: Do not use vertical pictures (hopefully my example shows you why)

OER: Open Education Resources

OER or Open Education Resources are resources that are useful for teaching and learning.  These resources could be a variety of media and documents that support blended learning. The Office of Educational Technology has a #GoOpen campaign to increase equity of openly licensed educational resources.  Michigan has launched the #GoOpen initiative statewide.  Some places to go for OER include OER Commons, OpenEd, Smithsonian Learning Lab and cK-12.