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The Google Teacher Podcast is designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools in classrooms and schools. Hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning).

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Differentiating Instruction with Google Classroom - GTT005

Download Episode [tweetshare tweet="Differentiation with #GoogleClassroom! #gttribe #googleedu #edtech" username="GTeacherTribe"]BIG UPDATE! Insert #GoogleDrive Videos in #GoogleSlides 4 New Video Features in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day WORD LENS IN JAPANESE: If you don’t speak Japanese, Tokyo can be a confusing and sometimes daunting place to visit. Even if you make it through the complex subway system, you’ll be faced with street signs, menus or products on supermarket shelves that are only in Japanese. With Word Lens now available in Japanese, you’ll never have to worry about taking a wrong turn on a busy Shibuya street or ordering something you wouldn't normally eat. The Google Translate app already lets you snap a photo of Japanese text and get a translation for it in English. But it’s a whole lot more convenient if you can just point your camera and instantly translate text on the go. With Word Lens, you just need to fire up the Translate app, point your camera at the Japanese text, and the English translations will appear overlaid on your screen—even if you don't have an Internet or data connection. It’s every savvy traveler’s dream! Tips: GoogleEDU Tuesday Tips Featured Content Differentiation in Google Classroom What is Differentiation? Why Digital Differentiation? New Feature in G Class Ways to Differentiate in G Class Tips for Differentiated Assignments Resources Google Classroom Update info Digital Differentiation with Google Classroom from Shake Up Learning 5 Ideas for Using Google Classroom’s Differentiation and Grouping Feature Interactive Learning Menus with Google Docs (great for student choice) Alice Keeler’s Google Classroom Resources Google Classroom Resources from Shake Up Learning Shake Up Learning’s Google Classroom Pinterest Board Google Classroom Books: 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom by Alice Keeler 50 Things to Go Further with Google Classroom by Alice Keeler The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom (with FREE Student Guide) by Kasey Bell Differentiation Books: The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners by Carol Ann Tomlinson How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms Leading and Managing a Differentiated Classroom (Professional Development) by Carol Ann Tomlinson Kasey’s TCEA Presentations & Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag SpeakPipe from Dr. Mason, http://www.edtechmason.com/ SpeakPipe from Steve from Okinawa, Japan Just dropping a quick note to say how awesome the podcast is. The organization of the show has great flow and the information is varied and informative for a Google teacher of any level. I can't help but smile as I listen to you two banter and would probably do so even if I didn't know you both. Keep up the great work. I look forward to hearing what you have in store for us in the months and years to come. #GTAATX forever! ~ Wanda Terral (Memphis, TN) ON THE BLOGS Matt - https://edukidtionalinsights.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/sharing-digital-books-with-families-google-slides/ Kasey - What is G Suite for Education? Click to make a copy of the Google Doc [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]


20 Feb 2017

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Ending the Year Remotely with Google - GTP118

Google News and Updates Keep tabs on your tabs in Google Chrome Google Meet is here to host your video meetings, for free New ways Google Duo helps make time together more special We need your tips! Episode 119 will be the finale of our fourth season of the podcast. This episode is all about YOU and your Google tips, tricks, strategies, and resources! Go to our feedback page and leave us a voice message to include in the episode! Featured Content Google Classroom and Drive cleanup for the EOY https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/google-classroom-cleanup-tips-for-the-end-of-the-year/ https://shakeuplearning.com/blog/13-tips-to-organize-your-google-drive/ From the previous episode 88: Return all work, grade it if you need to Archive Classes Clean-up Folders in Drive Create new folders for the things you want to keep and move things over Create a folder for exemplary work Do NOT Delete the Classroom Folder Do NOT Delete from Shared with Me Delete Old Class Calendars Reflect on your Google Classroom practices, collaborate with others for ideas A check-out form that admins could sign digitally / students and parents / returning equipment Doing last Google Meet calls with students Fun things to do during Google Meet calls (Kahoot/Gimkit, scavenger hunts, virtual field trips with Google Earth, etc.) How to Create a Google Classroom Template (for next year) https://alicekeeler.com/2016/05/31/google-classroom-clean-folders/ https://alicekeeler.com/2018/05/25/google-classroom-archive-class/ https://alicekeeler.com/2018/07/17/school-is-out-7-tips-to-clean-up-your-g-suite/ Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag Debbie Thymianos (Henderson, NV) -- Is there a way to disable the chat in Google Meets? It's very distracting when they are messaging each other or writing nonsense. Philip Trott (Bermuda) -- I swear I have been listening to your podcast for YEARS. I must have a hundred subscriptions, and yours is the ONLY one I listen to weekly. I really appreciate all the hard work you put in. Is there a way to subscribe to the Keyword blog? I didn't see anything on there and I would prefer to receive a weekly email or something to remind me to go in there and check. If you have any suggestions, I'd appreciate it. Keyword Blog RSS feed Keyword Blog education RSS feed RSS reader: Feedly RSS feed to email via IFTTT Email subscription to G Suite Updates  Google Edu Newsletter On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE is OUT! Get the paperback/Kindle here. FREE Tech Like a PIRATE resources page 20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources Page Kasey: Lessons Learned From Remote Learning (interview with Evan Robb) Remote Learning Resources


25 May 2020

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Tips from the Tribe (Vol. 2) - GTT056

Google News and Updates Google Drive UI updates Export all your G Suite data in one step Convert Classic Google Site to New Google Sites Google Science Fair 2018: Resources for educators to get ideas flowing Featured Content To close out our second year of doing the podcast we've assembled some of the best submissions sent in by you! Matt and Kasey have concluded their second season of the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast and while they look forward to all the different events they have planned for the summer they have also looked forward to this episode because you are sharing the tip and tricks. Resources Wakelet for content curation MATT Janice Kato (Saginaw, Michigan) - Using Google Sites for digital portfolios, hack for getting more font options using Google Drawings Stella Pollard - Google Sites for interactive journal Chad Goldman - Gamification (EduRpg for badges/points) Caleb Pahl- 6th grade websites (https://sites.google.com/view/world-regions/home) KASEY Heather Esposito - Video feedback for writing using Loom MATT Robin Seneta - Wanted to share my daily agenda board.  Everyday my students can review this link to their daily work-with all the links they need. This is a mix of your "package your digital assignments: idea and your swiss army knife slide deck. #gttribehttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTc5Sg_dZsE88MYIfKLd3bWTJCMKOaN6xisVtYz_UL1heeSbrDE6UMsLujRprZcy_1C9tNIDGvSg6DK/pub?start=true&loop=true&delayms=10000&slide=id.g3adfba4e03_0_0 Annette Hawkins (Goldsboro, NC) On The Blogs Matt - GimKit: Like Kahoot with power-ups (via Ditch That Textbook podcast) Kasey - How to Plan an Awesome Book Study Google Certification Courses Open May 28th! Online Google Boot Camps–BUT BETTER! All 3 Courses Will Open on May 28th! Mark your calendars! These courses (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer) will open for limited enrollment on May 28, 2018, and will close on June 10, 2018. (It will not open again until November!) Just in time for some summer learning!!! What’s Included in the Google Certification Courses? Google Certified Educator Level 1 Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 1! 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell) 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material Lesson Checks Private Community & Study Group Testing Tips Level 1 Challenges (testing scenarios) and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Google Certified Educator Level 2 Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 2! 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell) 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material Lesson Checks Private Community & Study Group Testing Tips Level 2 Challenges (testing scenarios) and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Google Certified Trainer All You Need to Know to Prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment and Application! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) Private Google+ Community The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List Pro Trainer Tips How to Market Yourself as a Trainer Application Tips and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Pricing & Bundles Below are the prices for individual licenses for each course. Google Certified Educator Academy Level 1: $299 Google Certified Educator Academy Level 2: $299 Google Certified Trainer Course: $299 But Wait…There’s More! Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME! I’m also introducing some new bulk licensing options, so you can find more affordable ways to meet the needs of your campus or district. These details can be found on the home page for each course (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer), just click on “Pricing Information.” Here’s how it works: Level 1 & Level 2 Bundle: $449 (Save $149) Level 2 & Trainer Bundle: $449 (Save $149) Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer Bundle: $599 (Save $298) Payment plans available PO’s are accepted


28 May 2018

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Google Teacher Tips (Vol. 5) - GTP119

Google News and Updates Use the new Google Chat app for fast and reliable communication New quick settings help you optimize your Gmail layout New Google Groups now generally available Learn and play together as a family with Chromebook Featured Content Susan Vincentz (Kentucky): Using screencastify to record and export audio only Stephanie Howell (Ohio) -- Google Educator Group: people gathering together, talk about Google, build a community to expand your knowledge. Working as a group collaboratively. Supporting others. Amazing community. She leads the Ohio GEG with Eric Curts. Think globally … Global GEG supports local GEGs. Host events together. Groups can come together and communicate, grow, learn, build upon each other’s ideas. Built-up as an educator. Was so in her own world. Now, gets perspective from others.  Google Educator Groups (GEG) resources Katie Wardrobe (Australia): Use Chrome extension Transpose on YouTube and Vimeo to change the speed, key of music, or create a playback loop. https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/transpose-%E2%96%B2%E2%96%BC-pitch-%E2%96%B9-spee/ioimlbgefgadofblnajllknopjboejda Daren White (England): Forms and Sheets responses to maintain interaction with students during streamed lessons. Form responses come back and shout out correct answers, birthdays, anything else they want to call out. Tanner Oglesby (Arkansas): Use Google Forms to create a database in Sheets. He uses it to gather student contact information and was very useful during remote learning. Dan Stitzel (Ohio) -- Keep for personal organizations, notes, checklists, copy/paste links. Excellent for sharing with other people as well. Share individual notes with co-teacher. Share a note that you start, both add to it. Create a checklist for a student and share with a student so only you two see it. Location reminder feature -- a set reminder for when you arrive at a place. Remember when you get to work: that reminder pops up. When go to a certain buildings, accomplish what you noted in Keep. Anna Cartwright (New York): Highlighter strips in Google Slides by creating a semi-transparent colored rectangle that can be dragged over the text.  Mike Mohammad (Wisconsin): Loves the podcast. Favorite for distance learning: adding audio to Google Slides. Loves using Cloud Audio Recorder to record snips of audio to Drive, then students add into slideshows -- or he adds them. Made a YouTube video for it. bit.ly/addaudiotoslides Ronaldo Palacios (California): Using Google Meet to view all students and share screens he opens a second window. Pam Hubler (South Carolina): Google Sheets instead of the calendar to keep track of my daily activities as a coach. IT takes less time to update one Google sheet for a month than add individual events on a calendar. Easy to share with admin, teachers to see where she is. Updated tracker from show notes in episode 65.  Template: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/19fIRwF5JykQAlXh5EBvNpz_WVCcJSBlZmlJM_93YQLg/template/preview Notes with a new tracker linked: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A2yIp6nP-1H3Mo4nJL33V-OFqBohWcghI4Mz-1dBh8s/edit Laura Conway (Colorado): Military spouse headed overseas next year. Asking how to move files from the school account. Kim McClintic (Texas): Hi Matt and Katie, I would like to know if you have any suggestions for how to keep track of assignments that are turned into Google classroom.I have a digital journal or notebook that I have had students doing for a novel study and every week I add new slides to their journals. However, if I’m still grading work that they turned in they cannot begin work for the new assignment until I return it to them. Do you have any suggestions for how I could assign work for them and allow them to continue working without me having to return the journal to them so that I can continue grading while they continue working? Amber Houk (North Carolina): Using Google Voice to listen to her recording a song story. Students call in for a new song story each day. On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE is OUT! Get the paperback/Kindle here. FREE Tech Like a PIRATE resources page 20 Google Sites tips and tricks Kasey: Google Classroom Cleanup Tips for the End of the Year GetGoogleCertified.com Get Your Virtual Lead On (virtual conference for leaders)


1 Jun 2020

Rank #4

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Ctrl+Shift+T and Other Class Management Tips - GTT068

What are the best practices for managing a whole classroom of middle schoolers on Chromebooks to keep them on task, help them to get things done (especially when creative work)


20 Dec 2018

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Hyperdocs with Sean Fahey - GTT071

Sean Fahey is a former elementary and middle school teacher from Southern Indiana. Sean share his insight on Hyperdocs!


14 Jan 2019

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REPLAY - Google Forms Magic - GTT009

This is a REPLAY of episode 9 from March 20, 2017. Forms v. Quizzes feature Email notifications (late work form) Contact form File attachments (field trip permission slips) Student notes for documentation Confirmation page You access the show notes by visiting https://googleteachertribe.com/9


18 Feb 2019

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Using Google To Tech Like A Pirate - GTP117

Google News and Updates To every teacher, thank you times infinity New Google Lens features to help you be more productive at home Kids can learn at home with Read Along by Google Make at-home learning more fun with 3D and AR in Search Featured Content Want to do Tech Like a Pirate stuff? Website: TechLikeaPirate.com What’s the focus of the book? (Using tech to create an experience, make learning memorable) “Don’t just teach a lesson. Create an experience!” Is there research that supports doing activities that are fun? (Shawn Achor productivity, neuroscience study, National Institute for Play ongoing studies) What are the ways to Tech Like a Pirate? Social media and apps Video Games Collaboration Images Exploration Global communication Can these be used with Google tools? And remote learning? Social media and apps: Instagram/Snapchat/Twitter templates in Slides Video: In video calls/pre-recorded video: What’s the lens you see the video through? (news anchor, on the scenes TV reporter, reality game show, horror movie, etc.) Global communication: Inviting virtual guests, adding virtual field trips to video calls Exploration: giving students flexibility in what they research/find info (and where they find it) Collaboration: Shared Google Slides Google Teacher Podcast Mailbag Renee Johnson (California) -- Task: create an unboxing video of your past self. Before created: put items in it, like survival kit to send to past self to prepare for the situation now. Write a note to explain why each item was in it. Close box. Put tape. In the video, past self opens up the box, reads the note, and pulls out one by one to see what’s inside. Posted these on a Wakelet so everyone can watch everyone’s videos. Hopefully, someone else can use this. 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas Steve Scaysbrook (United Kingdom) -- Use of Google school within the university. Examples of this? Mostly, setting up an online school for professionals who need to do continued professional development (CPD). Do that study. Give them tasks, curriculum, info … then mark work and give them CPD time for doing it. On The Blogs Matt: Tech Like a PIRATE: 10 things you’ll find in the book Tech Like a PIRATE resources page The LOST CHAPTER of Tech Like a PIRATE: Storytelling: Bringing the power of stories to your teaching and Learning math through story: Examples from one teacher’s classroom Ditch That Textbook eLearning Resources Page Kasey: FREE Access to Fluency Tutor What Students Have to Say About Remote Learning [interviews with a 3rd and 12th grader] – SULS061 Remote Learning Resources


11 May 2020

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Create Your Own Google Expeditions with Kim Mattina - GTT070

Kim Mattina, of the Suite Talk, stops by to share her passions and Uber knowledge of Google.


7 Jan 2019

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Favorite Google Chrome Tips & Tricks - GTT077

Google News and Updates Updated UI for Jamboard web home page Accessibility settings are now easier to access on Docs, Sheets, and Slides Insert a Table of Contents in Google Sites Spelling and grammar improvements in Docs for Enterprise Featured Content Favorite Chrome Features, Tips, Tricks, and Extensions Chrome Profiles With profiles, you can keep all your Chrome info separate, like bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings. Profiles are ideal for: Sharing a computer with multiple people. Keeping your different accounts, like work and personal, separate. How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts using Chrome Profiles Bookmarks bar with favicons Setting up tabs at start-up Ctrl + Shift + brackets to swap between tabs Pin tabs Incognito: Browse in private-- If you don’t want Google Chrome to remember your activity, you can browse the web privately in Incognito mode. 8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito in Google Chrome 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students Back to School with Google Chrome: The Complete Guide! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Jenna (Cape Town, South Africa) -- Loves “swiss army knife”. Extra curricula -- wants to use iPads and Google tools (Slides). Used to create ebooks for kindergarten aged students to read. Number books, counting books. As part of art studies, students painted with watercolors, took pictures. Used the crop tool within Slides to crop the images to different shapes. Use the shapes to compile a new image (a robot). Group all shapes together. Different versions of the robot that can be counted. Collab: all can work on the project together. Here’s a note from Jenna: “Unfortunately, my students are still busy with the ones where they have painted their own backgrounds so I don't have a finished product yet. I've attached the one that we used to practice the skill. We did it so that they'd know what to expect when they started painting. For this one, my students used images from Google and turned the slide deck into an eBook for some of the younger students in the school. Each student worked on a different slide so that each slide had a unique robot which we duplicated for the number on the page.” Link to her example slide deck: click here! Caroline Goodman (Memphis, Tennessee) -- 2 Gmail accounts: a .org for faculty and staff, .net domain for students. Teachers frequently create docs, sheets, slides, forms in either one or both accounts. Often, files get lost between the two. Sometimes teachers aren’t sure if the doc was created with .org or .net account. How can we search between both Google Drive accounts? Extension or app? Type in a search and it’ll search both of them? On The Blogs Matt - Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them Kasey - Shake Up Learning Show Starts March 26th Join the Shake Up Learning Book Study (and book giveaway)


4 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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BONUS: A Google Power Hour with Matt Miller and Kasey Bell - HoET110

This bonus episode crosses over with, our producer, Chris Nesi's podcast, House of #EdTech.If you're not subscribed to his podcast you should subscribe. Chris has been an integral part of the Tribe and you may not have even realized it!Here are his abbreviated show notes...We're crossing over with the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast! Support for this episode comes from: My Awesome Supporters! Become a Patron today! Kasey Bell and ShakeUpLearning.com Complete show notes http://chrisnesi.com/110 SEGMENTS (1:30) Intro - HOET and GTT Crossover! (6:21) Featured Content - Matt Miller and Kasey Bell from the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast join me for a very Google conversation! (40:52) House of #EdTech Thought - Making the Most of PD (45:23) House of #EdTech Recommendation - Getting Virtual with Google (47:07) House of #EdTech VIP - Mandi Bush SHARE FEEDBACK AND CONNECT Call: (732) 903-4869 Flipgrid: http://chrisnesi.com/flipgrid Voxer: mrnesi Email: feedback@chrisnesi.com Twitter: @mrnesi

20 May 2018

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Classroom Hacks: Google Edition - GTT045

Google News and Updates Google Keep integrates with Google Drawings now Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, etc. get a menu facelift Classroom updates Teachers, you can now email a full summary of individual student work from #GoogleClassroom to any student and their guardians. UI updates With just a flick of a wand, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is on Google Arts & Culture Featured Content As educators, we sometimes need to break out the duct tape or channel our inner MacGyver. Today, Matt and Kasey share some great Google based hacks! If you have your own favorite hacks we'd love to know what they are. Leave a comment below this post or send us a message. Use Hangouts as a doc cam Use emoji extension to spice up drive and classroom Add a video to Google Drawings Hack URLs Boomerang for Gmail [tweetshare tweet="My favorite Google hack is" username="GTTribe"]Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag “I have to go get my copy!” (Sienna Griggs - via SpeakPipe) Carol McLaughlin (2nd-grade teacher in Alabama) Kelly Davis (Chemistry, Downingtown East HS) - I would like to add pictures to feedback (my drawings, not a URL). Is this an option? On The Blogs Matt - 5 Google Drawings features you (probably) don’t know about Kasey - Dynamic Learning with G Suite [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]


5 Mar 2018

Rank #12

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Accessibility Tools, Tips, and Tricks for Google - GTT085

A G Suite user guide to accessibility! Google News and Updates: Work anywhere with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in new offline mode Work with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides in Dropbox with a new beta Duplicate larger sites in new Google Sites Visit US National Parks in Google Earth Google Accessibility Features: https://www.google.com/accessibility/ - FULL LIST! G Suite user guide to accessibility Adapting to the needs of learners, educators and schools with Chromebooks Accessibility is a key part of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) guidelines “to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn” Chrome Browser Use TalkBack to browse the web with Chrome Chrome low-vision features help Chrome assistive technology help Chrome keyboard shortcuts Change text, image, and video sizes (zoom) Running things in the browser enables webpage zoom Chrome keyboard access High-contrast Chrome extension Chrome accessibility extensions Videos: Chrome & Chrome OS Accessibility Chromebooks Chromevox MATT -- Magnify your screen on a Chromebook Docs Accessibility help for Docs editors Google Docs screen reader help Google Docs keyboard shortcuts Voice typing in Google Docs 7 Reasons You Need to Try Voice Typing in Google Docs Braille support in Google Docs Make documents more accessible Video: Get started with Google Docs using a screen reader (19 minutes) Google Docs VPAT Slides Accessibility help for Docs editors Google Slides screen reader help Present slides with captions Braille support in Google Slides Google Slides keyboard shortcuts Video: Get started with Google Slides using a screen reader (16 minutes) Google Slides VPAT Hangouts Accessibility for Hangouts Meet Keyboard shortcuts for Hangouts Meet Slides 6 ways to make the most of closed captions in Google Slides Mailbag: Alex Tougas (Annapolis, MD) -- Google Forms: can’t break quiz up in sections or save as you go. Workaround? Google form for summative assessment -- like 50 questions. Kamilee Jorgenson (Rangely, Colorado) -- Is it possible to go into Calendar, search for, and extract particular events? I am using my calendar to record my times driving a route for the school. Is it possible to go into Calendar, find all of that particular event, and then export them to a different document? Export from Calendar (ICS) Export to Sheets On the Blogs: Matt:60 tips to spark creative lesson ideas Kasey: 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks


29 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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Holiday Fun in the Classroom - GTT067

Google News and Updates Happy CSEdWeek! A look into one educator’s hour of code An art gallery in your pocket: See Vermeer’s paintings in augmented reality Featured Content 'Tis the season for using Google and other tools in your classroom! Please leave a comment below with your own favorites! Santa Tracker / Live from the North Pole: what's new at Santa's Village Google Assistant - sing songs, stories, talk to Santa Window Wonderland Google Earth Quiz: Holiday Traditions The Grinch - Hour of Code DESIGN YOUR OWN EMOJI HOLIDAY (Made with Code) Winter Magnetic Poetry (with Google Slides)| Click here to make a copy of the Winter Magnetic Poetry template Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag @MikeSzczepanik on Twitter writes, "I was recently inspired by Matt's Sticky Notes post (mentioned in this podcast) and used it for another idea: Student card sorting. I have attached a little "Engage" activity I am doing with my Biology classes Cell Unit. The students sort some cards into two piles representing "Has cells" or "Does not have cells" I have attached both the student assignment and the directions that go with it. Thanks for the inspiration!" Sharon Taylor, New Zealand -- Google Slide decks a lot following our discussions. Two problems: FIRST, track who has done what (deleted each other’s work), Slides doesn’t seem to be color coded as well as Google Docs. Need something more accurate. SECOND, when everyone is on the slide deck, there are lots of glitches. Could be our wifi. On The Blogs Matt - 25 ways to Ditch That Homework Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, the FREE online conference for teachers, is open Dec. 14-31. Get your free ticket: DitchSummit.com Kasey - How to Create Powerful ePortfolios with Google Sites [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]


10 Dec 2018

Rank #14

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YouTube Tricks for Teachers - GTT102

Google News and Updates 2019 in review: Stories from Google this year Teacher's coding lesson helps students show gratitude Google Translate improves offline translation How we highlight fact checks in Search and Google News Featured Content YouTube Studio Beta vs. Classic Studio Playlists (collaborative playlists) ViewPure / Showing videos in Slides to avoid ads Use the editor (YouTube Studio) to blur, add audio, etc. YouTube Audio Library Go live with webcam YouTube Live 30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube Easily Turn a YouTube Clip into an Animated GIF Image! Follow Matt and Kasey on YouTube Shake Up Learning Ditch That Textbook Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Stephanie Nasso (Gunnison CO) -- I just found the Google Teacher Tribe podcast. It's like finding a new favorite show on Netflix and there's already 5 seasons. I'm so excited to hear all of the tips you guys have on how to incorporate tech into my high school math class! Thanks guys! Stephanie Fitzpatrick (Chicago) -- I know there was mention of google expeditions coming to chromebooks, is there a date that this will come to chromebook platform? (Expeditions page on Google for Education) Android Apps on Chromebooks 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook Lisa Scumpieru (Hagerstown, MD) -- Hello. I listened to episode 99 and I liked the idea of Jamboard as a portfolio system. I have not used it as a portfolio system, but I think that it most definitely could be used in that manner. This is how I think it could work: Set up a Jamboard with pages that have two pages per marking period to start. Have one page named "Best Work and Reflection" and the other page as "Goals". Best Work - students would bring it in from their Drive. Reflection - placed on a post-it next to the work. Goals - This would be student choice - let them draw their goals or find pictures to represent what they will do for the next marking period. Have them add one post-it explaining their work.  To go a step further with this, have the students screencast their Jams explaining their portfolio and then add it to Google Classroom or even a Google Site. Note: When a teacher sets up the Jamboard template, all they need to do is add the link in Google Classroom and Make a Copy for each student. On the teachers Jamboard, each student shows up as a separate Jam. Teachers can pop-in and check the students' work as they are doing it. If you would like me to record this, I would be willing to do that, but I wasn't sure if it would be too long.  On The Blogs Matt: 30+ education sketchnotes for inspiration, ideas (featuring sketchnotes by Jen Giffen from episode 10) FREE Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit (December 21-January 8): DitchSummit.com Kasey: The Top 20 Posts of 2019 #PottyPD: How to Make the Most of a Captive Audience (FREE TEMPLATE) – SULS043


6 Jan 2020

Rank #15

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Google For Enrichment & Free Time - GTT081

Google News and Updates Set start times and import reminders in Tasks Dynamic email in Gmail (beta) Threading changes in Gmail conversation view Take action faster with customizable swipe actions in Gmail on iOS Featured Content 20 sites for students with free time on their hands GeoGuessr — GeoGuessr uses Google Maps Street View to place you on the ground somewhere in the world in full panorama. The problem? You have NO idea where you are! You must use context clues to guess your location and pin it on a map. Choose to be dropped in certain continents, countries, cities, etc. … or make your own GeoGuessr game with GeoSettr! Smarty Pins — Smarty Pins is kind of like GeoGuessr’s cousin. It asks questions from categories like arts and culture, science and geography, and history and current events. The answers are locations, and you must pin them on a map to answer. It makes geography a game, and the closer you guess, the better your score is. A Google a Day — Most of us search the internet daily, if not multiple times per day. But effectively searching for something is a skill. A Google a Day challenges users to put their searching skills to the test by asking them to answer a question using Google search. With Google’s search education lesson plans you can take this game even further and begin teaching search literacy in your classroom. Street View Treks — Google Maps Street View lets its users see what life is like from the road, in full panorama. Street View Treks take that same technology to some of the most spectacular locations in the world, from Mount Fuji to the Grand Canyon to the Taj Mahal in India. Swim underwater at the Great Barrier Reef or climb the El Capitan rock face at Yosemite National Park. Google Arts and Culture — Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. See super high-resolution images of some of the best works of art in the world. Walk world-famous museums. Examine historical happenings in detail. Google Quick Draw! — Quick, Draw! tells you what to draw. Then, Google’s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s a neat way to introduce students to artificial intelligence OR to look at how we convert words/ideas into images. Emoji Scavenger Hunt - Emoji Scavenger Hunt is a super fun game from Google Experiments. Using the camera on your device, students identify emojis in the real world. The application uses artificial intelligence to try and determine what’s in the picture and see if it matches the emoji. Autodraw - AI experiment that allows you to draw and tries to predict what you are drawing so you can then select a more professional image to add to your project. Story Speaker - Combine the power of Google Docs with AI! Make interactive, talking stories without coding and play your story instantly on Google Home. What I love about this tool is that it will give you a “Choose Your Own Adventure,” story template in Google Docs, so that alone is worth exploring! Help students improve writing and get creative. Even if you don’t have a Google Home or cannot use it in your classroom, the Story Speaker tool and template are worth exploring! Talk to Books - When you type in a question or a statement, the model looks at every sentence in over 100,000 books to find the responses that would most likely come next in a conversation. This is a really interesting way to help kids connect and learn with literature, discover new authors and books, and strike up some interesting conversations! Made with Code - Made with Code is a program designed to help close the gender gap in the programming industry, and give girls and young women fun ways to learn how to code the things they love. More tools and resources from Kasey: Stranger Google: Crazy Tools from the Upside Down Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Matthew Reischer (NJ) - Google Forms/Quizzes question Nancy Richards (North Hollywood, CA) - Thank-you for your great ideas, suggestions and tips, Matt and Kasey! On The Blogs Matt - 60 ideas for using Google MyMaps in any content area Kasey - Meaningful Technology Integration and Dynamic Learning (5-Part Podcast Series)


1 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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Cross the Finish Line with G Suite - GTT054

Google News and Updates Test your knowledge of natural wonders in Google Earth It’s story time, and the Google Assistant has a tale for you Coding for Conservation Featured Content The end of the school year is coming in many places in the United States and around the world. As you navigate these sometimes difficult waters perhaps you can use some of the Google solutions we are sharing! Let us know in the comments. Change the Game Design Challenge from Google (Carlos Garza) Emoji Scavenger Hunt Create a Tic-Tac-Toe Learning Menu on a fun topic (Stephani Ann) Try the 4 C’s Learning Menu to take their c’s to the next level Sites for students with free time on their hands: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock) Quick, Draw! — In this game, you’re given an object/idea to draw and Google’s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s a fun introduction to AI for students. AI Duet — “A piano that responds to you.” Google’s artificial intelligence uses tons of data to guess what it should play in response to what you play. Google Trends — Learn what other people are searching for all over the world. Google Earth Time Lapse — This shows what the world looks like as it changes over 20+ years. Watch the time lapse in motion. See the whole earth at once or zoom into your hometown! GeoGuessr — Use context clues to guess where you’ve been dropped in Google Maps. The closer the guess, the more points you earn! Just a Line -- Make simple drawings in AR, then share your creation with a short video. Student-created Google Forms quizzes: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock) By using Google Forms (Google’s survey tool), students can create their own quizzes. By turning on the quiz features in the settings gear, students can add immediate feedback for anyone who takes the quiz. This immediate feedback can be WAY more effective than comments written on student papers and passed back to them later. Plus, when students create the quizzes, they’re experiencing the content from a different perspective. 6 end-of-the-year Google Classroom clean-up tips (via ControlAltAchieve.com) -- Return all student work Un-enroll students from old classes Archive old classes Remove old class calendars Move old class folders in Drive Remove old class files from “Shared with me” in Drive Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Rasa Conklin (Federal Way, WA) -- I created a Google sites for my students to display/ publish their work. I was having each group add a page to the site I created. When YO and DB, who were working on their page all of a sudden were upset because all their work disappeared and DL and IO work appeared on their page and all the other pages. I have a funny feeling that this is due to something small that we did wrong, but I need help. Is there an easy tutorial, or website for step by step directions?  https://sites.google.com/p12fwps.org/build-a-generator/home Carly Black (Ohio) -- Hello, Thank you for the emoji extension tip. I was wondering if you knew a way to add GIFs just as easily? I've been thinking about letting students create literary analysis through a series of GIFs and emojis. The problem is finding the right tools to execute this well. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Matt Jacobson (Galesburg, IL) -- Hi Matt & Kasey! Just listened to E. 53 on the New Gmail. Kasey mentioned that her sidebar appeared quite cluttered with all of the labels and what-not that she uses. I use a lot of labels too, and still, have a lot of labels that used to be folders when our school switched over from Outlook to Gmail. An easy way to clean these up is to go to the Gear Icon, then click Settings, the click Show Only If Unread next to many of your folders. Then, they'll only appear on the left if there is a reply to something you have previously labeled. The trick is to label the message before you reply to it. This works really nifty with the new Snooze feature in the New Gmail. Messages you have Snoozed in the past show up as unread messages in your Inbox, so, if you label it and then Snooze it, that label should "light up" in the left sidebar with an unread message in it when you need to act upon it. On The Blogs Matt - 10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW Kasey - A Hyperdoc Unit That Will Blow Your Mind [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]


7 May 2018

Rank #17

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Google Slides Can Do What?!?!- GTT018

Google News and Updates (4:29) Inspiring the creative problem-solvers of the future Updates to Chat in Docs, Sheets, and Slides Featured Content (8:05) Google Slides is a core Google tool that is SO much more than just giving users the ability to create slideshows for presentations. How to Create an eBook in Google Slides 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement Animation of the sodium-potassium pump (courtesy of Chris Baker) Magnetic Poetry Choose Your Own Adventure: Session resources for Matt’s Google Genius presentation Resources DriveSlides: Add photos to a folder in Google Drive and DriveSlides will automatically put them onto individual slides in a new Slides presentation Self-grading quizzes: Example self-grading quiz Infographics: Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings Create a Google Classroom Custom Header in Google Drawings If you have tried any of these we want to hear from you! Leave a comment down below or send us a message! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:48) Kerrie Johnson (Ohio) asks: do you have a hack for getting around not being able to put a Google Sheet in landscape? I know it's possible to make a poster in the G Suite but I'm not exactly sure how. Do I use Drawing? Slides? Any tips? Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!) Lisa Blevins-Salyer, Technology Integration Specialist (Johnson County Schools) shared this thought: I was intrigued by the recent segment on Auto Draw. Thank you both for the podcast and the wealth of information packed into your show notes.  May the Googles continue to be with you. On The Blogs (30:08) Matt - The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers Kasey - Teach Like the Tonight Show: Internet Pop Quiz with Google Slides [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]


22 May 2017

Rank #18

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REPLAY - Tapping into Creativity with Google Drawings - GTT036

This is a REPLAY of episode 36 from December 25, 2017. Twenty-­three year educator Wanda Terral is the District Technology Coordinator for the Lakeland School System (outside of Memphis, TN). A former band director, Wanda’s constantly seeking information relating to techniques & practices related to the use of tech to empower students and educators. Wanda Terral shares creative ideas for use with Google Drawings. You access the show notes by visiting https://googleteachertribe.com/36


26 Nov 2018

Rank #19

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How to Create and Assign Templates in G Suite - GTT095

Google News and Updates Customize text size and position for captions in Google Slides 13 ways to conjure up a spooky smart home this Halloween 15 years of Google Books NGram Viewer If it has audio, now it can have captions Featured Content Custom Drive Templates Drive Template Gallery Templates from the Apps Homepage Template Links Stop Asking How to Put a Worksheet in Google Classroom Making templates to assign to students through Google Classroom … Blog post: How to create classroom templates in Google Docs and Slides What tool should you use? (Matt suggests Google Slides.) Locking items down using background images How to Create Drag and Drop with Google Slides Assigning templates to students with Google Classroom Making a copy (or a force copy link) Re-using templates to save time next time HyperDocs -- Step by step templates to guide students through the learning process Hyperdocs website: HyperDocs.co HyperDocs templates: https://HyperDocs.co/templates Teachers Give Teachers (database of pre-created HyperDocs): https://hyperdocs.co/teachers_give_teachers Episode 072: The Power of Hyperdocs and Lesson Design with Lisa Highfill Episode 071: Hyperdocs with Sean Fahey 9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class (post by Sean Fahey) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Chelsey Greer (Connecticut) - Students need assessments read aloud. Easier way to add to Google Form quizzes? Record self, upload to YouTube, insert video. Easier way? FYI: Add-ons are blocked in her district.  Read&Write for Google Chrome Screencastify  YouTube: Link to specific time in video Talk to your special education staff about what you may have available Kelsey Jones (California) - I've been listening to your podcast during my commute and love all the ideas you've been sharing! My goal is to incorporate Google into my classroom and reduce as much paper as possible. I've been using Google Forms for assessments, I love how it can auto-grade. My question is, do you guys know if there is a way for students to save their work while using Forms? For example, if they have a 30 question assignment and they are only able to get to 10 of the problems. Is there a way for them to save what they've done and resume where they left off later? https://alicekeeler.com/2019/07/17/google-forms-finish-filling-out-later/ On The Blogs Matt - How to create a digital escape room for your class or PD (guest post by Mandi Tolen) Kasey Halloween Magnetic Poetry Template 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning


28 Oct 2019

Rank #20