Author: Chris Malanga (page 1 of 11)

Emoji, Emoji everywhere!

I’m a 43-year-old male, so to say I’m well-versed in things like emojis and animated GIFs is utterly false! To me, they have always been a waste of time and unnecessary effort. But, emojis are part of our general vocabulary these days. Heck, even my parents, who are in their 70s, have gotten into using emojis.

In the past several months, I have come to the realization that Emoji can be a very powerful tool, especially in education. I highly recommend Tony Vincent’s presentation called “An Emoji Education” from ISTE 2018. Check it out here. read more

Shortcuts in Google Forms

Let’s kick off the 2019-20 Tech Tuesday Tips with a quick Google Forms tip. 

I LOOOOOOOOVE Google Forms! They make things like creating registration forms, surveys, and quizzes so very easy. What I don’t like is that sometimes when you hit that new question button, the question doesn’t appear where you think it should. You can use Google Forms keyboard shortcuts to add a new question and move questions around.

We’ve talked about shortcuts before in YouTube and Gmail. Forms has keyboard shortcuts as well.  read more

Add live links to Google Classroom private comments

A quick tip for you this week!

Do you use the private comments feature in Google Classroom? If not, you SHOULD! By their very nature, private comments allow for a conversation between you and the students, providing for awesome feedback opportunities!

Private comments can also be used to share links to enrichment material, videos to help reinforce the learning, and more. But in order to make the link “live” (or clickable) for the student, you need to be sure to do it correctly.

  • Wrong: nwoca.org
  • Right: http://nwoca.org

You’ll need to put the http:// or https:// in front of the URL in order for Classroom to recognize it as a live link. read more

LAST CHANCE! Get Google Certified this Summer!

Summer’s coming!

Want to get Google Certified?

Need CEUs or college credit?

You can take our Google Certified Educator Level 1 or 2 cohorts at your own pace this summer. But you have to act quickly, because registration closes this Friday, May 10th!

Time is running out! Sorry, but we will not be accepting any registrations after the deadline.

Our popular Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 cohorts will take an educator through all the necessary skills needed to pass the Google exams. They will be conducted in Google Classroom by Google Certified Trainers Kristie Hughes and Chris Malanga. read more

Add Audio to Google Slides

For years, educators have been begging Google to allow them to add voice overs, sounds and other audio files to a Google Slides presentation. After all, PowerPoint has had this feature forever. There have been workarounds, like adding a YouTube video and making it super tiny somewhere on the slide. But these were just hacks, not true audio support.

Rejoice, fellow educators for Google hath listened to your plea!

Google has just added the ability to add audio to your Google Slides presentations.

(I’ll wait while you do your happy dance!) read more

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