Keep Track of Changes in Google Sheets

This tip comes indirectly from the good folks at Seesaw who use the technique I am about to describe to keep their Seesaw Ambassadors up to date with the latest changes to the Seesaw Ambassador program which is tracked in a Google Sheets document.

A little known feature to most people is that you can enable notifications via email for any Google Sheets document. To enable the feature you use the Tools >> Notifications Rules

On the set notifications rules screen you need to choose to see when either a change is made to the form (by Editors of the sheet) or when a form is submitted (Linked Google Form). read more

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Show YouTube Videos WITHOUT Ads or Comments

NOTE: It has come to our attention that the tip we shared yesterday may not work in every district. Each school district is responsible for their own web filtering according to their district policies. We apologize for any confusion that this may have caused. You should always contact the individuals responsible for filter management and policies for any issues related to access to websites you need for classroom instruction.

Several times in the last month I have been asked if there is a way to show YouTube videos without the ads. My only solution up to this point has been to suggest getting YouTube Premium which costs $11.99 a month and there is no easy way for schools to purchase for all their teachers. read more

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Three Ways to Get Help with Seesaw

In a post last August, I recommended you take a look at Seesaw. More recently I did a tip on the 4 New features of Seesaw.

For those of you who are getting started with Seesaw this year, I wanted to give you a heads up as to where to get some help. For those of you already using Seesaw and ready to learn more, you will be interested in the Pioneer program. Lastly the Help Center has answers for all of your frequently asked questions.

New to Seesaw?

The first place to get started is Seesaw’s built-in training. read more

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Make Google Classroom Friendlier for Littles with Symbols

I have been doing a lot of work with younger students and their teachers in the last few months and one thing that has become apparent is that Google Classroom is not an easy tool to teach to Kindergarten students! Difficult but not impossible! I have been musing as to how one could make it easier for younger students to use.

Last week at a teacher inservice at Swanton, I came upon a solution from a colleague (Julie LaPoint) who has started using a website called coolsymbol.com to add text to her Google Classroom. read more

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New Citation Tool Coming to Google Docs

Earlier in the summer we heard from Google that they were planning on adding a citation tool to Google Docs. Now those of us who have been using it for a while remember the Research tool which let you add citations to documents with footnotes. Google replaced the feature in 2016 with the Explore tool which includes the ability to add citations as well as pictures to items referenced in the document that were sourced online.

Fast forward to October 2020 and by now most of you will have a brand new citation tool available to you in Google Docs. This tool is much more robust and for all you language arts teachers, yes you can now use it to create proper bibliographies and not just footnote references. read more

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