Friday, January 17, 2020

Random Name Selector

Random Name Selector

Use the Mobile Google Classroom app to randomly select students.
Created by Scott Aten, January 17, 2020
Just heard about this cool feature available on the phone app version of Google Classroom. It has the built-in "Student Random Name Selector" that uses the names of the students in your Google
Classroom. It will keep track of what students have been called on, who is absent in the class, allow you to skip a student until later, and show you how many students that have not answered a question. If you use Popsicle sticks with names on them to randomly select a student to answer questions, then this may be a nice alternative. Here is how it works...


  1. Just download the Google Classroom app on your phone
  2. Open your Google Classroom
  3. Click on the "People" button
  4. In the upper right corner you will see this buttonclick it.














[See a video walktrhough of the app on my phone] Another option that I have talked about in the past is to use Flippity.net and use the random
name selector from that site. Here is a demo of what the random Name Picker looks like using Flippity.

If you would like help with Flippity, please feel free to schedule me. Both are great options to ensure you are getting all of your students involved with the discussion.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Report Card Time Saver

Report Card Time Saver

Use Google speech to text to dictate comments
Created by Scott Aten, January 9, 2020
It is that time of the year again "Report Cards". Report Card time can be very stressful. Along with entering all those grades, many teachers want to provide a meaningful comment for each student. A great time saver can be to use the built in Google speech to text feature to dictate your comment and them copy and paste it into the comment field in ProgressBook.

Here is how the "Speech to Text" or "Voice Typing" feature works in Google Docs.

This great feature is available for students as well, so consider modeling this for them at some point as well. It is like having your own personal secretary to dictate messages.

There are many other great features of Google demonstrated in the Green Google Training Center.


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Friday, December 20, 2019

Google 2019 Year in Review

Google 2019 Year in Review

What were all the new additions to Google in 2019
Created by Scott Aten, December 20, 2019
With the end of 2019 at hand, I thought it would be a good idea to show all the new features that have been introduced in G Suite during this year. I have listed them by product.

Google Facts

  • Chromebooks are the #1 selling device in the US K-12 schools
  • 90 million students and teachers use G Suite for Education
  • 30 million students worldwide use Chromebooks
  • 40 million students and teachers use Google Classroom
Google Forms
  • June - question import in Google forms (see image to the right)
  • August - locked mode for quizzes finally arrives
  • October - fresh new look to Google Forms
Google Slides
  • April - Add audio files from Drive into Google Slides (they had a little trouble with this and I don't think it made the April deadline, but is there now)
  • October - new accessibility options for closed captions

Google Docs
  • April - comparison in Docs allows you to compare two Google Docs and review the differences as suggested edits.
  • May - grammar suggestions added (underlined in blue)
  • July - new grammar tools in Docs to help students with spelling and grammar
  • September - you can now see the word count while you type
  • September - new fonts introduced to improve reading speed (see Lexend)
Google Classroom
  • February - move posts to the top added in Classroom's Stream
  • April - topic filters on the Classwork page is added
  • April - new items will post to the top of the Classwork page
  • April - thumbnails for the way that attachments appear in assignments
  • June - rubrics added in Google Classroom
  • June - grades section added to get a holistic view of students grades over time
  • June - ability to sync grades to ProgressBook (Biggest new add of the year!!)
  • June - rubrics now embedded in the student view of Classroom
  • June - teacher can now archive a Google Classroom on iOS devices
  • August - originality reports introduced to reduce plagiarism
  • September - classroom celebrated its fifth birthday
  • September - rubrics on mobile devices (beta)
Google Drive
  • April - you can now edit Office files from Docs, Slides, and sheets without converting file types.
  • April - you can now edit the metadata in Drive to better organize and search by tagging files
Google Sheets
  • April - connected sheets will let you collaborate on up to 10 billion rows of BigQuery data - FINALLY :-)
Gmail
  • April - added the ability to schedule send email
Hangouts Chat an Meet
  • April - classic Hangouts in Gmail is replaced with new Hangout Chat
  • April - live captions now available in Hangouts Meet
I am sure we can expect more great features to come in 2020!
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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Google Classroom Rubrics

Google Classroom Rubrics

Now you have the ability to reuse rubrics from other assignments.
Created by Scott Aten, December 17, 2019
When you create an assignment in Google Classroom, it is possible to add a rubric for the students to see as a part of the assignment. This feature was added this past summer. When it was first introduced, you would spend a lot of time making a rubric and it was only available in that assignment. This has now been changed! Now you can reuse a rubric that has been created in a previous assignment.
Another new enhancement is the ability to use other teacher's rubrics. When you add a teacher to your
classroom, any rubrics they have created become available to you as well.

Creating rubrics is a lesson I made available in our training center - "Creating a rubric for an assignment"
- Google Classroom Level 2.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

Create a Custom Google Search

Create a Custom Google Search

Keep your students on track with their research using a custom Google search.
Created by Scott Aten, December 13, 2019
The internet can be an overwhelming place, especially for students trying to use it for research. All too often students rely on the Wikipedia's of the world wide web and look no further. For our younger students a simple Google search can lead to websites with information too technical for them to understand. The solution to all of these issues is to create your own custom Google search.

Here is how it works:
  • Go to the Google Custom Search Engine website
  • Click the "Create a custom search engine" button
  • In the "Sites to search" box, add the websites you want your students to use. Only these sites will be used when a student does a search.
  • In the "Name of the search engine" box, give your creation a name. I usually name it something similar to the assignment - "Animal Research", "Biography Reports", etc.
  • Click the "Create" button
  • On the "Congratulations!" page, click the "Public URL" button
  • The site that opens is the URL you need to copy
  • Include the copied URL in the directions for your assignment or post it in your Google Classroom.
  • Instruct students this is what they should use to do their research NOT the Google homepage.

If you want make any changes to your newly created search engine, simply click the "Control Panel" button or go back to the website above and click "Edit search engine" in the left menu. You are able to go back and add more sites to your list of searchable site. In the Edit section you can also play with the "Look and feel" of your search engine with layouts, themes, and font and color customization.

Here is an example I made to limit choices on a biography report assignment. - try searching for "George Washington" and you will see that there are fewer websites being found as a result of your search.

These are very easy to create and will help make the internet a little bit smaller for your students.

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