Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

By Matt Miller and Kasey Bell

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Description

The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast is a weekly podcast designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shakeup Learning).

Episode Date
Tips from the Tribe - GTT056
40:05

Google News and Updates

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.

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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

 
May 28, 2018
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:

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
 
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May 20, 2018
Learning in Tandem with Swiss Army Knives (And Google) - GTT055
37:29

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Summer vacation is used by so many teachers around the world as a time to unwind, relax, and recover from the grind that is education. There so many ways that teachers like you continue to devote time to learning and growing professionally.

Kasey's Courses
Matt's Course

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Nanci Greene -- Your podcast is one of the few that I've listened to all of the episodes of. Thanks for all you do to help us educators grow in our craft. For the teacher who asked about creating animated GIFS, Tall Tweets (https://talltweets.com/) might be an option. It allows you to easily create animated GIFS from Google Slides.

How to Hide Text in Google Slides from Erin Flanagan https://www.erintegration.com/2018/03/25/hide-reveal-hidden-text-google-slides/

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May 14, 2018
Cross the Finish Line with G Suite - GTT054
41:06

Google News and Updates

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.

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May 07, 2018
A First Look at the NEW Gmail - GTT053
37:56

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business
  • Improved security
    • Confidential mode
    • 2-step verification to open
    • Block forwarding and printing
    • can also make messages expire after a certain time
  • Busy
  • New tasks
    • Improved functionality and you can SEE it!
  • Calendar and Keep integration
  • Hover
  • Similar to Inbox by Gmail features
  • How to get it
    • Don’t feel left out b/c some of these features aren’t even available yet
  • Cannot control size of sidebar
  • Display density
  • Settings looks mostly the same
  • Expect add-ons to continue to grow
  • Fancy splash page
  • Default view: icons with G Suite files (under Settings > Display density)
  • Snooze items until later (“someday”)
  • AI suggested responses (like Inbox)
  • Warnings for risky emails

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Zach Ripley - Sheets add-ons (50), teacher question: middle school PE with data. Functions and formulas … import range function: master spreadsheet, one at a time: open student spreadsheet (only do once), copy key from URL, paste URL into import range function, master spreadsheet: import data from student sheet, real-time update (not copy paste) as students update.

Sara Reed (Aledo, TX) -- Google Classroom: see time stamp when a student turns in an assignment or mark it as done? If not, how do you handle students that say they did it and it doesn’t reflect in Classroom? (Click on “done” from assignment>then click on the student’s name from the roster on the left>then click “see history”)

Beth Cohen (Pennsylvania) -- HI Matt and Kasey! I love all the tips, tricks, and resources you share! Every year our Freshmen complete a unit on Academic Integrity. We have been using Moodle, which includes a self-grading quiz that lets students know whether they have achieved the minimum score and prompts them to review the resources and retake the quiz if they didn't pass. We will have GAFE instead of Moodle next year, so I want to reproduce the quiz in Forms, but I can't figure out how to set a minimum passing grade and notify the student whether he/she passed at the end. I could use branching and direct students back to the resources after every wrong response so that ultimately everyone ends up with a perfect score, but I'm hoping for a final pass or fail submission response. Hope you have some ideas! Thanks, Beth

Ben Whitaker (Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK) Sheets: In Excel, can lock down certain tabs so they can’t be edited in collab spreadsheet. Is there a way in Sheets? Add-on? Keep up great work!

3 Ways to Protect You Google Sheets Data

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Apr 30, 2018
Amazing Add-Ons for Google Docs - GTT052
43:29

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Kaizena (voice comments) (kaizena.com)

  • Leave voice comments for students
  • Discuss student work in an online hub
  • Reuse commonly use comments
  • Track and rate student progress

Highlight tool

  • Highlight a document in different colors
  • Pull highlighted text from a document and sort in a table at the end of the document

DocSecrets

  • Hides and reveals text in a document
  • Use a password to reveal hidden text

WriQ

  • WriQ is a new Add-on from Texthelp that helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar errors so you can focus on the things computers can’t score.
  • WriQ auto-scores your students’ docs and tracks the following measures over time:
    • Time spent writing
    • Text Maturity
    • Spelling error rate
    • Grammar error rate
    • Punctuation error rate
    • Percentage error free
    • Correct Word Sequences score
  • The teacher dashboard gives you a clear graphical view of your students’ writing activity, and let’s you track their progress over time.
  • Video overview

Read&Write for Google Chrome

  • Technically a Chrome extension but can use in Docs (and web)
  • Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help you gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:
    • Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
    • Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained
    • With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
    • Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type
    • Collect highlights from the text in documents or the web for summarizing and research
    • Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
    • Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
    • FREE for teachers

Easy Bib Add-On

  • The Bibliography Creator by EasyBib allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper.
  • Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering in the titles or URLs. Format citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles.
  • When you're finished creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we'll alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper.

BONUS: Equatio (chrome extension)

  • Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Renee Johnson (Oakhurst, CA) - ctrl+z - to add to another location in Drive … Add student work samples to PD folder for teacher training.
  • Craig Klement (Garland, TX) - Same three questions on student forms: First name, last name, class period (drop down) … Spreadsheet: right click on awesome box, sort range (by class period, then by last name) Differentiate forms: three dots, section based on answer (if correct: to next question, if incorrect: YT vid, article, picture, do over or similar question)
  • How to Differentiate Questions in Google Forms

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Apr 23, 2018
Dynamic Learning in the Classroom - GTT051
33:58

Google News and Updates ()

Featured Content ()

Examples with G Suite:  Do This, Not That [infographic] Kasey’s Dynamic Learning with G Suite Presentation SUBMIT LESSONS!!!

Buy the Book: Shake Up Learning

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag ()

  • Melissa Widrick recently commented on a previous episode's post: Keyboard shortcuts: Use CTRL+D in google slides to duplicate objects or word art. I love using word art over the text box, because you can adjust the size quickly, and if you use CTRL +D to copy it, you don't have to change the color and the font every time.
  • Thank you to Monica Spillman and Laura Steinbrink for your recent Apple Podcasts Ratings and Reviews!

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Apr 16, 2018
Google Sheets Add-Ons - GTT050
32:50

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Sheets Add-Ons
  • What are add-ons?
    • Add-ons run inside Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms, but they're built by developers like you and tie into over a dozen Google services without even spinning up a server.
    • Add-ons are built with Apps Script, a server-side JavaScript platform that requires zero setup.
  • Where to find them in Sheets?
  • Connection to forms
    • Google Sheets and Google Forms work hand-in-hand. The data collected from your form is placed in a Sheet where you can then manipulate results, perform additional calculations, and even create mailmerges using any number of add-ons.
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Bailee Sandsmark (email), a 6th-grade middle school PE teacher asks, "

    I’d like to send out a Sheets template to all 250 of my students for them to individually track their fitness testing data, but then I would like to have an efficient way for them to share that info with me so that I can see all of my students' data in one sheet. Having to access 250 different sheets makes my head spin. Currently, my students track this data on a piece of paper, but it would be great for them to have a digital copy that can travel with them all three years of middle school so they can truly track their growth and so that their 7th and 8th grade PE teachers can see the data as well.

    I’m hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction of an extension that would do the trick."

Check out the Alice Keeler Template Tab!

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Apr 09, 2018
Doing more with Google Forms - GTT049
31:57

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Forms Add-Ons
  • What are add-ons?
  • Where to find them in Forms?
  • Difference between add-ons for Forms vs. Sheets
  • Recommended Add-Ons for Forms (We will cover Sheets in another episode!)
    • Form Publisher
    • Choice Eliminator 2
    • Certify ‘Em
    • CheckItOut

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Sean Fahey (via Speakpipe) - Insert a Video into a Google Doc
  • Becca Pierce, NC - First of all, I love your show! I listened to my first show last night and it was so informative! I will definitely be going back to listen to more! Thank you so much for all you do! My question: I recently have been looking into Hyperdocs. I went on the website and saved some of the already created ones to my Drive. One of them is a Google Doc. As the student scrolls down, he can click on these fraction problems. It brings up a smaller screen with a Google Drawings that can be edited. The student draws on some fractions and types answers. I love it! But I can't seem to recreate this concept. How do you put the editable version of a Google Drawing into a Google Doc (or slide)? Thank you!

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Apr 02, 2018
Quizzes, Quizzes, Google Forms Quizzes - GTT048
35:18

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Forms have come a long way since starting as a simple survey tool. Educators quickly found ways to use Forms in other ways; from teaching math to using them to give various assessments.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Sarah Gershon (Waukegon, IL) -- Made a choice board for students, loves the show and told us via our SpeakPipe!
  • Mr. Blight (via Twitter): I'm having some issues when putting my Drawings files onto my Site. It shows up faded when the site is published. Any thoughts or ideas? #gttribe #gsuiteedu

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Mar 27, 2018
Deep Dive into Google Drive - GTT047
32:37

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Drive Deep Dive

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

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Mar 19, 2018
Your G Suite Helpline - GTT046
37:32

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google for Education EDU in 90 YouTube channel Google for Education Facebook page

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Kathleen Mathis (Annandale, Virginia) shared,

I wanted to offer two ideas that tie in to your bell ringer tips in Episode 43. Now that my school is 1:1, I have my students do warm-ups in an interactive journal using Google Slides. It used to take me forever to grade their paper journals and I always dreaded it...until this year. I now collect the online "journals" once a quarter and I use the Doctopus add-on with a Goobric to grade them. This has saved me a lot of time AND increased how much feedback I'm able to give them. Win win! Also, I've used their bell-ringer/warm-up journals to review vocabulary words. I randomly assigned students a vocabulary word and asked them to find an image that show the words meaning. Next, students put their slides in presentation mode, then do a gallery walk. As they view each other's work, they write down the vocabulary word they think is being depicted on a sticky note next to each laptop. When students return to their seat, they'll know whether their picture sufficiently showed their assigned word's meaning based on their peer's anonymous feedback. Plus, it gets them up and moving. :)

Tyler Osborne from Canada - Quick tips and keyboard shortcuts via Speakpipe Allison Gerken and her students are sharing Booksnaps on Twitter and Seesaw!

Library Chrome Extension recommendation from Noah Geisel lets you know if a book is available at the library:

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Mar 12, 2018
Classroom Hacks: Google Edition - GTT045
38:44

Google News and Updates

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.

[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?

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Mar 05, 2018
Google Like A Pirate - GTT044
38:54

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Peggy Volak (2nd grade PA): Published a slideshow, move poem to bottom of list without doing it manually
    • View slides as a grid (bottom left), Denis Sheeran Slide Sorter
  • Emoji Exit Ticket from Don Yerks, Jr.

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Feb 26, 2018
Kick Off Class with Google - GTT043
39:28

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

  • Using Pear Deck for Warm-ups with Google Slides Add-On (see episode 40)
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Editing topics after posting an assignment in Google Classroom: Click the three dots menu button and “Edit”, then change the topic here …
  • Possible Answers to Google Classroom Extra Credit Question:
  • Lyndi Valicek recommends Black Menu extension (SpeakPipe)
  • SpeakPipe answer to login question: Clever QR Code login

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Feb 19, 2018
Google Classroom Time-Savers - GTT042
36:27

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Classroom Time-Savers

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Lissa Brunan (Grand Valley State University): Gives extra credit for students, but in Google Classroom, can’t set points possible to zero … ungraded or at 1. Needs to offer extra credit thru GClass.
  • Renee Johnson (Oakhurst California): Idea for collaborative project, get students voices out to promote change, brainstorm how to improve school, create a survey, anyone around school gives feedback, students analyze data and use charts, slide presentation for specific person to help make their ideas a reality, later take it to larger community.

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Feb 12, 2018
The Google Infused Classroom - GTT041
40:18

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Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A longtime teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innovate instruction through the use of learning theory, technology integration, and design thinking strategies. Holly holds an MA in Education from Teachers College - Columbia University, New York.

She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker - passionately spreading the idea that we need to disrupt education and innovate our classroom curriculum.

She is the Educational Strategist for EdTechTeam and head of their new publishing division - EdTechTeam Press. She authors a successful blog and her first book, The Google Infused Classroom, was released in June of 2017.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Google “Spark”: The student's faces

Twitter: @HollyClarkEdu Website: http://hollyclark.org

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Jenny O’Sullivan (Boca Raton, Florida) -- My name is Jenny and I am the K-5 STEAM teacher at A.D. Henderson University School in Boca Raton, FL. As an elementary specialist, I have 18 classes. To avoid having my younger students type out their very long email addresses each time to log into Google Classroom on the STEAM Lab computers, I have assigned each student to a computer. My problem is that Google only saves 10 email addresses for quick login. Is there an extension, hack, or work around to allow us to save all 18 addresses for quick login?

PD in the Loo by Alex Adams

Aimee from Nebraska: Loves AndThenIWasLike.co and has added some to her LMS. Happy we motivate her to pursue new ideas … had more teachers than students in the classroom to see what she’s doing and that’s partly due to us.

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Feb 05, 2018
Blended Learning with G Suite - GTT040
41:11

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InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. This extension is AWESOME!
  • Assign: Assign this to your InsertLearning class or share to Google Classroom
  • Highlight: Highlight text on the page.
  • Sticky Notes: Insert sticky notes right on the page.
  • Questions: Insert free response or multiple choice questions on the page.
  • Discussion: Insert a discussion topic on the page.
  • If that’s not enough, InsertLearning has a ton of features that make it the perfect companion for G Suite users.
    • Chromebook compatible
    • Sign-in with Google account
    • Share directly with Google Classroom
    • Enhance published Google Docs with videos and more
    • Insert a YouTube video at the right moment in the text
  • Get a coupon one full month of premium in Kasey’s 18 Challenges ebook and online course.

Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool that allows you to add interactive questions, warmups, exit tickets, and even drawings to your Google Slides. Get the Pear Deck Add-On.

The sidebar now gives you access to a library of templates created by educators to support learning objectives typically found at the beginning, middle and end of a class. Here you will find bell ringers, checks for understanding, exit tickets, and more. Simply drop one of these templates into your slide for instant engagement.

Beginning: Bell Ringer Example

Middle: Labeling Diagrams Example

End: Explain the Lesson Example

5 Interactive Question Types in Pear Deck

You have 5 options for how students can respond to your question.  They can respond with:

  • A Draggable(TM)
  • A drawing
  • Text
  • A number
  • Multiple Choice

StackUp (stackup.net) -- Gather data on what you read. Stackup categorizes it and displays it, letting students see their reading stats. It adds some competition with challenges, where classes can see who can rack up the most hours of reading in a specific category. “The Fitbit of the Internet.”

Screencastify (screencastify.com) -- Record your screen, webcam or both in the Google Chrome browser. Save directly to Google Drive or YouTube. When you save to Drive, students can turn work in easily through Google Classroom.

Use the code TRIBE at checkout when purchasing a premium account to receive 25% off. (Neither Matt nor Kasey receives any compensation if you use this code.)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Heather Sanders shared a great idea to use Exploring By the Seat

Lisa Guardino (CA), shared Tribe-inspired weather lesson (Extreme Weather Choose Your Own Adventure) via SpeakPipe.

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Jan 29, 2018
Tips from the Tribe - Our Epic Anniversary - GTT039
48:41

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Happy Anniversary to us!

Featured Content

We've been at this crazy podcast for one year! To celebrate this we turned the microphones over to you, our loyal listeners and members of the Google Teacher Tribe!

  • Heidi Adams - Comic strips with Google Drawings
  • Pam Hubler - Using speech to text feature, Keep, and Calendar to support Special Education
  • Chris Young - Use Google Slides to replicate home screen and apps on an iPad

Thank you to everyone who submitted and we're sorry we couldn't include everything but please keep your feedback and questions coming!

Thank you to our producer, Chris Nesi, for pushing us out of our comfort zones as podcasters and all his hard work putting together each episode and maintaining this site! Be sure to subscribe to his podcast, House of #EdTech!

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Jan 22, 2018
Hanging Out with Google Hangouts - GTT038
33:19

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Featured Content

Google Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices.

In schools, users must be 13+ or a Teacher can lead. What can you do with Google Hangouts?
  • Connect with another class to share ideas and work collaboratively
  • Find a guest speaker to talk to your students
  • Go on virtual field trips
  • Attend events
  • Do the announcements
  • Virtual book club
  • Student presentations
  • Guest speakers
Google Plus communities to find people/places to call: Things to consider:
  • Whole group call? Break into smaller groups? Pairs? Individuals?
  • Time zone … go north/south to avoid large time zone shifts.
  • Do a practice call ahead of time to check audio/video.
  • Let student passion/curiosity rule whenever possible!
  • Student-led video calls are often the best experience for everyone (even if it feels like chaos or like you don’t have control).
  • Do a debrief afterward.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

In honor of our 1-year anniversary, we'd like to turn the podcast (episode 39) over to you! Leave us a message with your best Google tips, tricks, and ideas! (2-minute max.) Don't forget your name and location, too.

  • Libby Knaggs (Ingram, TX) - Used Page Marker extension and loved it!
  • Jennifer Portilla (Longwood, FL) - How can I not show new students to Google Classroom all the previously posted content?

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Jan 15, 2018
What You Missed in 2017 - GTT037
38:57

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

12 Things You May Have Missed from Google in 2017 

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Steven Dutcher asked, "How do I allow users to first preview a doc before forcing them to make a copy? I'm sure someone mentioned it, but I didn't get to try it out before it slipped my mind. And I can't find it! I'm guessing we're changing the "edit" in the URL to "something/something"? I tried "preview/copy" with no joy. I hope I'm not just confused with the creating templates episode. Help!"
  • Clarissa Bezzera, via SpeakPipe
  • Steve Dudeck, via SpeakPipe
  • Melissa Rivera (Long Island, NY) asked, "Is there a way to annotate Slides when in presentation mode? In PowerPoint, you can hover at the bottom right of the screen and select the pen tool. Slides only has a pointer tool. When my students create presentations they often have missing information that they want their classmates to supply during the lesson. I’ve been converting their Slides into PowerPoint to do this, which offsets the formatting of some slides. Do you have any other suggestions?"

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Jan 08, 2018
Tapping into Creativity with Google Drawings - GTT036
43:36

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

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. A Google Certified Innovator (#GTAATX14) & Trainer, she shares resources on Google+, Twitter, & her blog. She was the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for the state of Tennessee and was selected to attend the 2016 Google Geo Teachers Institute. She’s currently completing her dissertation (EdD in IDT) at the The University of Memphis focusing on self-directed professional learning. When not spending time with her four cats, she is exploring sketchnoting, coding, and following leads of goodness shared by her PLN.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Resources
Wanda’s Lesson: Hands on Activities with Google Drawings  
  • Meme yourself
  • Timeline
  • Graphic organizers
  • Digital book jacket
  • Doodle yourself
  • Googlink (Drawings like Thinglink)
  • Interactives w/GDraw
  • Visual notetaking (DTT post)
  • Self-directed professional learning

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Thank you to Apple Podcast user Southern Eagle Girl for your recent podcast rating and review!
  • Google Drive question from Nikki in Winnipeg (via Speakpipe)
  • Sara Campbell from Woodbury Schools asks about using a Google Home in the classroom and COPPA, recording, etc. (via Speakpipe)

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Dec 25, 2017
Supersize Learning with Google Sites - GTT035
42:59

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Way back in episode 3 (Episode 3 of GTT: The New Google Sites) Matt and Kasey explored the fascinating integration of Google Sites into the classroom. Now, Sites has finally received some much-needed love from the Google engineers.

How do YOU use Google Sites? Leave us a voicemail!

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Nicole Ross (Indiana) - Reindeer cam
  • 12 Days of Twitter Shoutout
  • Andy Boatman - Speakpipe about Google Classroom
  • Zohar Kaplan (Jerusalem, Israel) - Thanks for the email!
  • Linda Biederman Hink - Speakpipe about Google Translate idea.

On The Blogs


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Dec 18, 2017
Rockin' Google Slides Templates - GTT034
42:50

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Ryan O'Donnell is a Technology Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and former high school social studies teacher in Rocklin, California. Ryan's passions are EdTech, Innovation, Social Studies, Podcasting and Teacher Professional Development.

O'Donnell has been teaching since 1997 and has always been an advocate for all things "tech." In addition to teaching, he has been presenting at technology and social studies strategies workshops both in his district and throughout the country as a trainer for Teacher Created Materials.

Ryan is also the co-host of the Talking Social Studies and Check This Out podcasts.

Along with presenting, Ryan is on the board of CapCUE; the Sacramento affiliate of CUE.org.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

LOOPING SLIDE PRESENTATIONS Holly Elgin (Aledo, TX) -- I make changes to a Google Slideshow daily and play our announcements in the cafeteria for our students. Every day, I have to publish it to the web to be able to have it play continuously. Is there a way to present it so that it plays continuously? TAKE A SNAPSHOT LIVES ON! Marjorie Rispin (Carson, NV) -- I too was disappointed that GSuite removed Insert Image Snapshot. I found that you can still take a snapshot through Insert Drawing. When in the Drawing you can click the image icon and snapshot is still an option. Then save and close the drawing into your doc. A couple extra steps but it works.

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Dec 11, 2017
Support G Suite Learning with GIFs - GTT033
33:44

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Jake Miller is an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer and currently serves as the Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District. At BMS, Jake helps manage the implementation of Google Apps, 1:1 Chromebooks and Schoology, while working with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Project Based Learning and the school's new Fab Lab.

Jake previously taught and co-created a middle school STEM Program at Kimpton Middle School in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio. Prior to that he taught nine years of math and science in various grades.

At home, Jake leads a crazy, but fun family life with his wife and their three kids and dog.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

COOL IDEA FROM #GTTRIBE HASHTAG Alexis Snider from Vietnam (via #GTTribe hashtag) shared that her fourth graders wrote informational picture books for an audience of second graders. The students created picture books after studying mentor texts. Then, they used Google Slides to create ebooks and they shared through Padlet. Her students in Vietnam received feedback from students in Colombia!

LINKING SLIDES Meggin Verduzco (Michigan) -- In the episode ' Slides can do what?' You give an example of "hyperlinking" a slide deck. How did you do that? Is it different from a link? I noticed it said 'slide 3' on the link. Can you tell me how to do that? Thanks. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Meggin is working with 5th graders in a Choose your own adventure story/ PBL called The Island! http://digitaldivideandconquer.blogspot.com/ They are soo geeked and adding this would seal the deal! I showed them how to hyperlink, but this is easier. Thanks in advance.

THANKS FOR THE APPLE PODCASTS REVIEWS BSalzy -- Every week I am inspired and am able to share new Google knowledge and activities with my teachers and students. Thank you, Kasey and Matt, you keep this 38-year classroom veteran excited with fresh ideas weekly. A must listen!

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Dec 04, 2017
Mobile Learning with Google - GTT032
38:33

Featured Content

  • Tips for Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom
    • Distractions, off-task, inappropriate uses -- But these are not new problems
    • Can bring too much to the learning experience to band altogether
    • Gives students more ownership of their learning
    • Before you begin:
      • Think about the what you are trying to achieve
      • If BYOD, survey to find out what’s available
      • Allow students to make suggestions
      • Set clear expectations
  • Pros and Cons of Mobile v. Desktop/Laptop/Chromebook
  • Features only available on mobile
  • Android Apps on Chromebooks
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

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Nov 27, 2017
A Google Assistant in the Classroom - GTT031
32:41

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

What does AI/voice assistant do now? What is machine learning?
  • Gathers lots of data, lots of queries, into a huge data set
  • Makes predictions based on that data
  • The more data it gets, the smarter it is
  1. Google Assistant: answers your questions via text or voice, gives you briefings with data you request (weather, time, calendar, news, etc.). Adds things to your Google Keep, calendar, etc. Plays games and asks you trivia questions.
  2. Teachable Machine: Explore how machine learning works. Teach a machine using your camera – live in the browser, no coding required. It learns by training and running neural nets right in the browser. Teach students about machine learning. 
  3. Quick, Draw!: Uses machine learning to learn what you’re drawing.
  4. Autodraw: Draw a picture and Autodraw converts it into clipart created by artists. 
  5. Mystery Animal: A Voice Experiment, it chooses an animal and plays 20 questions for you to guess what it is. 
  6. Story Speaker: Create a choose your own adventure-style story in Google Docs. It’s like you’re coding/creating an AI game run by Google Assistant. 
  7. Quill Connect: Uses machine learning to help students combine sentences. Aligned with curriculum standards for second through seventh grades.
How can AI/voice assistant help us right now?
  • Answering questions
    • what is the weather for tomorrow?
    • what is the capital of Alaska?
    • what is 37 times 414?
    • tell me a riddle.
    • Tell me something interesting.
    • set a ten-minute timer.
  • Adding to notes for later
  • Keeping us from doing repetitive stuff
What’s the future of AI/voice assistant in the classroom?
  • Setting expectations in the classroom
  • Let them play and understand what it is capable of but set meaningful expectations on how it will be used for learning, not just telling jokes.
  • Rotate the use a job/role for the class - AI Leader of the Day.
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Thanks for the Apple Podcasts Reviews! Julie Cobb (E2Cobb) - Matt and Kasey make my Monday morning commute great! I learn something every week that I can immediately share with the teachers I support. Caution: Don’t listen at the gym if you are prone to shouting “amen” or “wow” when the knowledge bombs start dropping!

Baby’s First Video Editor from Joshua Howard: http://www.joshchoward.com/2017/11/babys-first-video-editor-google-slides.html

On The Blogs

Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Become a Google Certified TrainerDo you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017.

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

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

– VIP BONUSES!

– Tips & Tricks

– and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!)

*Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.


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Nov 21, 2017
Gearing Up for Hour of Code - GTT030
37:42

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

  • Hour of Code - Dec 4-10, 2017
  • CS EdWeek-
  • CS First: The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required!
    • Hour of Code Tutorials
    • CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers.
    • Our materials:
      • are completely free and available online
      • are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14)
      • can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs
      • involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests

Ways to tie coding into your curriculum:

  • Math and science: natural connections
  • Social studies and English: logic/order in writing code is similar to making a case for writing an essay
  • World languages: learning coding like a language
  • Primary: fits in math and science, teamwork, problem-solving, etc.

Apple’s Tim Cook: Coding is better than learning English as a second language (https://qz.com/1099791/apples-tim-cook-says-coding-is-better-than-learning-english-as-a-second-language/)

  • Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the unplugged/offline tutorials.
  • Provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own, if the tutorial you choose works best with sound.
  • Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative.

Scripting in G Suite: https://developers.google.com/apps-script/overview

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Kim Monroe (technology teacher, New Jersey) -- Is there a way to search for precreated Gsuite activities? For example, I have saved templates from people I follow like you and Matt and Alice Keeler, but can I search google and find other “slides” or sheet templates?  
  • Shannon Burger (library media specialist, Missouri) -- I love Bitmoji and was really excited about customizing my Bitmoji as explained by Mandi Tolen in her blog post, but then the librarian in me reared its head!  Before I share this with the teachers at my school.... are we violating copyright by modifying the Bitmoji image?  
    • Bitmoji Terms of Use: https://www.bitmoji.com/support/terms.html
    • The case for “not violating” -- “Snap Inc. grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, non-exclusive, revocable, and non-sublicensable license to access and use our Services.”
    • The case for “violating” -- You must also respect Snap Inc.'s rights. These Terms do not grant you any right to: use branding, logos, designs, photographs, videos, or any other materials used in our Services except as explicitly allowed by these Terms or our Services (for example, you may create and share your Bitmoji as our Services allow);

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Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Become a Google Certified TrainerDo you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017.

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

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

– VIP BONUSES!

– Tips & Tricks

– and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!)

*Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.


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Nov 13, 2017
Deep Thinking with GSuite - GTT029
39:43
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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Annotate images (Washington crossing the Delaware) Part of Matt’s Google Genius presentation at DitchThatTextbook.com/GoogleGenius

Create with constraints (Kasey’s magnetic poetry)

Explain their thinking (Matt’s moveable activity post)

Non-Googleable answers

Creative Projects that Can’t Be Duplicated or Plagiarized

Student Choice

Reflection

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Kaelyn Bullock (Seattle, Washington) - New Google Sites not showing up … mostly tablets, also on some MacBooks (via SpeakPipe)
  • Jennifer Liebhaber (Scottsdale, Arizona) - I really appreciate all the little tips and tricks I get each time I listen. I am writing because I am trying to find out the best way to do a "mail merge" in a Google Doc when the data I need is in Google Sheets.
  • Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast!

On The Blogs


Become a Google Certified TrainerReady to Become a Google Certified Trainer?

Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017. This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! 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
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • and much more!
Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!) *Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2.
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Nov 06, 2017
Behind the Scenes at the Google Innovator Academy - GTT028
32:19

Google News and Updates (2:36)

Featured Content (7:54)

Mason Mason, M. Ed. is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. and an Ed.D. student at Southern Methodist University studying PreK-12 Educational Leadership. He is passionate about helping educators transform teaching and learning through technology integration and closing the digital divide through equitable access to technology for all students.

Mason obtained his B.A. in English and Education from The Ohio State University and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. He taught secondary English, Language Arts, and Reading for eight years in Dallas ISD and Plano ISD and spent a year as an Education Technology Instructional Coach at a 9-12 one-to-one iPad high school in Garland ISD. His passion for improving teaching and learning has guided his work in schools across the nation and at various local, regional, and national conferences.

Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator

Connect with Mason:
Resources
Kasey’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUcrQJnGzHE Matt’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aVyU15xco2Q Mason’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C94jbavnImI

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast!
  • Heather Moores (Quebec, Canada) -  I came across a Google Chrome Extension called “CheckMark”. Have you guys heard of this?

On The Blogs (27:53)


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Oct 30, 2017
Lions, Tigers, and Google Feedback Oh My! - GTT027
42:07

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Keith George (Alabama) talks blurring in YouTube videos
  • Alex Adams -- opening up new module after submitting work on Google Classroom?
  • Amy Eagle (NY) -- "I love Google classroom. But I am wondering if we should be teaching basic drive skills that are no longer as critical when we use Classroom to disseminate and turn in work. Clearly, it is easier to use Classroom than to teach sharing etc. How would you reconcile the two?"

On The Blogs


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Oct 23, 2017
Find Your Tribe Keynote - GTT026
49:41

On this episode, Matt and Kasey are sharing a joint keynote presentation they gave during the Summer of 2017. Below is the presentation used...

Featured Content


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Oct 16, 2017
Google Slides Gains New Superpowers - GTT025
43:33

Google News and Updates

During episode 24 Matt and Kasey made it known that sometimes there just aren't many if any updates to speak of. No sooner did they utter those words and Google went crazy with a number updates!

Featured Content

Google Slides is a cornerstone application of G Suite and recently Google added a number of features to improve functionality and usability. Some of the features mentioned were long-time requests by users like you and others were bonus add-ons that were unexpected.

  • Slides now features Google Keep integration
  • New Add-ons...
    • Unsplash - Every Unsplash photo is high-res and completely free to use for commercial and personal purposes.
    • Adobe Stock
    • Shutter Stock
    • the Noun Project
    • Pear Deck
  • Features...
    • Linked Slides
    • Slide Sorter
    • Insert Diagrams
    • Skip Slides (during presentation)
    • Apps Scripts
Resources
Official Google blog post announcing Slides updates

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

Dena Dellere (@DDellere) tweeted about her use of Google Classroom for a recent technology-related in-service at her school in Oklahoma. "Each topic is a Session."

Sam Mora, via SpeakPipe, from Arizona, uses Screencastify and is looking for a way to blur sensitive information in the videos she creates.

Christina Smith Rivera, from Colorado, works with teams of Student TechXperts. Her students provide PD for students and staff members at the school. She is looking for ways to connect her student tech leaders with other groups throughout the United States.

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Oct 09, 2017
Engage Science Students by App Smashing with Joe Marquez - GTT024
38:31

Google News and Updates

In a lighter week of news and updates the only things of note were additional colors to Google Keep Notes and revamped icons in the G Suite interface when using Docs, Sheets, etc

Featured Content

Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage his 8th-grade science students.

His focus is not on ways educators teach their kids, but rather on new ways they can better reach their kids.

Technology has been the spark which has ignited his exploration into next-generation educational technology and pushed him into becoming a leader and technology coach for the Clovis Unified School District.

Joe provides insight on his TACO initiative, which is a STEM camp for students who want to teach STEM.

Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Cara Wilmot (FL) shared a comment on episode 22 regarding captions on Youtube.

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Oct 02, 2017
Visual Thinking with Google Drawings - GTT023
37:54

Google News and Updates (4:25)

Featured Content (7:34)

Google Drawings allows you to add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams. However, Matt and Kasey provide you with some additional applications for you and your students.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (25:18)

  • Meghan Eberhart (MN) asks about web-based video editors with the recent Google killing of the Youtube video editor/creator.
  • Becca Glassberg (NY) had a quick question regarding Google Classroom differentiation and how assignments appear on Google Calendar.
  • Tim Baker (KY) runs a Student Tech Leadership Program (STLP) and is looking for an app, tool, or extension for managing checklists for repetitive tasks.

On The Blogs (33:04)


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Sep 25, 2017
What's New With Youtube? - GTT022
37:57

Google News and Updates (4:00)

  • What’s Really Going on With Google Drive
  • Applied Digital Skills: New Lessons and RubricsThe Applied Digital Skills program recently added new lessons plans and assessment rubrics. Additionally, Applied Digital Skills is now aligned to the state standards for ten states, with more coming soon. Explore the curriculum now.
  • Earlier this summer, Google Arts & Culture launched 'We Wear Culture’, looking at the history of fashion and the stories behind what we wear. From the story of the Sari in India and lace making in Switzerland; this project covers a wide range of designers, fashion icons and subjects. There are 6 Google Expedition tours to accompany the project.
  • Create a Culture of Innovation at Your School The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to proactively shape the culture of your school, and a culture of innovation can amplify the impact of technology. Take advantage of this time to nurture an environment where teachers are encouraged to take risks and try new things in order to better serve students. Use this guide to access guiding principles and actionable tips for creating a culture of innovation among teachers and staff.
  • Embed on Google Sites

Featured Content (16:40)

  • What's New In YouTube?
    • Got a new look and features on Aug. 29 - highlights
      • Lots of updates to mobile - Watch this video
      • Google for Education on YouTube
      • EDU in 90 on YouTubeWant to keep tabs on the latest updates from Google for Education, but don’t have much time? Check out EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, we focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss an episode.
      • Episode 2: What’s New in Classroom
      • New embed options
      • New look and feel
      • Open transcript
      • Dark theme great for whole class watching in the dark
      • GTT on YT

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (27:01)

On The Blogs (32:04)

Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell


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Sep 18, 2017
Unpacking Google Classroom for 2017-18 - GTT021
35:22

Texas Needs Your Help, Y'all!

Google News and Updates (8:05)

Featured Content (15:05)

The 2017-18 school year is here and Google did not disappoint as many improvements, enhancements, and new features were added to the popular Google Classroom.

Highlights include:
  • View all student work on one page
  • Move tiles in your classes
  • Display class code in full screen
  • Teacher/student can specify which email notifications they receive

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (20:47)

  • Miriam Bart wants to turn off Classroom notifications.
  • Amy Diamond has teachers who want to make more attractive slides
  • Lisa Byrd: DocSecrets add-on to blank out words and reveal them as you go

On The Blogs (27:37)

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell

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Sep 11, 2017
We Love Our Tribe - GTT020
32:37

Google News and Updates (2:42)

Featured Content (9:44)

I have a 3rd student that took what I taught her about using G Suite, specifically from your episode #9 about Google forms and applied it to an "Entrepreneurial" venture! She created a Google form titled- "Eliana's Summer Pet Sitting and Mail Collection Service" then she had her mother post it to her friends to collect potential customers' information in a Google Sheet. As you can imagine, I was beaming with pride and thought you would like to hear about this real-life application being made at such a young age. This is proof that if we spend the time to train our kids to use these creative digital tools, they will do remarkable things!

I spent this school year teaching and developing a curriculum for an elementary version of a "Chrome Squad" for our building. My goal was to develop a resource to train kids to use G Suite using basic language that kids can understand. I have a "Kids Teaching Kids" type of program which has now evolved into my kids actually teaching our busy teachers to use Google tools as well.

I started with 10 kids and now have over 30 kids in our Chrome Squad. If you are interested, I can get you more information on my ebook coming out over the summer- "Chromebooks for kids- Training your Elementary Chrome Squad."

On The Blogs (20:59)

UPCOMING CONFERENCES (28:30)


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Jun 05, 2017
Tell Me a Story with G Suite- GTT019
41:45

Google News and Updates (3:34)

From Google I/O: https://blog.google/topics/developers/all-io17-announcements/

  • Make calls with Google Assistant, type to talk to it, proactive notifications (will Google Home have a place in schools? Google Assistant?) -
  • Smart Reply to Gmail … previously in Inbox and Allo (do you use it?)
  • Expeditions AR: More virtual/augmented reality experiences for the classroom (Statue of David, strand of DNA, whirling Category 5 hurricane)

Featured Content (10:27)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:40)

"I'm enjoying the podcast. In episode 5, a listener had a question about how to remove students from accessing certain files he shared with them. Y'all both offered great tips. I just wanted to offer a free solution at whohasaccess.com that scans your Drive, shows who has access to what files, and with one button push, you can revoke access to all files you've shared with that person. I use this for removing access to Google Drive files from departing employees." --Aaron Kinney

JP Prezzavento (MO) -- via SpeakPipe. Add short link in automatic substitution.

https://kaizena.com/

On The Blogs (31:28)

Upcoming Conferences (35:06)


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May 29, 2017
Google Slides Can Do What?!?!- GTT018
36:29

Google News and Updates (4:29)

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.

Resources
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:
    1. do you have a hack for getting around not being able to put a Google Sheet in landscape?
    2. 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?
  • 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)


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May 22, 2017
Our Favorite Google Docs Tips & Tricks - GTT017
39:33

Google News and Updates (6:07)

 

Featured Content (13:08)

Matt's favorite Docs tips and tricks:     Kasey's favorite Docs tips and tricks:
    • Insert GIF
    • Force a Copy
    • Voice Typing
    • Tagging in Comments
    • Paste & Match Style
       
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (29:20)

  • Paula Frank
  • Arlee Hall

On The Blogs (34:00)

Become a Google Trainer VIP

Ready for some summer PD? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use Google Apps in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

This is the e-course you have been waiting for--the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

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 Checklist
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • 7 Hours PD Credit (certificate and badge!)
  • and much more!

Watch the videos on this page to learn more about the process and this course.

(Please note: This course does NOT include preparation for Level 1 and 2. I am working on a new set of courses to support this here.)

BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com


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May 15, 2017
Tour the World with the NEW Google Earth - GTT016
34:24

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Maps is Google's map program. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation.

Resources

Assign a Google Voyage as an assignment in Classroom (YouTube)

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs

Countdown to Closing VIP Become a Google Certified Trainer Course (closes Midnight on May 21)


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May 08, 2017
Math and G Suite - GTT015
34:59

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

John McGowan is a certified Google Education Trainer and the creator for the g(Math) Add-on for Docs, Sheets, and Forms with over 11.5 million worldwide users. He has been teaching secondary math for over 15 years and loved to adapt the fail-forward mentality and push the bounds of technology integration in the math classroom. John's passion is to ignite student interest in math by creating dynamic visualizations and using coding to give personalized instruction and feedback to students instantly. His Moonshot is to make Coding the new Calculus.

John has presented worldwide on using g(Math) and other digital tools in the classroom and incorporating coding into the math curriculum. He recently embarked on a new career to leave the classroom to join up with Texthelp to develop g(Math) full-time and make a greater impact on teaching and learning by making digital math easy and accessible to all. EquatIO (https://goo.gl/G0yCQH) was just released and is the first step in that journey!

Connect with John:
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs


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May 01, 2017
Hidden Treasures from Google - GTT014
34:48
Apr 24, 2017
Using G Suite to Improve Writing with Shaelynn Farnsworth - GTT013
34:27

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Shaelynn Farnsworth is a leader in the convergence between literacy and technology. As a high school teacher, she redefined her English classroom as not only a place to learn about literature but also explore how technology is shaping the future of communications. She continues this exploration as an Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa. There, her primary focus is on technology, literacy, and Authentic Intellectual Work. Shaelynn is a staff developer, literacy coach, and supports districts in the implementation of initiatives. She is a Google Certified Innovator and has training in Project Based Learning from the Buck Institute, Instructional Coaching, and Reading and Writing Workshop from Lucy Calkins.

Connect with Shaelynn Farnsworth
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

In episode 10 you asked about ways for people to submit files through Google Forms if they are outside of your domain. Since that feature is limited to use within your domain, here is a different idea that districts may want to try if they need parents or other folks to be able to submit files which get automatically saved to your Drive...

An option to consider might be to use the "Save Emails and Attachments" add-on for Google Sheets:

You can see full details on how it works here:

Basically instead of using a Form, people would send an email to a specific address (I would suggest setting up one specifically for this purpose like dropbox@myschool.org). Emails sent to this address will trigger the add-on. Any attachments they send would be saved into a Google Drive folder you specify (which could be shared with the appropriate people for access).

On The Blogs


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Apr 17, 2017
Staying Productive with Google Chrome - GTT012
39:17

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Chrome Extensions for Staying Productive
Kasey’s Faves: Matt’s Faves:
Resources

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs

Google Certified Trainer Online Course from Shake Up Learning!

Summer is approaching quickly, and now is the perfect time to plan your professional learning! Would you like to be a Google Certified Trainer? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers?

This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer!

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 Checklist
  • VIP BONUSES!
  • Tips & Tricks
  • and much more!

Visit BecomeAGoogleTrainer.com for all of the details and to enroll (VIP opens April 11th and will close at midnight CST on May 21!)


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Apr 10, 2017
Keeping Up with Google Keep - GTT011
28:49

Matt and Kasey have a lot of fun hosting the podcast! So much fun that they've inadvertently caused a new hashtag, #superexcited! Jen Giffen, their guest in episode 1o, created this graphic to help Matt and Kasey with their choice of words:

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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Google Keep is a note-taking service developed by Google. Google Keep is available on the web and has mobile apps for the Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio.

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Resources:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Lynn Legg (Castle Pines, Colorado) asks:
    I would love to know how I can clean out all the essays and assignments in my Google drive from previous year's Google Classrooms

On The Blogs


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Apr 03, 2017
Gorgeous Google Drive with Jen Giffen - GTT010
35:33
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Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Jen Giffen currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada.

She has an M.Ed in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and a specialist in English. She holds additional qualifications in Special Education and the Integration of Information and Computer Technology in Instruction.

She is a level 2 Google Certified Educator and Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and increase critical thinking skills.

She spends her free time playing with her three little boys and coaching and participating in competitive cheerleading.

Resources:

Jen’s Lesson: Mystery Hangouts (grades 3-12 AND adults)

Connect with Jen:

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

On The Blogs


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Mar 27, 2017
Google Forms Magic - GTT009
36:40
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GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

GOOGLE TIPS

Featured Content

  • Forms v. Quizzes feature
  • Email notifications (late work form)
  • Contact form
  • File attachments (field trip permission slips)
  • Student notes for documentation
  • Confirmation page
Resources:

GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE MAILBAG

  • Louie Soper (Lancaster, PA) asks:

ON THE BLOGS


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Mar 20, 2017
Meet the Chrome Squad - GTT008
28:42

GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

Featured Content

Matt and Kasey speak with Royse City High School’s Student Chrome Squad! Students Tyler Crumrine, Britni Sanchez, Bryan Barnes, Caleb Fay and their teacher advisor and Innovative Learning Specialist, Cody Holt discuss what the Chrome Squad is, how it began and the challenges they face.

Cody Holt spent 11 years as a high school Language Arts before transitioning to the world of instructional technology. As an Innovative Learning Specialist for Royse City ISD Cody gets to help teachers navigate instruction in a digital age; specifically how to incorporate digital tools to positively impact learning.

Resource mentioned:

GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE MAILBAG


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Mar 13, 2017
Video Projects with G Suite - GTT007
39:07

GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

Featured Content

In this week's episode, we talk about some great strategies and tools for how to create video projects using Google tools. Resources mentioned:

GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE MAILBAG

ON THE BLOGS


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Mar 06, 2017
#GAFE4littles with Christine Pinto - GTT006
41:47
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GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

Featured Content

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Christine Pinto teaches kindergarten for Arcadia Unified, which is located in southern California. She is the founder of #GAfE4Littles, which stands for Google Apps for Education for Little Kids (primary aged students).

Pinto, Google Certified Educator (Level 1),  believes that all kids, even our youngest learners can think critically and create with Google Apps.

Lesson shared by Christine:

Connect with Christine Pinto:

GOOGLE TEACH TRIBE MAILBAG

ON THE BLOGS


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Feb 27, 2017
Differentiating Instruction with Google Classroom - GTT005
38:21
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:

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 Teacher Tribe Mailbag

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


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Feb 20, 2017
Google in Special Education | Interview with Carrie Baughcum - GTT004
40:09

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Featured Content

Carrie Baughcum is a self-described inspiration junkie, idea spreader, and learning enthusiast! Most importantly, she is a passionate believer that all children can learn, we just need to find out how.

Baughcum is currently the 6th, 7th and 8th-grade Extended Resource Special Education class in Arlington Heights School District 25. In her classroom, Carrie integrates technology, creative thinking, a fearless attitude, the power of gamification and endless doodles to enable her students to access information and materials, enhance their learning and empower them to achieve things they never knew they could do or be a part of.

Carrie is also the mother of two daughters, 9 and 11 years old. At home, she encourages them to explore, learn and try anything their imagination can think up. She works hard to create and involve them in activities and experiences with exploration, creativity, problem-solving and making.

She shares her experiences from her classroom, adventures, experiences and time with her husband and daughters with other at conferences and at carriebaughcum.com.

Shared by Carrie:

ON THE BLOGS

Matt - How to get parents on board with your big changes Kasey - How to Differentiate Assignments in Google Classroom

MAILBAG

  • Kevin White, The Learning Choice Academy in California, wrote in:
    • Matt, I love your site! Need to spruce mine up. I like the new Google Sites (been using Classic Google Sites), but it seems a bit limited. What do you use for your Ditch That Textbook site? Did you design it yourself? I hope you do not mind, I will be presenting and sharing some of your blogs at our next teacher tech training in Feb! Keep up the good work, I find your passion for educational technology to be exuberant!
  • Tracey Nangle, ELA/Geography teacher, North Smithfiled Schools in Slatersville, RI
  • Keturah Rush, Monticello School District in Monticello, AR
  • Thank You Pam Q for your 5-star iTunes review!
    • This podcast was easy to listen to: clear, concise and useful for teachers and administrators. Kasey and Matt include current information for any educator who is integrating technology in their classrooms and schools. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Feb 13, 2017
The New Google Sites - GTT003
32:41
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New Google Sites

The new Google Sites allow for a beautiful design with easy click to add, drag and drop elements including Google files (Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Charts).

The new sites also allow creators to embed maps, YouTube videos, calendars on easy to manage and arranged pages. The themes are elegant to design easily and collaborate to let others edit a site.

Great a good entry point for newer users and those that don’t need fancy options when designing websites.

Ways to use Google Sites:

  • Websites for projects
  • Parent portal
  • Video repository
  • ePortfolios
  • Training site

Resources

ON THE BLOGS

MAILBAG

  • Paula Frank (Christ the King School in Little Rock, AR): Have you heard when we GSUITE users will be able to use Google Play Store? As of last week, it is still grayed on our chrome flip books. Want to get those android apps to my kindergarten and 1st-grade teachers. Answer: https://support.google.com/chrome/a/answer/7131624
  • Heather Kilgore from Commerce ISD in Commerce, Texas left as awesome iTunes review!
  • We got a Speakpipe message from Italy!

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Feb 06, 2017
How to Make Their Learning Go Viral | Interview with Karly Moura - GTT002
33:42
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Karly Moura is a Teacher On Special Assignment (Instructional Coach & Educational Technology Support Teacher) at Sun Terrace Elementary School, MDUSD.

Links and Resources Mentioned:

Connect with Karly Moura

Google News and Updates

On the Blogs

Other Mentions and Shout Outs


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Jan 30, 2017
Empower Teachers with the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast – GTT001
32:33

In this episode, you will learn what to expect in this new podcast as well as learn about your hosts Matt Miller and Kasey Bell and their journey through the Google Teacher Academy, which was a really great experience for both of them. We also have some Google news and updates to share.

GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES

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