Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Working with Multiple Google Accounts

Many of us have more than one Google account, and it's easy to become confused with which account we're logged into.  This often leads to accidentally sending emails from the wrong account or requesting access to a shared document from the wrong account.

This short video will help you manage multiple accounts and show you how you can change your profile icon for each account.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Redirecting email from First Class to Google

For those still using the FirstClass email system, I want to remind you that we will be shutting down the FirstClass server after June 30, 2017.  This means you will no longer have access to your account.  If you'd like to have emails that are currently being sent to your FirstClass account automatically redirected to your Google account, this video will show you how.  One advantage of redirecting rather than forwarding emails is that the emails arrive in you Google inbox with the original sender's email address as the one sending the message.  When you forward an email from your account to Google, you are the sender, thus you're not able to simply reply to the original sender.  Confused?  Trust me, redirecting is better.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Blogger - Not Just For Blogging

We've heard the term "blogging" before, but what exactly is blogging?  Blogging started out as a way to allow people to post articles to the Internet without having to have any web design knowledge.  Blog sites added features such as RSS feeds which allow others to "follow" the blogger.  Blog sites were a quick and easy way for those with something to say to post their thoughts for the world to see.  Blogging is alive and well, but even if you're not a blogger, you can certainly make use of a blog site.  Since the site allows you to quickly and easily create web space, you can use a blog site to create a classroom website.  Your "blogs" can be anything you want.  This includes text, images, video, or any combination of the same.  Posts are automatically archived and are simple to find and search.  As such, if you're a teacher, you can post class notes, information, videos, images, and links related to your classroom curriculum.   Students can use the site in real-time, or use it as an online repository of lessons and information from your class.  If you have an interactive white board that can record, or if you have some other way to record your lessons, you can post these videos to your blog site where students will have access to them.  So don't think of a blog site as being just a source for blogs, think of it as a ready-made website waiting for you to easily fill it with content.

Below is an introduction to Blogger, Google's blog engine.  If you have a Google account, you have the ability to create a blog site.  Blogspot is Google's name for its blog engine.  Not only can you use it in your class, but students can create their own blog sites that are able to be accessed, monitored, and controlled by the school district.  It's a great tool for project-based learning.

In the coming days, I will post additional training videos showing you how to create your Blogspot account, set it up, and how to publish your first post.

BookBub - For Free Books!

If you like to read, or if you know someone who does, I have the site for you!  BookBub is a website that allows you to purchase e-books at super discounted prices, or even for free!  First, you have to create an account with them.  As part of the account, you indicate which genres you like and even which authors you like.  Then, each day you will receive an email with several book options.  Prices range from free to a few dollars.  If you see a book or books you like, simply click on the appropriate button and you will be taken to your Amazon account.  From your Amazon account, you indicate which device you want the book installed on, and the book will be delivered to it.  It’s quite simple.  You will be required to have an Amazon account, and currently, books are only Kindle enabled.  You don’t have to have a Kindle.  Remember, you can install the Kindle app on your iPad or Android device, essentially turning it into a Kindle reader.  What are you waiting for?  Go get a book!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Flubaroo - Add-n for Sheets

Many of you have heard of Flubaroo.  For those who have not, it's a great little add-on for Google Sheets designed to score test/quizzes created in Google Forms.  Flubaroo was created before Google Forms allowed you to create a quiz out of a form.  This begs the question, "Why would I use Flubaroo rather than a Forms quiz?"  The truth is, the quiz creation feature in Forms will do just about everything Flubaroo does, so it more a matter of preference than anything else; however, Flubaroo has some neat features you might want to take advantage of.  For example, Flubaroo uses the responses in Sheets captured from the form submission.  It will grade the submissions and provide some quick and convenient graphic displays.  For example, students who score less than 70% on a quiz/test will show up in read in your spreadsheet.  Question in which less than 60% of students answered correctly will show up in orange.  This makes it easy to get a quick assessment of students' performance.

Blow are two videos.  The first was produced by Flubaroo and provides an overview of what Flubaroo can do.  The second is a video I created to show you how to use Flubaroo.