Thursday, March 22, 2018

Getting Math Equations on a Google Site

Use Equatio in Slides.
I always learn the best tech tricks from students, and I always get my best challenges from teachers. We have student portfolios on Google Sites and for the most part it is great. But the Math department came with a small problem, Sites doesn't have an equation editor. We started thinking of possible solutions to this dilemma. The first idea was to write the equations in Docs and simply screen shot them or insert the Doc, but the teachers were really happy with this solution. So I continued looking for a more elegant solution... A couple of days passed by with that problem floating around in the back of my mind, when on Twitter someone shared the Chrome extension Equatio which also doesn't support Sites yet, but it does allow you to put equations on just about anything else in Gsuite, including Slides. When I mentioned this solution, the department seemed much more happy with Slides instead of Docs. Here is how you do it. First get the Equatio extension for Chrome. Then open up Slides and have your students input their equations. Slides will treat the Equatio output like photos. Arrange them appropriately on the Slide. Once you are finished messing around with your equations, go to Sites and insert your Slide on your Site. It looks pretty good!
Insert your Slide on your Site! Easy!

Professional Development Bingo

Professional Development Bingo is not my idea. The CDS Director of the High School, Malcolm, introduced me to the concept, and I loved it so I development this bingo card to use at school for next year. And then I though I should share this out to the educational community at large. You can have a copy of mine with this link.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Voice Typing in Google Slides!

One of the amazing features of Docs is the voice typing option. It allows the user to speak and it types exactly what you say. I've been waiting for Google to add this feature to other products and they have... Introducing Voice Typing in Slides. It is in the Tools menu and only allows the function in speaker notes, but you can easily voice-type your Slide content in the notes and copy and paste to the actual slide. Game changer for people who struggle with writing.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Adding Music to a Youtube Video in 6 Slides

Youtube's music library has over 150,000 free songs. They are broken into genre to help you find exactly the type of background music you want for your project.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Using Bookmarks in Docs

This 51 second video will teach you how to make Bookmarks in Google Docs. Worth the time!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Where is the Youtube Video Trimmer?

1. Creator Studio from your image in the top right
corner of the screen.
If you are like most people, you were probably sad when the trim video function was removed from Youtube. The fact is that the trim video function still exists! Yes, it is true. It lives! But Youtube did decide to hide it from you. But, this post will walk you through how to find it.

Your journey starts by logging in to your account. Go to your image in the top right corner of the screen. The menu that appears is rather new, so don't be surprised if you never noticed it before. One of the options it Creator Studio. This is where you need to go first.

The second step is to go to the video you want to trim and hit the edit button.

Next you will go to Enhancements. You can find it along the top of the screen above the video player.

2. Use the edit button next to the video you want to work on.
3. Go to Enhancements.
Finally you are ready to see the video trimmer! Next to the bottom of the video player, you can find the Trim button. Now you are ready to trim your video. Have fun!
4. The video trimmer is here next to the bottom of the
video player.