Cast for Education

After Google for Education’s announcement this week of several tools to be implemented my mind is just racing with excitement. First off, Google Expeditions app is graduating from beta stage and its availability to the public. Second, Google Forms gets it long awaited grading component making it extremely easy for teachers to provide assessments. What I’m…

Fix this Please! When Accessibility Goes Wrong

We all have  experienced a time when a student brings you a Chromebooks that looks a bit funky. Here are a series of Chromebook problems (when accessibility features are turned on) and how to fix them. Here is a short list of common learning distracting accessibility options (when not needed) ChromeVox (Spoken Feedback): anything you…

Chrome Apps Are Usually Websites

Most Chrome Web Store apps are website shortcuts. This tip focuses on learning about educational resources and determining if the website is meaningful, appropriate, and safe. Teachers are the only members who have access to the Chrome Web Store. Here you can find a tremendous amount of resources through Apps- applications or website resources Extensions- mini-tools…

Chromebook Efficiency and Transparency

This method focuses on how to easily customize student experiences with their Chromebooks as well as how teachers can monitor and enhance instruction through Google Classroom. Student Efficiency with Pinning Apps The bottom bar on a Chromebook is called the shelf. By default there are a few apps that are already pinned, however you can…

Never Lose Work & Keeping Students Honest

This tip focuses on using a simple keyboard shortcut to open up to view what students have been browsing as well as a fix for when you accidentally closed out a browser full of tabs. Example: Teacher is concerned if a student is off task. The teacher visits the student’s Chromebook and uses the Crtl…

Browser Memory A Terrible Thing to Waste

Life gets busy, especially when we are surfing online. Whether you are browsing in your personal or professional lives, tabbed browsing is hugely beneficial and a device memory curse. For those of us who rock a bunch a tabs on a daily basis, the extension The Great Suspender might be an awesome option for you! The…

Up to Date with Google Calendar Extension

As educators time is never on our side and we will always be continuously busy teaching, planning, meeting, professional development, workshops, conferences etc… If your school implements Google for Education, then Google Calendar is a overly used tool.    A great way to shave off time and access when your next event occurs, try out…

Quality and Appropriate Google Image Search

Finding the best image online for any project, presentation, or assignment generally always resorts to finding an image through Google Images. However are we and our students practicing good digital citizenship methods? Are we teaching how to find quality imagery as well?       When searching images online we have the ability to find…

Put a Pin in that Browser

When you have a website resource you use often, it’s essential to pin the tab in your browser. I have observed and experienced times when myself, staff, or students have accidentally or unknowingly closed out of a resource they were using. Pinning a tab is easy and your browser will always remember and keep it on (even when…

Fixing a Frozen Chrome Extension

Have you ever had a Chrome extension freeze up or stop working for whatever reason? Here are a few simple steps to try out to resolve your problem easily.               1. Click on the Chrome Menu button.  2. Select More Tools, then Task Manager. 3. Select the frozen extension…

Showing the Math with Sketchpad and Snagit

I was posed with a question earlier today from a colleague of mine. The question was “how can a teacher create a video to show how to do a math problem?” This has been a question that several teachers have asked over the past few years. There is always an app or a way (usually more than one). …

Free Chromebook Graphic Design Apps

Pixlr Editor is a great free image manipulation app that mimics the look, feel, and functionality of Adobe Photoshop. There are little differences, however Pixlr Editor is very comparable. Users have the options to work with or without an account and save locally to their device or in the cloud (Google Drive). Available in the…