Weekly post #34 – Smart chips, checklists and adding audio to Kahoot! questions

This will we the last ‘Weekly post’ before the summer break. Posts will start again in late August or early September focused upon the updates made during the summer months. Google Docs – Smart chips for files and meetings Google is currently working on a whole set of enhancements to Google Workspace that will make … Read more

Weekly post #33 – Google I/O and WWDC

WWDC

It is the season of developer conferences. Both Google and Apple have had their annual (online) developer conference in the last few weeks. These conferences are not focused upon ‘educational technology’ but technologies they announce and discuss will have impacts upon us, our student and upon education as a whole. Both of the condensed video … Read more

Weekly post #31 – GCE L1, images in front of or behind text and Google Slides Theme Builder

Google Slides - Theme Builder

Four things to check out → An update on the Google Certified Educator Level 1 If you have not yet completed your Google certified Educator Level 1 certification, or have let your lapse, this video is worth 14 minutes of your time → Produced by John R. Sowash who is definitely worth subscribing to on … Read more

Weekly post #30 – New types of citations, edit history, Google Sheets keyboard shortcuts and searching for public Google Workspace files

Add Citation Source in Google Docs

Four things to check out this week. Richer information on the edit history of a Document You can now view richer information on the edit history of a particular range of content in Google Docs. Simply highlight and right-click on a range of text and select “Show Editors” from the dropdown menu. Here, you can … Read more

Weekly post #28 – your digital hygiene routine and the possibilities of Kami

Windows + L

Three things to check out Changing your password(s) How long have you had the same password? How many of your digital accounts have the same password? The regular changing key passwords should be part of your ‘digital hygiene’ routine. As educators we should be modelling such practices to the students we support. Locking your laptop … Read more

Weekly post #27 – A digital decency manifesto, rich text in Classroom, breakout rooms in Meet and an audio tour in Google Arts & Culture

Digital decency manifesto

Four things to check out. A digital decency manifesto Do we need a digital decency manifesto? Set up Google Meet breakout rooms via Google Calendar It would seem that this is now available for our @ecolint.ch accounts. Rich text in now available in Google Classroom Alice Keeler is worth following for edtech ideas and updates. … Read more

Weekly post #26 – Google Chat notifications and sharing a guide to Google Meet with parents

Guide to Google Meet for parents and guardians

Two things to check out this week Using Google Chat more for internal communication and customizing notification frequency Google has added more options for notification settings in Google Chat and Chat in Gmail. These additional notification settings give you more control over the amount of notifications you’ll receive based on your level of engagement or … Read more

Weekly post #25 – WeVideo, stepping back in time with Google Maps and helpful educators sharing!

Google Street View’s archives - London Bridge

WeVideo – use these videos to get started At International School of Geneva – Campus des Nations we have a WeVideo subscription available to all students. We tend to try and focus the use of WeVideo on the younger students (Years 7 to 9) and Adobe Premiere Pro available (via the school’s Adobe Creative Cloud … Read more

Weekly post #24 – history, updates and Edpuzzle

BBC Micro

Google Workspace for Education updates coming in 2021 Google recently hosted a virtual event for educators where they announced 50+ updates to the likes of Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Meet and Chromebooks. Read more about the updates here → Chromebook Classroom – Look what Google has planned for 2021! [27 February 2021] Edpuzzle We … Read more

Weekly post #23 – Google Meet has a green room plus the waffle, hamburger, snowman and the shish kebab

The G Suite Waffle

Replace your background in Google Meet It would seem that this feature appeared for us this week. You can now replace your background with an image of your choice. To get the best results you should sit yourself quite close to a wall behind you. The plainer the wall the better the results. Waffle, hamburger, … Read more