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

Weekly post #22 – Badging Google Workspace skills, accessing the Financial Times, Kahoot explainer and some Jamboard

G Suite Skills from Canopy

Four things to check out → Badging digital skills with G Suite Skills from Canopy I have been using G Suite Skills from Canopy with a group of students during Enrichment period and I am impressed. Using Google Classroom you assign the students badges to earn, such as ‘Getting started with Google Drive’ or ‘Next … Read more

Weekly post #21 – teaching with podcasts and taking your calendar offline

Google Podcasts

Four things to check out. Using Google Podcasts You can find Google Podcasts in your ‘waffle’. This is a great option if you want students to listen to podcasts without having to download or subscribe to a service or application. classtechtips.com has a great article about ‘How to Use Google Podcasts with Students‘ here. Using … Read more

Weekly post #20 – Google Earth, Anki flashcards and the end of Flash.

Google Earth Imagery Lawn Mower Apporach

Four things to check out. Adobe Flash Player is dead! Adobe stopped supporting Flash Player beginning December 31, 2020, as they previously announced in July 2017. In addition, to help secure users’ systems, Adobe blocked Flash content from running in Flash Player beginning January 12, 2021. Adobe strongly recommends all users immediately uninstall Flash Player … Read more

Weekly post #19 – additional languages for Meet live captions, multiple page orientations in Google Docs and ‘common systematic misconceptions’

Gapminder Worldview Upgrader

Four things to check out EDU in 90: The Latest, January 2021 A couple of useful Google Meet updates in this latest video from the Google for Education team. Additional language support for live captions in Google Meet Live captions are the automatically generated subtitles as everyone speaks during a video call. Google have expanding … Read more

Weekly post #17 – Google Sites, Earth, Meet and the Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation

The First Journey Around The World

Four things to check out Customize text style and appearance in Google Sites Those of you using Google Sites can now adjust text size, color, font, spacing, and more while typing in a text box. This significantly expands control over how individual words, paragraphs, pages, and sections look. In 2021, Google will add the ability … Read more

Weekly post #16 – Read&Write, converting PDFs to Google Docs and what’s new in Docs and Chat

Four things to check out Read&Write for Google Chrome quick reference guide EDU in 90: What’s New in Docs Converting PDFs to Google Docs You can convert image and PDF files to text with Google Drive! On your computer, go to Google Drive. Right-click on the desired file. Click Open with → Google Docs. The image file will be … Read more

Weekly post #15 – Raise your hand, Read&Write, timers and that new look your Gmail has!

Google Meet breakout Room Timer

Four things to check out Read&Write for Google Chrome – A how to guide for students This week it has been great to see a teacher using Read&Write with a whole class. They were using the highlight tool and then the ‘Collect and Clear Highlights’ feature to extract the highlighted text into a new Google … Read more