Weekly post #7 – Blurring your background and opening what you want

Google Meet help sheet

Three things to check out Blur your background in Google Meet To help limit distractions during lessons (and meetings), you can now blur the background of your video in Google Meet. When it’s turned on, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you clear and in focus. I feel … Read more

Weekly post #4

Google Meet

The wonderful world of educational technologies continues to spin during our summer holidays. There have been a number of developments related to platforms that we use. Several companies have also released roadmaps of future changes. A request… Please sign into Chrome with your school Google Account. This not only allows your bookmarks etc to be … Read more

Finding your Chrome extensions, deleting one and adding another

There are a few ways to find which extensions you have installed on Google Chrome: Type chrome://extensions into the omnibar (the search/URL bar at the top of Chrome) and press enter. or Click on the three dots in the top right hand corner of Chrome, then More Tools, then Extensions. The Extension page lists all … Read more

Google Meet Grid View – a rather useful Chrome extension

Google Meet Grid View

Lots of use are currently using Google Meet with class sized groups – however the layouts offered by Google Meets seem designed for smaller numbers of participants! A Chrome Extension has been released by an independent developer that lets you create a grid view of all participants. First you need to install the extension from … Read more

Practical Pedagogies 2018 – Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

I had the pleasure to attend the biennial Practical Pedagogies conference hosted by St. George’s International School Cologne, Germany. The focus of Practical Pedagogies is ‘REAL training for REAL classroom teachers’. I hope the session I presented upon ‘Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools’ was useful for the 20 or so ‘real’ teachers who … Read more

What on earth are Google Chrome Extensions, Google Docs Add-ons and Chrome Apps?

Google Chrome

You may have heard about Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps and Google Docs add-ons – you may already have some installed and running. This post will explore what they are, give some recommendations to try and discuss the digital citizenship angle on their use with students. What is a Chrome Extension Chrome extensions are small software … Read more