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Weekly post #59 - Chrome Actions, Chromebook Touchpad tips, translated captions in Google Meet, ManageBac certification and Discord

Type Create Google doc into the Omnibox, and Chrome will…

Chrome Actions enable you to complete tasks from the browser quickly. Omnibox is Google's name for the address bar at the top of the Chrome window. As well as showing the address of a web page, you can also use it to search.

If you type 'Create event' in the Omnibox, you will see an Action clip - see image above - click the Action Clip and bingo, you are creating an event.

There is a whole range of useful Chrome Actions - here are some highlights →

  • Create presentation
  • Manage downloads
  • Translate this page
  • Delete history
  • Incognito

Read more here → support.google.com - Use Chrome Actions to quickly complete tasks

10 Chromebook Touchpad Tips

Speed up what you are doing with your Chromebook and show off some slick skills with the touchpad tips outlined in the poster above.

Read more here → Control Alt Achieve - 10 Chromebook Touchpad Tips and FREE Poster [11 November 2022]

Translated captions in Google Meet

Translated captions provide real-time translations of the speaker's language, helping to make meetings more inclusive and collaborative for meeting participants.

You can use translated captions to translate English to or from these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Google has recently expanded this feature so that you can now →

  • Translate English calls into Japanese, Mandarin (simplified), and Swedish
  • Translate French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish calls into English

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Expanded language support for captions and translated captions in Google Meet [16 December 2022]

ManageBac Certification

ManageBac has formally unveiled its complete ManageBac Certification programme.

The Certified Educator programme formally allows administrators and educators to test and demonstrate their expertise with our platform.

Each asynchronous, online exam can be undertaken whenever, wherever – with helpful resources provided to support meaningful, self-paced revision, and assessments tailored to specific roles and academic programmes.

managebac.com/blog - ManageBac Certification [20 January 2023]

Upon successfully completing their chosen exam, users receive a digital certificate and badge, evidencing their status as a ManageBac Certified Educator.

Read more here → managebac.com/blog - ManageBac Certification [20 January 2023]

What is Discord?

Discord is popular with specific groups of our students.

This article from Childnet gives a good overview → What is Discord? A guide for parents and carers [21 June 2022]

Weekly post #58 – Padlet notifications, the Chromebook clipboard menu, file locations in Drive, the Mote Certified Educator course and ChatGPT in education

Padlet - now with email and push notifications

Padlet

Everyone at Ecolint currently has access to a paid Padlet account. Padlet is an excellent collaboration tool and can be a useful 'front page' for a class, group or department.

Padlet has recently made it possible to follow individual padlets to receive notifications when new posts are added. If you visit a Padlet that you would like to follow and click on the notification 'bell' in the right-hand side tool column - you then have the opportunity to 'follow'.

If you click on the three dots at the bottom left-hand corner of the Padlet home screen → then Settings → then Notifications you have the possibility to control the notifications you generally receive from Padlet as well as the Padlets and individuals you follow.

Read more here → padlet.blog - Stay on top of your Padlet activity with email and push notifications [15 December 2022]

[Chromebook] Use Search + V to paste one of the last five things you copied

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Hopefully, we all know Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, and Ctrl+V for cut, copy and paste actions on not only your Chromebook but on Windows as well (substitute Cmd for Ctrl and these work on a Mac).

If you use Search (the key with a magnifying glass icon on) + V you will see a list of the last five things you copied to the 'clipboard'. You can then use the pointer (mouse or trackpad or touchscreen) to choose what you want to paste. The up and down cursor keys and enter also do the same selection role.

Read more here → support.google.com - Chromebook keyboard shortcuts

Easily see file locations in Google Drive

In addition to seeing a file’s name, owner, modification date, and size, Google added a column to include location information in the Search, Recent, Starred and Trash web views of Google Drive.

This feature makes it easier to differentiate between similarly-named files stored in different locations and find precisely what you’re looking for at a much faster rate.

Read more here → workspaceupdates.googleblog.com - Easily see file locations in Google Drive [1 June 2022]

The Mote Certified Educator Program

As discussed in the last ICT-themed faculty meeting, all educators at Nations Secondary have access to 'full' Mote accounts.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the Mote Certified Educator program. The online self-lead course, which can be paused and rejoined, takes about an hour and is a valuable way to upskill yourself, building on the introduction in the staff meeting.

ChatGPT3 in education

There is a lot being said about OpenAI and ChatGPT and their impacts on education. This podcast from 'The International Schools Podcast' is well worth a listen to help you understand some of the questions being asked about this quickly evolving situation.

[13 January 2023]

Weekly post #57 – Managing Chrome tabs, producing Chromebook screencasts, sharing YouTube clips and producing timelines in Sheets

The following topics, ideas and themes are a summary of updates shared during the November 2022 IT themed faculty meeting at International School of Geneva - Campus des Nations Secondary.

Managing tabs in Chrome

How many open Chrome tabs is too many?

Are you making use of the Chrome bookmark bar and the feature where you can organise bookmarks in folders?

Have you explored Chrome tab groups yet?

If you ‘live you life in bookmarks’ consider using raindrop.io! It is one of my favourite apps and I use it on a daily basis.

The [Chromebook] Screencast

If you have a Chromebook you have access to the Screencast app. If you have the need to record what is happening on your screen along with your commentary, maybe to explain a process or similar, it is worth checking out the following video, produced by John R Sowash

Google Documents notifications

For a long time now it has been possible to be notified when changes were made to a Google Sheet. Google has now brought similar capabilities to Google Documents.

Tools → Notification settings →tick 'Added or removed content'

Google Documents Notification settings

I use this function to monitor a 'bulletin' document. When additions are made to the document I receive an email notification. This means that I do not need to remember to regularly check the document - but also not miss out when additional content is added.

Top tips when using YouTube

YouTube

There's a range of keyboard shortcuts that you can make use of when using YouTube to display your fluency and skills. Here are my favourites →

  • Spacebar → Play/Pause.
  • f → Activate full screen.
  • c → Activate closed captions and subtitles if available. To hide captions and subtitles, press C again.
  • Number 0 → Goes to the start of the video

Find more Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube here.

If you place the pointer over a video's progress bar a red dot will appear. If you then right click on that red dot you are presented with some options. One of these is 'Copy video URL at current time'. If you click on that and then share the copied link (URL) with somebody then if they click on the link the video will open and start playing at that time.

YouTube clips

Some content producers allow you to produce a 'clip' of their video. This would then allow you to easily share that clip (section of a video) with a student, class or team. The following video explains the process →

Read more about this here → support.google.com - Share clips

The Google Sheets Timeline feature

You can now produce timelines in Google Sheets. This is a useful and powerful feature that presents opportunities for use in the classroom as well as by educators for project management.

Check out this excellent video produced by Eric Curts

Weekly post #56 – ManageBac subject pages, Sites updates and the iPhone 14

ManageBac subject pages

ManageBac is working to development more community around the use of the platform. Expect to see various community focused initiatives over the coming months.

Something to check out straight way are subject pages.

ManageBac DP geography subject page

Log into ManageBac → from your Home page → click on → Curriculum → Explore Subjects → then either use the search box or look through until you find the subject you are looking for.

You will find a page which includes an external newsfeed, resources from ManageBac, resources from the IB as well as additional resources suggested by the 'Subject Leader'.

Google Sites updates

Google Sites

There has been a recent slew of Google Sites updates. Here they are with links to the necessary explanations and support →

Embed content as a full page in new Google SitesSite editors can now add content as a full page from the following sources: custom code, other websites, and Google apps, such as Maps and Docs.

Import existing custom themes to new Google SitesYou can now import a custom theme from one new Google Site to another.

Adjust spacing between content in Sites using new density theme settingSite editors using new Google Sites can now adjust the spacing between the content on their site with a custom theme setting that offers Compact, Cozy, or Comfortable spacing options.

Conveniently connect site visitors with social channels in new SitesSite editors can now insert stylized social media links into pages within their site.

Wiki2Map

Wiki2Map is a useful research tool. It takes a Wikipedia page that you give it and turns it into a mind map.

Certainly useful you helping break down a 'big' topic or idea.

Apple's iPhone 14 event

Consumer electronics → this week saw the annual Apple iPhone announcement. If you missed the hour+ long event check out this 8 minute super-cut:

Using your Chromebook stylus to digitally annotate a document

[This post is focused upon educators using a Lenovo C13 Chromebook]

Your C13 Chromebook has a rechargeable USI (Universal Stylus Initiative) pen stowed on the front edge of the device, below the keyboard on the right hand side.

There are a number of ways to use the stylus to annotate a document - whether it be signing a document, adding annotation to an extract or adding feedback to a piece of student work. The ways range in complexity and flexibility. It is worth trying them all and seeing which best fits the task you are trying to complete.

We will focus upon the use of a PDF document.

Using the Gallery app

  1. Make sure the PDF document is downloaded onto your Chromebook, so that you can see it in the Files app, under Downloads.
  2. Double click on the PDF file. This will open the file in the Gallery app.
  3. On the top menu bar - there is a squiggly line - the Annotate tool. Click on the squiggly line.
  4. You then have the choice of a pen or highlighter, the thickness of the line and colour.
  5. Once you have finished annotating the document you can click Save - or use the little drop down option next to Save, to Save As - which would save an annotated copy of the original.

Using Kami

  1. Make sure the PDF file is in your Google Drive.
  2. Go to kamiapp.com.
  3. All educators at Campus des Nations have access to a Kami account.
  4. Click on 'Sign in' → Continue with Google → use your @learning.ecolint.ch account.
  5. Choose → Open file from... → Google Drive → find the file and click on it.
  6. The file will open in Kami and then you have a range of choices on the left hand side.
  7. Have a look at the 'Markup' and 'Drawing' tool sets.
  8. Once you have finished there is a 'Save' icon on the top menu bar.

Using ManageBac

  1. This starts with you creating a task which includes a dropbox for students to upload a final product. Require the students to submit a PDF document.
  2. For each student you have the choice to Annotate and Grade the document.
  3. The document will open in ManageBac. There is a Drawing tool on the top menu bar.
  4. The tool seems to have an amount of 'smoothing' which doesn't work well with my hand writing - but others may have more success.
  5. The annotations auto-save.

[2022 version] So you are leaving us…

Goodbye

Your @ecolint.ch, @learning.ecolint.ch or @pgce.ecolint.ch account is a ‘Google Workspace for Education’ account. Depending on whether you are a staff member, a PGCE student or an Ecolint student dictates how much time you have to get any content out of your account before it is deactivated and then deleted.

Ecolint students - you have five months from the end of June to sort your account out.

My advice is to decide upon what you want to keep and complete the necessary processes as soon as possible. The ability to move digital assets from one platform to another is a key skill.


Your Windows account

Following departure, your Windows account will be shut down at the end of June. We need to do this for security reasons. You should therefore make sure you have taken all your locally-stored files (on the school servers) with you by the final day of the academic year. We cannot be responsible for keeping these files nor access to them after the beginning of July.

The easiest way to move files off the network is to copy them over to a USB drive or upload them to a personal cloud storage service.


GMail

Mail – start here

Ensure you have set up another email account. This following series of processes is only really fully possible if you have a personal @gmail.com account. If you are creating a new @gmail.com account now is the time to think about your new email address as it may be with you for a while. sparklyunicorn2018@gmail.com may not be the best address to share with future academic institutions and employers!

Set up an ‘Out of Office‘ reply for your school email account. Use the message to explain that this email address will soon cease to function and what your new email address is.

Set up email forwarding from your school email account to your new email address. Ensure you make the effort to update the sender of each email you receive with your new email address.


GMail
Google Drive

Taking away your content

Google Workspace for Education users have access to Google Takeout. The service will allow you to export a copy of content in your Google Account to back it up or use it with a service outside of Google.

  1. On your school account, go to Google Takeout.
  2. Click Deselect all.
  3. Click to select → Drive [this will download your Google Documents as Word Documents, Google Slides presentations as PowerPoint files etc].
  4. You have a whole range of other options depending on what you want to download/export. It all depends on what you want to do with this data. Your contacts maybe useful and are quite easy to import elsewhere. Your Gmail is possible but more involved when it comes to importing to another service.
  5. Click → Next step.
  6. Choose the delivery method and frequency.
  7. Click → Create export.

Google Sites

[New] Google Sites

To begin, open the Google Site from within your Ecolint account.

  • Go to 'Share with others' and add your personal Google account as an editor.

Steps to take place in the personal Google account:

  • Open your personal Google account and access the Google Site that you have just shared with yourself.
  • Go to 'More' (the three dots) and then 'Duplicate site' to make a copy of the site (which is owned by your Ecolint account) in your personal Google account.

Any files that have been inserted into the Google Site that are saved in Google Drive will still be located in your school Google account after ownership of the site has been transferred. Individual items in the Google Site will need to have their new location (if you have transferred ownership or copied them to your personal Google account) updated.


Creative Cloud
Lucid

Other software platforms

You need to take steps to get any files you want from additional services provided by the school - such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Lucidpress or WeVideo. It is likely that your accounts for these services will be closed in July or August as we transfer accounts to new students.

Weekly post #55 – Interview Warmup, mote's STEM model and the work of Childnet

Google's Interview Warmup

Google released Interview Warmup this week as part of their Grow with Google programme.

The Interview Warmup is interesting. It poses interview questions, it then transcribes the responses and offers tool to highlight the most-used words, job-related terms etc.

Even if you are not looking for a new job the technologies here are worth a look.

If you still have classic Google Sites take action now!

Google has kept extending the related deadlines but if you still have 'classic' Google Sites now is the time to transition them to 'new' Sites.

The new timeline is:

  • Starting December 1, 2022 (previously June 1, 2022): You will no longer be able to edit any remaining classic Sites in your domain.
  • Starting January 1, 2023 (previously July 1, 2022): Classic Sites will no longer be viewable unless they are converted to new Google Sites.

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Migrate your classic Google Sites before December 1, 2022 [16 May 2022]

Using mote STEM mode

mote enables you to easily leave audio comments/feedback within the Google Workspace for Education tools that we use. These comments can also be transcribed by mote.

For those of you appreciate any equations or compounds in your mote transcriptions to appear nicely formatted mote has 'STEM mode'.

Just enable the Enable STEM Mode and transcription sliders in the mote popup so all your new motes enjoy this feature. To access the mote popup, click on the extension icon in the upper right of your browser window.

If you are wondering about the syntax for equations and compounds is, it's a standard known as AsciiMath.

Read more here → support.mote.com - Using mote STEM mode

Top tips for talking to teenagers about online safety

A useful blog post worth reading titled → Top tips for talking to teenagers about online safety [23 September 2021]

A really good outline of ideas and starting points!

Childnet is a UK-based charity who empower children, young people, and those who support them in their online lives, and its mission is to work with others to make the internet a great and safe place for children and young people.

Their blog is certainly worth following for updates, ideas and resources. You could also follow them on Twitter →

Weekly post #54 - Filter views, dropdown chips and pause before you share online!

How to use Google Sheets Filter Views

If you get shared a Google Sheets spreadsheet with loads and loads of data on it and decide to filter the view - you are doing that for everybody who visits that spreadsheet.

This situation is why 'Filter views' has been added to Google Sheets.

Watch this video →

or

Read more here → Chrome Unboxed - How to use Google Sheets Filter Views to analyze data without screwing it up for everyone else [15 April 2022]

Use new table templates and dropdown chips in Google Docs

You can use dropdown chips, in Google Docs, to easily indicate the status of your document or various project milestones outlined in your document. There are two default dropdown options:

  • Project Status, which includes selections for “Not Started”, “Blocked”, “In Progress” and “Complete”
  • Review Status, which includes selections for “Not Started”, “In Progress”, “Under Review” and “Approved”.

Additionally, you can create a dropdown chip with custom options and colours to best suit your needs.

Google has also adding table templates, which allow you to quickly insert building blocks for common workflows such as a:

  • Launch content tracker
  • Project asset
  • Review tracker
  • Product roadmap

Read more here → Google Workspace Updates - Use new table templates and dropdown chips in Google Docs to create highly collaborative documents [2 May 2022]

Level up your padlet skills with a variety of keyboard shortcuts and editing tricks

Mouse shortcuts:

  • Drag and drop a file: Open the post composer with content inside.
  • Drag and drop multiple files: Open multiple post composers, each with one of the files. Click the icon on the right to publish all drafts.
  • Double-click on padlet: Open post composer
  • Double-click on post: Edit post
  • Double-click on padlet title: Edit padlet settings

Keyboard shortcuts:

  • C: Create a new post
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Enter: Publish current post
  • Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + Enter: Publish current post and start a new post
  • Esc: Close post composer

Read more here → padlet.blog - Triumphant tips and tricks [20 April 2022]

From @UNGeneva