Making the most of our digital tools (with half an eye on a return to remote learning)

The Campus des Nations Digital Toolbox

Google Meet – ‘Set up’ Content Context support.google.com → Bookmark your Meet link Bookmark the URL of your Meet (the one that is shared via the Google Meet links for PTC & home-based teaching/learning_August 2020 document). Ensuring that your Bookmark Bar is visible can make life a little easier. Create, view & edit bookmarks Blurring … Read more

Weekly post #13 – accepting ‘knocks’, Office editing mode, the Kahoot app and linking to a text fragment

Accept 'knocks' in bulk

Four things to check out Accept ‘knocks’ in bulk You can now accept all pending ‘knocks’ in bulk into your Google Meet. Admitting students all at once helps limit interruptions during the video call. Read more here → Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet Editing Office files from your Drive Google have changing the … Read more

Approaching ‘hybrid’ teaching in your classroom

Hybrid teaching set-up

Hybrid → something that has two different types of components performing essentially the same function. A useful understanding about the capabilities of laptops and their microphones → the microphones on laptops are not designed to pick up people roaming around in space. They are designed to work best with somebody sitting in front of the … Read more

Weekly post #12 – using (most of) what G Suite Enterprise for Education has to offer

Google Meet - Breakout rooms

Four things to check out All teaching staff now have (continued) use of G Suite Enterprise for Education. The main tools that this service offers you are to be found in Google Meet – and this post will explore the four main tools below. Beyond breakout rooms, polls, Q&A and automatic attendance registers – you … Read more

Weekly post #11 – ⌘/Ctrl + D, default video playback option in Google Slides and how are your students dealing with their email inboxes?

Google Meet

Four things to check out Google Meet keyboard shortcuts If you are ever wondering about the keyboard shortcuts for a Google Workspace (aka G Suite) application – try opening the application and pressing ‘?’. The most useful keyboard shortcut in Google Meet is probably → ⌘/Ctrl + d which mutes and unmutes the microphone. Read … Read more

Weekly post #10 – Jamboard in Meet, Kahoot question types and Google Workspace

Kahoot question types

Four things to check out Digital whiteboarding integration in Google Meet With the new Google Jamboard and Google Meet integration, you can now create or open an existing jam while on a Meet video call. This digital whiteboarding integration means you can use the Jamboard virtually to host collaborative brainstorming sessions with your coworkers or … Read more

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 #6 – Google Meet changes and the 4 C’s of Collaboration, Creativity, Communication and Critical Thinking

Tiled view

Two things to check out In-built ‘Tiled’ view up to 49 people You can now see up to 49 people at the same time in the auto and tiled layout options in Google Meet. In addition, Google have added the ability to see yourself as a tile on the call. When you hover over your … Read more

Weekly post #4 – ManageBac notifications and Google Meet participants

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