Sunday, June 3, 2018

South Plains Summit

Excited to present at the EdTechTeam Summit featuring Google for Education in Lubbock this week. This is the third annual South Plains Summit.

Hopefully, everyone is ready to take a field trip. A virtual on that is. 

WooHoo! It's Field Trip Day! 

Every day can be field trip day if you utilize the many Google tools to take a virtual field trip. Come learn about the Google Geo Tools as well as tips and best practices for creating virtual field trips.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Virtual Reality Tours and Field Trips Database for K-12

Wow! Let me say again Wow!
Nicole Lakusta from Alberta, has curated the initial collection of all of the Google Expeditions and other 360 degree video and field trip sites for K-12. Quite a massive undertaking, but such a wonderful resources.

Check it out at 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Digital Citizenship and Online Safety course

Google is providing a training course for Teachers on Digital Citizenship and Safety. This course helps teachers understand why this topic is needed for students as well as resources to share with students while teaching and modeling digital citizenship and safety. 

And make sure to check out their other training and certification courses at

Friday, September 15, 2017

YouTube & Related Content

Many educators love YouTube, but hate all of the extras that come with it. The comments, the suggested videos, the buttons and stats all are distractions to our students. Not to mention you never know what is going to show on the screen while your video plays.

So here are a few ways teachers can show videos and get rid of the distractions.

1. SafeShare.TV

Sign up for a free account with SafeShareTV or login in with your Google or Facebook account. Look up your video on YouTube. Copy the URL. Go to  and paste the link in the field.
Then, click the arrow button. A preview page will open where the teacher can set the beginning and ending time of the video as well as make the video private and hide the extra buttons that the SafeShare can generate. SafeShare will create your link that you can now give to students or post on your website, blogs, or favorite social media.

2. View Pure

View Pure works like SafeShare, but you don't have to login. View Pure also allows the user to enter a search term in the box to search for videos. Either enter the URL or the search term and click the Purify button. Your video will appear in a window. Copy the URL and paste in an email, Google Classroom, Webpage or where ever you want someone to access the video.

3. WatchKin 

Just like View Pure, WatchKin allows users to enter the YouTube URL or search for a video. WatchKin will also generate a shareable link and has buttons to share to your favorite social media. WatchKin also allows the user to mark the video as appropriate or not appropriate.

4. Enter the Video in a Google Slide or Site

Both Slides and Sites has the ability to show YouTube videos.

In Slides, open the Insert menu and select Video. Then search for a video to insert or paste the URL into the by URL field.

In Sites (the new Sites), select the Insert tab and find the Google Embeds section. Select the YouTube option. Search for the video you want to insert.

With many different options, teachers will never have to worry again about inappropriate distractions appearing with their YouTube videos again. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Google's Virtual Spinner

Google has added more functionality to their search box. 

Type Spinner into a Google search box and you can use a virtual number spinner (up to 20 numbers).

Or to keep up with the latest craze, switch to a fidget spinner.

On both spinners, the user can either click the SPIN button (multiple clicks gives a faster spin) or click and drag across the spinner (faster drag equals faster spin).

Just another way Google is trying to help virtualize tools for the classroom. What other tools you may ask? Check some of these out.

Basic math calculations - just type in your math problem to see the answer; like a calculator. For that matter type calculator in the search box to use an actual calculator.

Unit Conversions - type in feet in 37 yards, or cups in 20 gallons, or any unit measure dealing with temperature, length, mass, speed, volume, area, or time.

Hex values for Colors - type Color Picker in the search bar, select your color, and get the Hex number values for that perfect color for your project.

Timer - type 5 minutes timer (or whatever value you need) to get that length of time

Tip Calculator - type What is the tip for $50 (or the value of your meal), then set the percent and number of people splitting the check.

Coin Flip - type flip a coin into the search box to flip a coin

Animal Sounds - type What sound does a dog make? It will give you a sound file to listen to. Try it with any animal.

Definitions - type define and your word to get the spelling and definition of the vocabulary word.

Time in another country - type time:Sydney (or your country or state you want to check) to see the current time in that location.

Play Pacman - type Pacman into the search bar to play the Pacman doodle.

Play Breakout - type Atari Breakout into the search bar and select the images tab. Now you can play Breakout of the images Google returned.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Summertime Google Training

Did that say Summertime? How about anytime training? Training all online, on demand, when you are ready to learn.

Many of our teachers in the district have received or will be receiving carts of Chromebooks. The question now is how to use them with students. While teachers may be proficient in the Google tools they utilize, using the tools to enhance the curriculum is another challenge. That is where the Google for Education Training Center comes in.

Teachers that need help getting started should start at the Fundamentals Training. If teachers feels a little confident, the Advanced Training course is available.

Feel like a real beginner? Then maybe start at the Resources section to learn the different Google Tools (like Docs, Slides, Classroom...) as well as all about the Chromebooks.

A wonderful resource for teachers to increase their confidence using Google in the classroom. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Google Classroom: End-of-Year Clean Up

Great, simple to follow video on cleaning up your Google Classroom classes for the end of the year.