Tech Tip Tuesday: Embed Student-Made Videos in a Google Slide Presentation

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Google has made it pretty easy to embed student-made videos into a Google Slide presentation. This is great- as it cuts down on the need to have each student share their video separately with you, which in turn, saves you from opening each one separately when the students present their work to the class. To embed any video into a Google Slide presentation, follow these steps:

  • First, open a Google Slide presentation, or create a new one. I would designate a slide for each student/group to “call their own”.
  • No matter the device or program students used to create their video, have each student/group upload their video from their hard drive to their Google Drive. To do this:
    • Have them open Google Drive on the web via the app.
    • Click NEW –> FILE UPLOAD –> and then select the video file they want to upload.
    • The video will be uploaded to their Google Drive and should show a red video logo in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail view of the video.
  • Now, back in Google Slides, the students will follow these steps:
    • Click INSERT –> VIDEO –> and select GOOGLE DRIVE
    • Find the video that was just uploaded, click on it and SELECT.

The video will embed right into the Google Slide presentation. From here you can increase the size of the screen, double-click on it to view, or access the VIDEO OPTIONS to be able to crop the video or set it to autoplay. If you want to upload your own videos to your presentation, you would follow these same steps. Now you only have to have one presentation open that can jump to each student or groups presentation!

Hope this helps!

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Tech Tip Tuesday: The Best Classroom Screen


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Here is a fun all-purpose tool that was recently shared with me that I wanted to forward out to everyone. It does a little bit of everything. ClassroomScreen is a website that takes your home screen and turns it into an educator’s “hub”. Here’s how it works:

First you load up classroomscreen.com Then you project this page/tool in your classroom. And finally, you then take advantage of a plethora of tools/widgets at your disposal like a: language tool, QR code generator, a drawing tool, a timer, a stoplight (yes), a nise meter, a random name generator, etc. You can manipulate the screen to look the way you want, but you cannot save it (bummer). However, it only takes seconds to set it up the way you like.

Hoe this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Insert Your Learning into Any Website

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Have you heard of Insert Learning? Insert Learning is a simple yet effective program that can turn any website into an interactive lesson. Here’s how it works: first you go to Insert Learning’s website or the Chrome Webstore and download the Chrome extension.

Next, go to any website, say, for example, cnn.com–> and select an article. Once on the webpage, click on the insert learning Chrome Extension and the toolbar will appear on the left side of the screen. From here you can: insert a question, highlight text, insert a discussion, add a sticky note, embed a video, embed various other tools such as Padlet boards, Thinglinks, Quizlets, NPR radio broadcasts and so on. Once complete, you can assign this activity/lesson to your class (which you do at the beginning by creating a class in Insert Learning). Even cooler? You can copy the url to this lesson just by copying it and adding  #insertlearning to the end of the url, then pasting this code/inserting it into Schoology. If you are a Google Classroom user, you can just select Google Classroom from the Insert Learning toolbar, and assign it there.

This is a simple and effective way to turn any passive article or website into something interactive and more engaging!