February 17, 2020
Let's unpack and discuss the ISTE Student Standards!
February 10, 2020
Kasey caught up with the Chrome Squad while at TCEA 2020!
February 3, 2020
Digital citizenship refers to the responsible use of technology by anyone who uses computers, the Internet, and digital devices to engage with society on any level.
January 27, 2020
Nate and Angie Ridgway share the 5 principles of Don't Ditch That Tech.
January 13, 2020
Sharing is caring and Matt and Kasey recommend 10 ways to share with Google.
January 6, 2020
YouTube and Teachers are a winning combination. Matt and Kasey share tips and tricks around the world's #2 search engine!
December 16, 2019
Google Earth got some great upgrades in 2019!
December 9, 2019
Check out the original show notes:
December 2, 2019
We are finally at episode 100 of the podcast! This episode features Matt, Kasey, and producer Chris Nesi! Chris leads Matt and Kasey in a conversation that reflects on the run of this podcast through 100 episodes and provides some Google-goodness as well!
November 25, 2019
Matt and Kasey share some great time-saving tips for use throughout the world of Google!
November 18, 2019
Kasey Bell dishes on Google Certifications!
November 11, 2019
Google can and should be used with our youngest learners!
November 4, 2019
Jamboard makes it easy to create without boundaries and share ideas in real-time.
October 28, 2019
Making templates to assign to students through Google Classroom
October 21, 2019
This is a REPLAY of episode 8 from March 13, 2017.
October 14, 2019
How to teach students Google skills.
October 7, 2019
More tips to enhance Google PD you offer. Continuing from ep 92.
September 30, 2019
Matt and Kasey share tips for enhancing Google PD you offer.
September 23, 2019
Add-Ons will enhance your G Suite experience. We share our favorites!
September 16, 2019
GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES FOR SUMMER 2019 Summer 2019 was a busy time for Google and Google for Education. The links below are related to what was discussed in episode 90 of the podcast.
May 27, 2019
In this episode, we celebrate all of you who listen by sharing tips and tricks submitted by listeners like you!
May 20, 2019
It's the end of another school year or you're approaching the end of the year and either way you should consider cleaning up Google Classroom and Drive.
May 13, 2019
Where will you be learning this Summer?
May 6, 2019
Summer is the time where so many educators get the chance to learn and grow and Google has tools that can enhance your Summer (and anytime) learning!
April 29, 2019
A G Suite user guide to accessibility!
April 22, 2019
We're hitting the relevant updates announced from Next 2019!
April 15, 2019
Joe Marquez is back and shares how to create Sites templates in the New Google Sites.
April 8, 2019
Google Classroom is one of the nicest kids on the playground of education technology. There are many apps and websites that want to play with Google and Google is happy to play with so many of the other apps and sites that are enjoying the nice days and time to play.
April 1, 2019
Using Google during elusive free time and for enrichment!
March 25, 2019
Google tips and tools for Spring Break!
March 18, 2019
Lissa Brunan co-hosts this episode with Matt and G Suite's potential is the focus.
March 11, 2019
With Google My Maps students can explore the basics of cartography, share information about local communities and far-flung destinations.
March 4, 2019
Google Chrome is awesome! Matt and Kasey share their favorite tips and tricks to get the most from Google Chrome.
February 25, 2019
The webcam feature in many Google products (Docs, Slides, Drawings, etc.) makes a lot of cool learning activities possible.
February 18, 2019
This is a REPLAY of episode 9 from March 20, 2017.
February 11, 2019
The Chrome Squad is an elite group of students at Royse City High School that provide tech support and learning opportunities for both students and teachers.
February 4, 2019
We're live at FETC 2019 and we had the opportunity to sit with and speak to Holly Clark, author of The Google Infused Classroom.
January 28, 2019
Matt and Kasey share ideas, sites, and tools other than those made by Google that plays nicely with Google for an enhanced teaching and learning experience.
January 21, 2019
Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.
January 14, 2019
Sean Fahey is a former elementary and middle school teacher from Southern Indiana. Sean share his insight on Hyperdocs!
January 7, 2019
Kim Mattina, of the Suite Talk, stops by to share her passions and Uber knowledge of Google.
December 31, 2018
Happy 2019! This is volume 3 of tips and tricks from tribe members just like you!
December 20, 2018
What are the best practices for managing a whole classroom of middle schoolers on Chromebooks to keep them on task, help them to get things done (especially when creative work)
December 10, 2018
It's a fresh-baked episode of GTT as Matt and Kasey provide easy ways to integrate Google with the Holiday Season!
December 3, 2018
Mandi Tolen is a high school math teacher with experience teaching ELA and technology classes. She is a Google Certified Innovator and very active on Twitter. Mandi is passionate about helping other teachers be the best they can be.
November 26, 2018
Wanda Terral shares creative ideas for use with Google Drawings. Replay from December 25, 2017.
November 20, 2018
Pam Hubler loves to create resources to share with educators through her website, Twitter, as community manager of the Shake Up Learning Facebook Group and other social media platforms. She has presented at FETC, the EdTechTeam Low Country Summit, and EdCamps.
November 12, 2018
Mike Mohammed has been teaching high school science for 17 years.
November 5, 2018
Templates. How to create them. How to brainstorm them. A practical look at GSuite Templates.
October 29, 2018
You've spoken and we've all your questions so this episode is focused on many of the great mailbag questions and comments we've gotten recently!
October 22, 2018
This is a REPLAY of episode 24 from October 2, 2017. Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage his 8th-grade science students.
October 15, 2018
Let's continue our conversation from episode 60 and go even further with Google Slides!
October 8, 2018
Matt and Kasey are all about Google Slides and the amazing tasks you can use them for in your classroom!
October 1, 2018
Google Photos gives users free, unlimited storage for photos and Matt and Kasey talk about how you can leverage this in your classroom!
September 24, 2018
Google News and Updates Real-time presence in Microsoft Office to become available October 17th Inbox by Gmail shutting down at the end of March 2019 Gmail Offline Chrome app to be removed later this year Building the map of Canada’s north Featured Content ePortfolios with Google Sites Matt and Kasey discuss the value and implementation of ePortfolios and how easy it can be to use Google Sites as the platform for students to display and preserve their learning over the course of a school year or their time in a school from year to year. Discussion points: Showcase portfolio v. growth portfolio Other ePortfolio tools: Seesaw, Canvas No templates yet Reflection Advantages of G Suite for portfolios Google Sites integrates with all of the other applications G Suite users already have accounts Easily embed everything from YouTube to Google Slides Drag and drop interface that is easy to use and professional looking New features make it even better with buttons and layouts Workaround for comments Send us your examples! Resources Dynamic learning in action Your chance to get students sharing their work with the world (Go Global) Great checklist from Eduphoria (even though it’s from 2013) Physics Portfolios (Thank you to Mike Mohammed) Jillian Rosenbecker Hannah Peksa Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Bettina Franz (comment from the website) Google Forms being used to create comment boxes on Google sites. Libby Knaggs (via SpeakPipe) Classwork in Google Classroom Dan Curtis (via SpeakPipe) What do you do when students don't have permission to install Chrome extensions? Sarah Fromhold (email) Is there a way to make Form responses go to the top of the response spreadsheet instead of the bottom? Here’s a script to try On The Blogs Matt - Google Slides icon boards for low-prep, visual thinking Kasey - How to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
September 17, 2018
Google News and Updates Chrome's turning 10, here's what's new Test out the beta version Making embedded Google Forms better Easily add buttons to improve links in new Google Sites Use the quick-access side panel to do more from Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, and more Create better-looking sites more quickly with section layouts in new Google Sites Featured Content AUGUST 2018 UPDATES: New Classwork page—Teachers and students have a new Classwork page. Teachers can post assignments and questions on the page, as well as group them into modules with topics. New grading tool in Classroom—Teachers have a new grading tool where they can switch between grades, student submissions, and comments while grading and save common feedback in a comment bank to use later. New People page—Teachers can view class member information on the People page. Teachers can also invite and remove students, co-teachers, and guardians on the page. New Settings page—Teachers can edit the class description, change the class code, manage guardian summaries, and control Stream settings on a consolidated Settings page. Copy a class—Teachers can copy classwork and topics from an existing class to new class. Control notifications by class—Teachers and students can turn notifications off for any class. Change grades—Teachers can change grade point values when creating or editing assignments or questions. See updates—Teachers and students can see updated labels (Assigned, Turned In, and Graded) for the status of a student’s work. SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATES: Materials on the Classwork page—Teachers can add materials to the Classwork page. Classwork page for existing classes—Teachers can add the Classwork page to existing classes or classes they’ve previously removed the page from. Easier posting on the Stream page—Teachers and students have an easier way to post in the Stream. Edit the room, subject, and section during course creation and in Settings page—Teachers can edit the room, subject, and section when creating or editing a course or in the Settings page. Teachers can edit the room and subject when creating or editing a course. Bottom tab navigation—On iOS, users can navigate between the Stream, Classwork, and People pages with a bottom navigation bar. Guardians—On iOS, verified teachers can view student guardians. Resources What’s New With Google Classroom Matt’s Google Classroom Google Classroom Blog Posts and Resources: How to make good Google Classroom assignments better The Google Classroom Quick-Start guide + tips and tricks (Updated August 2018) Google Classroom: Differentiate like a NINJA (Ditch That Textbook podcast episode 099) Kasey’s Google Classroom Google Classroom Blog Posts and Resources: 5 Things to Know About the NEW Google Classroom 6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom 35 Google Classroom Resources That Will Make Your Day The Google Classroom Master Class (Online Course) [su_button url="" target="blank" style="flat" background="#278e4a" color="#ffffff" size="5" wide="yes" center="yes" radius="0" icon="icon: google" icon_color="#ffffff"]The Google Classroom Master Class (Online Course)[/su_button] Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Get your feedback in for upcoming episodes! Click here to submit feedback! On The Blogs Matt: 7 ninja Google Keep tricks for teachers and students Kasey: How to Create “Apps” With Google Slides (guest post by Micah Shippee) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 28, 2018
Google News and Updates Google Drive UI updates Export all your G Suite data in one step Convert Classic Google Site to New Google Sites Google Science Fair 2018: Resources for educators to get ideas flowing Featured Content To close out our second year of doing the podcast we've assembled some of the best submissions sent in by you! Matt and Kasey have concluded their second season of the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast and while they look forward to all the different events they have planned for the summer they have also looked forward to this episode because you are sharing the tip and tricks. Resources Wakelet for content curation MATT Janice Kato (Saginaw, Michigan) - Using Google Sites for digital portfolios, hack for getting more font options using Google Drawings Stella Pollard - Google Sites for interactive journal Chad Goldman - Gamification (EduRpg for badges/points) Caleb Pahl- 6th grade websites ( KASEY Heather Esposito - Video feedback for writing using Loom MATT Robin Seneta - Wanted to share my daily agenda board.  Everyday my students can review this link to their daily work-with all the links they need. This is a mix of your "package your digital assignments: idea and your swiss army knife slide deck. #gttribe Annette Hawkins (Goldsboro, NC) On The Blogs Matt - GimKit: Like Kahoot with power-ups (via Ditch That Textbook podcast) Kasey - How to Plan an Awesome Book Study [shortcode-variables slug="signature"] Google Certification Courses Open May 28th! Online Google Boot Camps–BUT BETTER! All 3 Courses Will Open on May 28th! Mark your calendars! These courses (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer) will open for limited enrollment on May 28, 2018, and will close on June 10, 2018. (It will not open again until November!) Just in time for some summer learning!!! What’s Included in the Google Certification Courses? Google Certified Educator Level 1 Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 1! 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell) 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material Lesson Checks Private Community & Study Group Testing Tips Level 1 Challenges (testing scenarios) and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Google Certified Educator Level 2 Everything you need to know to pass the exam and become a Google Certified Educator Level 2! 40+ Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell) 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material Lesson Checks Private Community & Study Group Testing Tips Level 2 Challenges (testing scenarios) and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Google Certified Trainer All You Need to Know to Prepare for the Trainer Skills Assessment and Application! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) Private Google+ Community The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List Pro Trainer Tips How to Market Yourself as a Trainer Application Tips and much more! Learn more and see the course curriculum Pricing & Bundles Below are the prices for individual licenses for each course. Google Certified Educator Academy Level 1: $299 Google Certified Educator Academy Level 2: $299 Google Certified Trainer Course: $299 But Wait…There’s More! Opening all of these courses at once also gives you another advantage–bundling! If you want to purchase multiple courses at once, you can save BIG TIME! I’m also introducing some new bulk licensing options, so you can find more affordable ways to meet the needs of your campus or district. These details can be found on the home page for each course (Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer), just click on “Pricing Information.” Here’s how it works: Level 1 & Level 2 Bundle: $449 (Save $149) Level 2 & Trainer Bundle: $449 (Save $149) Level 1, Level 2, and Trainer Bundle: $599 (Save $298) Payment plans available PO’s are accepted
May 20, 2018
This bonus episode crosses over with, our producer, Chris Nesi's podcast, House of #EdTech. If you're not subscribed to his podcast you should subscribe. Chris has been an integral part of the Tribe and you may not have even realized it!
May 14, 2018
Google News and Updates Now students can create their own VR tours Google VR Tour Creator Google Lens: real-time answers to questions about the world around you 13 ways you’re using AI in your daily life Lessons from Teachers of the Year (a YT playlist) SUBJECT: Write emails faster with Smart Compose in Gmail Featured Content Summer vacation is used by so many teachers around the world as a time to unwind, relax, and recover from the grind that is education. There so many ways that teachers like you continue to devote time to learning and growing professionally. Kasey's Courses The Dynamic Learning Workshop (companion course to the Shake Up Learning book) 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 The Google Certified Educator Academy Level 1 The Google Certified Educator Academy Level 2 Become a Google Certified Trainer All certification courses open May 28 and close on June 10! Matt's Course Tech to Learn free 3-video series and video course Resources TxGoo - The Texas Google Summit where WE are the keynote! 2018 Strobel Summit Join us at the 2018 CSTA Conference to learn about CS First and Machine Learning in the classroom Google is hosting several events at the 2018 Computer Science Teacher Association’s Conference on July 7-10 in Omaha, Nebraska. Join us for a hands-on session and workshops to introduce CS First and Machine Learning in the classroom. Register today for the opportunity to build skills at #CSTA2018. Edcam PS across the globe #ISTE18 Twitter hashtag + other conferences + and presenting together Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Nanci Greene -- Your podcast is one of the few that I've listened to all of the episodes of. Thanks for all you do to help us educators grow in our craft. For the teacher who asked about creating animated GIFS, Tall Tweets ( might be an option. It allows you to easily create animated GIFS from Google Slides. How to Hide Text in Google Slides from Erin Flanagan On The Blogs Matt - 30+ ways to Ditch That Textbook: Ideas for teachers by teachers Kasey - Google Certified Educator Level 2 Challenge Tasks! [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 7, 2018
Google News and Updates Test your knowledge of natural wonders in Google Earth It’s story time, and the Google Assistant has a tale for you Coding for Conservation Featured Content The end of the school year is coming in many places in the United States and around the world. As you navigate these sometimes difficult waters perhaps you can use some of the Google solutions we are sharing! Let us know in the comments. Change the Game Design Challenge from Google (Carlos Garza) Emoji Scavenger Hunt Create a Tic-Tac-Toe Learning Menu on a fun topic (Stephani Ann) Try the 4 C’s Learning Menu to take their c’s to the next level Sites for students with free time on their hands: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock) Quick, Draw! — In this game, you’re given an object/idea to draw and Google’s artificial intelligence tries to guess what you’re drawing. It’s a fun introduction to AI for students. AI Duet — “A piano that responds to you.” Google’s artificial intelligence uses tons of data to guess what it should play in response to what you play. Google Trends — Learn what other people are searching for all over the world. Google Earth Time Lapse — This shows what the world looks like as it changes over 20+ years. Watch the time lapse in motion. See the whole earth at once or zoom into your hometown! GeoGuessr — Use context clues to guess where you’ve been dropped in Google Maps. The closer the guess, the more points you earn! Just a Line -- Make simple drawings in AR, then share your creation with a short video. Student-created Google Forms quizzes: (From 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock) By using Google Forms (Google’s survey tool), students can create their own quizzes. By turning on the quiz features in the settings gear, students can add immediate feedback for anyone who takes the quiz. This immediate feedback can be WAY more effective than comments written on student papers and passed back to them later. Plus, when students create the quizzes, they’re experiencing the content from a different perspective. 6 end-of-the-year Google Classroom clean-up tips (via -- Return all student work Un-enroll students from old classes Archive old classes Remove old class calendars Move old class folders in Drive Remove old class files from “Shared with me” in Drive Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Rasa Conklin (Federal Way, WA) -- I created a Google sites for my students to display/ publish their work. I was having each group add a page to the site I created. When YO and DB, who were working on their page all of a sudden were upset because all their work disappeared and DL and IO work appeared on their page and all the other pages. I have a funny feeling that this is due to something small that we did wrong, but I need help. Is there an easy tutorial, or website for step by step directions? Carly Black (Ohio) -- Hello, Thank you for the emoji extension tip. I was wondering if you knew a way to add GIFs just as easily? I've been thinking about letting students create literary analysis through a series of GIFs and emojis. The problem is finding the right tools to execute this well. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Matt Jacobson (Galesburg, IL) -- Hi Matt & Kasey! Just listened to E. 53 on the New Gmail. Kasey mentioned that her sidebar appeared quite cluttered with all of the labels and what-not that she uses. I use a lot of labels too, and still, have a lot of labels that used to be folders when our school switched over from Outlook to Gmail. An easy way to clean these up is to go to the Gear Icon, then click Settings, the click Show Only If Unread next to many of your folders. Then, they'll only appear on the left if there is a reply to something you have previously labeled. The trick is to label the message before you reply to it. This works really nifty with the new Snooze feature in the New Gmail. Messages you have Snoozed in the past show up as unread messages in your Inbox, so, if you label it and then Snooze it, that label should "light up" in the left sidebar with an unread message in it when you need to act upon it. On The Blogs Matt - 10 low-prep, high-return activities for class TOMORROW Kasey - A Hyperdoc Unit That Will Blow Your Mind [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 30, 2018
Google News and Updates Add custom links to the navigation bar in the new Google Sites New in Google Slides: linking in Docs, guides and rulers, and improved commenting Checkboxes in Google Sheets Get more control over chart data labels in Google Sheets Featured Content Stay composed: here’s a quick rundown of the new Gmail With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business Improved security Confidential mode 2-step verification to open Block forwarding and printing can also make messages expire after a certain time Busy New tasks Improved functionality and you can SEE it! Calendar and Keep integration Hover Similar to Inbox by Gmail features How to get it Don’t feel left out b/c some of these features aren’t even available yet Cannot control size of sidebar Display density Settings looks mostly the same Expect add-ons to continue to grow Fancy splash page Default view: icons with G Suite files (under Settings > Display density) Snooze items until later (“someday”) AI suggested responses (like Inbox) Warnings for risky emails Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Zach Ripley - Sheets add-ons (50), teacher question: middle school PE with data. Functions and formulas … import range function: master spreadsheet, one at a time: open student spreadsheet (only do once), copy key from URL, paste URL into import range function, master spreadsheet: import data from student sheet, real-time update (not copy paste) as students update. Sara Reed (Aledo, TX) -- Google Classroom: see time stamp when a student turns in an assignment or mark it as done? If not, how do you handle students that say they did it and it doesn’t reflect in Classroom? (Click on “done” from assignment>then click on the student’s name from the roster on the left>then click “see history”) Beth Cohen (Pennsylvania) -- HI Matt and Kasey! I love all the tips, tricks, and resources you share! Every year our Freshmen complete a unit on Academic Integrity. We have been using Moodle, which includes a self-grading quiz that lets students know whether they have achieved the minimum score and prompts them to review the resources and retake the quiz if they didn't pass. We will have GAFE instead of Moodle next year, so I want to reproduce the quiz in Forms, but I can't figure out how to set a minimum passing grade and notify the student whether he/she passed at the end. I could use branching and direct students back to the resources after every wrong response so that ultimately everyone ends up with a perfect score, but I'm hoping for a final pass or fail submission response. Hope you have some ideas! Thanks, Beth Ben Whitaker (Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, UK) Sheets: In Excel, can lock down certain tabs so they can’t be edited in collab spreadsheet. Is there a way in Sheets? Add-on? Keep up great work! 3 Ways to Protect You Google Sheets Data On The Blogs Matt - 10 ways Google tools can make the end of the year rock Kasey - When the Lecture Ends, the Learning Begins from @Mo_Physics (Mike Mohammad)   [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 23, 2018
Google News and Updates Rolling Study Halls: turning bus time into learning time How the Dynamic Learning Project is building teacher confidence Smarter sharing of files with updated Google Drive Access checker Featured Content Kaizena (voice comments) ( Leave voice comments for students Discuss student work in an online hub Reuse commonly use comments Track and rate student progress Highlight tool Highlight a document in different colors Pull highlighted text from a document and sort in a table at the end of the document DocSecrets Hides and reveals text in a document Use a password to reveal hidden text WriQ WriQ is a new Add-on from Texthelp that helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar errors so you can focus on the things computers can’t score. WriQ auto-scores your students’ docs and tracks the following measures over time: Time spent writing Text Maturity Spelling error rate Grammar error rate Punctuation error rate Percentage error free Correct Word Sequences score The teacher dashboard gives you a clear graphical view of your students’ writing activity, and let’s you track their progress over time. Video overview Read&Write for Google Chrome Technically a Chrome extension but can use in Docs (and web) Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help you gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including: Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type Collect highlights from the text in documents or the web for summarizing and research Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting FREE for teachers Easy Bib Add-On The Bibliography Creator by EasyBib allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper. Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering in the titles or URLs. Format citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles. When you're finished creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we'll alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper. BONUS: Equatio (chrome extension) Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn. Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Renee Johnson (Oakhurst, CA) - ctrl+z - to add to another location in Drive … Add student work samples to PD folder for teacher training. Craig Klement (Garland, TX) - Same three questions on student forms: First name, last name, class period (drop down) … Spreadsheet: right click on awesome box, sort range (by class period, then by last name) Differentiate forms: three dots, section based on answer (if correct: to next question, if incorrect: YT vid, article, picture, do over or similar question) How to Differentiate Questions in Google Forms On The Blogs Matt - Creating a low-cost, printed school yearbook with Google Slides Kasey - Teachers Deserve #Respect [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 16, 2018
Google News and Updates () Add a custom favicon in the new Google Sites Google Maps learns 39 new languages Making it easier to find and share GIFs with Google Chromebook tablets for versatile learning Featured Content () Examples with G Suite:  Student-Created Learning Goals with Google Keep Student-Created Vision Boards with Google Slides Using G Suite for Discussion Google Classroom Discussion Google Groups Discussion Blogger Blog with Comments Interactive Google Slide Deck Google Forms Survey Using G Suite to go BEYOND the Tools Create an eBook with Google Slides Stop Motion with Google Slides 10+ Things You Didn’t Know Google Slides Could Do Pixel art in Google Sheets Using G Suite for Student Choice Create Interactive Learning Menus with G Suite Give Students Choice in Google Classroom Assignments Build Choice into Hyperdocs Do This, Not That [infographic] Kasey’s Dynamic Learning with G Suite Presentation SUBMIT LESSONS!!! Buy the Book: Shake Up Learning Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag () Melissa Widrick recently commented on a previous episode's post: Keyboard shortcuts: Use CTRL+D in google slides to duplicate objects or word art. I love using word art over the text box, because you can adjust the size quickly, and if you use CTRL +D to copy it, you don't have to change the color and the font every time. Thank you to Monica Spillman and Laura Steinbrink for your recent Apple Podcasts Ratings and Reviews! On The Blogs () Matt - Shukes and Giff Podcast Kasey - 20 Tech Tips for Teachers [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 9, 2018
Google News and Updates Want to Change The Game? Design one with Google Play Change the Game Challenge A smarter search for files on your phone with Files Go OK Go makes some noise in the classroom Just a Line app ( Featured Content Sheets Add-Ons What are add-ons? Add-ons run inside Google Sheets, Docs, Slides, and Forms, but they're built by developers like you and tie into over a dozen Google services without even spinning up a server. Add-ons are built with Apps Script, a server-side JavaScript platform that requires zero setup. Where to find them in Sheets? Connection to forms Google Sheets and Google Forms work hand-in-hand. The data collected from your form is placed in a Sheet where you can then manipulate results, perform additional calculations, and even create mailmerges using any number of add-ons. Resources Autocrat Remove duplicates Super Quiz Flubaroo Flippity Doctopus Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag #GTTribe One of my favorite ways to use #Google #Forms is to use the add on Form Recycler. We encourage Ts to use it to create test banks as they can pull ?s they have used before. Also saves on clicks! @ShakeUpLearning @jmattmiller — Lindsay Foster (@BSGSCSFoster) March 28, 2018 Bailee Sandsmark (email), a 6th-grade middle school PE teacher asks, " I’d like to send out a Sheets template to all 250 of my students for them to individually track their fitness testing data, but then I would like to have an efficient way for them to share that info with me so that I can see all of my students' data in one sheet. Having to access 250 different sheets makes my head spin. Currently, my students track this data on a piece of paper, but it would be great for them to have a digital copy that can travel with them all three years of middle school so they can truly track their growth and so that their 7th and 8th grade PE teachers can see the data as well. I’m hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction of an extension that would do the trick." Check out the Alice Keeler Template Tab! On The Blogs Matt - 11 tips for creating stop motion in Google Slides by Jake Miller (Episode 33 Guest) Kasey - The Nutritional Value of Learning [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 2, 2018
Google News and Updates “Pup View” from the home of Japan’s adorable Akita dogs EDU in 90: Apps that work with Google Classroom 50 Awesome Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom Featured Content Forms Add-Ons What are add-ons? Where to find them in Forms? Difference between add-ons for Forms vs. Sheets Recommended Add-Ons for Forms (We will cover Sheets in another episode!) Form Publisher Choice Eliminator 2 Certify ‘Em CheckItOut Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Sean Fahey (via Speakpipe) - Insert a Video into a Google Doc Becca Pierce, NC - First of all, I love your show! I listened to my first show last night and it was so informative! I will definitely be going back to listen to more! Thank you so much for all you do! My question: I recently have been looking into Hyperdocs. I went on the website and saved some of the already created ones to my Drive. One of them is a Google Doc. As the student scrolls down, he can click on these fraction problems. It brings up a smaller screen with a Google Drawings that can be edited. The student draws on some fractions and types answers. I love it! But I can't seem to recreate this concept. How do you put the editable version of a Google Drawing into a Google Doc (or slide)? Thank you! On The Blogs Matt - Students Learn More When THEY Do The Work (Catlin Tucker) Kasey - The Shake Up Learning book comes out THIS WEEK! - April 4, 2018 [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
March 27, 2018
Google News and Updates Machine learning meets culture Learn what you can do #withClassroom Math Games now integrates with Classroom Featured Content Google Forms have come a long way since starting as a simple survey tool. Educators quickly found ways to use Forms in other ways; from teaching math to using them to give various assessments. Get started with Quizzes Google Forms Quizzes support Adding links to feedback to differentiate The immediacy of feedback makes it more valuable Focus on Formative Feedback (Valerie Shute): Rresent elaborated feedback in manageable units, Keep feedback as simple as possible but no simpler Settings: Export grades to Classroom 24 Tips for Google Forms Quizzes Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Sarah Gershon (Waukegon, IL) -- Made a choice board for students, loves the show and told us via our SpeakPipe! Mr. Blight (via Twitter): I'm having some issues when putting my Drawings files onto my Site. It shows up faded when the site is published. Any thoughts or ideas? #gttribe #gsuiteedu On The Blogs Matt - OMG Becky, PD is getting so much better! (via Cult of Pedagogy Podcast) Kasey - Pre-order the Shake Up Learning book and get The Dynamic Learning Workshop Course FREE! [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
March 19, 2018
Google News and Updates More menu and toolbar updates Improve collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides with Activity dashboard Celebrating women’s voices around the world on International Women’s Day Machine learning meets culture Learn what you can do #withClassroom Featured Content Google Drive Deep Dive Find shared content with new file organization in Google Drive Shared with me’s a filter, don’t try to clean it up! What is “computers” - Backup and Sync Google Drive support Google Drive keyboard shortcuts Switch between grid and list in items view v Show or hide activity pane i Share selected items . (dot) Show or hide details paned 8 Ways to Find Anything in Your Google Drive Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Add yourself to our community map! Thanks to Kathryn Laster for creating this and promoting! Chris Nesi’s House of EdTech Final 4 (includes Keep, Classroom, and several other tools that play well with Google!)  Whitney Hines - Using Google Slides to do #BookSnaps On The Blogs Matt - Redefining Annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper annotate (by Joe Marquez) Joe was our GTT guest in episode 24! Kasey - Empower Your Students with the 4 C’s Learning Menu Shake Up Learning with the FREE QUICKSTART GUIDE [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
March 12, 2018
Google News and Updates Bringing online safety education programs to UK schools Providing more comprehensive results to your questions in Search Capture more of your favorite moments with Google Clips and StoryWeaver feed a hunger for reading Featured Content The Guide to Keeping Up with Google Part 1 – The #Google Hashtag Dictionary Part 2 – Twitter Part 3 – Who & What to Follow on Google+ Part 4 – Google+ Communities Google Educator Groups Part 5: Blogs Keeping Up with Google: The One Blog to Rule Them All! The Keyword Blog G Suite Updates Blog @GSuiteEDUHelp Twitter account Google for Education EDU in 90 YouTube channel Google for Education Facebook page Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Kathleen Mathis (Annandale, Virginia) shared, I wanted to offer two ideas that tie in to your bell ringer tips in Episode 43. Now that my school is 1:1, I have my students do warm-ups in an interactive journal using Google Slides. It used to take me forever to grade their paper journals and I always dreaded it...until this year. I now collect the online "journals" once a quarter and I use the Doctopus add-on with a Goobric to grade them. This has saved me a lot of time AND increased how much feedback I'm able to give them. Win win! Also, I've used their bell-ringer/warm-up journals to review vocabulary words. I randomly assigned students a vocabulary word and asked them to find an image that show the words meaning. Next, students put their slides in presentation mode, then do a gallery walk. As they view each other's work, they write down the vocabulary word they think is being depicted on a sticky note next to each laptop. When students return to their seat, they'll know whether their picture sufficiently showed their assigned word's meaning based on their peer's anonymous feedback. Plus, it gets them up and moving. :) Tyler Osborne from Canada - Quick tips and keyboard shortcuts via Speakpipe Allison Gerken and her students are sharing Booksnaps on Twitter and Seesaw! Library Chrome Extension recommendation from Noah Geisel lets you know if a book is available at the library: This chrome extension lets you know if the book you're about to buy is avail at the local library!!! h/t @bhwilkoff cc #gttribe #gsuiteedu @StackupScore — Noah Geisel (@SenorG) February 13, 2018 On The Blogs Matt - The 30-Day PIRATE Challenge and Kim Snodgrass’s PIRATE hook lessons on Twitter Kasey - 350+ Google Classroom Tips and Resources [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
March 5, 2018
Google News and Updates Google Keep integrates with Google Drawings now Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings, etc. get a menu facelift Classroom updates Teachers, you can now email a full summary of individual student work from #GoogleClassroom to any student and their guardians. UI updates With just a flick of a wand, “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” is on Google Arts & Culture Featured Content As educators, we sometimes need to break out the duct tape or channel our inner MacGyver. Today, Matt and Kasey share some great Google based hacks! If you have your own favorite hacks we'd love to know what they are. Leave a comment below this post or send us a message. Use Hangouts as a doc cam Use emoji extension to spice up drive and classroom Add a video to Google Drawings Hack URLs Boomerang for Gmail [tweetshare tweet="My favorite Google hack is" username="GTTribe"]Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag “I have to go get my copy!” (Sienna Griggs - via SpeakPipe) Carol McLaughlin (2nd-grade teacher in Alabama) Kelly Davis (Chemistry, Downingtown East HS) - I would like to add pictures to feedback (my drawings, not a URL). Is this an option? On The Blogs Matt - 5 Google Drawings features you (probably) don’t know about Kasey - Dynamic Learning with G Suite [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
February 26, 2018
Google News and Updates New Google for Education Facebook Page Google Edu in 90 is Back in Season 2 Jamboard now a core G Suite service Google Earth FAQ page launched Google for Education Transformation Center got an update! Featured Content Humor in the Classroom Research to back this up The Effect of Humour and Mood on Memory Recall Do’s: Do use humor have fun Do use humor to develop a community Do use humor to enhance content Do use age-appropriate humor Do use humor to break up the mundane Do use humor in transitions Teach Like the Tonight Show Google Chrome Word Sneak #DLDay Rap (Hashtag Challenge) Internet Pop Quiz (Teacher Edition) with Google Slides Google Drawings Comic Strips 5 Clue Challenge CSI with MyMaps (place pins with “evidence”, state the “crime”/”mystery” in the description) Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Peggy Volak (2nd grade PA): Published a slideshow, move poem to bottom of list without doing it manually View slides as a grid (bottom left), Denis Sheeran Slide Sorter Emoji Exit Ticket from Don Yerks, Jr. @ShakeUpLearning @jmattmiller Hi Kasey and Matt I am using this Health - Emoji Exit Ticket this week in my #healthed class 😊 Since you spoke about "Exit Tickets" this week on your Podcast, I thought I would share it out to the #gttribe Link 2 Exit Ticket — Don Yerks, Jr. (@dyerksjr1) February 20, 2018 On The Blogs Matt - Create Interactive Stories With Story Speaker Add-on by Meredith Akers Kasey - What You need to Know to Pass the Google Certified Educator Level 2 Exam Join the waitlist for my certification courses Level 1 Level 2 Trainer [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
February 19, 2018
Google News and Updates Doodle for Google submissions close on March 2 Applied Digital Skills Pilot Applications Open (due by March 15) New ways to comment on Microsoft files (and more) in Google Drive Email members of a Team Drive Improving the menus in Google Docs editors Featured Content 10 digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 1) 10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2) Student-created Booksnaps by Amanda Funk Reuse Google Slide Deck in the About Tab for Bell Ringers Collaborative Meme Template from Alice Keeler Reuse Google Form for Bell Ringer from Alice Keeler 3-2-1 3 Things You Learned Yesterday 2 Things You Can Teach 1 Question that is Still Lingering Using Pear Deck for Warm-ups with Google Slides Add-On (see episode 40) Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Editing topics after posting an assignment in Google Classroom: alright here’s one for the #GTTribe...if I have a past assignment/announcement posted on my #GoogleClassroom stream...I can’t figure out how to move it to a topic to organize it unless I indicated that when I created I out of luck here @jmattmiller ? — Miss Goetz (@miss_goetz) February 14, 2018 Click the three dots menu button and “Edit”, then change the topic here … Possible Answers to Google Classroom Extra Credit Question: @jmattmiller @ShakeUpLearning Could the question of extra credit be solved by having an announcement laying out the EC and then students can request access. Then she can use the individual assign to add the grade only to the relevant students? #GTtribe — Arcadia (@TechWithParson) February 12, 2018 Lyndi Valicek recommends Black Menu extension (SpeakPipe) SpeakPipe answer to login question: Clever QR Code login On The Blogs Matt - Learning in motion: EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides Kasey - 50 Awesome Apps That Integrate with Google Classroom [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
February 12, 2018
Google News and Updates All types of Chromebooks for all types of learners Tools for every school: G Suite for Education updates “Ok Google, read my book”... Introducing audiobooks on Google Play Featured Content Google Classroom Time-Savers 3 Chrome Extensions that Make Google Classroom Even More Awesome Google Classroom time savers (blog post) Adjust email notifications Keyboard commands Open lots of student work at once (Alice Keeler Drive 20) Sort posts with topics Package digital assignments Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Lissa Brunan (Grand Valley State University): Gives extra credit for students, but in Google Classroom, can’t set points possible to zero … ungraded or at 1. Needs to offer extra credit thru GClass. Renee Johnson (Oakhurst California): Idea for collaborative project, get students voices out to promote change, brainstorm how to improve school, create a survey, anyone around school gives feedback, students analyze data and use charts, slide presentation for specific person to help make their ideas a reality, later take it to larger community. On The Blogs Matt - The Voice Typing Challenge: Save time, get things done Kasey - 5 Tips to Become a Google Certified Innovator by @edtechmason [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
February 5, 2018
Google News and Updates Publish sites to a specific audience in the new Google Sites - Matthew Dill DM Go-to Google Photos tips for 2018 Tailoring education for the 21st century: perspectives from educators Pioneer new lessons in your classroom with Google Expeditions Featured Content Holly Clark is an award-winning educator and speaker based in San Diego. She is both a National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Innovator. A longtime teacher and administrator, Holly consults globally with schools to help them successfully and purposefully innovate instruction through the use of learning theory, technology integration, and design thinking strategies. Holly holds an MA in Education from Teachers College - Columbia University, New York. She is an internationally recognized keynote speaker - passionately spreading the idea that we need to disrupt education and innovate our classroom curriculum. She is the Educational Strategist for EdTechTeam and head of their new publishing division - EdTechTeam Press. She authors a successful blog and her first book, The Google Infused Classroom, was released in June of 2017. Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator Google “Spark”: The student's faces Twitter: @HollyClarkEdu Website: Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Just finished putting together my first Choice Board for the intro unit in my Retailing class. Ss will be required to complete one line of their choosing, but will earn incremental bonuses for completing an "X" or a "blackout". #XPLAP #games4ed — Mr Blight (@mrblight_srss) January 29, 2018 Jenny O’Sullivan (Boca Raton, Florida) -- My name is Jenny and I am the K-5 STEAM teacher at A.D. Henderson University School in Boca Raton, FL. As an elementary specialist, I have 18 classes. To avoid having my younger students type out their very long email addresses each time to log into Google Classroom on the STEAM Lab computers, I have assigned each student to a computer. My problem is that Google only saves 10 email addresses for quick login. Is there an extension, hack, or work around to allow us to save all 18 addresses for quick login? PD in the Loo by Alex Adams Aimee from Nebraska: Loves and has added some to her LMS. Happy we motivate her to pursue new ideas … had more teachers than students in the classroom to see what she’s doing and that’s partly due to us. On The Blogs Matt - How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD Kasey - 4 Ways to Blend Learning with InsertLearning [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
January 29, 2018
Google News and Updates Is your portrait in a museum? More menu improvements in Docs and Slides Improved accessibility for Google Sheets, Slides, and Drawings Doodle for Google submissions are open Start a Chromebook pilot and get free PD Featured Content InsertLearning is a Chrome extension that lets you turn websites into interactive lessons. This extension is AWESOME! Assign: Assign this to your InsertLearning class or share to Google Classroom Highlight: Highlight text on the page. Sticky Notes: Insert sticky notes right on the page. Questions: Insert free response or multiple choice questions on the page. Discussion: Insert a discussion topic on the page. If that’s not enough, InsertLearning has a ton of features that make it the perfect companion for G Suite users. Chromebook compatible Sign-in with Google account Share directly with Google Classroom Enhance published Google Docs with videos and more Insert a YouTube video at the right moment in the text Get a coupon one full month of premium in Kasey’s 18 Challenges ebook and online course. Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool that allows you to add interactive questions, warmups, exit tickets, and even drawings to your Google Slides. Get the Pear Deck Add-On. Get a three months of premium in Kasey’s 18 Challenges ebook and online course. The New PearDeck Slide Library The sidebar now gives you access to a library of templates created by educators to support learning objectives typically found at the beginning, middle and end of a class. Here you will find bell ringers, checks for understanding, exit tickets, and more. Simply drop one of these templates into your slide for instant engagement. Beginning: Bell Ringer Example Middle: Labeling Diagrams Example End: Explain the Lesson Example 5 Interactive Question Types in Pear Deck You have 5 options for how students can respond to your question.  They can respond with: A Draggable(TM) A drawing Text A number Multiple Choice StackUp ( -- Gather data on what you read. Stackup categorizes it and displays it, letting students see their reading stats. It adds some competition with challenges, where classes can see who can rack up the most hours of reading in a specific category. “The Fitbit of the Internet.” Screencastify ( -- Record your screen, webcam or both in the Google Chrome browser. Save directly to Google Drive or YouTube. When you save to Drive, students can turn work in easily through Google Classroom. Use the code TRIBE at checkout when purchasing a premium account to receive 25% off. (Neither Matt nor Kasey receives any compensation if you use this code.) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Heather Sanders shared a great idea to use Exploring By the Seat Hey @jmattmiller & @ShakeUpLearning - LOVED the podcast on Google Hangouts! Have y'all heard of @EBTSOYP ? Free Google Hangouts for classrooms that connect Ss with explorers and scientists ALL OVER THE WORLD. Worth checking out!!! #gttribe #educ8bisd — Heather D. Sanders (@koolteecha) January 18, 2018 Lisa Guardino (CA), shared Tribe-inspired weather lesson (Extreme Weather Choose Your Own Adventure) via SpeakPipe. On The Blogs Matt - Finding a class to partner with virtually and activities to do together Kasey - 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 © (FREE eBook!) AND The Shake Up Learning Book is Coming [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
January 22, 2018
Google News and Updates Happy Anniversary to us! Featured Content We've been at this crazy podcast for one year! To celebrate this we turned the microphones over to you, our loyal listeners and members of the Google Teacher Tribe! Jen Giffen - Google Drive keyboard shortcuts Laura Wheeler - Learning in the loo! Karen McKenna - Using a Google Slide deck to post absent work Lisa Scumpieru - Numbering assignments in Google Classroom Tyler Osborne - Using Google Keep for Tutorials and Feedback Joli Boucher - Embedding video in Google Drawings Emily Kress - Google App Smashing in a Digital Breakout Lance McClard - Stop motion with Google Slides Meredith Akers - How to insert GIFs, and create your own with camera using Heidi Adams - Comic strips with Google Drawings Pam Hubler - Using speech to text feature, Keep, and Calendar to support Special Education Chris Young - Use Google Slides to replicate home screen and apps on an iPad Thank you to everyone who submitted and we're sorry we couldn't include everything but please keep your feedback and questions coming! Thank you to our producer, Chris Nesi, for pushing us out of our comfort zones as podcasters and all his hard work putting together each episode and maintaining this site! Be sure to subscribe to his podcast, House of #EdTech! On The Blogs Matt - Finding a class to partner with virtually and activities to do together Kasey - 18 Challenges for Teachers in 2018 © (FREE eBook!) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
January 15, 2018
Google News and Updates Emoji Reaction Project: Camera (Take a snapshot) is back! Search within a Google Drive Folder New devices and more: what's in store for the Google Assistant this year Featured Content Google Hangouts bring conversations to life with photos, emoji, and even group video calls for free. Connect with friends across computers, Android, and Apple devices. In schools, users must be 13+ or a Teacher can lead. What can you do with Google Hangouts? Connect with another class to share ideas and work collaboratively Find a guest speaker to talk to your students Go on virtual field trips Attend events Do the announcements Virtual book club Student presentations Guest speakers Google Plus communities to find people/places to call: Google Plus community: Mystery Location Calls Google Plus community: Google Hangouts in Education Google Plus community: Mystery Hangout Google Plus community: Educators on Google Plus Google Plus community: Google Connected Classrooms Mystery Location Call roles (doc by Jo-Ann Fox) Things to consider: Whole group call? Break into smaller groups? Pairs? Individuals? Time zone … go north/south to avoid large time zone shifts. Do a practice call ahead of time to check audio/video. Let student passion/curiosity rule whenever possible! Student-led video calls are often the best experience for everyone (even if it feels like chaos or like you don’t have control). Do a debrief afterward. Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how. About Mystery Skypes/Hangouts and why we need more Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag In honor of our 1-year anniversary, we'd like to turn the podcast (episode 39) over to you! Leave us a message with your best Google tips, tricks, and ideas! (2-minute max.) Don't forget your name and location, too. Libby Knaggs (Ingram, TX) - Used Page Marker extension and loved it! Jennifer Portilla (Longwood, FL) - How can I not show new students to Google Classroom all the previously posted content? On The Blogs Matt - Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom Kasey - Student-Created Vision Boards with Google Slides AND a BIG announcement coming! [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
January 8, 2018
Google News and Updates The #MyFutureMe winner is often the only girl—but she’s going to change that Google and Gallup’s computer science education research: six things to know News Lab in 2017: the year in review Featured Content 12 Things You May Have Missed from Google in 2017  Machine learning and the Google Assistant (#1 and #8) A Google Assistant in the Classroom (Episode 31) Google Arts and Culture (#4) The Nat and Friends YT channel (#6) What’s New with YouTube? (Episode 22) Google Maps Street View (#7) A change in emojis (including cheese now ABOVE the burger) (#9) Google Doodles (#11) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Steven Dutcher asked, "How do I allow users to first preview a doc before forcing them to make a copy? I'm sure someone mentioned it, but I didn't get to try it out before it slipped my mind. And I can't find it! I'm guessing we're changing the "edit" in the URL to "something/something"? I tried "preview/copy" with no joy. I hope I'm not just confused with the creating templates episode. Help!" How to Create G Suite Template Links Clarissa Bezzera, via SpeakPipe Steve Dudeck, via SpeakPipe Melissa Rivera (Long Island, NY) asked, "Is there a way to annotate Slides when in presentation mode? In PowerPoint, you can hover at the bottom right of the screen and select the pen tool. Slides only has a pointer tool. When my students create presentations they often have missing information that they want their classmates to supply during the lesson. I’ve been converting their Slides into PowerPoint to do this, which offsets the formatting of some slides. Do you have any other suggestions?" Page Marker extension On The Blogs Matt - Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity Kasey - The Shake Up Learning Members-Only Library! (FREE Downloads) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
December 25, 2017
Google News and Updates Changing how you view Photos from Google Drive Improvements to Menu and Toolbars in Docs and Slides YouTube Studio (beta) The Year in Search: the questions we asked in 2017 A look at one billion drawings from around the world Featured Content Twenty-­three year educator Wanda Terral is the District Technology Coordinator for the Lakeland School System (outside of Memphis, TN). A former band director, Wanda’s constantly seeking information relating to techniques & practices related to the use of tech to empower students and educators. A Google Certified Innovator (#GTAATX14) & Trainer, she shares resources on Google+, Twitter, & her blog. She was the 2016 Lead PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for the state of Tennessee and was selected to attend the 2016 Google Geo Teachers Institute. She’s currently completing her dissertation (EdD in IDT) at the The University of Memphis focusing on self-directed professional learning. When not spending time with her four cats, she is exploring sketchnoting, coding, and following leads of goodness shared by her PLN. Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator Twitter: @wterral Website: Resources Wanda’s Lesson: Hands on Activities with Google Drawings   Meme yourself Timeline Graphic organizers Digital book jacket Doodle yourself Googlink (Drawings like Thinglink) Interactives w/GDraw Visual notetaking (DTT post) Self-directed professional learning Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Thank you to Apple Podcast user Southern Eagle Girl for your recent podcast rating and review! Google Drive question from Nikki in Winnipeg (via Speakpipe) Sara Campbell from Woodbury Schools asks about using a Google Home in the classroom and COPPA, recording, etc. (via Speakpipe) On The Blogs Matt - The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit: Open until Dec 31! Kasey - Google Certified Educator Online Bootcamp! [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
December 18, 2017
Google News and Updates A crabtivating journey: Street View joins a crab migration of millions on Christmas Island Stranger Docs (Kasey) Visit polar bears, live from your classroom using Google Earth New categories and languages for Templates Embed HTML and Java Script in New Google Sites (Launching to Rapid Release, with Scheduled Release coming on January 2nd) Featured Content Way back in episode 3 (Episode 3 of GTT: The New Google Sites) Matt and Kasey explored the fascinating integration of Google Sites into the classroom. Now, Sites has finally received some much-needed love from the Google engineers. Using Google Sites to Support Learning E-portfolios Lewisville ISD Examples from Clemson University Teacher Websites Student Projects Genius Hour PBL Science Fair Senior Projects Units of Study Student resume PD Site Example from Te Aka Toitū (New Zealand) Technology 4 a Cause (by Sheeba Ajmal in Pakistan) Fennovation by Christy Fennewald What if they don’t have G Suite for Edu? - Question from Twitter from Caleb Pahl How do YOU use Google Sites? Leave us a voicemail! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Nicole Ross (Indiana) - Reindeer cam 12 Days of Twitter Shoutout Andy Boatman - Speakpipe about Google Classroom Zohar Kaplan (Jerusalem, Israel) - Thanks for the email! Linda Biederman Hink - Speakpipe about Google Translate idea. On The Blogs Matt - Using Kahoot! and others the way your brain craves Kasey - Create G Suite Templates with this Mind-Blowing Hack! [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
December 11, 2017
Google News and Updates The British Museum and Google Arts & Culture: Decoding the secrets of the ancient Maya More real-time data on Google Trends (adds news, shopping, images, and YouTube) Featured Content Ryan O'Donnell is a Technology Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) and former high school social studies teacher in Rocklin, California. Ryan's passions are EdTech, Innovation, Social Studies, Podcasting and Teacher Professional Development. O'Donnell has been teaching since 1997 and has always been an advocate for all things "tech." In addition to teaching, he has been presenting at technology and social studies strategies workshops both in his district and throughout the country as a trainer for Teacher Created Materials. Ryan is also the co-host of the Talking Social Studies and Check This Out podcasts. Along with presenting, Ryan is on the board of CapCUE; the Sacramento affiliate of Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2 Resources Ryan O'Donnell's Google Slides Templates Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag LOOPING SLIDE PRESENTATIONS Holly Elgin (Aledo, TX) -- I make changes to a Google Slideshow daily and play our announcements in the cafeteria for our students. Every day, I have to publish it to the web to be able to have it play continuously. Is there a way to present it so that it plays continuously? TAKE A SNAPSHOT LIVES ON! Marjorie Rispin (Carson, NV) -- I too was disappointed that GSuite removed Insert Image Snapshot. I found that you can still take a snapshot through Insert Drawing. When in the Drawing you can click the image icon and snapshot is still an option. Then save and close the drawing into your doc. A couple extra steps but it works. On The Blogs Matt - A Small Strategy with a Big Impact: Brain Science, Retrieval Practice and the “Brain Dump” Kasey - The Ultimate Teacher Gift Guide 2017 [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
December 4, 2017
Google News and Updates Featured Content Jake Miller is an authorized Google Apps for Education Trainer and currently serves as the Technology Integration Specialist for Brady Middle School in the Orange City School District. At BMS, Jake helps manage the implementation of Google Apps, 1:1 Chromebooks and Schoology, while working with a team to envision the building’s future integration of STEM, Project Based Learning and the school's new Fab Lab. Jake previously taught and co-created a middle school STEM Program at Kimpton Middle School in Stow-Munroe Falls, Ohio. Prior to that he taught nine years of math and science in various grades. At home, Jake leads a crazy, but fun family life with his wife and their three kids and dog. Twitter: @JakeMillerTech Website: Resources Jake’s Ultimate App Smash Lesson #EduGIFs that we discussed: Skip Slides in Google Slides Changing Your Default Font in Google Docs Voice Typing in Google Docs Stop Motion Slides Screencastify to FlipGrid Folder of ALL of Jake’s GIFs Kasey’s How to Create Screencast GIFs post Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag COOL IDEA FROM #GTTRIBE HASHTAG Alexis Snider from Vietnam (via #GTTribe hashtag) shared that her fourth graders wrote informational picture books for an audience of second graders. The students created picture books after studying mentor texts. Then, they used Google Slides to create ebooks and they shared through Padlet. Her students in Vietnam received feedback from students in Colombia! LINKING SLIDES Meggin Verduzco (Michigan) -- In the episode ' Slides can do what?' You give an example of "hyperlinking" a slide deck. How did you do that? Is it different from a link? I noticed it said 'slide 3' on the link. Can you tell me how to do that? Thanks. CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE! Meggin is working with 5th graders in a Choose your own adventure story/ PBL called The Island! They are soo geeked and adding this would seal the deal! I showed them how to hyperlink, but this is easier. Thanks in advance. THANKS FOR THE APPLE PODCASTS REVIEWS BSalzy -- Every week I am inspired and am able to share new Google knowledge and activities with my teachers and students. Thank you, Kasey and Matt, you keep this 38-year classroom veteran excited with fresh ideas weekly. A must listen! On The Blogs Matt - A FREE online conference for teachers: #DitchSummit! Kasey - How to Package Your Digital Assignments [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
November 27, 2017
Featured Content Tips for Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom Distractions, off-task, inappropriate uses -- But these are not new problems Can bring too much to the learning experience to band altogether Gives students more ownership of their learning Before you begin: Think about the what you are trying to achieve If BYOD, survey to find out what’s available Allow students to make suggestions Set clear expectations Pros and Cons of Mobile v. Desktop/Laptop/Chromebook Features only available on mobile Google Classroom - Annotate/Draw (Android and iOS) How to use Google Classroom’s secret productivity tool: the mobile app Google Keep - Voice Notes (Android and iOS) Google Translate - Translate with Camera (Android and iOS) Google Calendar - Goal Setting (Android and iOS) Android Apps on Chromebooks 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook Google Apps for iOS (Kasey’s List) Resources Apps only available on mobile YouTube Kids Snapseed (Android and iOS) Cardboard Camera (Android and iOS) Science Journal (Android and iOS) Google Spotlight Stories (Android and iOS) Toontastic 3D (Android and iOS) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Baby’s First Video Editor from Joshua Howard: Tama Trotti (Atlanta, Georgia) - "Thank you very much for the information on both the CS First and Made with Code sites." Nathan De Groot (Hanford, California) via SpeakPipe. On The Blogs Matt - Get students talking coding with web developers on Flipgrid Kasey - K is for Keep by @VirtualGiff (Jen Giffen was our guest on Episode 10) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
November 21, 2017
Google News and Updates The Take a snapshot feature is back, sort of. Check out Alice’s Webcam Snapshot Images get drop shadow and reflection in Slides and Drawings Issues with new insert menu Lost webcam Lost clip art - use explore New Google Maps coming Featured Content What does AI/voice assistant do now? What is machine learning? Gathers lots of data, lots of queries, into a huge data set Makes predictions based on that data The more data it gets, the smarter it is Google Assistant: answers your questions via text or voice, gives you briefings with data you request (weather, time, calendar, news, etc.). Adds things to your Google Keep, calendar, etc. Plays games and asks you trivia questions. Teachable Machine: Explore how machine learning works. Teach a machine using your camera – live in the browser, no coding required. It learns by training and running neural nets right in the browser. Teach students about machine learning.  Quick, Draw!: Uses machine learning to learn what you’re drawing. Autodraw: Draw a picture and Autodraw converts it into clipart created by artists.  Mystery Animal: A Voice Experiment, it chooses an animal and plays 20 questions for you to guess what it is.  Story Speaker: Create a choose your own adventure-style story in Google Docs. It’s like you’re coding/creating an AI game run by Google Assistant.  Quill Connect: Uses machine learning to help students combine sentences. Aligned with curriculum standards for second through seventh grades. How can AI/voice assistant help us right now? Answering questions what is the weather for tomorrow? what is the capital of Alaska? what is 37 times 414? tell me a riddle. Tell me something interesting. set a ten-minute timer. Adding to notes for later Keeping us from doing repetitive stuff What’s the future of AI/voice assistant in the classroom? Setting expectations in the classroom Let them play and understand what it is capable of but set meaningful expectations on how it will be used for learning, not just telling jokes. Rotate the use a job/role for the class - AI Leader of the Day. Resources Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Thanks for the Apple Podcasts Reviews! Julie Cobb (E2Cobb) - Matt and Kasey make my Monday morning commute great! I learn something every week that I can immediately share with the teachers I support. Caution: Don’t listen at the gym if you are prone to shouting “amen” or “wow” when the knowledge bombs start dropping! Trying a tech solution to cold and flu season and s absences. Keeping a slide deck of days and makeup work info in google classroom. #gttribe — Karen McKenna (@mrskarenmckenna) November 10, 2017 Baby’s First Video Editor from Joshua Howard: On The Blogs Matt - 6 Do’s When It Comes to Homework (via Brandon Blom) Kasey - How to Design Google PD That Works! Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017. This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: – 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) – Private Google+ Community – The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List – VIP BONUSES! – Tips & Tricks – and much more! Visit for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!) *Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
November 13, 2017
Google News and Updates New languages now supported in Google Docs and Slides files, as well as Docs editors templates Copy comments and suggestions in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides Insert images more easily in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings Google Classroom update: You can now attach files you don’t own and it will automatically make a copy. Google Edu in 90: Using Google Keep in the Classroom Update to the Google for Edu website: How to embed your Twitter feed directly into a Google Site Four creative “experiments” showcase the potential of Google Assistant Featured Content Hour of Code - Dec 4-10, 2017 CS EdWeek- CS First: The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required! Hour of Code Tutorials CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science (CS) education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs. All clubs are run by teachers and/or community volunteers. Our materials: are completely free and available online are targeted at students in grades 4th-8th (ages 9-14) can be tailored to fit your schedule and needs involve block-based coding using Scratch and are themed to attract students with varied interests Made with Code A Beginner’s Guide to Coding in the K12 Classroom Coding resources from Shake Up Learning Ways to tie coding into your curriculum: Math and science: natural connections Social studies and English: logic/order in writing code is similar to making a case for writing an essay World languages: learning coding like a language Primary: fits in math and science, teamwork, problem-solving, etc. Apple’s Tim Cook: Coding is better than learning English as a second language ( Have low bandwidth? Plan to show videos at the front of the class, so each student isn't downloading their own videos. Or try the unplugged/offline tutorials. Provide headphones for your class, or ask students to bring their own, if the tutorial you choose works best with sound. Don't have enough devices? Use pair programming. When students partner up, they help each other and rely less on the teacher. They’ll also see that computer science is social and collaborative. Scripting in G Suite: Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Kim Monroe (technology teacher, New Jersey) -- Is there a way to search for precreated Gsuite activities? For example, I have saved templates from people I follow like you and Matt and Alice Keeler, but can I search google and find other “slides” or sheet templates? Hyperdocs folder Twitter hashtags: #gsuiteedu / #googleedu / #gttribe / #edtechteam Pinterest All Things Google Pinterest Board   Shannon Burger (library media specialist, Missouri) -- I love Bitmoji and was really excited about customizing my Bitmoji as explained by Mandi Tolen in her blog post, but then the librarian in me reared its head!  Before I share this with the teachers at my school.... are we violating copyright by modifying the Bitmoji image?   Bitmoji Terms of Use: The case for “not violating” -- “Snap Inc. grants you a personal, worldwide, royalty-free, non-assignable, non-exclusive, revocable, and non-sublicensable license to access and use our Services.” The case for “violating” -- You must also respect Snap Inc.'s rights. These Terms do not grant you any right to: use branding, logos, designs, photographs, videos, or any other materials used in our Services except as explicitly allowed by these Terms or our Services (for example, you may create and share your Bitmoji as our Services allow); On The Blogs Matt - Ditch That Marking: 5+ ways to improve grading (written by GTTriber Ben Whitaker!) Kasey - Interactive Learning Menus with G Suite Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017. This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: – 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) – Private Google+ Community – The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List – VIP BONUSES! – Tips & Tricks – and much more! Visit for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!) *Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
November 6, 2017
[tweetshare tweet="Use G Suite tools to support deeper thinking and move beyond substitution. #gttribe #gsuiteedu" username="GTeacherTribe"] Google News and Updates Hidden Genius Project Swing into the World Series with Google Expeditions Science Journal App Updates Science Journal App Bring Mars to Your Browser Featured Content Annotate images (Washington crossing the Delaware) Part of Matt’s Google Genius presentation at Create with constraints (Kasey’s magnetic poetry) Explain their thinking (Matt’s moveable activity post) Non-Googleable answers Creative Projects that Can’t Be Duplicated or Plagiarized Student Choice Reflection Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Kaelyn Bullock (Seattle, Washington) - New Google Sites not showing up … mostly tablets, also on some MacBooks (via SpeakPipe) Jennifer Liebhaber (Scottsdale, Arizona) - I really appreciate all the little tips and tricks I get each time I listen. I am writing because I am trying to find out the best way to do a "mail merge" in a Google Doc when the data I need is in Google Sheets. Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast! On The Blogs Matt - 10 ways icons from The Noun Project can impact learning Kasey - Dynamic Learning v. Static Learning (DO THIS, NOT THAT infographic) Ready to Become a Google Certified Trainer? Do you want to travel and help other teachers learn how to use G Suite in their classroom? Do you want to get your foot in the door as a consultant, trainer, or present at national conferences? Want to make a little extra cash in summer training teachers? The VIP trainer course opens twice yearly (May and December) and will re-open for enrollment on November 10, 2017, and close on November 27, 2017. This is the e-course you have been waiting for–the course to help you on your journey to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer! Becoming a Google Certified Trainer was one of the best decisions I ever made, and it transformed my learning and my career! This self-paced, e-course includes EVERYTHING you need to know to pass the Trainer Skills Assessment AND complete the application requirements, including: 30+ Video Lessons (including the archive) Private Google+ Community The Ultimate Google Certified Trainer Planner and Check List VIP BONUSES! Tips & Tricks and much more! Visit for all of the details and to enroll (VIP will NOT open until November 10th!) *Please note: This course does NOT prepare you for Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2. [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
October 30, 2017
Google News and Updates (2:36) Expanded Page Hierarchy in Google Sites Gmail Add-Ons Checkmark Chrome Extension from EdTechTeam Rachel Smith (The Isle of Man) -- Keep for regularly used phrases / Permanent Clipboard extension See where the file is in Drive when you click to change the file name (via Mike Mohammad @mo_physics from Wisconsin) Featured Content (7:54) Mason Mason, M. Ed. is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. and an Ed.D. student at Southern Methodist University studying PreK-12 Educational Leadership. He is passionate about helping educators transform teaching and learning through technology integration and closing the digital divide through equitable access to technology for all students. Mason obtained his B.A. in English and Education from The Ohio State University and his M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Southern Methodist University. He taught secondary English, Language Arts, and Reading for eight years in Dallas ISD and Plano ISD and spent a year as an Education Technology Instructional Coach at a 9-12 one-to-one iPad high school in Garland ISD. His passion for improving teaching and learning has guided his work in schools across the nation and at various local, regional, and national conferences. Google Certifications: Google Certified Educator Level 1, Google Certified Educator Level 2, Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator Connect with Mason: Twitter: @EdtechMason Website: Resources Kasey’s video: Matt’s video: Mason’s video: Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Denise Wolfe (Nebraska) - Just wanted to take a moment and THANK YOU for your podcast! Heather Moores (Quebec, Canada) -  I came across a Google Chrome Extension called “CheckMark”. Have you guys heard of this? On The Blogs (27:53) Matt - Custom Bitmoji Feedback (via Mandi Tolen) Kasey - How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
October 23, 2017
Google News and Updates Visit the Moon and planets on Google Maps Street View goes to the “top of the world” New Google Calendar Learn What’s New Featured Content Comments (and nested comments and tagging) Linking directly to a comment Comment history Add, edit, reply or delete comments Assigning Tasks Suggested Edits Kaizena Keep integration (doc stickers / common feedback phrases) Bitmoji Chrome Extension Read & Write for Google Chrome allows voice note Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Keith George (Alabama) talks blurring in YouTube videos Alex Adams -- opening up new module after submitting work on Google Classroom? Amy Eagle (NY) -- "I love Google classroom. But I am wondering if we should be teaching basic drive skills that are no longer as critical when we use Classroom to disseminate and turn in work. Clearly, it is easier to use Classroom than to teach sharing etc. How would you reconcile the two?" On The Blogs Matt - Memory Game with Google Slides (via Mandi Tolen) Kasey - 4 Must-Have Google Classroom Skills [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
October 16, 2017
On this episode, Matt and Kasey are sharing a joint keynote presentation they gave during the Summer of 2017. Below is the presentation used... Featured Content [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
October 9, 2017
Google News and Updates During episode 24 Matt and Kasey made it known that sometimes there just aren't many if any updates to speak of. No sooner did they utter those words and Google went crazy with a number updates! Expeditions on iOS with Self-Guided Tours and Annotations Google Classroom: Import Google Forms quiz grades—Teachers can assign a Google Forms quiz and automatically import grades to the Student Work page. Google Data Studio Google Data Studio (beta) turns your data into informative dashboards and reports that are easy to read, easy to share, and fully customizable. Dashboarding allows you to tell great data stories to support better business decisions. New Google Hardware Featured Content Google Slides is a cornerstone application of G Suite and recently Google added a number of features to improve functionality and usability. Some of the features mentioned were long-time requests by users like you and others were bonus add-ons that were unexpected. Slides now features Google Keep integration New Add-ons... Unsplash - Every Unsplash photo is high-res and completely free to use for commercial and personal purposes. Adobe Stock Shutter Stock the Noun Project Pear Deck Features... Linked Slides Slide Sorter Insert Diagrams Skip Slides (during presentation) Apps Scripts Resources Official Google blog post announcing Slides updates Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Dena Dellere (@DDellere) tweeted about her use of Google Classroom for a recent technology-related in-service at her school in Oklahoma. "Each topic is a Session." Using GC for 17-18 Tech Inservice.  Each topic is a Session. Genius idea from our Business T to clear GC clutter. #gttribe #OklaEd — Dena Dellere (@DDellere) October 5, 2017 Sam Mora, via SpeakPipe, from Arizona, uses Screencastify and is looking for a way to blur sensitive information in the videos she creates. Christina Smith Rivera, from Colorado, works with teams of Student TechXperts. Her students provide PD for students and staff members at the school. She is looking for ways to connect her student tech leaders with other groups throughout the United States. On The Blogs Matt - Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how. Kasey - How to Create Screencast GIFs [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
October 2, 2017
Google News and Updates In a lighter week of news and updates the only things of note were additional colors to Google Keep Notes and revamped icons in the G Suite interface when using Docs, Sheets, etc Featured Content Joe Marquez is a passionate educator who loves nothing more than to discover new ways to motivate and engage his 8th-grade science students. His focus is not on ways educators teach their kids, but rather on new ways they can better reach their kids. Technology has been the spark which has ignited his exploration into next-generation educational technology and pushed him into becoming a leader and technology coach for the Clovis Unified School District. Joe provides insight on his TACO initiative, which is a STEM camp for students who want to teach STEM. Resources Shared Lesson: One-Pager Group Presentation (Want a copy? Go to File>Make a Copy) A blueprint for Twitter and social media in the classroom with Joe Marquez NewsELA Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Cara Wilmot (FL) shared a comment on episode 22 regarding captions on Youtube. [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
September 25, 2017
Google News and Updates (4:25) Gmail will create links to contact info How it works: Clicking an address link will take the user to Google Maps. Clicking an email address will compose a new email, using the user’s default email client. Finally, when using a mobile device, clicking a phone number will start a call request using the default phone app. View the world through someone else's lens in Google Earth Featured Content (7:34) Google Drawings allows you to add some color to your documents, presentations, and websites with easy to create charts and diagrams. However, Matt and Kasey provide you with some additional applications for you and your students. Visual Thinking with Google Drawings Power of images and text on the brain (dual coding) Google Drawings: like a digital poster board (or paper) Only tools: lines, shapes, text and images Annotate on images Example: Tres de Mayo painting annotation Take a snapshot and add speech bubbles Photo comic strips Mike Petty’s site on photo comic strips Create infographics Icons: The Noun Project ( An example infographic: Create eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings Graphic organizers 15 free graphic organizer templates ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FREE Google Drawings Cheat Sheet 10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!) 10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (25:18) Meghan Eberhart (MN) asks about web-based video editors with the recent Google killing of the Youtube video editor/creator. Matt and Kasey recommend WeVideo. Producer Chris Nesi featured Bruce Reicher, a WeVideo ambassador, on episode 87 of House of #EdTech. Becca Glassberg (NY) had a quick question regarding Google Classroom differentiation and how assignments appear on Google Calendar. Tim Baker (KY) runs a Student Tech Leadership Program (STLP) and is looking for an app, tool, or extension for managing checklists for repetitive tasks. Matt and Kasey recommend Google Keep. Episode 11 was all about Google Keep On The Blogs (33:04) Matt - From Topic to Thesis, Teaching Students to Write Argument (Shaelynn Farnsworth) Kasey - How to Infuse Google Classroom with the Power of YouTube [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
September 18, 2017
Google News and Updates (4:00) What’s Really Going on With Google Drive Original announcement: Drive File Stream Coming to G Suite Blog post from Michael Fricano explaining it all! Applied Digital Skills: New Lessons and RubricsThe Applied Digital Skills program recently added new lessons plans and assessment rubrics. Additionally, Applied Digital Skills is now aligned to the state standards for ten states, with more coming soon. Explore the curriculum now. Earlier this summer, Google Arts & Culture launched 'We Wear Culture’, looking at the history of fashion and the stories behind what we wear. From the story of the Sari in India and lace making in Switzerland; this project covers a wide range of designers, fashion icons and subjects. There are 6 Google Expedition tours to accompany the project. Create a Culture of Innovation at Your School The beginning of the school year is a great opportunity to proactively shape the culture of your school, and a culture of innovation can amplify the impact of technology. Take advantage of this time to nurture an environment where teachers are encouraged to take risks and try new things in order to better serve students. Use this guide to access guiding principles and actionable tips for creating a culture of innovation among teachers and staff. Embed on Google Sites Featured Content (16:40) What's New In YouTube? Got a new look and features on Aug. 29 - highlights Lots of updates to mobile - Watch this video Google for Education on YouTube EDU in 90 on YouTubeWant to keep tabs on the latest updates from Google for Education, but don’t have much time? Check out EDU in 90, a new video series from Google for Education. Each episode, we focus on an important topic for educators, administrators, and school leaders - things like product updates, new programs, and helpful resources for the classroom. Subscribe to the Google for Education YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss an episode. Episode 2: What’s New in Classroom New embed options New look and feel Open transcript Dark theme great for whole class watching in the dark GTT on YT Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (27:01) Google Doc Tips Sketchnotes from Wanda Terral Great hyperdoc from Karly, Sean, Heather, and Michelle On The Blogs (32:04) Matt - 22 Killer Keyboard Shortcuts (and a Challenge!) for Busy Educators Kasey - 8 Ways to Support Digital Citizenship Skills with Google Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
September 11, 2017
Texas Needs Your Help, Y'all! Google News and Updates (8:05) First Day of Classroom Version Control in Docs Be Internet Awesome DigCit Training for Teachers Featured Content (15:05) The 2017-18 school year is here and Google did not disappoint as many improvements, enhancements, and new features were added to the popular Google Classroom. Highlights include: View all student work on one page Move tiles in your classes Display class code in full screen Teacher/student can specify which email notifications they receive Updates to Classroom & Forms Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (20:47) Miriam Bart wants to turn off Classroom notifications. Amy Diamond has teachers who want to make more attractive slides Make Your Google Presentations Shine Lisa Byrd: DocSecrets add-on to blank out words and reveal them as you go On The Blogs (27:37) Matt - The Hyperdoc Effect: 7 Ways Using Hyperdocs Has Changed My Classroom Kasey - 6 Android Apps to Try on a Chromebook UPCOMING CONFERENCES Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
June 5, 2017
Google News and Updates (2:42) Updates to Google Sheets Google for Education PD Week New Publish Settings in Google Sites Featured Content (9:44) Using music in Docs Story Builder to set the tone for writing from @koolteecha Chromebooks bookmark tip from @swkreed Create an infographic syllabus using Google Drawings from @MissThurmes 6 Year End Google Classroom Clean Up Tips from Eric Curts Use slide linking to create a menu for station rotations from @specialtechie From Robin Limpert (3rd-grade teacher, Ohio): I have a 3rd student that took what I taught her about using G Suite, specifically from your episode #9 about Google forms and applied it to an "Entrepreneurial" venture! She created a Google form titled- "Eliana's Summer Pet Sitting and Mail Collection Service" then she had her mother post it to her friends to collect potential customers' information in a Google Sheet. As you can imagine, I was beaming with pride and thought you would like to hear about this real-life application being made at such a young age. This is proof that if we spend the time to train our kids to use these creative digital tools, they will do remarkable things! I spent this school year teaching and developing a curriculum for an elementary version of a "Chrome Squad" for our building. My goal was to develop a resource to train kids to use G Suite using basic language that kids can understand. I have a "Kids Teaching Kids" type of program which has now evolved into my kids actually teaching our busy teachers to use Google tools as well. I started with 10 kids and now have over 30 kids in our Chrome Squad. If you are interested, I can get you more information on my ebook coming out over the summer- "Chromebooks for kids- Training your Elementary Chrome Squad." On The Blogs (20:59) Matt - Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class Kasey - 10 Reasons to Go Google Coming in the next few weeks: The Google Certified Educator Academy UPCOMING CONFERENCES (28:30) Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell Ditch That Conference (Sept. 8, 2017 in Marshall, IN, OR attend virtually!) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 29, 2017
Google News and Updates (3:34) From Google I/O: Make calls with Google Assistant, type to talk to it, proactive notifications (will Google Home have a place in schools? Google Assistant?) - Smart Reply to Gmail … previously in Inbox and Allo (do you use it?) Expeditions AR: More virtual/augmented reality experiences for the classroom (Statue of David, strand of DNA, whirling Category 5 hurricane) Augmented Reality with Google Expeditions is Coming! Featured Content (10:27) Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Forms (quick) Storyboarding new ideas with Drawings/Slides Photo comic strips with Google Drawings Screencastify Toontastic Docs Story Builder Story of the Atom Google Earth Tour Builder Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:40) "I'm enjoying the podcast. In episode 5, a listener had a question about how to remove students from accessing certain files he shared with them. Y'all both offered great tips. I just wanted to offer a free solution at that scans your Drive, shows who has access to what files, and with one button push, you can revoke access to all files you've shared with that person. I use this for removing access to Google Drive files from departing employees." --Aaron Kinney JP Prezzavento (MO) -- via SpeakPipe. Add short link in automatic substitution. On The Blogs (31:28) Matt - 5 Ways to Get Back to Solid Teaching and Learning Kasey - The Guide to Google Drive Sharing Upcoming Conferences (35:06) Don’t Mess with Google Classroom Conference with Alice Keeler and Kasey Bell Ditch That Conference (Sept. 8, 2017 in Marshall, IN, OR attend virtually!) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 22, 2017
Google News and Updates (4:29) Inspiring the creative problem-solvers of the future Updates to Chat in Docs, Sheets, and Slides Featured Content (8:05) Google Slides is a core Google tool that is SO much more than just giving users the ability to create slideshows for presentations. How to Create an eBook in Google Slides 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement Animation of the sodium-potassium pump (courtesy of Chris Baker) Magnetic Poetry Choose Your Own Adventure: Session resources for Matt’s Google Genius presentation Resources DriveSlides: Add photos to a folder in Google Drive and DriveSlides will automatically put them onto individual slides in a new Slides presentation Self-grading quizzes: Example self-grading quiz Infographics: Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings Create a Google Classroom Custom Header in Google Drawings If you have tried any of these we want to hear from you! Leave a comment down below or send us a message! Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag (24:48) Kerrie Johnson (Ohio) asks: do you have a hack for getting around not being able to put a Google Sheet in landscape? I know it's possible to make a poster in the G Suite but I'm not exactly sure how. Do I use Drawing? Slides? Any tips? Google Drawings interactive posters (no glue sticks necessary!) Lisa Blevins-Salyer, Technology Integration Specialist (Johnson County Schools) shared this thought: I was intrigued by the recent segment on Auto Draw. Thank you both for the podcast and the wealth of information packed into your show notes.  May the Googles continue to be with you. On The Blogs (30:08) Matt - The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers Kasey - Teach Like the Tonight Show: Internet Pop Quiz with Google Slides [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 15, 2017
Google News and Updates (6:07)   Create your own Street View imagery with new 360 cameras G+ - Invite people to community with a link Subscribe to Google for Education Newsletter (
May 8, 2017
Google News and Updates Mysterious pattern in Egypt Massive herd of water buffalo in Tanzania New Google Sites: group items vertically Bringing Within to WebVR Featured Content Google Maps is Google's map program. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation. Easy access to Google Maps Street View 3D lets you see cities, other landscape stuff in 3D Look at places in history, in literature, in news, in popular culture Cards give you information at your fingertips you might not know otherwise (like integrating a Google search) Voyager: collections of images, street views, “interactive stories” Hold in shift for “helicopter view” I’m feeling lucky: find places you might not otherwise Can still When you switch locations, it zooms out and back in so you know where you were and where you’re going (orientation on the globe) Google Earth educator resources: Reading ABC’s from space Trek Across the Galapagos Wonders of the Ancient and Modern World Follow the Google Earth Community Google+ YouTube Facebook Twitter Google Earth blog Resources Google Earth Lit Trips on Chromebooks by Eric Curts Ben Friesen’s New Google Earth resource page Create your own Google Earth tours with (blog post) EdTech Team’s blog and infographic: 10 Google Earth Updates That Will Change Your GEO Life Assign a Google Voyage as an assignment in Classroom (YouTube) Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Holly Messner (Grade 5 teacher from Kansas City, MO) Alice Keeler’s Anyone Can View Chrome extension Craig Klement - Insert a video into Google slides using the iPad On The Blogs Matt - Writing papers and research reports the Google way Kasey - 20 NEW Ways to Use Google Classroom Countdown to Closing VIP Become a Google Certified Trainer Course (closes Midnight on May 21) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
May 1, 2017
Google News and Updates Google Classroom Outside the Classroom New Topics Feature in Google+ Google Educator Groups Bringing Alexander Hamilton’s history to life Featured Content John McGowan is a certified Google Education Trainer and the creator for the g(Math) Add-on for Docs, Sheets, and Forms with over 11.5 million worldwide users. He has been teaching secondary math for over 15 years and loved to adapt the fail-forward mentality and push the bounds of technology integration in the math classroom. John's passion is to ignite student interest in math by creating dynamic visualizations and using coding to give personalized instruction and feedback to students instantly. His Moonshot is to make Coding the new Calculus. John has presented worldwide on using g(Math) and other digital tools in the classroom and incorporating coding into the math curriculum. He recently embarked on a new career to leave the classroom to join up with Texthelp to develop g(Math) full-time and make a greater impact on teaching and learning by making digital math easy and accessible to all. EquatIO ( was just released and is the first step in that journey! Connect with John: Website: Twitter: @jmacattak Feedback in Equatio (John is the one who receives it) Resources EquatIO (g)math Add-On Texthelp Desmos #mtbos -- Math Twitter Blog-o-sphere hashtag on Twitter Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO by John McGowan Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag Stephanie Pullen’s Balloon Pop Shaun Else - "Student thank you" (via SpeakPipe) Adam Geisen (via Speakpipe) Inbox by Gmail On The Blogs Matt - I’m going back to paper AND staying digital Kasey: 8 Tips for a Google Expeditions Pilot by Heather Kilgore Countdown to Closing VIP Become a Google Certified Trainer Course (closes at midnight on May 21) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
April 24, 2017
GOOGLE NEWS AND UPDATES New Google Earth Google Search Fact Check Customize Google Sites Colors and Logos FEATURED CONTENT Kasey’s tools: Google Cultural Institute Zoom view Google Trends Hot Trends Google Takeout LMGTFY Matt’s tools: nGram Viewer Reverse image search YouTube Editor Time Lapse in Google Earth Engine Additional Resources Kasey’s Golden Treasures of Google Blog Series Part 1: Tools for Google Maps, Street View, and Google Earth Part 2: Data Tools Part 3: Google Search Tools and Tricks Part 4: Student Initiatives Kasey’s Golden Treasures of Google Presentation from KySTE Google’s Buried Treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools GOOGLE TEACHER TRIBE MAILBAG Here's a question from a #GTTribe listener about discouraging cheating in Google Slides. Any advice? #gsuiteedu #googleedu #edtech — Google Teacher Tribe (@GTeacherTribe) April 13, 2017 ON THE BLOGS Matt - Teach with Kahoot!: Go beyond review with the Blind Kahoot Kasey - Reinventing Math Class with EquatIO (Chrome extension) [shortcode-variables slug="signature"]
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