11 Great Google Sheets Templates Flippity is a great resource for G Suite users that I have been sharing with readers for a couple of years now. Flippity provides teachers with eleven handy Google Sheets templates for creating things like quiz games, audio flashcards, bingo boards, and progress trackers. Toward the end of 2016 Flippity released a Google Sheets Add-on that makes all of their templates available with just a couple of clicks in any of your Google Sheets. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to install and use Flippity’s Google Sheets Add-on.
eSchool News The advanced Google searches every student should know Google has amazing tools for finding school-worthy sources. Too bad most kids don’t know they exist “Did he seriously just ask that? How old is this guy?” Well yes, I recently seriously just asked a group of students if they knew how to search Google. How to easily transcribe audio or video recordings into text (update) I recently had to transcribe a number of video interviews into text. This turned out to be much more of a labor intensive project than I thought, and it quickly dawned on me that the process can be vastly improved via a few technological tweaks. This posting aims to present a step by step tutorial on how to do this most effectively. At the heart of the problem is a simple issue: the need to change focus back and forth between program 1, such as a word processor or editor that you may be using to enter text, and program 2, the media player that you may be using using to play the audio or video. Transcribing, as I found out, involves a lot of stopping, backing up, typing, and then repeating over and over and over again. This problem can be solved such that switching back and forth is done via hotkeys without taking your fingers off the keyboard, providing a streamlined, efficient experience.
Insert Videos Into Google Slides Without Using YouTube For years one of the most common complaints about Google Slides has been that you can only use videos from YouTube in your slides. This week Google finally made it possible for you to use videos in Google Slides without the videos having to be hosted on YouTube. You can now insert videos from Google Drive into your Google Slides presentations. To do this you simply have to upload a video to your Google Drive account (G Suite for Education users have unlimited storage) then you can insert it into any new or existing slides. You can even specify start and end times to show just a portion of a video. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to insert videos into Google Slides without using YouTube.
The Best Free People Search Websites If you've done even the most rudimentary of web searches for a specific person online, you know that there are (unfortunately) a lot of websites out there that promise you everything for "just a small fee." The problem is that the same information they're promising to deliver to you as soon as you pony up a credit card number can be found online with just a little bit of digging and a little bit of patience. Our advice? The Invisible Web: What It Is and How You Can Find It What is the Invisible Web? Did you know that there is a vast amount of data that search engines won't show you without a specific search? The term "invisible web" mainly refers to the vast repository of information that search engines and directories don't have direct access to, like databases. Unlike pages on the visible Web (that is, the Web that you can access from search engines and directories), information in databases is generally inaccessible to the software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes.
20 Fun Free Tools for Interactive Classroom Collaboration The 2014 Gates Foundation report, Teachers Know Best: What Educators Want from Digital Instructional Tools, indicates that teachers want tools “supporting student collaboration and providing interactive experiences”. This doesn’t come as a big surprise since these types of tools are fun and engaging. They also support 21st century skills like collaboration, communication, and creativity. You know what else teachers like? Good quality tools that are free! And why not?
20 Ways to Search the Invisible Web When you access the invisible/deep web, you're uncovering information a regular search engine won't find. This is because data on the invisible web isn't made available to software spiders and crawlers that create search engine indexes. Given that the invisible web makes up a huge majority of the content on the web, it's fair to say that you're missing out on quite a lot if you never venture away from popular search engines like Google and Bing. Below are 20 invisible web search engines, directories, and databases that you can use to uncover an astounding amount of content. The invisible web is only part of the web that common search engines don't catalog.
5 of My Favorite English Games for ESL Students I saved the best for last. My students requested this game more often than any other game we ever played. It's based on the old drinking game "Ring of Fire," modified for the classroom.