Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to Screen Share with Google Cast for EDU

Students can be masters of their own domain and lead a discussion using a screen sharing tool to their teacher's computer without having to logoff of their computers.
How do you accomplish this?  By using Google Cast for Education! Google Cast for Education is a Chrome app that can be downloaded and installed from the Chrome Web Store.  Both parties, the teacher and the students must have this app installed in order for the screen share to take place.

Note:  If teachers or students are not permitted to download and install apps from the Chrome Web Store, it will have to be done by the Google Administrator from the domain level.

Once the app is installed for both users, the teacher would have to setup their device by completing the following steps:

1.  You must enter a RECEIVER'S NAME, I would recommend typing your name or 'Teacher', and press SAVE.

2. Next, click on SHARE, to give students access to your device. You have to select the permissions for the students at this point.  You can add people by typing their email address, groups, or Google Classroom. When completed, click ADD, then SAVE.

3.  At this point, the students will have to start their screen share.  They will need to open and run the app on their device, then navigate to the website they want to share with their teacher.  

Note: Students need to be using the Google Chrome browser.

4.  The students will click the 3 dots at the top right corner in the Chrome browser, and select CAST. They will be prompted with a list that will display their presenter's name, or teacher's name.  They need to select the appropriate name from the list.  

5.  The teacher will receive a message prompting to accept or decline the request.  

6.  Magic! The student screen is shared on the teacher device.

This tool can be used to allow students to present their projects from their devices to the main computer in the classroom which can be connected to a projector.  It will save time because students do not have to login/logout of devices, and it avoids disconnecting equipment.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Personal Google Accounts and Google Classroom Together!

The Google Classroom team listened to your feedback and released a new update allowing anyone with a personal Google account to access Google Classroom.  This will allow anyone who is teaching in an educational setting to have access to Google Classroom.  Now home school teachers, tutors, consultants, and others can use Google Classroom as a platform for their students. 

However, with this new update, people who use their personal Google account to access Google Classroom can only join classes.  The ability to create a class will be available some time in the future.  So if you are interested in using Google Classroom,  I would recommend signing up for G Suite for Education.

To use your personal Google account for Google Classroom simply sign into your account, and go to Google Classroom, click the + sign to join a class.  Note, you must know the class code to join an existing class.

Additionally, the Google administrator in your organization will need to enable settings in the admin console to accommodate users to have access to Google Classroom.   They possibly will need to whitelist domains and enable class memberships.  Click here to read more about the settings on the admin console. See the animation below to navigate to these settings in the admin console.

Click here to read more about this update.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

How to Create Audio Files for your Assignments!

Are you always repeating yourself during the day to your students or peers?   If you find yourself constantly repeating the same information to your audience, I would recommend trying to create an audio file.  Whether you are repeating the assignment directions, learning goals, expectations, procedures, etc.  create an audio file and make it accessible for your audience to hear it over again at their own pace.  

This technique can assist all students in your classroom, but especially special education students, and ELL students.  All students can benefit from this because they can play the audio file again and again at their own pace.

The tool that I would recommend to create recordings is Vocaroo.  Vocaroo is an online recording tool that will allow you to save or download your audio recordings.  It is very simply to use and it is FREE!

First, I would highly recommend that a microphone is used so that you get the best quality audio recording.  Plus, Vocaroo will not work until a microphone is connected to the device.

Next, you are ready to record.  Simply click on the red record button and start speaking.  

Note:You may get a pop-up from Adobe Flash Player to allow access to your microphone and camera, just click 'allow'.  

When you are done, click the square to stop recording.   You now have the option to retry or listen to the recording. Retry will allow you to record again, and listen will allow you to do that.

If you like the recording, then click the 'Click here to save', link and you will be prompted with the image below.

At this point you can copy the link to your recording and insert it into an assignment in Google Classroom, Edmodo, or on your website.  Also, you have the option to post it on social media using a class hashtag or download the file to your local device.  

This process is very simple and quick to use.  I would also recommend reading the directions you typed on your assignment so that you don't forget to include a direction in the recording.  

Happy Recording!!!