New Video option in Google Slides


Google recently made it possible to insert videos into Google Slides without the need to host your videos on YouTube. You can now simply upload a video to Google Drive then insert it into any of your Google Slides presentations. If you would like detailed How To instructions watch the video above or click here to watch the 2 minute video via Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne.

How Will We Make 2015 the Best Year for Pike Students?

Photography for Pike School viewbook and publications.

EdTechTeacher start reading below where it says “EdTechTeacher start reading here”.

EdTechTeacher and Google have partnered to create the EdTechTeacher Google Jamboree. The jamboree is a one day conference designed for educators including panel discussions, keynotes, and hands-on sessions at Google Headquarters in Boston on February 27th.  This is a chance for educators to learn from cutting edge thinkers and innovators in the field of technology and education and connect with other educators around the world. The event is limited to 200 participants.  To apply applicants must submit the answer to the following question ” How will I make 2015 the best year for my students?”  publicly in 250 words or less via a blog post, google doc, info graphic, image, poster, google slide, video, screencast or animation.  The following is my application and answer to the the question above.

EdTechTeacher start reading here.  

The Pike School is halfway into year two of our 1to1 iPad initiative in grades 6-9 and we are very excited about the opportunities that this initiative has already provided for our students. Students have created videos and iBooks to explain their thinking and show their understanding, backpacks are lighter, and students have access to a  world of knowledge at their fingertips throughout the entire day. To make 2015 the best year for Pike Students, the Pike Tech Department is taking advice from EdTechTeacher’s Justin Reich. In his checklist for “Moving Beyond Pockets of Excellence”, Justin recommends picking a small number of goals on which to focus, rather than, a large number of broad goals that can be more difficult to implement. The Tech Department has chosen these two of the six 21st century literacies from the National Council of Teachers of English to focus on with teachers and students this school year.

  • Develop proficiency and fluency with the tools of technology
  • Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of purposes

To work towards these goals we are developing a four part course that will give teachers ideas, strategies, and training for classroom activities which will be available on this blog for teachers who cannot attend. We will be organizing Educamp style workshops for both teachers and students where the community can learn and share ideas. In addition, we will be assessing our progress via surveys to both students and teachers. Working in partnership with our teachers and students on these initiatives is going to make 2015 a great year!

Student Google Docs over the Summer

DriveLogoReturning students will not have access to their Google Drive accounts starting June 17th.    Their accounts and files will be preserved over the summer and everything will be as it was left, when they return in the fall.

Google Drive accounts for students who are graduating or leaving will be deleted on June 17th.

For both sets of students there are two options for saving files.

Option 1 – When you only want to save a few files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Put a check next to the files you would like to save.
  3. Go to More > Download…
  4. Make the appropriate choices for file formats and then click download.
  5. This will download a .zip file containing your documents.  You can open these documents on a home computer.

Option 2 – When you want to save all of your files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Then go to Google Takeout
  3. Choose “Create an archive”.
  4. Put a check next to Drive only.
  5. Click on the red “Create Archive” button at the top of the page.
  6. If you have a lot of files, this process will take a good bit of time.
  7. It will say that you will receive an email when it is finished but you won’t because students don’t have access to email.
  8. Instead return to Google Takeout later and choose “My Archives” at the top of the screen.
  9. Find your archive and click download.  Your files will be downloaded as a .zip file.  You can transfer these files to a home computer.

Google Notifier is Dead

Google Notifier is a small application that will notify you when you get an email and when you have Google Calendar events coming up.  When it is running (on a mac), two icons will be seen on the Menu Bar that look like this.

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At Pike we also use this app to set Gmail as our default email browser.  Unfortunately Google Notifier is being removed by Google and will no longer work.

Most people have this app set to start up when the computer boots.  You will want to turn this off as it will continue to notify you that it no longer works until you turn it off.

Stop Google Notifier from automatically starting at boot up.  

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Open the Users & Groups preference
  3. Click on the Login Items tab
  4. Select Google Notifier in the list of items that will open automatically.
  5. Click the minus button at the bottom to remove Google Notifier from the list.
  6. Next, click on the either icon on the menu bar and choose Quit all Google Notifiers.

This is really all you need to do but if you want to uninstall the program completely, and you have admin rights on your computer (Pike teachers don’t), then you can follow these instructions put out by google.

How to get notified that you have email now that Notifier doesn’t work. 

  • Check out the list of alternatives at the top of this page.

Looking for a way to set Gmail as your default email program?

  • This depends on which web browser you use.  The setting has to be made for each browser.
  • This page gives you instructions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.