Friday, April 16, 2021

Who Knew?!--Screencastify: Text

Did you know you can add text overlays to your Screencastify videos? 

This comes in handy if you want to add a title to your video, create quick notes, clarify/correct something, and more.

Learn how below:





Who Knew?!--Screencastify: Text





Friday, April 9, 2021

Who Knew?!--Screencastify: Blur

When you create a screencast, it is important to be cognizant of what is on your screen when you are recording so that you don't violate anyone's privacy. Fortunately, Screencastify's editor allows you to tidy up your videos with their editing tools. 

Did you know you can "blur" content in your Screencastify videos to obscure sensitive information and/or images?

Learn how in the video below.



Who Knew?!--Screencastify: Blur



Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Who Knew?!---Screencastify: Crop

When you create a screencast, there may be some instances in which you would like to remove extraneous elements like the tabs you have open so that the focus of your video can be exclusively set to the most important content. 

Did you know you can crop a Screencastify video to focus on a specific part of your screen?

Learn how below:


Who Knew?!--Screencastify: Crop



Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Who Knew?!--Google Slides: Explore

Let's face it...we are educators, not graphic designers. It takes a lot of time to set up our presentations with the appropriate content we want to share with students and aesthetics oftentimes takes a back seat. Nonetheless, visual aids can help explain information more coherently for students as well as increase their engagement with the content we are sharing. 

Did you know Google Slides' "Explore" tool provides suggested layouts for individual slides with the click of a button?

Learn how below:



Who Knew?!--Google Slides: Explore





Thursday, March 11, 2021

Who Knew?!--Google Slides: Mask Image

Now that you know how to use remove.bg to remove a background on an image, it's time to level up by using Google Slides to create a shape for your image.

Did you know you can not only crop images in Google Slides, but also "mask" them to create a shape? 

Learn how below. 




Who Knew?!--Google Slides: Mask Image



Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Who Knew?!--Remove Background

Looking for a way to spice up your presentations? Look no further than Remove BG! Remove BG is a web-based tool that allows you to remove the background from images you use to design Slides, Sites, etc.

Did you know you can copy an image URL and paste it into Remove BG to quickly remove the background of an image?

Learn how below:

Who Knew?!--Remove BG



Thursday, February 25, 2021

Who Knew?!--Google Forms Tips

Google Forms is a great data collection tool with which you can survey your class or set up self-grading quizzes. 

  • Did you know you can use "response validation" to solicit a specific response on a Google Form? Great for making review activities as well as digital escape rooms!
  • Did you know you can use Google Forms to collect documents and other types of files from respondents?
  • Did you know you can set up notification rules in Google Sheets to receive an email whenever someone submits a response to a Google Form?
  • Did you know you use Google Sheets to sort the data you collect on Google Forms?
  • Coming Soon: Users will have the ability to save their progress in a Google Form as a draft for up to 30 days (I signed up our domain to beta-test this feature and am waiting to hear back from Google).
Learn how below:

Who Knew?!--Google Forms Response Validation



Who Knew?!--Google Forms: Upload File


Who Knew?!--Google Forms & Google Sheets: Notification Rules



Who Knew?!--Google Forms & Google Sheets: Sort Data