Toby for Chrome is a way to organize your browser tabs in one place. You can even sign in and save your tab “collections” for future use. For example, when I’m planning my journalism class, I like to have the Google Classroom page open, our class website, and our daily calendar. Instead of opening all of these documents separately, I can just click “Journalism” in a new tab – and all of the documents open! It’s easy to use, pretty to look at, and incredibly handy if you operate on tab overload. There’s also a mini version (Toby Mini) if you want all the features of Toby, don’t want your new tab to be taken up with your tab lists.
I use the Notepad function on my iPhone when I need to jot things down, but that doesn’t help me when I’m on my laptop. Google Keep, however, syncs with Chrome…so it’s on every device I use! And I can create notes to share with specific people, and the notes can have links! Images! Fun things! If you’re interested, look at this aesthetically-pleasing article, “How to Conquer Productivity With Google Keep” – or check out the video below.
YouTube is discontinuing its built-in video editor, but there are still ways for your students to create movies using their Chromebooks! Try Adobe Spark or WeVideo. If you want the more robust, premium version of WeVideo for your classes, let me know, and I will get you a class subscription! WeVideo integrates nicely with Google Classroom (see below).
Want to write an email, but don’t want it sent out for a week? Want an email reminding you of a task to reappear in three days? Try the Boomerang extension for Gmail. Watch this quick video to see it in action!
Giving a quiz you created in a Google Form? Want to push out an article for students to read for 15 minutes? Use Focused Browsing through your teacher dashboard in Hapara!
This website gives a detailed look at how to use Focused Browsing with a Google form (quiz) – check out the site for lots of info, or the video for a quick how-to. And as always, schedule an appointment with me if you’d like more help!
Used a shared calendar for your PLT, your club, or your sport. Go to your own Google Calendar, create a new calendar, invite your teammates, students, parents, anyone!, and use it to keep track of events and meetings.
Once you add people, they’ll get an invite to see, view and edit the calendar, and your work can begin. See the example below for a quick how-to.
Flipgrid is a super-fast way to get student reactions using just a quick online code and a Chromebook! If you look here, you’ll see that I asked my journalism class for a reaction to an article we’re reading, and they gave me a 30-second (or under) response. The whole thing, from set up to execution, took under 10 minutes. And it’s free!