Incorporating YouTube videos into your lesson plans is a simple and interesting way to enhance student engagement and promote class discussion. However, navigating with a mouse or track pad by pointing and clicking can be tricky and slow.

Guess what! There are keyboard shortcuts that make it easier and faster to navigate any video on YouTube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily fast forward a YouTube video, mute, turn on or off closed captions and a lot more.

Keyboard Shortcut Function
f Enter or exit full screen
k  or Spacebar Toggle play/pause the video
c Turn on/off closed captions
+ Increase cc font size
Decrease cc font size
j Move backward 10 seconds
l Move forward 10 seconds
← (Arrow left key) Move backward 5 seconds
→ (Arrow right key) Move forward 5 seconds
m Mute/unmute volume
↑(Arrow up key) Increase volume 5%
↓(Arrow down key) Decrease volume 5%
Number keys (1, 2, 3…) Skip to a particular section of the video

(e.g. 1=10%, 5=50% or video midpoint, 9=90%)

Shift > Speed up a video
Shift < Slow down a video to watch in slo-mo
0 / Home key Return to beginning of video
End (for MAC fn ▶) Go to end of video
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In my Tech Tips article series on Curation, the most recent installments talk about Gmail and how to organize your Gmail to be a Gmail Ninja. Looking back in the archives Chris Malanga wrote about Gmail shortcuts back in September 2017.

Let’s revisit the idea of shortcuts and look at some of the most useful ones that fit in with the ART of Gmail as outlined in my November 2018 tech tip. Remember you have to turn keyboard shortcuts on in your Gmail settings. See Chris’ tech tip linked here. read more

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You know what QR codes are, right? They are those funky square images that you can scan and be instantly transported to a website. But QR codes are so much more than that.

You can create QR codes that provide directions, prompt the user to make a phone call, share contact information and more. QR codes are very useful, especially to educators. But how can we easily create them? Sites such as QRStuff.com are helpful, and the Goo.gl URL shortener had them built in (but Goo.gl is going away in a few weeks). read more

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Our popular Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 cohorts are now available as self-paced courses over the summer months! These courses will take an educator through all the necessary skills needed to pass the Google exams, and are at NO COST to our Northern Buckeye member districts.

The online courses will include the same information and work as our cohorts that run during the school year, however, they will be self-paced modules. You can complete the course at your convenience! The courses will be open from Monday, May 20th through Friday, August 2nd.   read more

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