As a Google Certified Trainer we are required each year to complete a recertification process and this year it included creating an account on a new service called Workbench. It turns out that in late 2019, Google purchased Workbench as a new tool ideally suited for educators to “discover great lessons and rework them to use in their classrooms.”

Put simply, Workbench is a platform that offers a simple way of sharing lessons with your students. Lessons can be shared via Google Classroom and are tracked in Workbook via the workbook feature.  read more

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Have you wondered what the “Shared with me” item is in Google Drive? This is a repository of all folders and files that have been shared with you by others, as well as files shared with a link that you have opened.

Files in Shared with me are organized with the most recent one first. You can see the following information for each file:

  • When the file was shared with you.
  • The owner of the file.
  • The document type.

You aren’t able to organize your files in Shared with Me, so if you want to put files into folders and move them around, you need to add files to your Drive instead. To add a file, right-click on it, and then choose “Add to My Drive” read more

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For all of you who’ve caught the FlipGrid fever, you and your students will LOVE creating frames for your videos. The frames can make the video more pleasant and fun to watch. When working with students, I will ask them to create a frame to match their discussion topic or perhaps create a scene from a book BEFORE recording their video.

For example,

To create a FlipGrid frame, follow the below steps:

  • When the video screen appears, BEFORE clicking on record, create your frame using Stickers


  • The Stickers screen will appear. There are five categories of stickers in the lower part of the screen. Click on the category to change the sticker view


  • To move the sticker, place the mouse pointer inside the sticker. When arrow changes to four arrows, click and drag the sticker


  • To rotate the sticker, click and rotate the circle with the arrow.


  • To resize the sticker, click on it. Then, click and drag a circle to the desired size.


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    Google added some new creation tools to Google Earth in late 2019. This new Projects feature allows you to create and share virtual tours that incorporate videos, photos, and text. This looks like it will replace the Tour Builder beta.

    The video trailer below shows how these new features can be used.

    Start by creating your project and adding locations.

    Now add photos and videos.
    You can add photos and videos for students to view when they visit that location. You can also add a summary about this location (or just use the information that Google provides). Then change the icon to describe your location, if you so choose. read more

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