As part of my daily routine, I scan dozens of blogs, visit a handful of Facebook groups and skim through Twitter.
The goal: find the most helpful resources, tools, and articles that I can share with my teacher friends (that’s you!)
Here are my top 10 links for November 2021!
Audio / Video lock for Google Meet – Meeting hosts can disable and lock mic and video feeds for participants. These settings will also apply to breakout rooms.
New updates to the @ menu in Docs – Type the @ symbol in Docs to quickly insert images, special characters, checklists, and more. The latest addition is the new “meeting note” template.
Better Citations in Google Docs – The built-in citation feature for Docs will soon include the ability to search for books and websites and auto-populate the citation information.
Photoshop on a Chromebook? – Adobe announced initial testing for simplified web versions of their most popular products. We’re a long way off from full access to these tools on a Chromebook, but this does signal that Adobe wants to make this a reality.
Create your own “new tab” page – This free tool from Google makes it easy to create a “new tab” extension. This is an interesting way for districts to communicate announcements and key resources to staff and students.
Funkify – Experience a learning disability for a day. This Chrome extension simulates visual and motor control disabilities, helping you become more empathetic toward individuals who struggle with these challenges.
Video: Google Sites for Students: I recently shared a video introducing students to the basic features of Google Sites. Hopefully, this will make it easier for you to assign the creation of a Google Site as an assignment!
Jamboard Gratefulness Wall – Help your students develop a habit of gratitude with this simple jamboard activity.
Thanksgiving Booksnaps – I stumbled upon this fun scavenger hunt activity by Melodi Kunn (@Kunnmel) from Texas. While this example is geared toward elementary students, you could easily modify the idea for other grade levels.