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Google Photos folder in Google Drive

posted Apr 4, 2015, 8:19 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Apr 4, 2015, 8:22 AM ]

To view your photos and videos in Google Drive:

Go to Google Drive.
Click Google Photos on the left.

Open the Drive app.
Touch the menu icon  at the top left and then Google Photos.

Open the Drive app.
Touch the menu icon  at the top left and then Google Photos.

Organize your photos & videos into Google Drive folders
You can copy, move around, and edit your Google photos in Google Drive, but those changes will not be reflected in Google+. 

If you edit a photo in Google+, your edits will only appear in the photo in Google+, not in the photo saved in your Drive folder. To have the edited photo appear in your Drive folder, download the edited photo in Google+ and upload it to your Drive folder. 

If you delete photos or videos from the Google Photos folder in Drive, they will also be deleted in Google+.
Your automatically backed up photos are private unless you choose to share them. If you have shared your Google Photos folder in Drive with others, the people you've shared with will be able to see any new photos and videos that are added to the folder.

You can control the Google Photos feature via Drive Settings > General > “Automatically put your Google Photos into a folder in My Drive.”

YouTube Autoplay on by Default

posted Mar 23, 2015, 6:18 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 6:23 AM ]

Using YouTube videos in class? You should know that YouTube automatically plays related videos until you pause videos or you disable autoplay. "When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next," explains Google. The video may not be one that you would choose to play.

You can disable autoplay by unchecking "autoplay" in the right sidebar or in the player's settings menu. YouTube saves the setting in a cookie, so it will no longer play related videos automatically until you enable the feature again or clear YouTube cookies.

YouTube has a video and a help center article that offer more information about this feature:

"Once a video is over, you'll see a 10 second countdown that tells you what's going to play next. The next video that plays is determined by your viewing history. If you want more time before the next video starts, pause the countdown by scrolling down past the video player. You can also pause the countdown by typing, either a comment or something into the search box. Also, you can click 'Cancel' on the countdown screen to stop the next video from playing."

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Teacher Dashboard Tutorials

posted Feb 26, 2015, 7:02 AM by Susan Briere

Teacher Dashboard is a workflow management tool used in many of our elementary classrooms. Classroom teachers use Teacher Dashboard's simple yet powerful interface to manage, organize, and access their students' work in Google Apps. TD features enable teachers to share and copy files, to push out pre-made templates to students such as docs, spreadsheets, and websites. The dashboard displays student folders and files for the teacher making it a snap to view a student's writing piece and provide instant feedback (insert Comments) or review the work anytime, from anywhere there is an available internet connection.

If you are using Teacher Dashboard in your classroom be sure to check out these tutorials:

The Student Panel - Part 2, Increasing Formative Assessment (1m 44s)
The Student Panel - Part 3, Increasing Feedback (2m 24s)
The Student Panel - Part 4, The Panel Tools (2m 14s)
The Tool Bar - Part 2, Sorting Student Panels (1m 24s)
The Tool Bar - Part 3, Smart Share (2m 42s)

Field Trips & Reading Logs with Google Apps

posted Jan 23, 2015, 9:52 AM by Susan Briere

Field Trips & Reading Logs | Google for Education on The Apps Show

Numbering Google Slides

posted Jan 15, 2015, 8:25 AM by Susan Briere

If you use Google Slides (presentation) you can now add slide numbers to your presentations, providing a reference guide for both presenters and audiences. To add slide numbers, go to Insert > Slide numbers from the toolbar. You can then choose to apply slide numbers to all slides or selected slides. You can also choose to skip title slides:

Learn About Google Classroom

posted Oct 18, 2014, 10:20 AM by Susan Briere   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 7:56 AM ]

Here is a collection of videos, tutorials, and articles to help you create your own digital classroom workflow... "no more pencils, no more books, save the paper, and see happy looks!" 

Want to set up your own Google Classroom??
START HERE: Excellent Video How-To Series 

New in Google Forms!

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:05 PM by Susan Briere

New ways to manage your questions in Google Forms
  • Shuffle questions: Randomize the order of questions on quizzes or surveys
  • Allow one response per person: Ensure that a person only responds to your form once
  • Validate information for grid questions: Limit people to one response per column for grid-style questions using the new option under “advanced settings”  

How much stuff can I store in Google?

posted Sep 14, 2014, 6:03 PM by Susan Briere   [ updated Sep 14, 2014, 6:08 PM ]

Your Google account comes with 30GB of storage.

Items that count toward your storage limit
Gmail: All the messages and attachments in your mail, including those in your Spam and Trash folders.
  • Drive: Files you’ve stored in Drive, like PDFs, images, and videos. Anything you’ve made with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides won’t count toward your storage limit.
  • Google+ Photos: Only photos over 2048x2048 pixels and videos longer than 15 minutes count toward your storage limit.

If you exceed your storage limit, you'll receive warnings and you'll need to free up storage as soon as you can. Otherwise, you won’t be able to sync or upload additional items to your Drive or add photos to Google+. After a period of time, incoming messages to your Gmail account will be returned to the sender and you won’t be able to send new messages.

Items that don't count toward your storage limit
  • Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Presentations, Drawings, etc.
  • Files that others have shared with you
Wonder how much space your're currently using? Check here:

Reopen closed tab

posted Sep 13, 2014, 6:10 PM by Susan Briere   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 6:16 PM ]

That such a simple thing can alleviate frustration and angst is humbling. It's also very useful. I can't count the number of times I've unthinkingly closed an open tab in my browser that was in fact a tab that I needed to have open. It's not always easy to trace your route back to that gem of information you stumbled upon after clicking a dozen or so links. Well, now it's a thing of the past. Don't waste time trying to find your way back. Right-click on another tab and select "Reopen closed tab". It's that simple.

The Snipping Tool, your new best friend

posted Sep 1, 2014, 8:58 PM by Susan Briere   [ updated Sep 13, 2014, 6:15 PM ]

You can use the built-in Snipping Tool in Windows to capture anything on your screen!

If you're not familiar with the Snipping Tool you will love it. Open the Start Menu and click on All Progams (at the bottom). Open the Accessories folder and right-click on Snipping Tool. Select 'Pin to task bar' and it will put a shortcut down on the task bar at the bottom of your computer screen for easy access.

Here's a 2-minute video that shows you how to use the Snipping tool. 

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