TDA Digital – Google Classroom

Teacher Resources

Teachers. The true heroes of this massive endeavor! Let’s review the play-by-play. TDA is on Spring Break, and then Covid-19 hits. We are introduced to Social Distancing, no groups more than 10, and then ‘shelter-at-home’ hits. Kansas puts in-person school on pause, and it is only a matter of time that Missouri will follow. In the midst of that, we make the decision to continue school, online.

Teachers have to suddenly shift their 4th Quarter curriculum and schedules. They need to learn the ‘ins and outs’ of Google Classroom, and how to assign, collect, grade, and return classwork. They need to learn how to create/edit videos of themselves teaching. They need to learn Google Meet, and figure out how to teach a LIVE online class, as well as host online offices hours to answer questions and give personal help.

On top of that, they need to troubleshoot and answer questions for their own students and families. “I can’t find worksheet 271. My scans are not uploading correctly. How do I change this image into a PDF? I can see you, but I can’t hear you in the Google Meet.”

If they pulled that off over a 6 month rollout, they’d deserve a huge pat on the back! But to do all of that, in less than 2 weeks! Wow!…by the Grace of God!

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Google Classroom

Getting Started with Google Classroom

 How to set up and start using Google Classroom. We will add updates to these tutorials as needed for our particular situation as the need arises, but for now, watch this teacher excitedly tell you about the wonders of Google Classroom 🙂


Uploading Videos to Google Classroom from an iPhone

This is a quick tutorial on how to upload your own recorded movies into Google Classroom from an iOS mobile device


Video Creation

While LIVE virtual classrooms may be a great place to connect and answer questions, we recommend our teachers make pre-recorded videos to teach through their content. Short, focused, 3-5 minutes videos are ideal. As these tutorials show, it’s amazing what we can do with our own smartphones! These videos get posted to Google Classroom, and students can view them when they are ready, multiple times if necessary.

Things to consider. Teachers can upload their videos to Google Classroom directly. It does take some time to process, and if don’t have a good internet connection, we have seen the uploads fail. You can post your video to YouTube, Google Classroom can display YouTube links. TDA has its own YouTube Channel, set aside for teachers to upload content to.

After our first week of online school, we had to pull back on YouTube usage for all of elementary. Many of these elementary students had ZERO YouTube viewing history, so at the end of a video, YouTube would bombard them with “recommended” videos. Because YouTube has no data on these new users, video recommendations were random and all over the place, unfortunately some of them were also inappropriate. We have no say or control in what videos get recommended…not a good situation. Furthermore, some of our families have internet security tools that outright ban YouTube usage for their young ones.

Junior high and high school teachers are allowed to post to YouTube. By the time our students are in JH and HS, they are much more familiar with YouTube, both for personal usage as well as for school. YouTube recommendations are more relevant, as their viewing habits become more stable and user oriented. Even still, it is a good opportunity to remind JH/HS parents that YouTube and internet use in general, must be monitored closely.

5 Tips for Great Video Lessons

This was made entirely with an iPhone. Recorded, edited and uploaded to YouTube. You can make high quality videos with the device in your pocket. We live in an amazing time!

5 Don’t Do’s for Video Lessons (FUN)

Here are five ABSOLUTELY DO NOT DO’S for recording your classroom videos. I think you’ll like it.

4 Steps to Simple Video Creations

Here are four steps to recording class videos on your smartphone

Editing a Video in iMovie

If you need to do some light editing of your video, iMovie is a great FREE way to do it.

Teaching Tips: Digital Whiteboard, Screen Recordings

Jamboard – Digital Whiteboard

Jamboard is a digital whiteboard app that is a Google Partner. That means we have free access to it, through our G-Suite Google App list. I enabled the app for us this morning, so you should all have access to it now. As a digital whiteboard, you are able to use your mouse as if it is a dry-erase marker. It takes some getting used to, but there are marker tools, eraser tools, sticky note tools…and you can create entire sets of slides for teaching and illustrating concepts.

To use this in a LIVE class environment during a Google Meet, select “Present Now” while on the Google Meet. You can then choose to present your “Entire Screen” or just “A Window”. If you choose “Entire Screen”, then all viewers can see exactly what is on your screen. If you choose “A Window”, then viewers will only be able to see the exact window that you select. Now you can teach and illustrate at the same time. Your viewers will see a little thumbnail video of you, and the full screen of your whiteboard.

You can also use this in a pre-recorded teaching video. Enter a Google Meet room, by yourself. Ready your Jamboard. In your Google Meet, present your entire screen or window of your Jamboard. While still in Google Meet, begin recording the call, even though you are the only one in it. When the recording starts, begin talking and teaching, while illustrating with your Jamboard. When your are done, stop presenting, stop the recording, and close the Google Meet. That recording will appear in your Google Drive, after it has finished processing. The video will show your talking video face as a thumbnail, and the full screen of the whiteboard.

Screen Recording on a Mac

This is how to do a screen recording on a Mac with Quicktime Player to record me speaking and showing my desktop and any programs I want as a virtual blackboard. (Don’t forget to change your desktop background if it’s photos of your children being born) 🙂

Screen Recording on a Mac with Keynote

Make sure you have the record button on your toolbar for your Keynote application. Once you click it, you need to click the record button in the bottom left of the presentation screen and your microphone will be live. After you are finished, you will go to File–>Export to–>Movie, and you have a video lecture!

Google Meet – Video Conference

Scheduling a Google Meetup with your Class from a Desktop

In this video we will show you how to begin a Google Hangouts Meet video call with your students from a Desktop Computer (it can be done from a mobile device, but it isn’t recommended for class sharing)

Screen Sharing on Google Meet

This tutorial works best if you have a recent iPhone. NOT FOR ANDROID

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