Showing posts from 2017

Google Sites - Embed a Twitter Stream (on the New Google Sites)

We have several schools/teachers that have been updating their websites to the newer version of Google Sites, and one of the most common questions I have been getting is how can they have a Twitter stream on the site?  The simple answer's complex.

In fact, until about a month ago, I didn't even think it was possible.  Then I stumbled across this video tutorial by Ben Wilkoff on just this.  (It is a paired down version of his longer (27 minute) video if you want to watch it slower.) Here's my contribution - a step-by-step screenshot tutorial.  It's a bit long, but it does the trick!

1. Start by going to Ben's template sheet - this provides the simple directions and templates needed (the link is also at the top of the sheet as seen here):

2. Make a copy of his template sheet to have your own copy (and so you can complete this process) - I recommend renaming it.

3. Grab and setup the latest version of TAGS (Twitter Archive through Google Sheets).  Ben provide…

Google Sheets - Using the TAGS Template

If you have ever wanted a way to archive a Twitter hashtag - or Twitter user - into a Google Sheet, TAGS (Twitter Archiving Google Sheet) by Martin Hawksey is worth checking out.  It is a pretty easy to follow setup, though there are many steps.  Here's a walk-through with screenshots for those that prefer -

1. Go to
2. Click on Get TAGS -  
 3. Click on TAGS v6.1 -
 4. Click on Make a copy - if you are logged into multiple Google accounts, you may want to verify you are copying into the account you would like it to reside in.
 5. Change the title of the copied document (1), and enter in the hashtag and/or account to archive tweets from -
 6. Choose Setup Twitter Access from the TAGS menu -
 7. The first time, you will need to give it authorization - click on continue to do this -
 8.  Select the account you are using -
 9.  You will need to allow TAGS permissions to make some changes to your Google account -
 10.  Choose Easy Setup for Twitter Aut…

Annual Student Technology Showcase in Lansing, MI

From the MACUL Office - 

Michigan teachers: Here's the opportunity to show how technology is impacting student learning in your classroom! Date: December 6, 2017
Location: State Capitol Building, 100 N. Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933 Team Make-up: up to 4 students & one mentor (adult) Each team will receive t-shirts for up to four students, a parking pass, and a showcase certificate. We will provide snacks at the showcase.
Learn more at the STS event website  The showcase is a day-long event (each team will be there for two hours) held in the Michigan State Capitol Building to allow lawmakers, business leaders and other citizens to see first-hand how technology is used in classrooms across Michigan. K-12 student teams representing their schools from around the state will demonstrate best practices of how technology can enhance teaching and learning for the success of Michigan students. 

The event is spons…

Digital Citizenship Week by CommenSense Education

If you are looking for some activities for Digital Citizenship Week (Oct 16-20), check out the resources from CommonSense Education

From CommonSense Education:
Get Dig Cit-Ready Digital Citizenship Week 2017 Help students think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly online. Internet safety? Creative copyright? Fake news? With so many topics on your "to teach" list that go above and beyond the core curriculum, it's essential to have a game plan.
For Digital Citizenship Week 2017 (Oct. 16-20), we've gathered a few stellar resources into one place. Whether you're just getting started with digital citizenship, are looking for resources to share with colleagues or parents, or are ready to lead a school- or districtwide program, Common Sense Education is here to help you get it done. Ready, set, go Dig Cit!

Michigan History with MeL

Webinar about Michigan History resources available to you and your students via MeL! 
From Christine, MeL K12 Educaiton Specialist -  Help your genealogists, students, researchers, and history buffs by connecting them with best sources for Michigan history. Join us on October 25 at 3:30pm Eastern for a 30-minute webinar focused on Michigan history resources available through MeL. Learn about tools within MeL Databases which can help your genealogists, students, researchers, and community. Registration is free and open to all Michigan library staff, educators, and other interested users.
Read more and register for this webinar.
This webinar will be recorded, and made available on demand anytime.
MeL training is funded in part by the State of Michigan through the Library of Michigan. Additional service support comes from the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) via …

Google Slides - You Can Now Skip Slides!

I have several slideshows that I use for different audiences.  In the past, I've had to copy one in order to remove a few slides so that the presentation matched the current audience makeup.  No more!  A feature I've long been waiting for is finally here - the ability to skip a slide.

You can do this two different ways. 

Method 1: Go to the Slide Menu and select Skip slide

Method 2: Right-click on a slide and select Skip slide
An icon of a closed eye will display on the slide so you know that it will be skipped when playing your slideshow -

Google Slides - Availability of Grid View

This is actually a feature I have requested, so I'm very happy to see it integrated into Google Slides!

You can now view your slides in Grid View, allowing you to easily re-arrange them by dragging and dropping.  You have three methods for this -

Method 1 - Go to the View Menu and select Grid View:

Method 2 - Use keyboard shortcuts of Control+Option+1 (Command+Option+1 for Macs)

Method 3 - Go to the icons at the bottom left of the window and click on the Grid View
Using any of these methods, you can view your slides in the grid view - which will let you drag and drop the slides into your preferred order:

Google Slides - Share a Slide instead of Pasting It

There are many times I have to share the same information to 2 different audiences, which means I spend time copying and pasting slides from one slide show to another.

Now, with Google Slides, you can actually "share" a slide from one show to the when you update the information on that slide, it can be simply refreshed on the other slides shows.  This is slick!  Additionally, you get the option as to if the connected slides match the theme on your original show OR match the theme in your current show.

Here's how -

Copy the slides on your existing show (control+C on PC or command+C on Mac):

Go to the slideshow that you want to add the slides to - if it already has multiple slides, click where you want to add the slides:

Paste the slides in (control+V on PC or command+V on Mac).  When it pastes it in, you will have the link options pop up - decide if you want the slides linked (so it can be updated when editing the original slides) or not linked (just a normal…