Getting started with Google Apps and Tools: Extracurricular

Getting started with Google Apps and Tools: Extracurricular


(Upbeat music) – Hey, it’s after school – Ahh, kick back and relax – Well, easy for you. I gotta find where coach
put that last piece of lasagne in here. It stinks. I think he hid it under something – Well didn’t he say this used to be the weight room or something? – It used to be the
wrestling room in here. – Oh, wrestling… (laughs) – So, in the show today we talked about cool apps and extensions that you can add to your browser to make it so much more productive, and hopefully if you haven’t had a chance to watch that one, go
back and check it out. There’s some really cool, powerful tools in there. You’ve got Goober. – (laughs) – You’ve got Youtube. – Uber (laughs) – Yeah, you’ve got all that cool stuff. – You’ll figure it out, ’cause we haven’t. – No, no, no. It’s got good stuff. It’s got Grammarly, and
my favorite, Clippings, which sounds kinda creepy. – Yeah, “clippings”, I’ve got clippings. – I have collected a lot of clippings, and I’ve used them on my students work. – How about if you really don’t know much about Google, Google Chrome, you don’t know where to get started? Maybe you just have a new computer and you wanna install Google Chrome. – Maybe you’re new to the area. Maybe you work at a hotdog stand. – Right. – There’s a lot of “maybe’s” here. – Yeah, it could be. – So we want to introduce you to Google. – Get going with Google now. – Actually, there is a Google Now. – There is, it doesn’t surprise me. – Anyhow, the first thing you need to is install Google Chrome on your browser. It’s not that hard. You just open up your computer, open up a browser. Don’t use (beep), anymore. – Whoa, we can’t be throwing that word around in here. – I know, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I forgot that’s a vulgarity now. Anyhow, install Google Chrome. Just do “Chrome browser”, you’ll find it. Then you’ll need to sign into Chrome, and of course before
you can sign into Chrome you need to have a Google account. Well if you don’t have a Google account… I mean… – Why are you watching this? – Yeah, right. – We can’t help you. – No, we can’t help you (laughs) – And it’s not that we
have these ties to Google. It’s not that way at all. In fact my primary browser is Firefox, – Let me just check my account here, to see how much Google
is putting in my account. Oh good, good. – Zero dollars, yup. – Alright, so you need those things. What else do we need? – You need to be able to sign in, and then start looking
for apps and extensions. These are tools that will make your browser more powerful. We talked about those in the last episode. Things like Grammarly. Things like Goobric. – I just don’t like that name, Goobric. Whatever. What you’ll have to do is kinda get used to the
Google Chrome browser. It’s a little bit different. They have the three
little lines over on the right hand side. You click
that, you go to “settings”, and you can see the apps that you have, and the extensions that you have. And with Google Chrome, there’s a difference
between extensions and apps, but believe me if I can figure it out… no, if Chris can figure
it out, so can you. So, you need to kinda get the hang of that and get to figuring out what that is. What I really like to do is, I like this Wisestamp extension that I add to Google Chrome. – I love it. – It works with your Gmail, and it adds a very professional looking signature to your email. – Yeah, have you ever seen that where someone sends you an email, and there’s this great signature. It’s got icons for the different social media networks. – Your latest blog update. – Right, its got all this
stuff attached to it. That is Wisestamp, which
is an app in that tool. If you’re not already, you should use Drive. We use Drive a ton when we’re planning the cool things to talk
about on this show. You can create folders that only a handful of people can see. You can give permissions
to specific documents. You can upload images and videos, and share them in unique ways. It is the most powerful. It’s like giving someone access, or very specific access, to your hard drive, almost. To allow them to get into the things that you want. Except it’s built into the Google universe. – And then schools who are using Google Chromebooks and are using Google Chrome, probably exclusively, I’d like to hear from
you teachers out there, I’m sure that the schools have now eliminated shared folders
on their networks, because they’re probably
just using Google Drive. – Sadly, they’ve probably also eliminated chocolate milk from the lunch menu, which was the only reason I went. – That was the only
reason you went to school. – Yeah, that and tater
triangles. Remember those? – No, I don’t remember tater triangles. – Mmm… tater triangles. – Yeah, that sounds good though. Were they greasy? – Yeah, yeah! – They had to be greasy, had to be greasy. How about Google Hangouts? – Love Google Hangouts. – Yeah, I do too. – Let me talk about Google Hangouts. – Take it away, Chris. – There are two kinds of Google Hangouts. One is just the text hangout. You click on someones name, you start basically texting them using the Google browser. You can use, primarily the people who are in the browser, and secondarily… – There are people in this browser? – Yes, little people. – Oh, no wonder they look kinda smallish. Okay, tell us what else, Chris. – Also, you can do Google Hangouts on air, which allows you… – You’re on air! – In regular Google Hangouts, you can text, you can send images, you can use your voice, and communicate like
it’s an open phone line, like Skype, or you can even do a direct video Hangout. But you can do a Hangout on air, which means you can
invite multiple people in and you can broadcast it on Youtube. This is all free of charge. And there are lots of ways to do that… we’ll do a whole episode on ten things you can
do with Google Hangouts. – And we need to explain how the different Google Hangouts, ’cause sometimes it gets confusing and then creating the
events and everything. There’s some great videos out there on how to use Google Hangouts. – We’ll introduce you to
those in a later episode. – Google Plus, it’s a
Google social network. You can create your own communities, you can create circles. What I do is, I create a circle and add all my students to a circle, and then I can share information just with my students. – Can I tell you how I use Google Plus to do exactly that? I ask my students to join it. I add them to a circle, which is basically your groups in there. And then I create a message, I turn the camera on my computer, and I just say, “Hello, students… I’m gonna tell you about these things, and don’t forget this and that” And I send it to just those folks. There’s a little button,
down at the bottom, which allows you to
send through the email, and so I am sending a video message… – Personal. – Personal to my students. – And it takes you maybe
5 minutes to do it. – Less, ’cause I don’t have a lot to say. – It might take me 2 minutes, for Chris it takes him 5 mintues, you know he’s a little bit slower. – Maybe so. – You go to the next one, you take the next one. – Youtube, we know a lot about Youtube. – It’s owned by Google
now, so it integrates. It’s an important piece of
the Google apps package. – Use Youtube, use Youtube. Set up your own Youtube channel and use it. – If you log into your Gmail, you go up into the upper corner, where you see the little grid, it’s basically the apps menu, it looks like little Brady Bunch squares. – Brady Bunch squares? God, why did you think of that? – Brady Bunch. – It does look like the
Brady Bunch squares. – It does look like the Brady Bunch. And you click on Youtube, it will actually use
your Google credential to show you your Youtube account. You may already have one, but you’ve got one specific to you and you can do all sorts of cool things with that. – We can do a whole show on Youtube, and how Chris does Youtube playlists, and how you can do context specific class
activities and learning. It’ll be fabulous. – Wow, that was so cool
I wanna hear me say that. – That would go along
with your other thing about blowing up the grade book. We have to do that one, too. – It might. – Then also, one last thing. Make sure that you use a lot of the mobile apps with
these Google tools. – Correct. – Like you can put Google Plus on your mobile device. You can put Hangouts. Everything can go on your
mobile device as well. – And don’t forget the Chrome
Cast browser extension, so you can stream directly from your computer to your chromecast, which plugs right in. – The little Chromecast
cost $49 or something. – Yeah, so instead of
projectors and things like that if you have a tv in your classroom, you plug the Chromecast thing in there. – Well plug the Chromecast thing into your projector. – That’s true. You can do that too. – Sure, as long as you have an HDMI, which I’m sure every school has. – Any student in the
classroom on their laptop can show their work. – Show exactly what they’re doing on their computer. – It’s so cool. You’ll love being a Google person. – We’re out of time, but thanks for hanging out with us. Hopefully this is giving you something to think about maybe. – Let’s get that lasagne cleaned up ASAP. We’ll see you next time. – Bye. (Uptempo music)

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