The 3 E’s of Teaching

Are students bored? How often have you really asked yourself this question?  It is all too easy to stand at the front of the room on a daily basis, with the goal of teaching a lesson – often as you have always done it for  years – and never think about or wonder whether students…

Hangouts On Air, Google Hangouts and Google Duo

If you are just getting the hang of Google Hangouts and love Hangouts On Air, don’t get too attached.  Hangouts On Air will soon be replaced with YouTube Live.  The switch will take place on September 12th, and users who are accustomed to Hangouts On Air will still have access to their old recordings, but…

Broadcast Student Work to the Head of the Class!

Recently, Google released the Google Cast for Education App.  This app is a game-changer in terms of student presentation and collaboration.   The purpose of the app is to allow users to broadcast work from the chrome browser on their device to the screen at the front of the room.  It does require that the…

GoogleFest OK 2016 – Presentations and Questions

As promised, here is the article with both of my presentations from GoogleFest OK 2016.  This event was a huge success and was an afternoon full of information and fun.  Plus it was free – Thanks to the Google Data Center in Pryor, OK and the TulsaTech Owasso Campus.There were two tracks during the conference,…

Tablet Friendly Pixel Art with Google Sheets

For those of you that follow the Techy Coach Blog, you may remember that back in March, I posted an article on creating a Pixel Art template with Google Sheets.  Pixel Art is a great way to introduce kids to Google Sheets, and its just fund to play with!  If you missed that article, here…

Techy Teacher’s Toolbox

Today I’m passing along some tips I have shared at a Google Conference, as well as our district faculty.  Originally shared as the Spring Break Toolbox to new subscribers to this site, it has been renamed the Techy Teacher’s Toolbox. In this li’l download, you’ll find tips such as: Chrome Browser Tips Classroom Apps  Chrome…

Boomerang – Email Now or Later

Sometimes in my busy week, I get bogged down by the amount of emails I have to send.  With one specific aspect of my job, I have to send out daily reminders by email to students.  This usually consists of a message reminding students of organizational meetings, or messages stating that they missed a meeting….

Boost the Power of Comments When Grading Google Docs

The greatest thing about Google Apps for Education is that teachers can go paperless.  By making lessons available on Google Classroom, or affording students the flexibility of submitting work via Google Docs, there is little to no need for paper submitted work.  And, it also takes away the argument of “my dog ate my homework”….

The Techy Coach Chrome Extension

Techy Coach Video Tutorials are now available to users as a Chrome Extension.  Now you can access tutorials through a popup window, allowing you to work while you learn.   Topics available through the extension include: Google Drive Google Docs Google Sheets Google Forms Google Slides Google Drawings Google Classroom Gmail Google Calendar Just go…

How to Add a Collaborator to a Google Form

Have you ever created a Google Form and wished you could add someone else with editing rights?  Or have you created a  Form in one account (say a personal Gmail account) and then wished you had created it in another account (your GAFE account, for instance)?  You’ve probably noticed that there is no SHARE button…

Weighted Test Questions in Google Forms

This week, Kathi Smith from Omaha, Nebraska asked the following question about Google Forms and Flubaroo: “Is there a way in Flubaroo – or another add-on – where the question responses can be weighted. Answer 1 worth 3pts.; Answer 2 worth 2 pts., etc.” The quick answer to this question is, “YES!” Here’s how…remember that…

Setting Up Your GAFE Site – Tips for New Admin Users

A question for the Techy Coach this week focused on the proper setup for a Google Apps for Education School using Nexus Tablets.  While I don’t specifically have documentation or training materials for this topic, I thought I’d share some of the information and links our district has come across in setting up devices for…

List-makers and Note-Takers Listen Up! Google Doc Navigation Now Made Easy!

Yesterday. Google released an update for Google Docs users that allows for easier navigation in longer documents.  Whether you have applied Headers to your document or not, the intelligent design of this tool will recognize breaks in your document to make for easier searching and navigation.   If you don’t notice this feature already, you…

Publish Your Docs for Use on eReaders

So how many teachers out there would like to publish their lessons or documents so that students could read them on their mobile device just like a book?  I’m thinking quite a few!  If that is the case with you, Google just took the guesswork out of publishing for you.Today’s Google Apps Update allows Google…