New Feature: Insert Google Drive Videos into Google Slides

Google released a new feature today that allows users to insert videos hosted and stored in Google Drive, directly into a Google Slide.  So if you create a video for use in a presentation, you can save it in Google Drive, and easily add it to your presentation in just a few short steps.  You…

Google Team Drives – Now Available for GSuite!

Team Drives Last Fall, Google announced the Early Adoption Program for Google Team Drives.  This feature – available in Google Drive – allows teams to create and use a Team Drive, which is a collaborative space to create and share files.   Who can use Team Drives?   Now available for GSuite for Business and…

New Google Sites – Open to Education Users November 9th!

Have you been anxiously waiting for the New Google Sites to come to your school? Well the wait is over.  Starting tomorrow, November 9th , the New Google Sites will be available to users on the Rapid Release track (Scheduled Release Track launches on Nov 21).   For those who have been waiting for this release,…

New Google Sites – Coming Soon to a GSuite School Near You!

The New Google Sites has a release date for GSuite Schools!  According to news in my inbox today, Google will release the New Google Sites on November 9th.  This release of Sites offers some visual advantages over the old sites, as well as new features and will continue to add some of the older settings…

Using Microsoft Files in the Cloud – Effective Use of Google Drive

Recently in working with a Local Education Co-Op, we ran across an issue that may be important to several of you out there.  While I am a big proponent of using Google Apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides) for classroom solutions, there are often times when due to Macros and other features, you simply must use a…

Get Training with the Techy Coach

Are you new to Google Apps for Education?  If you are, grasping some of the more intricate tips and tools can be a lot to take in all at once.  You need training on your time from someone who knows Google Apps!That’s why the Techy Coach blog offers specialized online courses on Google Apps!  Try…

Google Apps Ideas for Elementary Teachers

This week, I will be sharing Google Apps tips with some of the elementary school teachers in our district.  I thought I would also share it here in the event that it benefits someone else. Look for tips on Google Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides & Forms.  Slides include links to Video Tutorials and Sample…

Back to School with the Techy Coach

As many districts are rapidly approaching the start of school, it is a great time to reflect on EdTech, projects, and general tech tips. So, with that in mind, I’m passing along a list of articles to help educators start the new year! Raise Engagement with a Hyperdoc Start fresh with the New Google Sites…

Timesaver Tip: Set Up A Photo Gallery in the New Google Sites

The next timesaver tip I have to share with you involves Google Sites (both old and new) and a Class Photo Gallery.   If you’ve ever set up a Google Slide show as a photo gallery and then embedded the presentation on a Google Site, you know how awesome it can be to add more…

Double Up Security For Shared Google Files

When sharing files with other on Google Drive, you may find that in certain situations, you need to limit how others access your files and folders, and for how long.  For instance, you may want to: Share files for a limited amount of time. Prevent users from Sharing your files with others. Prevent users from…

Any Questions? You Can Do That in Slides!

Today, Google Slides released an update that allows presenters to accept questions from the audience during a slide show.  This is such a huge bonus in terms of helping students feel comfortable asking questions.  If you have students that are a bit shy about raising their hand in class, they can still participate. This update will…

Graduating Seniors: Take Your Drive Files With You!

  So you’ve got graduating seniors who have been using a District-owned GAFE (Google Apps for Education) Account.  Many of them have already made plans to get out of high school long before now and their heads are in the clouds about graduation!  But eventually, as freshmen at college, they will look back and think……

Google Updates for Yahoo Mail and WhatsApp Users

There are no excuses when it comes to enjoying the freedom to access your Google Drive files from anywhere.  And that is simply because Google has made Drive accessible from almost everywhere.  According to a release on the Google Blog on Wednesday, April 13th, Google Drive is now accessible in Yahoo Mail and WhatsApp.  So…

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…