Simple Tip for Resizing Google Forms Video

Resizing a Google Forms Video is as simple as “boiling water”.  “Fill the pot and turn on the heat and watch the magic happen.” Now place a students in front of a Google Forms with an enlarged video and surprises just may occur!

I like the idea of inserting videos for supporting answer mastery when using a Google Forms worksheet. The larger the video the more it stands out and better probability for student to click and watch. Try enlarging your next Google Forms Video and watch the “Magic Happen.”

HOW to Resize Google Forms Video

You will be happy to hear this it is still possible to resize a video in a Google Forms.
Please follow these steps:
  1. Open Google Forms
  2. Click Video symbol
  3. Select a YouTube video
  4. Click the Video (blue box lines appear)
  5. Click and Drag box corner outwards to make it larger

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Use the Pixlr Editor Magic Wand…

Have you ever inserted an image into a presentation only to discover the solid white background of the image clashes with the design layout. Did you know  it is possible to remove the white background from the image? I like using the Pixlr Editor Chrome APP for removing the background and saving the image as a png. A png image allows the background to remain as a transparency.

 

Please follow these steps to remove an images’ background using the Pixlr Editor.
  1. Open https://pixlr.com/editor/
  2. Click Create a New Image
  3. Type a File Name
  4. Check Transparent
  5. Clicl File
  6. Select Open Image URL
  7. Paste Image URL in Space
  8. Click OK
  9. Use Select Tool
  10. Drag to Select Entire Image
  11. Click Edit
  12. Select Copy
  13. Click the Birds File
  14. Click Edit
  15. Select Paste
  16. Click Edit
  17. Select Free Transform
  18. Drag Image to Size
  19. Click Yes to Apply Changes
  20. Select the Magic Wand (Transparency Tool)
  21. Click the White Background
  22. Select Edit
  23. Click Cut
  24. Select File
  25. Click Save
  26. Under Format Use Dropdown Arrow to Select PNG
  27. Select My Computer
  28. Click OK
  29. Select a File Location
  30. Click Save

Appointment Slots Practical Teacher Tool

The due to my support in the Google Help Forum I’ve learned quite a bit about fellow educator’s needs. Recently an educator asked, “Can I keep Appointment Slots Confidential”. The concern was if they share Google Calendar Appointment Slots publicly will other parents see when a parent signs up for a meeting. The teacher became excited about using appointment slots after learning the appointments remain private between the appointment setter and teacher.

Once a parent chooses an appointment slot and fills in their details the slot disappears from the public calendar. The appointment is then scheduled on the parents personal Google Calendar as an event. Bonus is the teacher can view who registered for which appointment slot on the appointment slot calendar. One more timesaving tool provided by Google for Educators to use.

How to Create an Appointment Slot Calendar

TIP: I find it beneficial and easier to maintain by creating a new calendar for sharing the Appointment Slots.

  1. Open Google Calendar.
  2. Select Week view or any Day view.
  3. Click to open the event box
    1. Select Appointment slots.
  4. Enter the details
  5. You can have appointment Slots repeat  by creating recurring events

If you would like to learn more about Google Calendar appointment slots please read the following Google Calendar Help Center Article: Use Google Calendar Appointment Slots

Please NOTE: Appointment slots are a feature offered in both GSuite Education and Work Accounts.

 

Yes! My Chromebook Can Scan QR Codes…

I’m a “Brand New” Chromebook user who was recently asked if QR Codes could be scanned using this device. Note my Chromebook only has a front camera for using as a webcam. However as an “Out of the Box Thinker” I immediately did an Google Play Android APP search and found a QR Code APP compatible with the Chromebook. I was amazed by the results after scanning a not so good photocopy of a QR Code. The worksheet had a funny bend in it as I scanned the QR Code but to my amazement the Chromebook still opened the weblink.

The QR Scanner APP used was the “QR Code Scanner Free” by Emoji Developers. It installs easily and uses the Chromebook’s webcam as a QR Scanner. Once installed simply open the QR Scanner by clicking on the Chromebook Launcher Launcher.  If the QR & Barcode Scanner isn’t listed on the first screen click the blue circle with the down arrow to view “All APPS”. Open the QR & Barcode Scanner APP and Hold the QR Code in Front of the Webcam camera and like magic a weblink to a video, audio, visual or etc…  right in front of your eyes.

What can this be used for?

  1. Mastery of Homework
  2. Mastery of Assessments
  3. Virtual Art Gallery Tour
  4. Learning Vocabulary
  5. Scavenger Hunts
  6. Reinforcing Math Concepts
  7. Virtual Journeys
  8. Mystery Tours
  9. Mystery Writing Lessons
  10. Exploring Science Concepts
  11. Creating a Virtual Timeline
  12. Classroom Museum
  13. Exploring Books