Google Calendar Student Time Capsules

After seeing a Tweet between my PLN friend @PintoBeanz11  and @Onejollyday  I was inspired with the idea of using a Google Calendar for a memory time capsule. I think it would be fun to smash Christine’s idea for capturing memories in Slides by attaching it to a Google Calendar Event with a notification scheduled for each Student’s Graduation month and year.  This way when the graduation date comes around the student will receive an email or pop-up notification reminding them of the Time Capsule Google Calendar Event. 

A teacher can enhance this “Memory Time Capsule” by recording and attaching either an audio or video interview to the event. It might be fun for the students to watch and hear the ideas they had as a youth. Some students may even discover they are on the pathway to meeting their “Childhood Dreams”!

Create a Google Calendar Event

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Click Today
  3. Event window opens
  4. Name Event
  5. Click Create
  6. Click Event and Select Edit Event
  7. In Description Area
    1. Write a note to your future self
  8. Change Date to Graduation Year
  9. Enter School District Name for location
  10. Click Save

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Add Attachments to Calendar Event

  1. Click Calendar Event
  2. Select Edit Event
  3. In Attachment Section Click Add Attachment
  4. Pop-up Window Opens
  5. Select where to locate the attachment
    1. My Drive
    2. Shared with Me
    3. Recent
    4. Upload
  6. Select document 
  7. Click Select Button
  8. Click RED Save Button (located at top of page)

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Set Calendar Notifications

  1. Click Calendar Event
  2. Scroll down to Notification Section
  3. Click Add Notification
  4. Click Notification Downarrow
  5. Select Email or Notification (pop-up notification window)
  6. Choose Days or Weeks and Select Time
  7. Click RED Save Button (located at top of page)

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Using Vocaroo to Share Voice Comments

Vocaroo is an easy way to create and download voice recordings and when its smashed with Google Drive it can become one power tool!!! When using Vocaroo as a voice recorder I prefer to download the sound files into Google Drive. Vocaroo allows the user to download voice recording as MP3, Ogg, FLAC, or WAV files. The files may be shared with individual people or by URL’s pasted into a document’s comment area.

This can unlock doors for both the teacher and students. A teacher correcting a Google Doc may link a Vocaroo voice Recording from their Google Drive into the comment area of a Google Doc. A student with small motor issues or limited writing skills may express their content knowledge via a Vocaroo MP3 file shared with their teacher. It is an easy way to integrate technology for supporting many different needs. Please watch the following YouTube Tutorial to learn more about smashing Vocaroo with Google Drive and Docs.

Set an Expiration Date & Poof Files Disappears

There may be times a teacher may want to limit the sharing of a Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, or Sheets.  This is when the expiration setting comes in handy. Set a date and “poof” the file magically disappears from the student’s drive.

How to Set Google File Expiration Time

  1. Open Google Drive
  2. Click the Doc
  3. Select Share
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Click Dropdown Arrow next to file settings
  6. Select Set Expiration
  7. Choose 7 days, 30 Days or Custom Range
  8. Click Save Changes
  9. Click  Done  button

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When Might this Tool be Used?

  1. To close out a Google Document or Slides Assessment
  2. Projects used for Finals
  3. Special Assessment

 

 

Students Whiteboarding w/Google Keep

Thanks to the “Winter Holiday Season” I finally had some downtime to explore more Google Products.  I have used Google Keep to create shopping lists and share quick synchronized notes. However I will confess underestimating the “Power” of the Google Keep APP to provide an interactive white boarding experience for students. Have you ever though about using Google Keep for screen-casting?

Screen-casting can be used to assess students knowledge of content. This is how this Googlicious idea works. The student will use the Google Keep’s Drawing Feature  to explain content while being recorded with a Chrome Browser Screencast extension such as Screencastify. The Screencastify is a perfect extension to combined with Google Keep. Screencastify allows the user to save the video right to Google Drive. I love when two powerful tools can be smashed together to provide one awesome learning experience.

 

What to do? Can’t Read Google Drive Language…

The other day while supporting in the Google Drive Help Forum  I noticed users asking how to set their Google Drive Language back to English. One user in particular said, “How can I change this back if I can’t read the language?” Thanks to screencasting animation it was easy to support the user. Having one’s Google Drive in a Foreign Language may be difficult for some users. On the other hand what about the Student Learning a Foreign Language? It might be an interesting challenge for the students to take.

Official Directions to Change Google Drive Language

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose one of Language
    • Language: Change your preferred language for all Google products.

Google Drive settings carry over to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens automatically.

Visual Directions to Change Google Drive Language

  1. Go to drive.google.com
  2. Click the Settings Gear
  3. Followed by clicking the first selection in the list
  4. A new window will pop open
  5. Click the link in the third section
  6. In the next window click the edit pencil
  7. In search type english
  8. Select English scroll down to the bottom and click the word on the left