Embed Drive Videos In a Google Slide

In my prior post I mention about students embedding a Sphero math activity video into a Google Slide to write a reflection piece. This post is going to focus on inserting a video into a Google Slide. I’m also going to demonstrate how to set a start and end time for the embedded video. This will allow the students to focus upon a single step within the video for the reflective writing. Remember to provide key rules such as using math vocabulary for the writing. Projects such as this are meant to help evaluate students knowledge of content, and strengthen collaboration skills along with just having some creative techno fun!

Embed Drive Video Into a Slide

NOTE:  I like storing and embedding videos from Google Drive. The reason for this is it provides the school district and the file owner with more control of who may view the videos. This is especially important when working with students under 13 years of age.

Insert Video


Set Video Start & End Time

Video start & end time


Let Sphero & Google Slides Support Math

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Today I’m reminiscing upon my time spent in an Elementary School Math Class, and the teaching of angles. I wonder what would happen in this classroom if the students first watched the teacher model drawing acute, obtuse and right angles. Then the students draw their own angles on paper followed by working in a group where a Sphero Mini is remotely controlled  to move along the rays around the vertex of an angle.

I see this as a group center lesson where one student is responsible for capturing a video as another student formed the angle using a tablet device to move the Sphero bot along the drawn pathway. Once the videos are captured the students would share them in a group Google Drive Folder. They would use this folder to insert the videos into a Google Slide deck. One video for each slide in the deck. This is where the student would write their reflections about each angle type.

The teacher might ask questions to jumpstart the students with writing their reflections.

  • Did the Sphero Mini have difficulties navigating the vertex formed by the two line segments or rays?
    • Why or Why not?

NOTE: The students may answer the questions individually or collaborate in a small group.

Once the angle slide deck is completed this may be embedded into a Classroom Maintained Google Site showcasing student creation and exploration.

Freedom Thank You Pixel 2!

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Wow I never thought a phone could have the ability to provide both freedom and independence. If you are a person of physical exceptionalities you might relate to this. I have a spine condition which sometimes challenges both my small and large motor movements. In the past this has prevented me from taking selfies and photos. I wasn’t able to apply enough pressure to activate a smartphone’s camera. Now thanks to the Pixel 2 and Google Assistant I can say, “Take a Selfie” or “Take a Photo”.

It is amazing how something so simple could help someone complete a task others take for granted. Due to my position as a Teaching Assistant I see students take on challenges everyday. When technology is integrated with a specific objective in mind it could support the student with becoming an independent learner. What better motivator then working without an adult hovering over you every second. Devices such as the Pixel 2 could provide this ability for students.

The speech to operational function the Pixel 2 offers is absolutely amazing. I can say, “Open a Google Doc” and the Google Docs APP opens. Then it is a matter of finding the doc and tapping it. Once the document is fully open all the user has to do is talk to type. The accuracy of the speech to text editor built into this device is absolutely amazing. Not only does the device type or read for the student but it can do a Google Voice search. This makes the research process much easier for those students who struggle due to lower reading or writing skills.  These are just a few reasons why I’m thankful for the Freedom a Pixel 2 Smartphone provides.

2 Ways to Resize Sheets Columns

When using different technology tools I always look for the quickest and most efficient way to complete a task. Sometime the “Simplest” features are the ones which pack the most powerful punch. Today I’m going to share how to resize the width of several columns at once. There are two different approaches a teacher or student may take for resizing a sheets column. The following steps may be added to ones “Timesaving Tips Bags of Tricks.”

First Approach for Resizing Columns

I find this approach to be the quickest and easiest to use.

  • Highlight and Drag the columns

Drag columns

Second Approach for Resizing Columns

If you are better with converting size into number this approach is for you.

  • Highlight the Columns
  • Click down arrow or right click
  • Select Reset Columns a to ?
  • Enter cell size number or fit to data

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Yes! You Can Receive Notifications…

There I was reading through posts in a Google Classroom Community when my eye’s fell upon this question. “Can notifications be received when changes occur in my Google Drive?” The answer is yes! Google Drive notifications may be received when there are newly shared items, comments, suggestions, action items or request for access. The user has the choice to receive the notifications as a popup window or in an email. If you would like to setup notifications for Google Drive please follow these steps:

  1. Open Google Drive
  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Cogwheel
  3. Select Settings
  4. Click Notifications
  5. Check or uncheck boxes for the settings of choice

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Using notifications is just one simple “Timesaving Tool” offered within this suite of education tools. Efficiency is just one simple beneficial support offered by the G Suite for Education package.