Forcing Present Mode of Google Slide in Google Classroom

There are instances where I want to force participants to view a slide show presentation in present mode, rather than the ‘edit view’ mode where slides show up on the left column. One instance is when I want users to interact with the material – where they choose their own path.

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PDFlix: Providing ‘On Your Time’ PD Opportunities

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Screen Shot 2020-01-21 at 6.42.02 AMOk, yes…the sound of Netflix went through my mind as I started typing. Each year, Jess Gilcreast (High School librarian), and I think of creative and different ways to provide professional development for the staff that we work with. We have tried it all, or at least seems that way. Whether it is providing ‘learning at your own time’ opportunities through Google Classroom, in person trainings, or online book chats through Twitter. We strive to keep things ‘fresh’ and continuously push the limits.

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Google Classroom Updates & Reminders Aug 2019

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Google has made some changes to Google Classroom since we last worked with the tool in June. So to help make sure that everyone was on the same page, I shared out these changes, as well as included some did you know items, in my Welcome Back Tech Training to staff last week.

New Items:

  • Where students submit their work to their teacher has been relocated on the page.
  • Unable to remove Classworks page anymore
  • New sorting features when assessing student work
  • Ability to access menus in files while assessing student work
  • Adding comments to comment bank on the fly
  • Ability to use rubrics right through Google Classroom
  • Filter topics

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Day 7 of Google 2018: Google Classroom Grading (or lack of grading)

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 8.46.41 PM.pngWe are back to Google Classroom today. Most of the teachers at Bedford High School do not report grades earned through Google Classroom on assignments. Rather, they report these grades right in our student information system, PowerSchool. With the change of Google Classroom over the summer, the back end of Google classroom has thrown a couple of teachers off. More specifically, relating to returning assignments.

There is a clear difference between returning “ungraded” and “graded” assignments if a teacher does not report individual student numerical grades in Google Classroom.

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Day 5 of Google 2018: Google Classroom Commenting/Grading

Screen Shot 2018-12-04 at 8.46.28 PM.pngToday’s topic pertains to Google Classroom and the new grading feature this school year. Now when you open up a file that is shared through Google Classroom, a new grading window shows up. There are some great benefits to this new feature this year.

  • Can add generic comments in a comment bank so that you don’t have to type the same thing over and over when assessing work.
  • Less opening and closing of windows as all student work can be viewed from the drop down menu on the top left corner. You are able to quickly see where students are at from this drop down as well (missing, turn in, assigned).

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