New Google Meet Interface

Coming in May, schools on the rapid release schedule will begin rolling out the new layout on May 3rd and schools on the scheduled release will begin rolling out on May 17th. Both releases could take up to two weeks to complete.

In the meantime, take a look at Eric Curts’ overview of what’s to come. Google listened to the needs of educators and other users and made some fabulous changes. After watching Eric’s 5 minute video, I think you will agree.

QR Codes On-the-Fly With Chrome

Looking for a quick and easy way to create QR Codes with Google Chrome that doesn’t require an app or extension?

If you have an updated version of Chrome, then you have the built-in feature to create QR Codes on the fly of the website you are currently visiting. When you click in the URL bar in Chrome, you will see the following appear to the far right in the bar. Click download and you’ve got your QR Code ready to share. Using Chrome for the rapid generator does not give you the features to make it fancy but if you want a quick and easy code to share, this is your ticket.

Google Meet Translate

This built-in tool can be especially handy for students who don’t speak English. The Google Meet menus, chat conversations, and live closed captions can be translated in real-time.

Eric Curts, Google Expert provides step-by-step instructions with pictures and a short 5 minute video for visual learners on how to engage the translation tool in Google Meet.

Google Meet Translate Tutorial by Eric Curts

Paint Tool Marker for Chrome Annotations

Have you ever wanted to annotate over a webpage to point out key facts instead of swirling your cursor around an area on the site?

There is a Google Chrome extension called Paint Tool that gives you the basic tools and color palette for doing just that. See my example below that shows a drawing tool and color change. The toolbar displays in the top right corner of your Chrome web browser. This is a handy-dandy tool for highlighting key facts.

Amp Up Your Google Doc With Video

There is no need to convert a Google Doc to a Google Slide for the sake of being able to show a YouTube video from your main file. Follow the steps below to see how your text heavy Google document gives students the ability to watch a video as an overlay on the document while still being able to view the text document.

  1. Copy the URL from the address bar above the YouTube video.
  2. Highlight the text in your Google Doc that you want to link the video from.
  3. Select the “link” button in your toolbar.
  4. Paste in the URL then click apply.
  5. Click once on the link you just created. A YouTube video will appear below the link.
  6. Click on the video to open it in a larger view. It will appear and play over your Google Doc. You can scroll your document while watching the video.