Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Google Cast, a whiteboard, and a chromebook....

I have been researching and experimenting with ways to utilize my teacher chromebook with my 
interactive whiteboard and this seems to be an option that works really well for me.

Install Google Cast for Education on your teacher workstation that is connected to your whiteboard.
Make sure that when you go to use cast that you login to chrome on your desktop (click the little silhouette 
icon in the upper right hand corner of the browser window).  This will allow all of your chrome extensions to 
load on your desktop.  Now just launch google cast for education and setup the cast window.
Cast video tutorial (

To cast your chromebook screen to the desktop.  Open chrome on your chromebook and click the 3 dots next to 

your chrome extensions bar and scroll down to cast.  Select the device (whatever you named the desktop) and 
select what you want to cast (desktop---your entire chromebook screen or tab---just the tab you are in).

To have your mobile whiteboard...

I installed realtimeboard (app in the chrome webstore)

I use this whiteboard tool because it allows me to export whatever I write on the "mobile whiteboard" to drive!

Once you start the app you now have a "mobile whiteboard" for your room.
Tutorial for realtimeboard and GAFE integration

Advanced uses of google cast.

If you are using chromebooks in class you can:
1)have students cast their screens to the class whiteboard to review their work/answers with the class.
2)short presentations of lab findings, writings, presentations and any other digitally created work the
 students would like to showcase in class.

I have also used a mind mapping tool

for collaborative mind mapping and google cast on my class whiteboard and it works great as a brainstorming 
or even a review activity.

Hope this tutorial helps


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Google Expeditions and more trip ideas!

I just thought that I would pass along some new updates from google (easy to use with BYOD).  Google just released google expeditions on the iOS platform!  What does that mean for us…  We can now access google expeditions in our classes and utilize our student’s devices (almost all of my students have an iPhone) to take guided virtual field trips around the world!  If you cannot find an appropriate destination in the expeditions library you can use google street view app and create a virtual field of your own (minus the guide).  I have used google expeditions and google street view in various settings with google cardboard and it is an awesome experience for students and teachers.
Check out expeditions (I know the about page says only in google play but search in itunes and you will find expeditions) and google street view

Google Maps is another great option for many as it is completely customizable by individual students or collaboratively.  Pins can be added to any location and those pins can be edited to add photos, links, etc to each pin.  My maps can also be integrated with sheets via a google form.  I discussed this briefly in my training session on Supt Conf day and have had several inquiries about the video I attached to the presentation (see below)

Last Google tip…
If you want to force your students to make a copy of a document or presentation just replace edit in the url address bar with copy or present (forces into presentation mode for slides) and replace with

This also works in slides for presentation mode just replace edit with present.

Hope you can use some of this in your classes.