Skip YouTube, Insert Your Videos Into Google Slides Directly

How to Insert Videos Into Google Slides video from Free Technology From Teachers

You’ve always been able to insert videos into Google Slides, as long as you were willing to use YouTube.

While this is certainly a reasonable option for many, it was a limitation particularly acute in education. Teachers and students are rightfully wary of putting their own work on YouTube. Now, thanks to a new feature unveiled yesterday, users will be able to create videos, upload them to Google Drive and insert them directly in their Google Slides presentations, without having to touch YouTube.

Read up about this new feature and see a demo over at Free Technology For Teachers.

GradeCam Go Help Desk


GradeCam has a new helpdesk feature that will help us troubleshoot various issues teachers encounter while using GradeCam. In order to use this feature, teachers must turn it on within their account. 

We are asking that all teachers turn on the helpdesk feature so that we may more quickly resolve issues. Instructions are below. 

Please let me know if you have questions.

Turning on the HelpDesk


Select “Settings” from the drop down under your name in the top right hand corner.


Click Helpdesk and toggle it on.


Tech Tool: Remind

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Looking for an effective tool to help communicate with students while protecting their privacy? Give Remind a try.

Remind is web tool and app that allows teachers to send text message and email reminders to students and parents, all the while maintaining student privacy.

Teachers can use remind to message students about class time ending when they’re working in the halls, remind them about important deadlines, updates to their classroom website, and much more. Students are able to choose to receive messages via text or email.

remindStudents’ names are provided, but not their contact information – a safe and easy way to get them reminders that they actually get (instead of email – which they never seem to check!)

Parents can also sign up if they want to know what’s going on in the class – just post the information to your website or show it a Curriculum Night!

A special thanks to Kristin Bennett, a science teacher and Ed Tech Lead at Skyline High School for passing along this Tech Tool.

Get Your Kids Moving With GoNoodle


As the calendar turns from October to November, and the days get shorter, students have less opportunities to move, and to channel their energy.

Throw in the constant stream of sugar flowing from Halloween and all those winter holiday treats, is it any wonder that focus, attention and engagement become harder for our students?

GoNoodle is a web-based tool that helps teachers provide ‘brain breaks’ for students, and help kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day.

It does this by using games and videos to guide students desk-side activities that get them up and moving.  GoNoodle uses research-based activities to help create classrooms that are healthy for the body, engaging for the attention, and beneficial to students’ brains in specific ways.

The site allows teachers to create classes, and has a library of videos that are centered on different situations or subjects common to an elementary classroom. These include:

  • Subject transitions
  • Math practice
  • ELA practice
  • Getting the Wiggles Out
  • Energetic Classrooms

Videos range in style from typical exercise videos (though with an animated avatar named Maximo) to guided breathing to a hip hop dance duo named Koo Koo Kangaroo.

Koo Koo Kangaroo

GoNoodle is freemium, which means that teachers can set-up accounts and get access to most of the content for free. GoNoodle Plus allows users access to movement activities that align to core subjects.