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.

Gamify Civics w/a little help from Justice O’Connor

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor may have retired from the Supreme Court, but she has not withdrawn from public life.

In retirement, she started a non-profit called iCivics, that is dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources.

Over the last four years, their website has been adding civics related games and resources for teachers to bring the importance of an active citizenry to life.

There are a dozen plus games that range in time to play from 15 to 45 minutes. Topics include branches of government, government budgeting, voting, and,

My favorite was a game called Win the Whitehouse, which teaches users about the presidential nominating process, by giving them a chance to run for president.

It’s all free, and the games can be leveled based on elementary, middle or high school.

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