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.


Classkick is a free platform for iPads, laptops, and computers where students do their work–and get help right when they need it.

What are some of the key benefits of this tool?

  • Teachers create, assign and grade paperless assignments.
  • Teachers can see students working through assignments in real time.
  • Teachers can quickly provide feedback (written, audio).
  • Students work at their own pace and receive help immediately from their teacher and other students.
  • Students can privately raise a hand to request help.

Find more information about Classkick here.

If you would like support with learning about this tool, reach out to your Ed Tech Lead or Instructional Technology Specialist. Workshop 2/4


Saturday, February 4th at Issaquah Valley Elementary from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm there is a FREE workshop for K-5 teachers to learn how to implement’s elementary curriculum into their classrooms. Issaquah teachers are eligible for 6 clock hours and 6 hours of tech compensation. Sign up Here or on PD Place.













You Requested…. Recap Delivered


Recap gives teachers a fun new way to collect video evidence of their students’ learning. We mentioned this app in November’s blog post Five Ways to Summarize Student Learning,  and would like to share some updates Recap made to improve your experience.

First, how does Recap work? Teachers create written or video question(s),  for students to respond to using Andriod or iOS  apps. Student video responses, which may be set between 30 seconds and 2 minutes, are collected through the student app. As student videos are submitted, teachers may view them on a desktop computer.  The prompts and  videos are compiled into a Daily Review Reel. Both the individual responses, and the class compilations may be shared with others via email, a web link, or may be posted directly to Twitter.

Click the image below to play an example Review Reel! daily-review-reel

Two features that were frequently requested are now available for teachers:

  1. Until recently, the  Daily Review Reel automatically pulled a random sample of student responses and did not have a way for teachers to edit. Recap added an edit feature for your  Review Reels so that you may modify the clips for various reasons. Teachers may select students they would like to highlight and choose to include graphics or music for each of their Daily Reels.

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2. Prior to the update, Recaps due dates were limited to a maximum of 2 weeks after you assigned it. Teachers may now select any due date from a calendar offering more flexibility around due dates.


Interested in trying this out with your class? Create your account here: 

Contact your Ed Tech Lead or your  Instructional Technology Specialist for support. 

The PE Geek Gives 3 Great Ways To Capture Student Achievments And Results

Whether you are a health and physical education specialist or a general education teacher you may be searching for ways to quickly track student results.  Technology integration in health and physical education has long been championed  by Australia’s Jarrod Robinson, who is known throughout the online community as “The P.E. Geek”.  In his blog, Jarrod recently posted his review of 3 applications that help capture student results and achievements.  He gives the pros and cons of each app and links to video tutorials for each app.  Although his review is given through the lens of a health and physical specialist, the general ed teacher may also find that these apps are relevant for their classroom.