How to Share a Video with Students in Google Drive

Hey busy teacher! Have you been navigating your way through the challenging world of distance learning and teaching online? One question that keeps coming up with my fellow teachers is how to share videos with students in Google Drive with students? I have a hopefully helpful video for you in which I  walk you through your options!

Let me know if you have any other tips on how to share videos with students in Google Drive!

How to Assign a Digital Learning Activity in Google Classroom

Are you trying to teach via remote learning or digital learning and need some Google Classroom tips? I have some help for you here if you need to assign a digital resource in Google Classroom.

Note : You need to already have a Google Classroom set up in order to assign a resource to students.

Here is what my Google Classroom looks like. I am going to click on the Redhead Class to show you what to do.

Assigning with a Google Drive Link

Let's say I want to share this digital  telling time resource with students. I am going to click on it to show you how to grab the sharing link.
If I click on the share icon, on the top right, I can then copy the link and share it in classroom. That is one option. So let's put a pin in that for a minute and go to Classroom to see how to post an assignment.
In Google Classroom, I will click + Create and this menu will pop up. I am going to create a Assignment, the first option.
When you click "Assignment" a menu like this comes up. I called it "Telling Time" and just typed a quick sentence in "Instructions". Where the paper clip / "Add" is you can click it, and paste the link if you want. 

Here's what it looks like when you add a link.
On the right, you can also change the assignment to "ungraded" or change the point value. Note: You can also differentiate by clicking on "All students" and  a list of students will pop up. You can assign it to just a few students, or as many as you want.

With "Assignment" creation, note you can change or remove the due date (second picture below).
Now when you add a link, it will look like it does in the image below. Read on to see how, instead of pasting a link, you can grab the resource right from Google Drive!

Assigning with a Direct Link into the Drive File

You can also,  instead of clicking "Add" and "Link", click "Google Drive" to grab the resource right from your Drive.

A menu like this will pop up. I type "telling time" in the search box and find the resource I want, click add, and it is attached in Classroom.

And here is an example of what it will look like in the students' Google Classroom Classwork stream! 

If you need any help with remote learning, digital learning,  and Google Classroom tips please message me and I will do my best to help! And if I missed any important tips or tricks, let me know and I will add them!
 Hang in there! 

Boxed Set Books for Children

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I'm here today with some recommendations for the 10 best boxed book sets! During this crazy times, kids and parents alike are at home, trying to keep busy (not get bored out of their minds) ! Of course, you know my favorite thing is reading. I figured now might be a great time to look into investing in a boxed set of your child's favorite books! I looked at Amazon and found some great options!  Clicking on any image will bring you to a description.

Longer Books for Older Readers

"New" Books

Dog Man, yes! He doesn't seem to be going anywhere so might as well dig in with the "epic collection"!

Ivy and Bean seem to have been slowly gaining fans over the past few years and kids were always looking to borrow them from my classroom library.
Everyone seems to be into these books! Even my little first graders want to know if I have any Diary of a Wimpy Kid books in my room!

I know, I know, Magic Treehouse has been around for a couple decades, but it is still new compared to some books below. So if you haven't tried this series with your children, now might be the perfect time!

"Classic" Books

Harry Potter probably is borderline "classic" at this point, right? Maybe a great family read aloud or for your more advanced readers.

I know, it's crazy I put the Choose Your Own Adventure books in the "Classic" section, but they were such a fun part of my childhood that when I saw them, I almost squealed with excitement! Get your child building their own story with the starter box set!

Which Roald Dahl is your favorite? I was always particular to Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (yes, an unusual pick) as a kid, but as a teacher I love reading aloud James and the Giant Peach!

I also have an E.B. White favorite - Trumpet of the Swan! I never read Stuart Little as a kid - major oversight... but now I love all 3!

Books for Younger Readers

Mo Williams has become one of my personal heroes lately, leading the daily doodle with Mo sessions on Youtube since folks in Massachusetts (and much of the country) went into self isolation! This set is chock full of 25 Elephant and Piggie books and includes bookends! How cute!
Yes, you can't go wrong without a few books from this Dr. Seuss collection! If you don't have them at your at home or classroom library, this is a good deal!
So what is something I missed? What is your recommendation for the best boxed book sets? Be sure to comment and let us know!
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