Monday, February 23, 2015

Quick Tip: How to Download YouTube video quickly

Have you ever planned on using a YouTube video with your class but been unable to get the video to run?  Maybe because the internet is down or just plain slow.

Did you know that you can quickly and easily download a copy of a YouTube video to your computer?

To download the YouTube video, simply add "ss" to the URL between www. and Youtube in the address bar.  For example,

You will be taken to the SaveFromNet screen where you can download your video.

Click Download and then More to display all your download options. 
Download using one of the MP4 options.  I suggest either 720 or 1080.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Vacation Responder

Vacation responder.  If you are not going to be available during vacation (or illness or family leave) consider setting the vacation responder in Gmail.  This is how you can let parents and others that you will have limited availability to your email.

To access the vacation responder, open Gmail and go to your settings by clicking on the gear icon (right).
Select the Settings option.

At the top of the Settings page is the navigation menu below:

Click on the General tab, and scroll down to the Vacation responder setting.

  1. Set the first day of your vaction.
  2. Set the last day of your vacation.
  3. Subject Line. Say that you will be out of the office/school.  
  4. Message.  Be brief.  State that you will be out of the office/school and when you will be again available.  If you plan on checking your emails occasionally during vacation, say that.
  5. Choose who you want to respond to.  Only your current contacts?  Only people with or accounts?  Check neither box and you will reply to everyone. 
  6. Turn the Vacation Responder ON by clicking the button at the top.
  7. Scroll down to the bottom of the General Settings and click Save Changes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Increase Your Google Search Efficiency

Would you like to make your Google Searches more efficient?
Here are a few tips that can help you to search like a pro.

When searching for something specific use quotes.

  • Using quotes tells google to search specifically for the phrase quoted.

    For example, if you searched for doughnuts, you would get results for the word doughnut as well as donuts.  However, if you searched for "doughnuts", you would only receive the results for that spelling of the word.

    You may use multiple words within quotes.  For example,  "chocolate doughnuts".

To exclude words from your search, use a hyphen.

  • Basically, by using the hyphen you are saying NOT.  For example, if I searched for mustangs, I would receive information on horses and on Ford cars.  Perhaps, I am only interested in the animal.  My new search would be

    mustang -cars.  
    (Read this as mustang not cars.)

To search for specific sites, use a colon.

  • Sometimes, you want information from a particular site.

    For example, perhaps I want to search Edutopia for information about co-teaching.
    Rather than making my search string Edutopia co-teaching,  I can make it


    Search results will come from only the web site Edutopia.