YouTube Live!

If you do not already know, Hangouts on Air has been moved to YouTube Live. Instead of using Google+ you will be using YouTube.  YouTube Live has the same basic setup as Google+. YouTube Live allows you to collaborate with others without having to be in person. This tool can be used for broadcasting information, for business meetings, etc.

Note: If you have events created in Hangouts you will need to delete and recreate them in YouTube Live.

Creating a Live Event

  1. From the Live Streaming tab, click Eventsscreenshot-2016-12-12-at-1-26-15-pm
  2. Click New Live Event box in the right corner.screenshot-2016-12-12-at-1-30-18-pm
  3. Complete the Basic Info tab.
  • Title, description and tags
  • Enter Start and End times
  • Privacy Settings: Only Public events will appear on your channel, search results and promotion. Choose Unlisted or Private to test events.

Tip: There is a similar feature that Google+  that YouTube has. Events scheduling. That lets you schedule your event for a future date and time.

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YouTube Live Streaming API

The YouTube Live Streaming API lets you create, update, and manage live events on YouTube. Using the API, you can schedule events (broadcasts) and associate them with video streams, which represent the actual broadcast content.

Control who can see the broadcast

When you create a new event, you can select one of three options:

  • Public
    • Anyone can see and access the event.
  • Unlisted
    • The event isn’t shown publicly but anyone with a link can join. This is identical to the previous Google+ Hangouts On Air setting.
  • Private
    • Only people you specifically invite can join the event. You can share the event with a domain, group, or individual.

More detailed questions can be answered such as the information above can be found on this website –

Here is a video explaining some of the advanced setting and other features on YouTube Live. It also explains how to stream. Start the video at 3:10 (3 minutes: 10 seconds) and it should start explaining the advanced settings:




Tyler Howell (@thowellhelpdesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in southwest Missouri. He is currently involved with a plethora of extracurricular activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Track & Field, and a former captain of the football team. Tyler loves helping out students with the google apps. He enjoys using the google applications to assist him in his school work also.


Must READ! Converting YouTube Video to Gif

How to convert any YouTube video to a Gif in only 5 simple steps! Let’s get started!

  1. Open up Google Chrome or your favorite browser. (I would recommend using Google Chrome) Now, click on the address bar untitled-drawing-4and type in Note: You can also simply click the link provided.
  2. You will now need to open up and locate and click on your YouTube video you would like to convert into a Gif. Once you have located your favorite video you need to copy the url of said video. In order to copy the url follow the video linked here!              Youtube to gif.png
  3. Now click the YouTube to Gif button on the screen
    . Now simply paste your YouTube
    video URL where it says “Enter YouTube
    URL” and click “Load Video”.
  4. For This step refer to the following image below. On this page you can customize all of the settings of your Gifs.Youtube to Gif Pic.png
  5. Now click “Create a Gif” and you’re all done! Refer to image below about what you can do after it is created.

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Now you’re the pro! You just learned to convert your YouTube video to a Gif!

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Dalton McGregor is Junior at Ash Grove High who has a love for the sport of boxing. He’s also an expert at Google drawings because of his creativity.





Google Forms and Flubaroo….Match Made In Heaven! – Max

Learn how to efficiently use the Flubaroo Grader Chrome Add-On and Google Sheets to grade Forms/Tests/Quizzes/etc. from Google Forms.


  1. Open Google FormsBlog Drawing

Create a quiz or test, or use a previously created Google Form, then click on the “Responses” Tab in Google Forms, and click on the 3 dots to the right of the green tab on the right hand side of the responses tab; once there click on the “select response destination”. Then, Select/Create a Google spreadsheet to send test responses to.

2. Sheets/Flubaroo Process

Create Answer Key for Flubaroo to base its’ results off of by clicking the “Eye” preview button and answering your questions appropriately. When you do this, make sure to name the First Name/Last Name Field, “Answer Key” so you can select this response through Flubaroo Later.

  • Click “Add-Ons” tab in Sheets – then click the “Get add-ons…” tab and search for Flubaroo and downloadUntitled drawing

    • Once downloaded Click “Enable Flubaroo in this sheet”
  • Exit out of the “Flubaroo Notification”, and click on the “Add-ons” tab and click “apply Flubaroo to this assignment”
  • Click “Advanced” tab then hit
      1. Autograde tab
  • Set up preferred E-Mail and grading settings
    1. Select the Answer Key submission you’ve created for this Test/AssignmentBlog - Picture (2)
  • Set your preferred E-Mail sharing methods, such as (E-Mail Address Question, Grade Sharing Method, Include list of scores and questions, Send Answer Key)
  • To test the grader, preview the test again (as you did to create the answer key) and answer however you want; Flubaroo will then grade it.
  • Now, wait for test submissions from students, and Flubaroo will grade them and supply you with whole submission statistics on every question, as well as a “Grade”s tab in sheets.





Max CashioMaxwell Cashio – Student

Maxwell Cashio (@CashioHelpDesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in Southwest Missouri. He is currently involved in many activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Beta Club, Track & Field, Basketball, and Football. Max loves helping out classmates at school with Google Apps whenever he can. His favorite Google Application(s) would be Google Sheets/Forms and how they can do many things to improve productivity and efficiency in any job or hobby.

Present Like A Boss Using Google Slides – Tyler Howell

Effectively using google slides will allow your viewer to be more engaged with your presentation and to ultimately learn the information in an simpler way.


1.Create a Google Slide presentation or open a previously created presentation

If you do not know how to get to google slides go to: or go through google drive then sign into google drive and look for the waffle icon in the top right and click it to find the yellow google slides icon.

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Tip: All google applications will have the title of their app in the beginning of the URL followed by (Examples:,, etc.)

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When designing a google slide presentation it is all about the visual effect. Writing all your information on a slide and repeating it will not help the viewer in learning and/or taking in your information.  

Tip: A good rule of thumb is having no more than seven lines on a slide with no more than 8-10 words on each line.

2. Design and Finalize Your Presentation

Provide images, charts, shapes, maps, etc to illustrate the context of your speech. Do not get carried away with your images. For example, do not use a chart overflowing with information. Too much information can cause confusion and the the viewer can become lost on the main point or points.

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PRO-TIP: Using the Master Slides Tool

If you are in a hurry to finalize or quickly edit your presentation use the Master Slides tool to do so. This allows you to change the whole look of google slide in under 60 seconds. Using this tool will allow you too change the background on every slide, the font, the header/title, etc.

Video step to get to Master Slide Tool


Your font on your presentation needs to be set so that the viewer can read your font from a distance but not set to large that your text takes up a majority of the page.



Tyler Howell – Student

Tyler Howell (@thowellhelpdesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in southwest Missouri. He is currently involved with a plethora of extracurricular activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Track & Field, and currently a captain of the football team. Tyler loves helping out students with the google apps. He enjoys using the google applications to assist him in his school work also.


How to Upload and Edit a video using YouTube – Mason

Have you ever wanted to make YouTube videos but could not because of the high priced video editing software’s?  Did you know that you can do everything a video editing software can do just using YouTube? YouTube gives its users the capabilities to make/crop their own videos for free. I will show you some steps on how to successfully do this so many of you can save money.


1. Once you are logged into your email, you will need to click the upload button if you want to begin cropping your video. (1).gif

2. From here you will see an upload page where you can either select a file or drag a download into the Dropbox. (3).gif

3. Once your video is done processing, go to the bottom right of the screen and click on video manager. Video Manager is the editing tool for any video you make. All your videos that have been uploaded can be re-edited and uploaded through here. (4).gif

4. Click edit to the video you want to use (5).gif

5. Now you will have all the tools to edit your video. The video link provided below shows the options you can use to help make a video

6. The final step is to click Publish. The video will be shown on your channel after this step (6).gif

Hopefully these 6 easy steps will help you figure out how to make your own videos at no cost. YouTube is not only for watching videos, but it is also a handy tool. Thanks for viewing/watching and now you can start your YouTube journey!




IMG_0844Mason Keith (@maskeithHD) is a Senior at Ash Grove High School. He is a member of the Ash Grove Student Help Desk. Mason plays baseball and football and is also involved in BETA, FBLA, and STUCCO. He plans on attending OTC and then Missouri State pursing a career in Business.