Access your Drive files with Google File Stream

With Google Drive File Stream, you can access all all of your Google My Drive and Team Drive files directly from your computer without having to open a browser. You can also select files to make available for offline use for when you don’t have an internet connection.

When you install Drive File Stream on your computer, it creates a drive in Windows Explorer named Google Drive File Stream. All of your My Drive and Team Drive files will appear there. You can transfer files between your computer and Drive or browse and organize your Drive files right in Windows Explorer.

The File Stream app also allows you to open files directly within applications like Microsoft Word. When you click File > Open, just browse to the Google File Stream Drive to locate your file.

If you used the old Google Drive Desktop App, you may have received a notification that it would no longer work after May 12, 2018. Google File Stream is a recommended replacement for the Google Drive Desktop App. Another option …

Create Screencast Videos with Screencast-o-matic

Screencast videos are short video recordings of your computer screen with audio narration. You could also call them narrated presentations or video modules. I’m sure you’ve watched dozens of screencast videos but I’m including some of our own examples just in case (Noodling Moodle Intro, County Websites Workbench, Movie Maker Cutaway Shot).

Creating a screencast video is one of the easiest things you can do on your computer. All you need is a microphone (webcam is optional) and some software/web tool. While there are lots of applications available to create screencast videos, one of the best tools I’ve used is Screencast-o-matic. And it’s free! Your videos can be saved to your computer as an mp4 or you can upload them directly to YouTube.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes and it puts a small “Screencast-O-Matic” watermark in the lower left corner of the final published video. The Pro version ($15/year) gives you video editing, drawing tools, longer recordings and removes the watermark.


  • Press ALT P to pause while you are recording 
  • Keep videos short!!! Research shows that the optimal video length is 6 minutes or shorter. The average engagement time of any video maxes out at 6 minutes, regardless of its length. 
  • Don't read a script! Be natural and be yourself -- even if you aren't recording your webcam, your personality comes through in your voice. If you are recording your webcam - smile. 
  • It doesn't have to be perfect. If you say "um" or stumble on a few words, no worries! 
  • Google Drive is a great way to share and store mp4 files before publishing them to YouTube. 
So, next time you find yourself typing out instructions, explaining how to find something online or wanting to record your presentation -- consider using screencast-o-matic. When you are ready to give it a try, just go to, watch their 2 minute tutorial and then start recording!

Feel free to share your comments about screencasting!