Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Welcome Back to School

Where did the summer go?  If you are like me, summer flew by way too soon as it always seems to do.  As you begin your new school year I hope these resources will be useful to you.  Look for new posts about every other week if not sooner.  Have an awesome start of school

  • Transition to Google Team Drives- Are you thinking of using the new Google Team Drives?  This video may help. 
  • Your First Day of Google Classroom- This is a nice tutorial for those considering using Google Classroom this school year.
  • Journey to Strive- This is a website dedicated to help you as we make the transition from Workshop/Appraise to Strive.
  • 5 Gmail Features You May Have Forgotten- Are you a little rusty on Gmail?  Take a look at the video below.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

5 Google Sheets Tips for the Novice

Often times when I visit with teachers I find that most use spreadsheets to organize data and sometimes create charts.  Using these 5 tips will make the experience even better the next time you are dealing with data.  This video will show you the following:

  • how to alternate the color of rows automatically
  • how to rotate text such as vertically (pretty new feature)
  • copy and paste the format of one cell into another
  • setup a notification each time someone changes data in the spreadsheet
  • protect a sheet or cell range of data
Here is the video below.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Setup a Table of Contents in Google Docs

Is your lesson plan or project too many pages to easily navigate?  Have you tried to setup a table of contents in Google Docs?  It's pretty easy.

  1. Add headings for each section of your document.
  2. Highlight each heading and set the style.

  3. Click Insert>Table of Contents.
This video may help with the process further.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Padlet Now Has Post Connectors & A Few More Updates

Many of you have used Padlet in the past.  It can be a great tool to brainstorm with your class or have students showcase their work.   All your students have to do is double-click on the webpage and then add a title, text, picture, audio, video, file or link.  It's that simple.

If you haven't used Padlet, be sure to visit the site to learn more. There have been some great new updates in the last few weeks that I want to share.
  1. Focus Mode- When a large group of people are working on a padlet together it use to be confusing with information popping up left and right.  Now you just refresh the page to see the changes.
  2. Post Connectors- Add arrows for flow charts, infographics, etc to link various posts.  Here is an example-  EdTech Tools by Student Task

  3. Grid Layout Improvements- Sort the post order, move posts around with numbered labels as guides
  4. Inline Viewing- A few weeks ago they added the ability to listen to audio and video in the context of the padlet.  It no longer redirects you to the source.  This is a great way to show Youtube videos without the clutter or distractions.
What do you think?  Do you still use Padlet or are the kids tired of using it in your classroom?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Transition to Google Team Drives

A few weeks ago I shared about the new Google Team Drives in this post.  You may be wondering how your team can transition from a shared folder setup to these new Team Drives.  There are a couple of methods I've tried but I think this one seems to be the best.
  1. Download the shared folder to your computer.
  2. This will create a zip file that you can typically open by double-clicking it.
  3. Navigate to your Team Drive and click New.
  4. Click Folder Upload.

  5. Upload the folder.  (Caution:  If you have files that are in Word, Excel, or Powerpoint format that you want to remain in the format be sure to turn off the feature in Setting to convert them when uploading.  Google Drawings and Forms will not transfer in this process in the correct format so you need to copy them individually.)
  6. Once all the files are in the Team Drive and your team agrees, you may want to delete the old copies in your shared folder so you don't get confused between the two.
Here is a video that will help with the process.

Once you transition to the Team Drives remember these things.
  • All files are shared and owned by the team.
  • The original person that setup the Team Drive may consider not giving the Full rights to the folder but Edit rights only.
  • Each individual folder can have rights set if necessary.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Google Drive Archive & Transfer

As the school year wraps up soon you may need to archive or transfer your files as you move to another district.  Here are the steps.

Archiving Files (Takeout)

  1. Select your account icon and click My Account.

  2. Click Control your content.

  3. Click Create Archive.

  4. Select the data to include.

  5. Select the Delivery Method and click Create archive.

You can then upload the data into another account as needed.  Another method would be to transfer your information to another Gmail account.  Here are the steps you should take after the first 2 steps listed above.

Transferring Files

  1. Click Start Transfer

  2. Type the email address for which the data will be transferred.
  3. Click Send Code.

  4. Check the receiving email and enter the code.

  5. Select the content to copy and transfer and then click Start Transfer.  (Caution!  This is not recommended until the very last day of employment.)

This video may also be helpful.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Google Earth Now in Google Chrome

Google just announced today that Google Earth is web-based in Google Chrome.  You no longer have to install the software to run it.  It also includes some cool new features I've shared below.

  1. Voyager- Showcase of interactive guided tours.  Try this one of National Parks.
  2. "I'm feeling lucky" Button- feature to be automatically directed to 1 of 20, 000 different places. (captain's will)
  3. 3D Button- experience locations as if you were standing there- Tower of London
What activities do you see your students completing using this great tool?

Monday, April 10, 2017

New Google Login Page Coming Soon!

You may have noticed lately that when you login to Google it has a message about a New look for sign-in coming soon.

Please do not be alarmed. This change is happening for a cleaner, simpler look, make the sign-in faster, and to be consistent across devices.  The new login should look like this.  You will see it appear over the next few weeks.


Friday, April 7, 2017

5 Gmail Features You May Have Forgotten

Are you looking for some ways to be more productive with Gmail?  Here are a few features you may have forgotten.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Visualizing Data with Google Trends

Are you struggling to help your kids visualize data or analyze trends?  This video may help.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

3 Simple Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are 3 simple shortcuts you should try the next time you are using Google Drive.

  • Navigate to Google Drive
  • Hold the shift key down while clicking the f key.  This will open a new folder.
  • Hold the shift key down while clicking the t key.  This will make a new document.
  • Select any file in your drive that you need to rename.  Click the n key.  This will give you an option to rename the file.
Want to learn more keyboard shortcuts?  Click the t key and then select Keyboard Shortcuts.

Friday, March 31, 2017

4 Handy Updates from Google- March 2017

Here are 4 handy updates from Google I thought you might find useful.
  1. Google Sheets- Text rotation
    • Highlight the text you want rotated.
    • Click the Rotate button on the toolbar.
    • Select the type of rotation.

  2. Google Docs- Convert text to all CAPS
    • Highlight the text.
    • Click the Format>Capitalization
    • Select Uppercase

  3. Classroom- Copy the class code
    • Navigate to Student tab.
    • Click the dropdown menu for Class Code.
    • Select Copy

  4. Calendar- now optimized for iPad
    • While on your iPad install the Google Calendar app-
    • Tap the red button in the bottom to add events, reminders, and goals
    • Notice how it offer suggestions as you type information

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Oh Yes! Google Team Drives are Here for Everyone

Google released Google Team Drives to the wild this week.  I've been beta testing it for a few weeks now and thought I would put together this video to share with others.  Team Drives are shared spaces to collaborate with your team on various files.  Anyone can create a Team Drive if made available by a district Google administrator.

You may be wondering how is this different than simply sharing a folder and giving various rights. This video will hopefully clarify any misunderstandings. Essentially Team Drives are owned by the group and not necessarily an individual. Therefore as people come and go the files remain in place.

This video will hopefully provide you a good introduction to Team Drives.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

It's the Simple Things: Google Sheets Finally Has Rotated Text

Anyone else been irritated that Google Sheets hasn't had the ability to rotate text in a spreadsheet?  Those of us that used this feature in Excel for years can rejoice.  Google Sheets finally has that option.  Highlight the cells that contain the text you want rotated and look for the tilted A icon on the toolbar.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

If You Love Making Lists Watch This!

Some people just love the satisfaction they get by checking things off their list.  Well, it just got better.  Have you ever used Google Keep?  G Suite for Education also includes a nifty tool called Google Keep for recording notes and reminders.  It is available on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.  This video is an overview of what it has to offer including a brand new feature to copy notes from Google Keep to Google Docs.

Learn more on the Google Keep Help site.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Import Videos into Google Slides from Drive

Google recently announced the ability to import videos directly into Google Slides without uploading them to Youtube. This brings about some great advantages I will share below.  Here are the procedures.

  1. In Google Slides, click Insert>Video.

  2. Click Google Drive as the location for which you want to insert a video.

  3. Select the video you want to insert.

  4. Right click (or two finger click on Mac) and select Video Options.

  5. Enter the start and stop times of the video segment you want to play.  (No more editing or fast forwarding required!!!

  6. Select if you want to autoplay the video when you show the slide. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Chromebook Video Tutorials

Google has just released some new video tutorials for Chromebooks.  If you are new to Chromebooks or just want to learn a few tips be sure to check out these videos.

  1. Getting Started with Chromebook- basic terminology, navigation, settings, tips
  2. Managing Files on Chromebook- options for saving, file formats
  3. Sharing Your Chromebook- multiple accounts, guest mode
  4. Setting Up Classic Printing on Chromebook-printer settings, via Mac/PC with Chrome
  5. Setting Up Cloud Printing on Chromebook- printer settings, Cloud Ready Printer setup
  6. Switching to Chromebook- move from Mac/PC, backup to Google Drive/USB thumb drive, Google account creation,
  7. Chromebook Won't Charge or Turn On- troubleshooting tips, power issues, hard reset
  8. Fixing Wi Fi Connectivity- connecting to Wi Fi, troubleshooting

Monday, January 2, 2017

Make Something!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends and are ready for the new year. Many start the year with a new year's resolution. Over the last few years I have selected ONE word that describes what I hope to do for the year. Throughout the year that one word develops into something more and more meaningful to my life. This idea stems from Jon Gordon's book called One Word That Will Change Your Life. The idea is to come up with one word as your vision or theme for the entire year.

This is a little table I made last week.
My word this year is MAKE. I hope to make something every single week of the year to gain skills, have fun, and experience meaningful times with others. Of course most of mine will involve technology but I love woodworking as well. You can follow my progress on my personal Twitter account if you like. @haleedtech 

Why not join in and share what you make online using the hashtag #Make52. This can be used on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+.

Learn more here