Sunday, May 20, 2018

Scheduling Options

This time of year things get so busy and schedules are constantly changing.  Field trips, guest speakers, meetings, and rehearsals lead to unexpected changes in your schedules.  Here's a quick tip:  Create and share your schedule on a Google Sheet.  Recipients of the spreadsheet (ie: Instructional Assistants) can set a notification to receive an email update whenever changes are made to the spreadsheet.  This will save time and confusion as in the moment changes are made to your daily schedules. (Tools/Notifications rule/send an email when changes are made)

You can even add comments, such as questions or clarifications to your spreadsheets.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Commenting on PDFs

Do you use the commenting feature on Google Docs?  Now you have the ability to add comments to
PDFs on your Google Drive.  Take notes or share comments with a colleague or student! Each time
you preview the document, you and anyone shared on the document can access your comments.

If you wish, you can take a photo of student work with your iPhone, send it to your Drive,
make comments and share it back for student access to your feedback.  Less papers for you to lug home!

In your Drive, right click (two finger click) on the PDF you wish to comment on.  Select Preview. In the top right corner of the preview, you will see the comment box.  Highlight the text you want to comment on and insert comment!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Editing PDFs

Find a great PDF to use with your students?  But it is just not quite perfect?  Want to make a slight alteration?  DocHub allows you to edit PDFs.  Check out this short video example on some of the cool features!  (Keep in mind if you have permission to alter the original.)

Go to the Chrome Web Store/Extentions.  Search for DocHub.  Select "Add to Chrome".  The extension will appear above your bookmarks on the right.

The new document can then be downloaded or uploaded to your Google Drive, shared or emailed.    

From this....                                                             

To this:

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

URL Shortener

Just a heads up if you use URL shortener, Google will be shutting down this service as of April 13th.  If you already have shortened links you will have continued access for one year.  Details can be found here.  Your previous URLs will continue to redirect to the intended destination.

Check out Bitly as an alternative URL shortener.  Both Bitly and allow you to customize your link - making it much easier for your students or participants to remember.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Google Classroom Productivity

A quick reminder about Google Classroom:  You can create an assignment in Google Classroom and save it as a draft until you are ready to post.  OR you can schedule the assignment to post on a certain day and time.  Students cannot view these assignments until they are posted.  But you can stay organized and prepared by scheduling assignments.  Google Classroom will push it out at the pre-determined time!

In Google Classroom, Create the Assignment then select the triangle drop-down menu next to the word "ASSIGN". Select "Draft" or "Schedule".  If you select Schedule a new window will open a calendar and time options.  

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tables in Google Docs

Google has made some adjustments in how you can access and make adjustments to a table in Google Docs.  Once you have inserted a table (Insert/Table; choose the number of columns and rows), you may want to make changes, add color, images, height or width adjustments.

To make changes to your table you now need to put the cursor in the table then right click on your trackpad (two-finger click on the trackpad).  This will open a new menu with many options including adding a row, deleting a column, Table Properties to add color or change the width or various cells.  Or you can select Format/Table to access the same menu.




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Olympic Challenge

In keeping with the Olympic spirit, I have created an Olympic Challenge.  Students will be read passages, watch brief video clips (from 2018 Olympics) and answer questions based on what they have learned.  This activity can be done in small groups or individually.  It can be a Breakout activity (students uses the codes/answers to unlock a box), as an extension activity or challenge work during work-period.  The tasks involve math, reading, and writing.  This activity will provide additional practice navigating a website and digital quizzes - all skills that need to be developed. 

The Olympic Challenge is a self-contained activity.  Students cannot proceed past a task until they have successfully answered each question.