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 goo.gl 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 tinyurl.com 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.

       

OR  

         

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. 

Sharing or Moving Multiple Google Files at Once





Need to move or share multiple Google files at once?  If you click on a file in Google Drive and then hold down the Shift key while you select the last file, all of the files in between those two files will be selected.


  1. Hold down the Command Key and select the first file/photo you want to move
  2. Scroll down
  3. Hold down the Shift Key and select the last photo you want to select 
  4. Click and drag these files into the desired folder  OR 
  5. Right Click (or 2 finger tap on trackpad) on one of the selected files to open a menu with the following options












Saturday, February 10, 2018

Quick Access in Google Drive



You may have noticed a new feature in your Google Drive allowing the user to maintain quick access to frequently accessed Google Drive documents.  For some students this is an awesome feature, providing less searching and quicker access. However, some teachers have found this to be a distraction.  If your students are finding this distracting, please let me know.  We would prefer students do NOT make setting adjustments.



If you would like to remove Quick Access from your drive follow these 3 steps:
  1. Click on the gear in the top right corner of your Google Drive 
  2. Select Settings
  3. Uncheck the "Suggestions" box: "Make relevant documents handy when you need them in Quick Access"