Friday, November 9, 2018

Explore in Google Docs

We use Google Docs on a daily basis, but many folks don't know that, built into Docs is an explore feature.  In the bottom, right-hand corner of the Doc is the Explore button, or it can be found under the Tools menu.  Explore will read through the content of the document and provide suggestions, links, and even images related to the topics and information found in the document.  It's similar to conducting a search in Google without the need to leave the document.  It's a great research tools for students and teachers alike.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Commenting and Suggesting in Google Docs

Google Docs provides teachers with the ability to add comments to students' documents, but did you know there is another feature called "Suggesting?"  This feature behaves a little differently than commenting, and may be particularly helpful with collaborative assignments and peer editing.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Save to Google Drive Extension

There are any number of Chrome extensions that you can use to make your browsing experience better.  One of my favorite is "Save to Google Drive."  This extension allows you to save images, videos and more directly to your Google Drive.  It helps in lesson planning and research.  Both teachers and students can benefit from this extension.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

What are Chrome Extensions?

Your Google Chrome browser is pretty amazing; however, you can improve its functionality by adding extensions to Chrome.  This video shows you what extensions are and how to find and add them.  Watch for future videos on recommended Chrome extensions.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Image Masking in Google Docs

When working with a Google Doc, we often insert images.  By default, inserted images are square or rectangular; however, with image masking, we can change the shape of our images to give them a more interesting look.

Calendar Quick Add

Did you know you can create a calendar event from your Google home page without ever opening your calendar?  This little trick could help save you time and keep you better organized.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Document Security

We all recognize that protecting sensitive information is a necessity.  Google provides us with some options for controling access to documents as part of its document sharing feature.  These features allow you to prevent someone from sharing a document with others, printing it, copying it, and more.  You can even set sharing expiration dates on documents.  This video shows you how.