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.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Creating a Second Instance of a File

By now, you probably know how to make a copy of a document in your Google Drive.  One of the things I don't like about making copies of files is that the copy is called "Copy of . . . "  I end up taking the "Copy of . . . " part off and changing the name.

You can also make a second instance of a file or folder.  Unlike a copy, when you make a second instance of a file or folder, your simple putting the file or folder in another location, but it's not a copy.  That is, the file or folder will remain in its original position, but you can have it appear in another location at the same time.  Keep in mind, they are connected, so if you delete one, you delete the other.  This video will provide more information.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Nimbus Extension for Chrome

If you're used to using the snipping tool on your PC, wait until you try Nimbus, the Chrome extension.  You capture any part of a web page, annotate what you capture, record video, and more.  Once you use Nimbus, you'll never use the snipping tool again!

Using Your Phone as a Scanner

In the previous video, I showed you how you can, using Google's OCR capabilities, use an image of a document to convert the document to a Google Doc that you can then edit.  Taking this a step further, this video will show you how you can use your phone as a scanner to do the same thing.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Editing using OCR

Often people ask me how to edit a pdf document, and typically I tell them there are only two real options.  The first is to have a copy of Acrobat Professional, which runs several hundred dollars.  The other option is to copy the text from the document and paste it into a word processor.

Fortunately, we have a new option with Google Drive and Docs.  Google has optical character recognition (OCR) capabilities.  This means that Google can read the text in a pdf file and recognize the letters.  It then converts those into a Google Doc.  What's more, it can do this with a standard pdf file, a scanned document, or even an image of a document!  Learn how it's done.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gmail Preview Pane

Gmail is a great email system; however, there are ways to improve your Gmail experience that you may be unaware of.  Using the Preview Pane option is one example.  Check out this video to see how to enable this feature.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Using Stars in Gmail

If you're not using stars in your Gmail account, you may want to.  It's an easy way of highlighting important messages and retrieving them with a single click.  If you're using stars, you may not know that you're not limited to just a yellow star.  Learn how stars are used and how you can add additional stars and symbols to help keep your emails organized.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gmail's New Look

You may have noticed that your Gmail account has a new look to it.  Some like, some don't.  One thing many ask me is, "What happened to my contacts?"  This video covers these issues.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Wait! That's not SPAM!

Often, we find ourselves asking, "why am I getting this email" when we receive something that is SPAM; however, every once-in-a-while, something that is not SPAM is sent to our SPAM folder.  If this is happening to you, this video will show you how you can create a filter to make sure message are sent to your inbox rather than your SPAM folder.

Friday, October 19, 2018

The New Gmail Overview

In a previous video, I noted a couple of changes from the classic Gmail look and the updated Gmail look: specifically, where to find your contacts when in your Gmail account.  This video provides an overview of all of the new features in the updated Gmail app and shows you how to get the updated version and/or how to revert to the old version should you chose to do so.

Features of Received Emails

As an extension of the last post on Snoozing emails, this video goes through several features of received emails as part of the Gmail app.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Snoozing Email

If you're like me, each morning when the alarm goes off, I hit the snooze button.  Did you know that when you receive email, you can hit the snooze button?  This video shows you how you can use the Snooze feature in Gmail to help you stay organized.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Creating Group Assignments in Google Classsroom

Creating assignments in Google Classroom is easy enough; however, it is designed to push those assignments out to all students individually.  What if you want students to work on something in groups though?  For example, let's say you are going to have students working in groups of 4.  You want them to create a Google Slide presentation, but you want the whole group working on a single slideshow.  How can you create an assignment that will work as a group assignment? This video will show you how.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Google Classroom's New Look

Google Classroom has a new look.  Some might even call it an upgrade.  The changes are not huge, but once you get used to the changes, you'll probably like the new organizational aspects of it.

Friday, February 9, 2018


Bookmarking is a great way to stay organized and save time while surfing the Internet.  Bookmarks store website addresses (URLs).  When you bookmark a website page, you have the option of saving the bookmark to the bookmark bar or within folders accessible from the bookmark bar.  Most people use bookmarks to store website they go to frequently, which saves them typing the web address each time, or to store sites they go to infrequently; thus they don't have to memorize the address.  However you decide to use them, bookmarks are easy to create and make your browsing experience must better.