If you have ever wanted to easily share links to websites with others (example - students and families in a class you teach) - try using Symbaloo to store the links and a Wiki to make the site easy to access.
If you would like to create a Symbaloo page - please click here for my link to my blog post (November 11th). The video tutorial is embedded below (2 minutes and 18 seconds).
A direct link to Symbaloo can be shared; however, it is not "clean" and has advertisements on it. That is one of the reasons to store it on Wikispaces.com. It is an extra step - but is worth it.
The next step is to create an account on Wikispaces. Once your account has been created you will need to follow a few steps. For step-by-step directions please watch the embedded 3 minute and 34 second YouTube video below.
If you have any questions - please let me know.
If you are in need of a reminder extension (to keep reminding you to finish those report cards or call the cable company back) - the extension Dayboard just may be the thing you are looking for.
The extension will ask you for the 5 most important items to you (you don't have to put in 5). Then, everytime you open up a new tab - the dayboard extension will remind you of your important items. This is nice - especially when we go on another site like Facebook or Twitter and stay on there for too long.
When the item has been completed you simply click on the check and it is marked as completed.
There are quite a few nice features that go along with the extension (for example being able to make sure the tab doesn't open when you use certain sites as well as delaying the side reminder as well - see picture below).
Below you will see an embedded 1 minute and 31 second video tutorial.
A big thank you to Richard Byrne (as talked about in the video) for finding this site!
While many (including me) try hard to stay as organized as we can with our digital files - life gets in the way and all of a sudden there are countless files that are "unorganized". Thankfully, the search ability inside of Drive is very powerful and makes it easy to find any file you need.
Below you will see an embedded 49 second YouTube video showing the ways to search for your files followed by screenshots of the ways to search for your files.
1. At the top of your Drive you will see the Search Drive box. There you can quickly select PDFs, Text documents (docs), Spreadsheets (sheets), Presentations (slides), Photos & Images, and Videos. You then have the More search tools for a more specific search.
2. When you select More search tools you will see the screenshot below.
3. When you select Type you will see the options to search as you see below.
4. Owner - you will be able to search with the options below.
5. Date modified where you can search as you see below as well as the option to customize your search time.
6. Item name search where you can enter just part of the file name.
7. Has the words. Pretty cool feature where you can enter words found in the file.
8. Shared with. Who did you share the file with? Type in a name or an e-mail address.
9. Follow up. Here , is where you will be to look up any action items assigned to you, or suggestions in files you own.
If you would like to assign something to a particular student (or students) you can now do that very easily in Google Classroom. For Google's Help webpage for Google Classroom - please click here.
Once you have clicked on the + to create an announcement, assignment, or question - to the right of what class you are in - you will see where it says all students. Select the all students and you will see where the default is all students. You can then click where it says all students and then select the specific student (students) you would like to send it to.
The 2nd new feature is an e-mail notification when a student submits work past the due date. To make sure this is active in your Google Classroom...
1. Select the "hamburger" - the three lines at the top left of your home classroom page.
2. Select settings at the bottom.
3. Make sure the box is checked for email notifications.
If you use Google Classroom (or know a teacher who uses it) - the Classroom Extension is a must! Find a website or something you would like to share - simply select the extension and then select your class. You can then post directly to your class without even having to go in to your Google Classroom site.
Below you will see a 59 second embedded YouTube video. If you have any questions - please let me know!
In the past week I have had teachers and administrators asking for an alternative to Wordle. The district where I work utilizes Chromebooks and Wordle will not work on a Chromebook.
I would recommend trying Tagul to create your Word cloud art. Users do not need to create a username; however, if you would like to store creations for later on - I would suggest it.
While users can be very creating - the site is very simple to use.
add or import words (you can import from a website as well)
change the shapes, fonts, layout, colors and animations, and then download and share
to see what your cloud looks like - click visualize (right-hand side)
To see a 2 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial please look and the embedded video below that I created.
Also, if you are creating your word cloud on a Chromebook - please click here for the very simple directions.
Google Trips helps make traveling easier by providing you with options on what to do, where to eat, planning out your trips, and many other options. You can even download the site to your mobile phone so it is available offline.
Below you will see an embedded 1 minute and 18 second YouTube video trip to Philadelphia.
The Explore option in Google Sheets really is an amazing tool.
If you have a set of data, simply high-lite the column or row and then click on the Explore button (bottom right corner). You will see information come up instantly as well as the ability to ask a question such as, "what is the average of this column"? You do not need to know the exact formula (although the option is there to see what the formula is).
Embedded below you will see a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube video briefly showing what the feature looks like.
Google as recently started using Natural Language Processing (NLP) into the search process in Drive. Basically it is a way of searching like you talk. You can say things like, "show me documents since May", "show me spreadsheets from Sydney".
In the 46 second embedded YouTube video below I show you an example.
If you have wanted to print out multiple files when students submit an assignment it is possible. You will need to add PDF Mergy and follow the embedded YouTube video below or click here for a forced copy of step-by-step instructions created by Layla Lyons (great follow on Twitter).