Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Use bookmarks in Google Docs to send readers to an exact point in your document that you would like them to see.

Bookmarks in Docs are just like a bookmark that you would use to mark your place in a book. You use bookmarks to mark a location in a document so that you can quickly find and jump back to it. This is quite helpful, especially when you may have lots of documents to read/edit.

Another use would be to allow you or your readers to jump to a specific part in the doc itself. To do this:

  • Insert a bookmark at the specific part of your doc

  • Click on the bookmark

  • Right click where it says link

  • Copy the URL and place it in your document.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 45 second YouTube tutorial.





Take care,

Brad


Monday, June 28, 2021

How to see a Live Photo on your Lock Screen on an iPhone.

 The other day I noticed that if I took a Live Photo from my photos and set it on my Lock Screen, I could still see the movable photo. Pretty cool!

The whole process is pretty simple.

  • Take a live photo
  • When selecting the photo share it and Use as Wallpaper
  • Press on the photo to make sure it "moves"
  • select Set
  • choose Lock Screen
Nest time you open your phone - press on the photo and see it Live!

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 9 second video.



Take care,
Brad

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Have a song stuck in your head that you can hum but can't think of the name of? Try a Google search.

If you can't think of the name of the song, but you can hum it - try opening up a Google search, tap the mic and then tap search a song and hum the song.

Embedded below is a 48 second YouTube tutorial.


Take care,
Brad


Icons all on 2nd monitor? Here is one way to bring them back to the screen you want.

If you are using multiple screens, odds are your icons may someday end up on the wrong screen. One way to get them back is to click your mouse on the screen with all icons and select Ctrl A. This will select all icons and you can drag them to your main screen.

Embedded below is a 35 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

Thursday, February 25, 2021

3 Ways to take a picture/screenshot on your Windows 10 device Windows Key Shift S is the quickest

 If you want to take a screenshot on your Windows 10 device, I have three ways below.

  1. You can select Alt + Print Screen - this will create a full screenshot where you can place the image in Paint or anywhere you would like your screenshot.
  2. Snipping tool
    1. Has a number of options under the mode that allows you to Snip as a Free-Form, Rectangular, Window, or Full-Screen.
      1. You can also delay the Snip from No delay to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 seconds

     3. The quickest and easiest way is to hold down The Windows Key, Shift, and S. You can then place 
          the image in something like Paint or a Google Doc, etc.


Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.




Take care,
Brad

How to change the font size and font style quickly in Microsoft Outlook

 If you would like to change the font size and font style in Microsoft Outlook try the following:

  • Select View
  • Change view
  • Manage view
  • Modify
  • Other settings
  • Change column and row font
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial.



Take care,
Brad

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into a Document Camera in Zoom using the Overviewer app

The ability to have a document camera by your side during remote learning has been extremely beneficial. However, a number of teachers still come up asking if they know where I can find a cheap one or if I know anyone who has one "lying around".

Well, if you have an iPhone or iPad and use Zoom - the Overviewer app is a great and free alternative. What I really like about this app is the ability to rotate your screen easily to landscape and zoom in and out. 


Once you start Zoom and screen share you then have options at the bottom of the screen (see embedded picture below). 
    
select the three dots for settings (see picture below)
flashlight
orientation
depending on type of iPhone the far right deals with different lenses


Embedded below is a followed by a 2 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial followed by a tutorial that the creator made (very informative and easy to follow).

Good follow as well on Twitter to stay up-to-date - https://twitter.com/OverviewerApp.





Take care,
Brad





Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How to make the most of Tab Groups in Google Chrome

The ability to add a tab to a new group is finally available for all users in Google Chrome. This is a nice feature (has been an experiment) and allows users to group tabs together.

If you would like to take those tabs to the next level try adding a few "Tab Group" experiments in Chrome's chrome://flags/.

  • When in experiments type in Tab Groups and enable the experiments you see in the screenshot below and relaunch Chrome when prompted.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial.


If you would like your Tabs to come up the next time be sure to select the three dots (upper right in Chrome) and either choose history>recently closed or.... settings> scroll down to on startup> continue where you left off.

Take care,
Brad


    How to change the default font style, size, and line spacing in Google Docs

     If you would like to adjust the default font style, size, and line spacing in Google Docs here are the steps:

    • Make sure to highlight the text you have typed
    • Select the font style drop down menu and choose your desired font (Times New Roman is what is in the example video below.
    • Select the font size drop down menu and choose your desired font size (in the video I chose 12)
    • Select the line spacing drop down menu and choose your desired line spacing (in the video I chose Double
    • Select the Normal Text drop down menu
    • Choose the arrow next to Normal Text and select update Normal Text to match
    • Select the Normal Text drop down menu
    • Choose the options menu
    • Choose Save as my default styles.
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, February 15, 2021

    Google now has a native screen recorder on your Chromebook - try it out now in Experiments

    Google developers have created a native solution to your Chromebook's Chrome operating system. In order to try out this feature enter into Chrome's Experiments by clicking chrome://flags/  and then typing in screen capture and enable the experiment. You will then need to relaunch Chrome.

    In order to bring up the ability to screen record you can either click on the "Screen capture" button on the shelf quick settings or press the Ctrl, Shift, and Overview keys. You will then see floating bar at the bottom of your Chromebook's screen.
    You will then see the ability to take a screen shot, either full or partial. You can then find the screenshot in the files of your Chromebook and choose images.

    But for the fun part is the new screen recorder. Once you select the screen recorder you have the same option to record either a certain section of your screen or the whole screen. 

    There is a 3 second countdown and then the recording starts. To end the recording you simple need to select the option to stop recording at the bottom right of the toolbar. The video is now stored in the video section of your files.

    Embedded below is a 3 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad





    Saturday, February 6, 2021

    QR code generator automatically built into search bar in newest version of Chrome.

     Nice new feature in Google Chrome's desktop browser - the ability to automatically create a QR code of the particular site you are using.

    Simply update your browser to the newest version. As of the date of this post (2/6/21) it is Version 88.0.4324.150.

    • To update your browser select the three dots in the upper right of Chrome
    • Select settings
    • Select About Chrome
    • Chrome will now update
    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute video on how to update to newest version and what the QR code generator looks like.








    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, January 25, 2021

    How to change the default font size or style in Microsoft Word

     If you would like to customize the default font size or character options you can simply select (Ctrl + D) - or choose the icon in the bottom right under font.



    Embedded below is a 46 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad




    How to take a quick screenshot on your Windows based device - Windows Key + Shift + s

     Today I was working with a teacher who mentioned how she would love if there was a shortcut to take a snip of an image on her screen (other than using the Snipping Tool). 

    Well, there is. Simply use the (Windows Key) + (Shift) + (S).



    Embedded below is a 37 second YouTube tutorial.

    Take care,

    Brad  

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    ChromeVox - Chromebook's screen reader - how to toggle on or off

     Ever have your Chromebook reading a page for you? It is possible that you (or someone) has enabled ChromeVox. ChromeVox is Google's screen reader.

    There are a few ways to enable or disable this feature.

    You can turn ChromeVox on or off from any page by pressing Ctrl + Alt + z. On tablets: Press and hold the Volume down + Volume up buttons for 5 seconds. While holding the buttons, you’ll hear a sound to indicate it’s working. Keep holding the buttons, then ChromeVox will start speaking.

    It is possible that it was turned on by selecting the system menu (bottom right corner where you see volume) and then choosing accessibility and turn off ChromeVox.

    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,

    Brad

    Thursday, January 7, 2021

    Wakelet Spaces - Amazing Organization and Collaboration feature built directly into Wakelet

     Wakelet's Spaces is an amazing organizational and collaboration feature that allows you to create a space” for adding collections, organizing your current collections and inviting others to join and collaborate.

    In the YouTube tutorial below I show an example of what a Space looks like. My wife and I were just talking about possible future snow storms and how the districts in which we both work are making "snow days" asynchronous days




    For more ideas on how you can use Wakelet Spaces click on one of the links below:

    Take care,
    Brad


    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    Headspace - Headspace Guide to Meditation is now streaming on Netflix + How to sign up for Headspace for Educators

    Headspace and Headspace now offer a new series called Guide to Meditation. In this animated series you will learn more about the tools to build a meditation practice as well as the science behind it.

    Personally, Andy Puddicombe's (co-founder) work with the Headspace app as well as his work with Chris Bennett on the Nike+ Running App has been a revelation. I handle situations differently than I did in the past, think differently, and feel much more grounded. 

    Last night, my family and I watched the first episode together and really enjoyed it. We will watch the 2nd episode tonight!

    A reminder for teachers - you can start your free subscription to Headspace by clicking on this link https://www.headspace.com/educators and filling in the necessary information. 

    Click below for the Official Netflix Trailer.




    Take care,

    Brad

     

    Monday, January 4, 2021

    How to grab text from a photo and upload just the text directly to your computer.

     I am in the process of converting a hardbound family cookbook to an E-Book using Google Slides. It is a project that will take some time, but in the long run I hope people will enjoy it and add on to it.

    The biggest issue of course is time and typing all the information from the original cookbook to the Slide. Well, Google Photos can help out a ton. 

    Here are the steps:

    • Take your photo(s) and upload to Google Photos
    • Using Google Photos on your mobile device, open the image and select Copy text from image
    • Your device will then search for any text in the image
    • Choose Select  all
      • Choose Copy text or Copy to computer
      • If you select Copy text this allows you to copy the text on your device and use it as you like
    • We want to choose Copy to computer
    • You will then see your choices of what computer to copy the text to
      • Make sure you are signed in on your computer's Chrome browser under the same sign in as your Google Photos
    • Choose the computer you wish to use
    • You can now paste the text where you would like to 
    • Pretty cool huh?
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 35 second YouTube tutorial I created showing the process.





    Take care,
    Brad

    Friday, January 1, 2021

    Flipgrid update Import your Google Classroom Roster

     Happy New Year everyone!

    Flipgrid recently announced an update that allows educators to import their Google Classroom roster to their Flipgrid discussions.

    This is amazing because users will have the option to log in via Google and those are the only ones that will have access.

    To enable this feature simply choose Google Classroom when setting (or changing Group permissions).

    Click here for Flipgrid's blog about Google Classroom.

    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 46 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,

    Brad


    Flipgrid update Mic only mode. Amazing for podcasts, camera shy, sending positive audio messages, directions and much more.

    Hello everyone and Happy 2021!

    In case you missed it, Flipgrid now has Mic only mode. This mic only mode includes all the other effects such as emojis, inking, styles, etc - just no video.

    Of course the impact this has on those that are camera shy (like I would have been in elementary school) is huge. 

    Other ideas include:

    • Podcasting
    • Audio messages to students in Google Classroom or your LMS
    • Audio messages to cheer up students
    • Audio messages for instructions on a QR code throughout your classroom
    • Positive audio messages to display around the school (again QR code)
    • Orchestra, band, and chorus audio files for students and others to listen to
    • Mixtapes of multiple audio files to share with others
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial I created. as well as Flipgrid's Tweet.




    Take care,

    Brad