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A Guide to Google Tools - Tips & Tricks You Can't Live Without

A Guide to Google Tools - Tips & Tricks You Can't Live Without
Whether you’re a student, educator, executive or a scientist, Google offers online services and products that help everyone remain as productive as possible. There are many Google services that have come and gone through the years, but a few of them — like Gmail, Google Drive and of course Google Search — stay even more relevant as time goes on. The following is a comprehensive guide of tips, tricks and hacks that’ll help you make better use of Google services you use. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned expert, you’re likely to find something here that you can add to your own productivity toolbox. Use the following table of contents to jump to any section that you need. Table of Contents: If you use any of these Google services and are looking to make more efficient use of them, then let’s get started. Google Search Hacks and Tips Google was first known for its search engine. Don’t be fooled. Google Site Search To do this, type “site:xxx.com search-term” Google Calculator Set a Timer HelloFax Related:  Googley goodnessHow to

6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom Presentations look much sharper with the right slide template and eye-catching photos. These tools will improve your slide shows and more. (Flickr / Danny Sullivan) When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: 1. 2. Thankfully, I’ve come across some solutions in the last couple days. These sites, as well as a few others, will help upgrade what you do in class if you and your students utilize Google Apps frequently. 1. A Creative Commons photo added through Photos for Class. 2. 3. Play geographical trivia in Google Maps using Smarty Pins. 4. Bonus — Want to do more with Google Maps? 5. 6. For notifications of new Ditch That Textbook content and helpful links: like Ditch That Textbook on Facebookfollow @jmattmiller on Twitterfollow Ditch That Textbook on Pinterestjoin the Ditch That Textbook community on Google+, andfollow +MattMiller16 on Google+! Interested in having Matt present at your event or school? Related January 9, 2017 In "Ed Tech"

3 Ways to access 'Must Sign Up to View' Sites But instead I have tried ways to bypass such sign up forms. Here are a few tips for you: 1. Bug Me Not Aibek previously covered Bug Me Not which is a wonderful service that provides disposable login details for most sites and forums. But Bug Me Not obviously does not have login details for every site on the entire internet. 2. If the snippet near the result seemed to talk about the problem you’re having, there are high chances that Google Cache should have a copy of the website you landed on. Instead of clicking on the direct link, just click the ‘Cached’ link near the search result. 3. In a rare case when you’re not able to view the solution even by accessing the Google Cache, you can use Be The Bot. Be The Bot fools the site to thinking that Google Crawler Bot is accessing it. What other ways can you think of to bypass compulsory registration forms in sites, especially forums? If you liked this article, please share it on StumbleUpon or Digg it here.

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iPaddiction: Google Sheets, Slides, & Classroom on the iPad Part 2 of 2. View Part 1 with Drive and Docs on the iPad Google Sheets on the iPad Google Slides on the iPad View preexisting Google Presentations created on a laptop/computerShare preexisting Google Presentations created on a laptop/computerPresent preexisting Google Presentations created on a laptop/computerCreate new presentations with formatting of each slide Cannot (at this time) insert an image into a Google Slide on the iPadCollaborate on a slide presentation with multiple users Educational Uses For Google Presentations/Slides Google Classroom Use with Chrome or Safari browserAccess all Google Drive contentTeacher/Student DialogueTeacher assigned tasks with due datesAttach photos from iPad, links, YouTube content View the Features

6 Interesting Google Search Methods How we are using Google? Just to search something we want to get knowledge about that, just googling. Google is the most used search engine in the web. Here we are showing some interesting search methods on Google. 1. Get retro Google. 2. 3. With Google you can easily find a related website that giving similar content. 4. With Google you can easily find actors filmography. 5. On Google Currency conversions and unit conversions can do easily. Like this you can search for flight status, weather forecasts etc. 6. Search “atari breakout” on Google image search and enjoy the game.

What Does The Desk Say? — One Of The Stranger ELL Lessons I’m Going To Try I’ve just heard about a Conservation International series of short videos featuring famous actors giving voice to elements of the environment — Mother Nature, Soil, Redwood Trees, Water, etc. You can see the entire playlist here, and it’s very impressive line-up. I’ve embedded two of them below — Edward Norton as The Soil and Julie Roberts as Mother Nature (you can read part of their scripts here). They’re neat videos, and they got me thinking — one of the reasons ESL teachers like me have students use puppets (see The Best Resources For Using Puppets In Class) is because it makes students more willing to speak in English because it’s the “puppet” speaking not “them.” Why not, I got to thinking, try having students pick an inanimate object and have them try to articulate what it would say if it could talk? I don’t know — it may be too “out there” but, hey, any short activity that encourages students to develop new vocabulary, speak, and have a little fun can’t hurt, can it?

7 games you can play with Google Maps For April Fools Day this year, Google created a version of Pac-Man that you could play inside Google Maps, to the delight of everyone who wanted eat power-pellets on the roundabouts of their hometown. Although this Pac-Man experience is now sadly defunct, people have been building games around Google Maps for years: trivia games, hidden object games, shooting games, building games, driving games, and even survival games. We've picked out seven interactive cartography experiences that you can try out for free in your browser, on the streets of nearly any city in the world. Google Sheep View Think of it as a version of "I Spy" that spans the entire world, and focuses exclusively on sheep. Geoguessr This popular geography guessing game displays Google Street View pictures from locations around the world—roads, houses, trees, stores—and challenges you to identify the towns and cities by dropping a pin on a map. MapsTD Geo Guns Build with Chrome Streetview Zombie Apocalypse 2D Driving Simulator

100+ Ways to Learn Anything on the Internet Learn Anything... Thanks to this amazing collection of educational websites you can become a master in anything from home renovations to rocket science, maths to photography, art to computer programming. What are you going to master today? TED Talks TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. Chesscademy Chesscademy offers free online lessons for people around the world who want to learn how to play chess or improve their existing game. Microsoft DreamSpark Programs DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes. How Stuff Works HowStuffWorks got its start in 1998 at a college professor's kitchen table. Fora.tv Fora TV records some of the worlds best conferences, speeches and events. MusicTheory.net Busuu

The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons One of my more popular “The Best…” lists is The Best Ways To Use Photos In Lessons. Though that list includes several online tools, I recently realized I hadn’t included many that I use and have previously posted about. So, I thought I’d bring them all together in a new list. You might also want to explore The Best Sites For Beginning iPhone Users Like Me for even more online photo tools. Here are my choices for The Best Online Tools For Using Photos In Lessons: I’m a big proponent of the Picture Word Inductive Model as a strategy for English Language Learners to develop reading and writing skills (I describe it in detail in this month’s ASCD Educational Leadership in my article, Get Organized Around Assets). Students can pick photos online or upload ones that are reinforcing the theme we’re studying, and label the items. “ImageSpike” Seems — Almost — Just Like “Thinglink” Pic-Lits lets users pick an image from selection and then “drag-and-drop” words onto the image. Related March 30, 2012

How to Set Up Your New Google Chromecast There are a wealth of media-streaming sticks on the market today; so many, in fact, that it’s difficult to know which is best for your own personal needs. As we noted in our Chromecast review, Google’s device is a solid option for those on a budget or for those who aren’t invested in Apple’s ecosystem. However, a brand new Chromecast isn’t going to do you much good if you can’t actually use it. Step 0: Make Sure You Have Everything You Need Just in case you’re reading this before buying a Chromecast, it’s important to note that you’ll need several other products to take advantage of the device. A TV with an HDMI port. A PC with Google Chrome running Windows 7 or higher, a Mac with Chrome running OS X 10.7 or newer, a Chromebook, an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or higher, or an Android device running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or above. Once you have got everything assembled, you can move onto the actual setup. Step 1: Connect the Chromecast to Your TV Step 6: Start Casting!

How I Was Able to Ace Exams Without Studying Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Scott Young of ScottYoung.com. In high school, I rarely studied. Despite that, I graduated second in my class. In university, I generally studied less than an hour or two before major exams. However, over four years, my GPA always sat between an A and an A+. Recently I had to write a law exam worth 100% of my final grade. Right now, I’m guessing most of you think I’m just an arrogant jerk. Why do Some People Learn Quickly? The fact is most of my feats are relatively mundane. The story isn’t about how great I am (I’m certainly not) or even about the fantastic accomplishments of other learners. It’s this different strategy, not just blind luck and arrogance, that separates rapid learners from those who struggle. Most sources say that the difference in IQ scores across a group is roughly half genes and half environment. Rote memorization is based on the theory that if you look at information enough times it will magically be stored inside your head. 1.

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