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19 handy Google tricks that you weren’t aware of

19 handy Google tricks that you weren’t aware of
After covering everything that Google Search has to offer, you can easily forge that search only forms one small part of the Google behemoth. With so many different features and clients available, it’s very easy to use the basic features for each and leave it at that. However, if you delve a little deeper, there are many tricks hidden away that will help improve your experience. To help you out, here are a number of tips and tricks that you can use for four of Google’s more popular features: Gmail, Maps, Google Drive and Google News. Gmail Use Filtered Search Gmail’s search bar is very handy for finding that message you got months ago, but most people don’t realise how easy it is to access advanced search. Activate Starring Feature Sometimes you will come across important messages, but the only way you can mark them is with the yellow tab or star icon. Cut Down Text In Email Replies Keyboard Shortcuts Like all Google features, there are keyboard shortcuts that you can take advantage of.

Create Videos Online With WeVideo for Google Drive This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. For the last six months I've been sharing WeVideo with anyone who has come to me searching for a good online video creation tool. Provide Tech Help Remotely Through Chrome Remote Desktop This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. Yesterday, I received an email with a question about how to remotely help students and teachers with the Chrome browser and with Chromebooks. If you want to share your desktop just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access your computer. To access and control another person's computer you just need to enter the access code that they provide to you. Applications for Education The Chrome Remote Desktop app could be very helpful in aiding teachers and students when they get stuck trying to accomplish a task on their computers.

How to Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive This morning I received an email from a friend of mine who needed some help opening a Word (Docx) file in Google Drive. Google recently made a slight change to how this is done. And since it threw off my friend who is a fairly savvy Google Drive user I thought that there are probably others who have or will have the same question. To open a Word (Docx) file in Google Drive after it has been uploaded to your account click the check box next to the file name. Option 1: Option 2: If you don't want to go through the process outlined above for every Word file uploaded to your Google Drive account you can enable automatic conversion of documents. Enabling automatic conversion on upload:

How To Use Google Docs Offline Earlier this year Google enabled support for using Google Documents offline if you use Chrome and have the Google Drive Chrome app installed. When Google made that announcement I wrote some directions for enabling offline docs. Today, someone suggested sharing those directions again. To enable Google Docs for offline use, sign into your account and click the sprocket icon in the upper-right corner. Step 1: In your Google Drive account open the "more" menu. Step 2: Select "enable offline docs." A Note for Google Apps for Education Users If you are using Google Docs within a Google Apps for Education domain your domain administrator will have to enable the option for users to use Google Docs offline.

Forms - Kern Kelley Google Form Templates If you are logged into your Google Account, these form templates will automatically copy into your Google Docs Dashboard. Many of the forms are designed to work with an iPod Touch. For more information about educational uses of that device, go to Test and Quizzes Self Grading 10 Question Multiple Choice Quiz - Provide a link to this form or embed it into a website. Administrative Forms Professional Performance Evaluation - Teacher observation form that the administrators can use. Miscellaneous QR Code Generator - Creates QR Codes from URL's collected in a from.Science Fair Judging Form - This is the scoring form used in a middle school science fair.Story Board - Used by student groups to write and produce a video project.

Gmail+1 = Student Email Addresses to Register for Online Services The Gmail+1"hack" isn't a new trick and I can't remember when I first tried it, but it still works and it still provides a solution to a problem that a lot of teachers run into when they want their students to use a new web tool. Let's say there's a new service that I want my students to use but my students don't have email addresses that they can use to register for that service. In that case I can quickly generate Gmail addresses for my students by using the Gmail+1 hack. Here's how the Gmail+1 hack works: 1. Create a new Gmail account just for your class. Disclaimers: 1. Google Earth Lessons Lesson Organization: Google Earth How To's - Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth Student Controlled - Where the student controls Google Earth. Suitable for labs, mini-labs, home school, etc. Teacher Controlled - Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc. Mini-Lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics Icon Legend Found or developed a Lesson that uses Google Earth? Google Earth How-to's: -Google Earth 101 A complete on-line course for teachers created by Quentin DSouza. The following series of video lessons were developed by Richard Treves at NOTES: Please note Copyright Restrictions within demos. - Flying with Google Earth -Examines the controls used to get around in Google Earth - Using Placemarks - Looks at what a placemark is and how they can be used - GE Tips - General tips on using Google Earth - Overlays - Shows how to lay pictures over the ground in Google Earth (30Mb) Student Controlled Lessons

Google Earth in Education - A Google+ Hangout Google Earth is a very versatile program that educators often associate only with social studies. Google Earth can actually be used in literature, mathematics, and science lessons too. On November 2, 2012 Jerome Burg and Thomas Petra will host a Google+ Hangout all about using Google Earth in education. Applications for Education In many of my presentations I talk about finding your own PD opportunities that are meaningful to you. Tale Of The Tape: Chromebook Pixel Vs. Surface Pro Vs. MacBook Air Google hasn’t always been known for making breathtaking hardware, but today’s announcement of the Chromebook Pixel — arguably one of the best-looking laptops ever made, if nothing else — means that may no longer be the case. Still, you can’t be blamed for being wary of shelling out a decent chunk of money on Google’s first foray into laptops, let alone a Chromebook of all things, so here’s a preliminary look at how the Chromebook Pixel stacks up against two prominent rivals in the computing space: the stock version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air and Microsoft’s Surface Pro. *Note that we compared the base MBA and the surface Pro with upgraded storage, to establish a better baseline in terms of comparing more similar price points and spec load-outs. Versus the 13-inch MacBook Air Compared to the base 13-inch MacBook Air, Google’s Pixel has a lot of similarities. The Chromebook Pixel is very much aimed at the same market as the MacBook Air, with Google stressing that it’s an upscale device.

40 Ways to Use Google Apps in Education Google provides an abundance of apps that can be used for educational purposes. It has a section called Google Apps for Education where it provides the teaching workforce with a multitude of Google services to use in schools and classrooms. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been continuously reviewing these apps for the last couple of years , click HERE to access this section to . Today, I am sharing with you a GREAT presentation created by Becky Evans on 40 ways to use Google Apps in Education. Here is the outline of this presentation Google docs : Collaborate on lesson plansKeep a running records of meeting notesCreate a shared lesson plan repositoryImprove the writing processPublish student workTranslate letters home to parentsTrack student homeworkCoordinate sign-upsPersonalize flashcardscollect, share, and analyze dataUse slides to create dynamic and engaging presentations Google Forms Google Calendar Gmail Google Groups Google Talk Google Sites Video within drive

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher While Apple products (*cough* iPad *cough*) are known for their integration in classrooms, Google’s offerings give up little here. In fact, the sheer diversity of Google products might make them a more natural fit in the classroom in lieu of the iPad’s gravity. Below we’ve listed 25 ways teachers can get started using Google in the classroom. Let us know on our Google+ page if we’ve missed anything. Google In The Classroom: 25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. UPDATE: Google+ user (and sometimes TeachThought contributor) Kellie Ady offered 5 more, shown below. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. UPDATE: TeachThought Reader Nicole Naditz just sent us 5 more. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

Google Hangouts as Edtech: Connecting, Sharing and Learning Since I started in education, I have been trying to find ways to connect students' learning beyond the classroom walls. Initially, the task presented many hurdles. Infrastructure was limited, devices were bulky and slow, and the access was not quite available. Hangouts, the social media feature of the Google+ platform, are online spaces offering teachers and students a great forum to connect with one or many participants and engage in a real-time dialogue. Reasons to Hang Out One of many reasons I like Google Hangouts is for the ability to broadcast a talk live and then archive that broadcast. Besides having the option to incorporate a pirate hat and a monocle while video conferencing via a Google Hangout, participants have the ability to quickly share screens for demonstrations, incorporate the Google Drive suite of apps for collaborative work, and collaboratively watch and discuss a YouTube video through the Google Hangout box. Possibilities and Opportunities

Student Sign in Sheet with Mail Merge One thing I like to do to start class is to have students fill out a Google Form. I use this to take attendance, ask survey questions to see where students are at on a project or how they feel about class policies, warm up questions and I always ask for “comments, questions, concerns” to help me get a pulse for where everyone is at. At the beginning of class I have a roster of who is there (I can use this to randomly call on students). I install the valmerge script on the spreadsheet so that I can send individualized feedback to students based on their warm up responses and in particular the comments feedback they gave me. With the effort of one and a half emails I am able to send a personalized email to every student in the class. Step 1: Make a copy of this spreadsheet: File->Make a copy. Step 2: Go to and create a Google Form. First NameLast NameStudent ID Number (SID)Comments/Questions/ConcernsAny quiz or survey questions Like this:

Google Keep note-taking comes to Chrome Google Keep wants to be the app that you dump all your little notes and big thoughts into, and Google introduced a Keep Chrome Web app version on Thursday. To install it, you must use the link above, as it's not yet available by searching the Chrome Web Store. Like Keep in Google Drive and Keep for Android, it lets you write notes in a stripped-down interface that lacks all but the most basic features. Keep for Chrome launches in its own window, and it also works when you're not connected to the Internet. You can read the original Google blog post announcing Keep for Chrome here.