Beware of Your Hashtags…

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It’s almost two decades since I created a Print On Demand (POD) store to offer my art designs on products. I’ve noticed in the last few months some of my old designs were selling. In the past few weeks, content review messages started showing up in my inbox.

It seems some of the hashtags were reaching the search engines once more. Of course, I was a happy camper to be making sales due to this. However, it was a surprise to discover a company either owned a license or copyright to the words used in my hashtags. The POD company told me, “it is possible to resubmit all the products that they took down.” All I have to do is take out the problematic hashtags and words in the product descriptions.

When teaching digital citizenship skills, using social media for marketing, or selling online, learn your copyright and licensing rules. Now I have to spend a lot of extra time resubmitting the products due to those hashtags and words used in the product descriptions. I hope you learn from my experiences. Don’t think words are free to be used in product descriptions and as hashtags.

Remote Learning use Google Assistant Bell Schedules to Create Structure

COVID 19 forced students and teachers into remote learning, and the loss of structure. Students didn’t know how to maintain and stay on schedule. Now parents can use the Google Assistant APP along with a mobile device or Google Speaker to support students by providing a bell schedule. Imagine an audio alert stating, “Johnny, it’s time for Math Class” or “Take a break for lunch.” Why not use a simple tech tool to help a child or even an adult to stay on schedule? It may be a simple way to motivate a child or adult to stay on task.

Why Check Post Dates?

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Have you ever noticed the internet is becoming a wasteland of some outdated information? Recently I received a comment on a blog post pointing out newer steps for using an internet extension. My response was the post was written back in 2017. I added that both the extension and Google APP mentioned in the post had evolved quite a bit from back then.

My reply to the comment was to teach about blog post timestamps and being aware to notice them when doing research. A posts timestamp may make a world of difference when doing research or just looking for the answer to a question. Always backup your research by looking for a current piece of research information to prove your claim.

Organizing Shared with Me, Know the Basics…

Yesterday I explained the purpose of using the shared with me bin in Google Drive. Today I’m going to show you how easy it is to organize the shared with me section of Google Drive. Please check out the following short video to learn how simple it is to do.

Why “Shared with Me”???

I think one of the most misunderstood sections of Google Drive is the “Shared with Me” bin. Many people don’t understand why there is a shared with me bin in Google Drive. The shared with me section of the drive is where either public or shared with you files and folders are stored. Its function is to keep the shared files and folders separate from your private area (my drive) of Google Drive. It is up to the individual user if they want to add a “shared with me” file or folder shortcut to my drive section of Google Drive.

It is not unusual to hear Google Drive users say, “How do I organize the folders & files in the Shared with Me bin? The answer is simple the organizational ability is limited. Your choices for organizing the “Shared with Me” section is one of the following:


Clicking on a Google Drive folder or file embedded on a website or blog is automatically stored in the “Shared with Me” bin of Google Drive. The reason this happens is to allow you to view the public file. Think about what it would be like to request access every time you found an embedded file or folder.