Google Slide Insert Special Character

The other day I discovered the Google Slide “Insert Special Character” Tool. This tool helps with typing a math equation, temperature symbol, dollar sign, other symbols or interesting emoticons. Use the Insert Special Character Tool! It is real easy to do! This tool will even let you draw a symbol you are looking for in the Insert Special Character Search Window.


  • Insert Text Box

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  • Click Insert
  • Scroll Down to Special Character

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  • Special Character Window Opens
    • Select Category
    • Select Sub Category

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  • Type Keyword in Search Window or Draw Symbol 
  • Click Symbol to enter it into text box

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Google Slide Place Value Alignment

Today while taking notes it was necessary to include addition problem examples. When I typed the problem in a text box it was noticeable the place value alignment was off. I use a Google Slide to create my supplemental notes. The way I remedied the alignment problem was by using a table. Here is an example of a simple addition problem created on a Google Slide.

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The below screencast demonstrates how to create a table for use to align the integers in an upright addition, subtraction or multiplication problem.

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GAfE Summits are Not Just about Workshops

This past week after attending my first GAfE Summit I realized the experience is not just about the workshops. It is about making the connections and having conversation with real people focused upon technology integration and the impact it has on our students.

  1. I had a conversation with a Teacher from a 1to1 device district about the compatibility of iPads and Google APPS for Education (GAfE).
  2. Another conversation was focused upon device performance and infrastructure.
    • We concluded the best of devices are limited if the infrastructure isn’t efficient.
  3. Several conversations occurred about the difference between consumers of tech and being a user.
    • Basic use of technology is consumptions.
      • Example a student playing as an individual with an APP or Website game is pure rote memorization. 
    • Technology used both collaboratively and creatively for active learning is an example of both the Student and Teacher involved in Active Learning! 
  4. Discussions about how using technology can effectively lessen the paperwork and provide more student centered time.
  5. Learned about how technology is changing the role of both teachers and students. How this “New Mindset” is difficult for some to embrace.

An extra bonus for me was meeting members of my PLN (Personal Learning Network) face to face for the very first time. Then of course the many workshop opportunities which provided me with new ideas and tools for integrating technology. Unfortunately I arrived late and didn’t really have the opportunity to spend time with the vendors. I do admit the 3D Printers caught my eyes and it was fascinating to see what could be created with this tool. GAfE Summits are a perfect opportunity to expand ones knowledge when it come to integrating tech to best support all stakeholders in a school district.

Protecting Google Sheet Range

This week we rolled out the book sign out Google Sheet to the students. One big “Opps” I made is forgetting to protect the range in the cells which contained the functions. When the Google Sheet owner protects the range it prevents others from accidentally deleting or corrupting cell functions.

Here is an example

  • Type  Function into column E Cell 2:
    • = Sum (Col letter:Row number, Col letter)
      • into Cell
  • This will total numbers in column C

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Example of =sum function in action



  • Right Click Cell
  • Click Protect Range

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  • Click Restrict who can edit this
  • Choose Only You
  • Finish by Clicking Done!

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Now the Cell Is Protected and It Is Impossible for Students to Make Changes





10 & 20 Frame Thanks to Google Slides

This Google Slide 10 & 20 Frame Manipulative was inspired by conversations via my Twitter PLN.  I find Google Slide to be an easy way for creating quick manipulatives which can pack a powerful punch. The manipulatives can be used with an Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) or large touch screen for whole group and small group instruction. It can also be used by the individual student for practice or support on a one to one device.

One of the beauties of using a Google Slide as a manipulative is it can be accessed outside of school. This may provide the student with extra support for doing homework, independent practice or studying before a test.  When the manipulative is shared between the teacher and student it can provide valuable insight for how the information is being digested by the student. This information may assist a teacher in deciding if  re-teaching is necessary for the content covered by the manipulative. I see manipulatives of this kind as a “Win-Win” for both the teacher and student.

10 & 20 Frame Google Slide Manipulative


Access the Revision History to Access 

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  1. Revision History shows every move a user makes
  2. The Revision History can be viewed
    • In large or small increments
  3. Use as an assessment tool

2 Math Manipulative Created w/Google Slides

Earlier this week I created a number line  support for a colleague.  The objective of the visual & interactive manipulative was to support learning about negative integers. I used the same support in a twitter chat. This was interesting because it lead to another educator sharing the 3D Printing Number line they created to support students. This design inspired me  to create another Google Slide manipulative in the style of Mr. Navas’ 3D Number line. Thank you Mr. Navas for the inspiration!

The Twitter Conversation Which
Inspired Newest Number Line

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Number Line Interactive Manipulatives
Created by Using Google Slides




  1. Provides a visual interactive support which can be used with an IWB
    • When teaching whole class, small groups, or individuals
  2. Can be used as an independent support for doing homework
  3. Supports the student independence in the classroom
    • Use support during individual classroom work time
    • Use during small group centers
  4. Maintains accountability & supports accessing individual students & group activities
    • This is done by using the Revision History Tool

6 Google Search Tricks for the Classroom

I don’t know any educator or person who doesn’t like to save time! These SIX Google Search Tricks are quick ways to access some valuable tools and resources for the classroom.


  • 1 – TYPE: PDF: or PPT: before search term
    • Fast way to find worksheets & presentation

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  • – TYPE: Countdown Timer
    • Opens a Countdown Time & Stopwatch
      • Type Countdown 5 Min & timer starts instantly

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  • 3 – TYPE: Define: followed by word
    • Dictionary entry appears
      • Synonyms & translator appear in entry
      • Entry has reading ability for word pronunciation


  • 4– TYPE: Convert Length
    • Provides a conversion Table
      • Conversion Table Includes:
        • Area
        • Data Transfer Rate
        • Digital Storage
        • Energy
        • Frequency
        • Fuel Economy
        • Mass
        • Plane Angle
        • Pressure
        • Speed
        • Temperature
        • Time
        • Volume


  • 5 – TYPE: Roll a Die
    • Provides a virtual die which rolls

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  • 6 – TYPE: FLIP a COIN
    • Provides a virtual Coin to flip

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