Choose a Calendar View…

We live in a diverse world where no one shoe fits all when it comes to viewing Google Calendar. One person may like their calendar set to month view. Another person may choose a week or agenda view. You can enhance a Google Calendar by opening in a day, week, month, year, schedule, or 7-day view.

Set Calendar View

  • Open Google Calendar
  • Click Setting Cog Wheel
  • Select one of the following Views
    • Day
    • Week
    • Month
    • Year
    • Schedule
    • 7-Day
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Why Star a Folder or File???

An overlooked tool I find most useful in Google Drive is the Star Section. Place a Star on a file or folder to isolate it in the starred section. I find starring handy for doing a presentation or research. It allows a teacher or presenter to hide confidential files from their audience. Starring a folder provides easy access to research project information. Using a simple tool such as starring a file or folder can be a big timesaver.

How to Star a Folder or File

  • Open Google Drive
  • Click Folder or File
  • Click “More Setting” tool (3 vertical dots)
  • Select “Add to Starred”

Don’t Want to See Google Drive Quick Access? Just Turn It OFF!

In the Google Drive help forum, I noticed a question which asked about turning off Google Drive Quick Access View. What quick access view does is provides a row of the latest edited files. The row sits at the top of the drive. Its purpose is to provide an easy way to find those files a user edits last edited.

How to Turn Off Quick Access

Truth About Old Posts…

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I’m a guilty blogger who provides mixed information because of Old Posts which become obsolete. Bloggers unintentionally fill the internet with virtual trash. I do believe this is one good reason why critical thinking needs to be used for researching the internet. It was the comments of strangers which bought my attention to some old directions on my blog. After having the obsolete information pointed out I wonder should it be removed?

After pondering on the old obsolete information, I decided not to delete the posts. Instead, I view this as a teachable moment to point out how important it is to use ones critical thinking skills when reading blog posts. Blog posts tend to be dated and chronological. A good researcher would look at dates as well as a topic when determining the value of the information. My message provides one practical reason for supporting using both critical thinking and digital citizenship skills when reading blog posts.

Easy Tips for Turning Off Google Forms Assessment

Recently a teacher came to the Google Docs Help Forums to learn how to turn Google Forms Assessments off. The teacher was afraid students would copy the Assessment’s URL to share with friends. I was glad when Lance a Google Doc’s Product Expert friend reached out to me for help. The teacher learned two simple steps for maintaining assessment confidentiality.

First Make a Copy of Testing Template

  1. Open the Google Forms Assessment
  2. Click More Settings (3 Vertical Dots)
  3. Select “Make a Copy”

BENEFITS:

  • Making a Copy allows the user to make a blank question bank template to be used for future assessments.
  • Allows teachers to easily share individual forms with each class.
    • Copies provide more control for turning an assessment on & off.
      • Teacher has a choice of turning off one class or all

Turn Forms Assessment On & Off

  1. Open the Google Forms Assessment
  2. Click Responses Tab
  3. Toggle “Accepting Responses” to Left for OFF
  4. Toggle “Accepting Responses” to Right to Turn ON

BENEFITS:

  • Teacher may turn Forms Assessment Off after Assessment is Completed
  • If Student was absent teacher may turn the assessment on.
  • Provides control for collecting deadline information