My Shape Disappeared! No Worries!!!

It always amazes me when I hear someone say, “Something is wrong with this program!” “My shape, image, & text keep disappearing!” I always enjoy the look of amazement when restoring the item by moving an image through the layer levels. Layers allow users to move shapes, images or texts backwards and forwards through the layers.

Directions for Ordering Layers

  1. Click Shape to Select (blue box appears around image)
  2. Click Arrange in Toolbar
  3. Select Order
  4. Click one of the following:
    • Bring to Front
    • Bring Forward
    • Send Backward
    • Send to Back

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Its the “Simple Things that Count”

While watching a child struggling to write a story the following thought hit me! Show the child how to make a simple graphic organizer using a single column table in Google Docs. Creating a simple table gave the student the tool they needed for proceeding to write independently.

Turn a Table Into a Graphic Organizer

  • Open a Google Doc
  • Click Insert
  • Select Table
  • Insert 1 column by 4 rows
  • Label each row
    • Title
    • Introduction
    • Details
      • remember to support your claim
    • Conclusion

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Google Doc’s Speech to Text My Hero!

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I’m falling in love with the Speech to Text Tool built right into a Google Doc and Slide. It makes life a bit easier when I need to lay down and decompress due to spine issues. I can still be productive by typing using my voice! This is a lifesaver!

I have used a handful of speech to text tools and have found this one to be fairly accurate. Best part is I don’t have to train the tool to accurately type what is being spoken. There is a small list of voice commands I recommend learning to create the best appearing text layout. You can learn more about Google Docs voice commands from the following Google Docs Editor Help Center Resources: Type with Your Voice.

Draftback Extension is Magical…

During a Google APPS workshop I tend to point out the “Revision History” Tool. Often stating how it allows the teacher to view a students work in ways they never imagined possible. Revision history permits the educator to see every step a student takes to complete a writing masterpiece. It is the closet an educator may come to understanding a student’s thought process. What makes this even easier to do is the Draftback Chrome Extension by J. Somers.

The Draftback Chrome Extension attaches to a Google Doc.  It allows the user to create a animation of the authors writing process. Like magic draftback displays every edit created up to the very last Google Doc sentence. This lets an educator view the writing process in ways they were never able to before. It allows the teacher to provide authentic proactive feedback to assist the student author with improving upon writing skills.

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Of Course you Can Label Diagrams in a Google Doc Worksheet!!!

Recently I was asked if there was a way to label images in a Google Doc? The answer is Yes! All you have to do is think a “little out of the box”. What do I mean? You can’t add the image as “Insert Image” however if you choose “Insert a Drawing” it will allow you to insert an image where text boxes may be added for  labeling.  This is the easiest way for a teacher to create Google Docs worksheets where students can practice labeling diagrams along with writing a research summary or answering questions.

How to Insert an Image for Labeling