Annotating with Doc Files & Keep

One of the questions I often hear is, “How can students annotate math notes without a whiteboard?” My answer is, “When using Google APPS it’s not a problem!” There is a hidden gem called Google Keep housed in Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Sheets. Google Keep provides a whiteboard where students can draw and write fluidly with one finger or a stylus. When the student finishes white-boarding all they have to do is drag the image onto the file. The Keep image allows the student to provide supporting details.

Open Keep Whiteboard

Click Keep

  • Click Open in New Tab Icon

Open in New Tab

  • Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing

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Annotate with Color

  1. Open Keep Drawing
  2. Double Click a Pen
  3. Select Color and Pen Tip Size
  4. Start Drawing

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Drag Image onto a Google File

  1. Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
  2. Click Keep Icon 
    1. Located on Right-side
  3. Drag Keep Image onto file

Drag image

 

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Arranging Shapes & Images Made Easy!

The artist within me absolutely enjoys timesaving design tools found within Google Slides, and Drawings. Aligning multiple objects or images on a page is quick and easy. In a matter of seconds an image, shape or text may be centered both horizontally and vertically. If gaining back time in your day is important then trying this tip just may be helpful to you.

Arrange Tool Directions

  1. Open a Google Drawing or Google Slide
  2. Click Image (blue square appears)
  3. In toolbar Click Arrange
  4. Select Center on page
    • Vertically
    • Horizontally
  5. Select & Group Objects (blue square appears)
  6. Click Arrange
  7. Select Align
    • Left
    • Center
    • Right
    • Top
    • Middle
    • Bottom

 

10 Awesome G Suite for Ed Tips & Tricks

It has taken me a long time to understand the benefits of Keyboard Shortcuts, G Suite APPS “Hidden Tools” and Hacks. After using these tools on a more regular basis I’ve discovered they have the ability to provide precious time back within our daily lives.

Common everyday tech tools have the ability to pack a powerful punch for our students. Especially during times of research or designing projects. One common complaint often heard is, “How do we provide the time for our students to be creative?” There is a possiblitiy this could be remedied by providing students with the knowledge to effectively and efficiently use the technology tools at hand. Now-a-day students may be raised with a touchscreen in their hands. However this doesn’t mean they understand how to use technology in beneficial and effective ways.

Below is a Slide presentation which offers 10 timesaving tips to support both teachers and students. Before the Google Slide Presentation I am including an extra hack to start you off with understanding how Timesaving tips and tricks can be “Timesavers”.

Easy Peazy Timesaver Hack

Instead of scrolling through the many layers or steps of a Google Files Toolbar try to “Click Help” and type what you are trying to do in the search window. If done correctly a pop-up window open with the tool.

EXAMPLE:  Type “Make a Copy” in the Help Window.

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Lesser Known Tools Residing in GMAIL…

If you ask a teacher or student which G Suite for Edu tool they use most often I bet the response would be “GMAIL”.  They probably feel pretty confident about their mastery of composing and sending an Email. Some might even say they are ninja’s or Guru’s when it comes to using GMAIL. But are they really more than proficient users? Most people only really use the very basics of sending and receiving email.

I created the following GMAIL Learning Square to support colleagues, friends and students with learning about some of the hidden treasures residing within GMAIL.

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Click here to Open the Learning Square

  • TYPE USING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    • Useful for Support ELL Students and their families
    • Supports Connecting Globally with Classroom from other countries
    • May be integrated into a foreign language or social studies unit
  • CREATE LABELS
    • Similar to a Folder or Cabinet for storing Email
    • Supports proficient Email Search
    • Helps students organize important messages
  • FILTER EMAIL
    • Automates EMAIL Filing process
    • Timesaver for organizing Email
    • Basis for an efficient Email search
  • UNDO SEND
    • Provides set amount of time to undo a sent Email
      • This is for those with a “Trigger Happy Finger”
  • CONTACT GROUPS
    • Eliminates having typing individual Emails
    • May use in to share Google Drive Files
    • Timesaver enter one name versus multiple Email addresses
  • USE TASK SPECIFIC ADDRESSES
    • May use to sign up to different educational websites
    • Makes it easy to filter the incoming mail from “Free Sites”
    • Use to create a “Help Desk” specific Email address
  • CANNED RESPONSES
    • Timesaver by providing a template for common responses
    • Use to correspond with parents or students
      • Create set answers to questions about:
        • Field trips
        • Special Project Assignments
        • Classroom Events
  • GMAIL OFFLINE
    • Allows the user with limited internet access to compose Email
    • Email may be read and organized off-line
    • Changes sync and update once connected to the internet
  • TYPE USING DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    • Correspond with ELL students
    • Supports correspondence with non-english speaking guardians
    • May be used in a foreign language class or other content area

One beauty of using G Suite tools is the hidden helpful extra features. These extra features or tools often add a powerful punch to the usability. So the next time you open a Google APP click around and see what you can discover.

 

Auto-Highlighting Text with Slides

A teacher in the help forums wanted to know how to automatically highlight vocabulary words in a presentation. This is easily done by inserting a shape, changing the transparency and adding animation. If you are looking to highlight each word as a student reads the presentation slide deck this is possible to do. It is a matter of setting the timing of the animation to appear after the prior or upon click.

STEPS for Auto-Highlighting

  1. Insert and Select Shape
  2. Choose the Rectangle
  3. Drag to Size Shape
  4. Click “Fill Color” Paint Bucket
  5. Select Yellow or color of choice
  6. Click “Fill Color” Again
  7. Select Custom
  8. Drag the Slider on the Right Downward
  9. Click Line Color, Select Transparent
  10. Click Shape, Select Insert
  11. Click Animate
  12. Select Animation Type
  13. Drag Speed Slider
  14. Click Play