Creating a Scrapbook

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A recent Colorado vacation visit with an alumni friend provided hours of enjoyment as we thumbed through old photos in a scrapbook. We focused upon conversations from High School days and special events which supported the building of a friendly community. Our conversations peddled backward to a junior high independent study program along with the positive and negative effects it had on learning. The point here is we were having fun recalling information about days gone by due to a simple technology for capturing images.

Now bring us back to the present and a Twitter Post I saw by a teacher who was sharing a group activity presentation created by her students. I then realized how capturing these moments with the newest virtually reality tools may reinforce the embedding of learning activities into our memories. Students may create a classroom scrapbook of learning events using Google’s Tour Creator VR. Google Tour Creator provides some basic template tours covering multiple content areas or let your students use their imagination and create a tour from scratch.

The following list is of a couple of easy to use Google tools to get started with unlocking students creative juices using AR and VR.

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Another Bot Support…

Robot supports are becoming quite popular these days. I find robotic house cleaning supports help to maintain independence due to my spine issues. Last year I started using a robotic vacuum to clean the floors in my home. Note the old fashion vacuum still needs to be used once in a while to deep clean the carpets. I’m thankful for the robotic vacuum for it helps me maintain my pain levels, and assists with providing me independence for doing daily chores.

Recently I discovered another household bot to use. I found a robot to clean both my homes outside and inside windows. Due to spine issues, my balance isn’t always perfect. The window cleaning robot allows me to clean outside windows without using a ladder. Bonus the bot may be used to clean walls and tiled areas. I love using technology due to the positive supports it may provide.

Awesome Reasons to Compose Email Now and Send Later…

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Just love, love, love the new “Schedule Feature’ Gmail now offers! Why is scheduling emails a beautiful feature to have? It allows the user to compose and schedule an email for automated later delivery on a later date. Much easier than saving in drafts and manually sending the email on a specific date. I like writing messages ahead of time and going back to make edits. Scheduling emails make this a one step process. Imagine no need to stress over forgetting to send an email ever again!

Steps for Scheduling Gmail

  • Open Gmail
  • Click Compose
    • Add Contact
    • Type Subject
  • Type Email
  • Click Down Arrow on Right Side of Send Button
  • Select Schedule Send
  • Choose One of the Recommended Dates
    • or Select a Custom Date & Time
  • Select Schedule Send
  • Choose One of the Recommended Dates
    • or Select a Custom Date & Time

NOTE: Once a date and time is selected a message pop-ups for confirmation

If you want to edit or view the Scheduled Message click the schedule label. You will find a listing of schedule emails under the schedule label.

Reordering Sheets…

Today I was asked how to reorder sheets from within a Google Spreadsheet. Google Spreadsheets is one of my favorite collaboration tools. It provides the capabilities for assigning different sheets to individual students or a collaborative group. Sheets can become out of order when collaborators use one spreadsheet. No worries! It is easy to drag the sheet into an alpha or numerical order. Just click down on the sheets tab and drag to the right or left to reorder sheets.

Reorder Sheets in a Spreadsheet - drag to the left or right

Changing Bullet Defaults in Google Slides

Love when users help community question transforms into a helpful tutorial. Earlier this afternoon a Google Slides user inquired about changing bullet defaults. Changing bullet defaults can be a timesaver for both graphic designers as well as students. Sometimes it is helpful to guide others and show them how to use timesaving fun tools for designing purposes. Following is the video tutorial I ended up creating to help the Google Slides user.