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

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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.

Quick Access Turn It On In Google Drive

In Google Drive, there is a setting called Quick Access. This setting provides quick access to frequently used files. It is one of those personal timesaving features. Thanks to quick access teachers and students will have up to four regularly used files right under their fingertips.

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

Twelve Reasons I like Using Technology

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My passion for technology started 24 years ago when my daughter was in kindergarten. During the time I didn’t realize how much technology was going to interplay in my life. This tool changed my life in many different ways.

First: It unlocked hours of engagement for my daughter. Our first desktop computer provided academic support for her reading and writing.

Second: Investing in a computer to nurture my daughter’s interest in her academics became a tool unlocking doors for me into the digital world. It was our very first family computer which taught me about maintenance of this innovative device. Thanks to Gateway computer support I learned how to recover from a crashed state.

Third: My job as an aid supporting students of exceptionalities led to the creation of talking PowerPoint assessments. I watched student’s who had difficulty reading and focusing independently work through audio tests. Very focused and a self-motivator which boosted the students esteem to work independently.

Fourth: My success graduating from college in the top 10% of my class. I spent hours teaching my Windows 95 computer to speak my notes to me. It was the three-step method of typing & reading followed by listening through headphones which embedded the information into my memory.

Fifth: As an adult with spine issues my computer now types for me when I’m laying down decompressing my spine. It allowed me to free my hands from typing in an awkward position.

Sixth: Thanks to machine learning I never have to worry about whether my heat was turned down. All I do is access an APP on my phone to check but only to find the smart thermostat already did its job!

Seventh: Driving is a breeze with all the extra digital gadgets which help warn me about cars and objects near my vehicle. When one has a limited range of motion gadgets such as these provide independence.

Eight: My automobile’s radar control is a lifesaver thanks to adjusting speed on the pace of the car in front of it. It allows me to shift my body differently and last longer behind the driver’s wheel.

Ninth: Video chats allowed my husband to see our daughter and talk with her during his cancer journey. It allowed him to escape the confines of our house when he no longer could leave on his own.

Tenth: Google Homes ability to create shopping lists via voice control allowed my husband to add last minute items to our list. It alway’s amazed me how this was possible to do but reaching me on my cell phone was still limited in the rural area where we lived.

Eleventh: Social Media and the dreams it unlocked for me as an artist. Thanks to the positive use of social media my works of art were included in several digital art shows. I’m still amazed my mixed media, ink drawings and photos have journeyed from galleries in NYC, Digital Billboards in Time Square all the way to a digital display in the Louvre Museum.

Twelfth: The invite to what was the Google Top Contributor Program and now known as the Google Product Experts Program thanks to my use of social media. I’m thankful for the ability to assist people throughout the world with learning best practices and beneficial ways to use Google Products.