Google Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you ever forget helpful keyboard shortcuts while using Google Docs?  If so, here is one keyboard shortcut to remember that can help you out when using the Google Suite. To pull up a complete list of keyboard shortcuts that can help you save time see the instructions below:

Step 1: Open a Google Doc

Mac:  Click on ⌘ and /

Chromebook/Windows: Hold down Ctrl and /

The keyboard shortcuts will pop up as seen below:

Tech Tip – Google Calendar App

Want to access your Google calendar on your phone or iPad?  Try the Google Calendar App.  In the past, I’ve recommended Calendars by Readle but Google now has a free iPhone and iPad app.  I’ve been using it for the last few weeks and Google’s app works just as well if not better.  Just download the app and log in with your Google credentials and you’re ready to start using your personal/work calendar from your device.

Google Expeditions – Field Trips from the Comfort of your Classroom

Google Expeditions allows you to take your class on a Virtual Fieldtrip. Tour the Aztec and Mayan Ruins, the International Space Station, or Gettysburg National Military park. You can do all of this with your classroom iPads. When using Expeditions, you become the leader on your iPad and students join you on the tour with their iPads. Edtech teacher has created and quick video to show you how this works. Start by downloading the app on your iPad.  After that, you will be ready to take your students on a virtual Field Trip!

New Video option in Google Slides

Google recently made it possible to insert videos into Google Slides without the need to host your videos on YouTube. You can now simply upload a video to Google Drive then insert it into any of your Google Slides presentations. If you would like detailed How To instructions watch the video above or click here to watch the 2 minute video via Free Technology for Teachers by Richard Byrne.

Google Arts and Culture

Now you can virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via Google Arts and Culture.  You or your students can take advantage of this awesome resource via a browser or with their free iPad app.  The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks.  This resource is a perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum.  Thanks to Google Arts and Culture I was just able to escape my snowy morning and “travel” to Italy and experience a 360 view of the Floating Piers installation by Christo and Jeanne-Claude (see screenshot above).

Thanks to Kate Moran for sharing this awesome link with us!  If you have any interesting new resources please share them with us.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Rem167209015_d6830e6099_oember the choose your own adventure books? You can make choose your adventure stories using Google Apps tools like Docs or YouTube.  Click here to see a really cool choose your own adventure YouTube video.  Want to get the nuts and bolts of how to create these stories? The following Google Presentation has directions and examples of how to make and use choose your own adventures stories in your classroom. Here is an example created by a 3rd grade class.

Good Google News!

The latest version of Google Docs on the iPad now includes real-time spell check. Google has finally added this feature, which is a long awaited and welcome addition for our students and faculty.

To update Google Docs on the iPad:

  • Open the App Store
  • Click on the Updates Button in the menu on the bottom of the App Store
  • Click the Blue Update button to the right of the Google Docs App.

Spread the word and hopefully we will all experience less spelling errors in our iPad lives.

Important – iPad Notability Backup Settings

The most recent update to Notability requires that students re-enable and re-login to Google Drive for backup. These settings are extremely important as they ensure that Notability notes are backed up. This is also a good opportunity to make sure all backup/iCloud settings on the iPad are correct. Please visit the following webpage and walk through these settings with your child. Scroll down and start with the section titled “Notability Settings”. Make sure the settings on the iPad match this section of the site as well as the section titled “iCloud Settings” It is possible that they are already correct, but it is important to double check.

Student Google Docs over the Summer

DriveLogoReturning students will not have access to their Google Drive accounts starting June 17th.    Their accounts and files will be preserved over the summer and everything will be as it was left, when they return in the fall.

Google Drive accounts for students who are graduating or leaving will be deleted on June 17th.

For both sets of students there are two options for saving files.

Option 1 – When you only want to save a few files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Put a check next to the files you would like to save.
  3. Go to More > Download…
  4. Make the appropriate choices for file formats and then click download.
  5. This will download a .zip file containing your documents.  You can open these documents on a home computer.

Option 2 – When you want to save all of your files.

  1. Log into your account on a laptop or desktop (not an iPad).
  2. Then go to Google Takeout
  3. Choose “Create an archive”.
  4. Put a check next to Drive only.
  5. Click on the red “Create Archive” button at the top of the page.
  6. If you have a lot of files, this process will take a good bit of time.
  7. It will say that you will receive an email when it is finished but you won’t because students don’t have access to email.
  8. Instead return to Google Takeout later and choose “My Archives” at the top of the screen.
  9. Find your archive and click download.  Your files will be downloaded as a .zip file.  You can transfer these files to a home computer.