Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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💥 Tech tools - Great new features in Chrome!, add-ons to rock your doc, form tips, STEM and more in this weeks tips...

Monday, November 12, 2018

Google Docs Add-Ons to supercharge your experience! (A NEW tips doc I just created.)  
💥 Take a look at these add-ons for Google Docs. I am guessing there are a few new ones that you have not tried out yet. 

Loom - It's the best screen recorder out there! I love this FREE tool.
Act Now!  It will always have free features, but it's adding pro features and pricing soon.  
  • One major change is that only Pro members will have unlimited storage. New people who sign up for Loom will be able to store their 100 most recent videos for free.
  • With that said, on the day that we launch Loom Pro, if you choose to keep your Loom Basic account, your new video limit will equal the total videos you've recorded with Loom plus 100. For example, if you've recorded 250 videos by the day we launch Loom Pro, we will add 100 videos to that and you will have a 350 video limit.
  • Erskine's trick -- SO - Record a bunch of short videos now to increase your free limit above the 100! You can later delete them, once they do the upgrade. That way you will get the 100 along with all these you have recorded and can later delete. 
8 Noteworthy New Features Coming to Chromebooks This Month
Via Computerworld | These hidden gems will make Chrome OS more versatile and powerful — but it's up to you to find 'em on your Chromebook. (They come with the new version 70 of Chrome rolling out this week.)  The new multitasking gestures are cool! (Make sure you are on the new Chrome version in tablet mode... and check them out!)

Check out my Loom recording highlighting the multitasking features in Chrome 70! - Highlights the above 2 tips into one nice recording. - Check it out here! <-- Watch it now! 💥 

Google Has a .New Time-saving Trick for Starting Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms  Via Quartz at Work | The search giant announced last week a new time-saving trick that lets you open a blank document, presentation, spreadsheet, or form simply by typing .new as the domain name in the URL bar. For example, instead of having to navigate to Google Drive, click “New,” and select “Google Docs,” you can now type (no www.) in the browser and a new doc will appear.

The Best Websites for Teaching and Learning Math - Checkout the list here. Note - Some are paid sites, but many are free. 

Is That a Big Number is a website that puts numbers into context:

A Simple Guide To Free Images, Copyright, And Creative Commons For Students And Teachers - This guide walks you through the process of easily and ethically finding quality images for classroom use.

Google Slides: Watch Students Collaborate with Grid View  How to here. - via Alice Keeler. (Those of you that sat in on her session at the GP Google Summit this year, probably already saw this trick. )

Copy Formatting to Multiple Objects in Google Slides -New Feature 
G Suite Updates | Google is making it easier to copy formatting from one object (like a block of text or a shape) to multiple others in Google Slides. Article Here. 

ClassroomQ - A digital hand-raising tool. 
It's a free website created by two teachers. Check it out. 

This is what people do after being shown how to make their own animated GIF using ... Visit the site. Allow your webcam access. After creating the GIF, right-click on it to save the GIF for you to use. 

Speaking of animated GIFs - Create one using a Google Slide Doc

Ten Ways to Use Google Earth In Your Classroom - PDF doc here. 

Two Good Tools for Making Multimedia eBooks -These two sites/tools are great!

Three Good Places to Find Hands-on STEM Lessons - Resources here.

How to Create Captioned Flipped Video Lessons - Via Practical Ed Tech - Resources here

How to Insert Equations and Special Characters Into Google Documents Short 2 minute video

Set a minimum or maximum character count for a response in Google Forms. The form won't submit unless the response fits the rule.  Thanks to Tony Vincent @tonyvincent for this great tip! (If you are not following him, you are missing some great tech tips!) 

Set a Google Form to give instructions and a clickable link after the form is submitted. 

Create Augmented Reality Breakout Games – Perfect for Geography Lessons Check it out.