Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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💥 Tech tools - Great student sites, end of year tech tools, Google sheet tools and more in this weeks tech tips.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019



A list of Web tools and sites that require no registration for students. 
Here is a nice list of sites/tools that do not require students to create accounts: https://bit.ly/noreg19   This list has some great resources!

Create and Insert Image Carousels in New Sites
Via G Suite Updates -- Google is making it easier for site editors to share a selection of images in new Sites by creating a new image carousel.

SeeSaw End of Year Best Practices
Archive classes do not delete your classes or remove students! Do not turn off family access!  Here is a short 3 min. video.  (This is also included in our Norris Important end of year reminders for staff concerning technology document.) 

Clever - New features coming! Have you created a Classroom page?
Did you know you can build your own classroom page (Better than Symbaloo now!)  You can also click a button to launch an app/page for your entire class. If you need help, talk to Jason to get started today with your own class page!  Great short video tutorial here. 

Fun review games. Almost no prep time. 
If you're looking for new ways to review at the end of the year, this post from Matt's DitchThatTextbook is for you.



Twelve Tools for Creating End-of-Year Review Activities

Check out these resources compiled by Richard Byrne @rmbyrne


10 tools for effective peer feedback in the classroom

Teaching students some Chromebook skills? -This one is for you! 


G Suite for Education: 90 Million and Beyond!
Last month, Google announced that 90 million students and educators are now using G Suite for Education and shared 15+ G Suite product updates, including accessibility features like closed captions in Hangouts Meet, editing Office files from G Suite, inserting audio files into Slides, and more. Check out the news!

Google Classroom Updates
To help teachers and students find assignments quickly, Google added topic filters to the Classwork page and changed how new items and topics post to the top instead of the bottom so that students can see the newest information first (newly created courses only). To make Classroom accessible to all students, they also changed the way attachments appear in assignments by bringing back thumbnails- so all attachments now have an image preview, especially useful for students who aren’t yet reading. More on Classroom updates here

Sign up to get Google for Education updates in your inbox.  <--- I recommend signing up! (You only get 1 email a month packed with some great resources and updates for education. 


Three new features to format and work with data in Sheets
Posted: 08 May 2019 09:08 AM PDT
What’s changing 
We’re introducing three new features that will help you clean up and work with your data in Sheets. These features are: 
  • Remove duplicates 
  • Trim whitespace 
  • Compatible spreadsheet shortcuts 

How to Automate Google Sheets With Macros
How-To Geek | Google Sheets lets you automate repetitive tasks with macros, and you can then bind them to keyboard shortcuts to execute them quickly. They work using Google Apps Script to capture your actions for later use. When you record a macro in Google Sheets, it automatically creates an Apps Script with all the code to replicate your actions for you. This means you can create complex macros without knowing how to write code. How-to article here

Dropdown List in Google Sheets - How to article here-Simple!  From http://jakemiller.net/ 



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