When you look at newspapers, magazines or newsletters, you often see centered pictures with 2 separate sets of text on either side of the image. However, when you center an image in Google Docs and set it as Wrap, the text continues horizontally around the image. This may be useful sometimes, but in general, doesn’t look like what we’d see in a professional publication.
Now, Columns in Google Docs can help you with this, assuming that you want only 2 or 3 columns and that you want them to be equal widths. But, what if you want more columns? Or widths that aren’t equal?
Well, here’s the hack for you. Create a table, put the picture into the table and use the remaining cells to type your text. When you’re all done, set your table borders to 0 point (a.k.a. invisible!) and you’re good to go. Check it out:
Organization can help relieve stress. One great way to organize in Google Drive is to create and utilize folders. Here are the basics . . .
- Folders can be created by selecting New > New Folder
- Folders can also be created in some locations by right-clicking & selecting New Folder
- Folders can be nested (folders inside of folders)
- Folders can be color-coded (pretty!)
Putting Content into Folders:
- Drag & Drop
- Use the Move To button in the top toolbar
- Use the Move To button in the right-click options
- Hold down shift to highlight more than 1 file and then move them together
Put Files in More than One Location
Check out this post to see how you can have your Google Drive files in more than one folder.
Every household has a junk drawer. And, for most Google Drive users, they have two: My Drive and Shared with Me. Everything is in there. Today, let’s focus on how to clean up your Shared with Me.
Here are 4 tips about cleaning up your Shared with Me, followed by a GIF displaying them:
- If there are files you are 100% sure that don’t want, go ahead and delete them. You’ll still technically have access to them, but you won’t see them in your Shared with Me anymore (so good luck finding them). The original sharer will have no idea that you removed them and it won’t affect them (because you’re not the owner).
- You can click Add to Drive to move files from your Shared with Me to your own Drive, where you can then organize it.
- You can drag & drop files from the Shared with Me to anywhere in your Drive to organize them.
- Once you’ve moved files into your Drive, you can delete them from your Shared with Me and they will stay in the location that you put them.
There are plenty of flash cards sites, apps and ideas out there. And many of them are great. But… it’s nice to not have to add another tool to your classroom, another site to your list of resources, another password for your students to remember and possibly another account for your students to access.
So, if you don’t need a fully-featured flash cards solution, stick with what you’ve got (and know): Google Slides.
- Students can work together to create the cards.
- You can assign each kid a card to make . . . and 5 minutes later you have a whole deck.
- Cards can involve pictures from a Google image search, pictures from students’ Drive or webcams, drawings and videos.
- You can project it in class to have a class-wide review.
- Students can use it to study from their cell phones and other devices.
- If you have a class website, you can embed the Slides on the site.
- Students can make a copy of the Slides to make them their own, add information that helps them, delete cards they already know and add cards for terms they struggle with.
*Disclaimer: I’m really not a flash cards, vocabulary kind of guy. Knowing the lingo has some value, but in general… memorization of stuff that fits on a flash card is just that: memorization. Since I know that it’s an important part of a lot of classrooms, I want to share this strategy for doing it, but I hope that you do it along with other types of learning experiences, like Project-Based Learning and other inquiry-based strategies.
Have a form that you fill out regularly? Create a pre-filled form link that is partially filled in for you.
Sending a form out to a certain group who will all have the same response to a certain question (i.e., grade level)? Create a pre-filled form link to save them a few moments.
Directions are underneath the GIF
- Click the 3 dots in the top right corner.
- Select “Get Pre-Filled Link.”
- Enter the answers you’d like to pre fill.
- Click Submit.
- Copy the link. All done!
I don’t know about you, but I’m often reading and responding to emails that relate to scheduling things. When I am doing that, it’s great to have my calendar handy. Using the Google Calendar Gadget Lab in Gmail makes that possible. I can see my calendar, add events to it and quickly get to the details for certain events. Check it out:
Need a flyer? A sign? A visually appealing handout?
Google Docs is a great word processor, but it can be hard to get images, text and word art laid out in just the right way. Tools like LucidPress are great for this, but they have a learning curve. For most educators and students, Google Slides is perfect for this – we know how to add & resize pictures and text as well as how to move them around on the screen.
So, why not use Google Slides for creating Printed Materials? Go to File > Page Setup and give your slides the dimensions of your piece of paper. Bam.
I love me some Add-Ons. One of my favorites is FormRanger from New Visions Cloud Lab. It can be used to pull in a column of information from a Google Sheet as multiple choice or dropdown options.
This is nice for quickly creating a lot of options for a multiple choice or dropdown question, but what takes it from nice to awesome is . . . you can set it to automatically update based on changes made to the spreadsheet. Whaaaaat!? I know, right?
There are two main cases for use: Continue reading FormRanger Add-On
Let me start with this . . . I think the best thing that we can do for children in regards to the dangerous, disruptive and distorted content on the internet is to teach them to identify and avoid it. However, some students have difficulties with this and during intermediary times while helping them to develop better/safer online habits, an alternative support may be necessary.
One option is to use a separate Google Admin Organizational Unit (OU) that is has restricted internet access. In it, you can block all online content except for content that that you and your educators have identified as being a part of students’ learning experience. (The last thing that you would want to do is limit or prohibit their learning)
To do this:
- Login to the Google Admin Console
- Go to Device Management > Chrome Management > User Settings
- Select the appropriate OU (Organizational Unit)
- Scroll down to the URL Blocking Section
- In the URL Blacklist section enter only a *. This blocks ALL internet content.
- In the URL Blacklist Exception section, list every site that you do want your students to have access to. Keep in mind that an address like khanacademy.org will unblock anything starting with khanacademy.org, including things like khanacademy.org/math.
A few tips:
- When placing students into this group, you may need to move them in Active Directory in order for them to stay in the Google Admin Organizational Unit. It all depends on your setup.
- Maintain a Google Doc that teachers can access to see what sites are unblocked. That way, they can double-check their sites that they intend to use . . . and send you additions.
- Consider using an instructional piece about appropriate internet use to help students learn to make better choices so that they can be moved out of this group after an appropriate amount of time.
Again, this is not a perfect solution, but different students need different supports and scaffolds as we prepare them for their futures in our technology-obsessed society.
Note: These limitations will only be apply 1) in Chrome, 2) with the student logged into Chrome.
Wait, what page are you on?
I’m confused. What slide are you referring to?
Ugh, what cell are you in!?
GSuite’s tools make collaboration–both between adults and between students–a piece of cake, but it can still be tough to keep up with one another, especially in lengthy Docs, Sheets or Slide decks. Did you know that if you click on their icon it will jump you right to their location? You’re welcome.
Check out the two GIFs below . . .