Going Google

Volume 8

Google Tip #1 - Gmail Keyboard Shortcuts

Shortcuts can allow you to perform common tasks quickly.

First make sure that your shortcuts have been enabled by clicking on your Setting Gear, General Tab, and Keyboard Shortcuts "On." Click Save Changes.


Here are a few shortcuts to know:


  • Compose new email, Press SHIFT+C
  • Scroll up and down messages in inbox, press K (newer) and J(older)
  • In an email, hit R to reply, F to forward
  • / - opens the search box


See the Google Support Page for more helpful keyboard shortcuts.


Google Tip #2 - Inserting a Video in Presentation

If you’ve ever gone through the complicated steps to embed a YouTube video in a PowerPoint presentation, you’ll love the ease of embedding video in a Google Presentation.

  1. On the selected presentation slide, click Insert and choose Video.
  2. Use the YouTube search box to search for a video, or paste the URL of your pre-selected YouTube video in the search box.
  3. Click to highlight the chosen video, and then click the blue Select button.
  4. This will embed the video on your slide.
  5. Use the crosshairs to move the video to the desired location, and fit it to the correct size on the slide.
  6. The movie is viewable in Presentation mode.

Have you ever browsed YouTube EDU? Take a look! http://www.youtube.com/education

Advanced Tip

Google Tip #3 - Flubaroo

Would you like to use Google Forms for more than just a survey? Do you wish it could grade itself? With the help of Flubaroo, it can grade itself!

  1. Make a multiple choice quiz using Google Forms.
  2. Open up the Google spreadsheet.
  3. Click on Tools--Script Gallery. Search for ‘Flubaroo.’
  4. Install it. Be sure to click ‘Authorize’ after it finishes installing it.
  5. Now, click on the Flubaroo tab in your Google Spreadsheet toolbar and choose ‘grade assignment.’
  6. Then, go through Grading step 1 and award each question a point value.
  7. Next, go to Grading step 2 and select which submission will be your answer key (so, make sure you submit the correct answers before running this script).
  8. Now, it will grade your assignment and it will give you a message when it is done.
  9. Time to view your grades!
  10. You can also view some spreadsheets with pre-installed Flubaroo templates.

Flubaroo - Grading Made Easy