Tech for Teachers

Jan 21-Feb 01, 2013

Amazing Software Cheat Sheets and Guides

Make Use Of has some wonderful and comprehensive software cheat sheets and guides. The cheat sheets contain keyboard shortcuts and tips and tricks to make using certain common software applications easier to use. Cheat sheets include:

  • iMovie
  • Quicktime
  • Spotify
  • Skype
  • Windows 8
  • Video Tools & Tips
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • YouTube
  • Outlook
  • and more


The guides are more comprehensive. These booklets include detailed instructions and tips on how to use the application. The guides include:

  • OSX Lion
  • Smartphone buying guide
  • Office 2013
  • Gmail
  • Amazon Trail Guide
  • Windows 8
  • Photoshop
  • Evernote
  • Google Analytics
  • and much more


These guides are wonderful and are a great way to get started with an application, especially Web 2.0 apps. Check them out at http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/

Google Voice

Using Google Voice to allow students and parents to contact you

Google Voice is a free service that allows you to sign up for a phone number and make phone calls or text either through your computer or through your cell/home phone (but the Google Voice number is the one that appears on the receiver’s caller ID). This allows you to give our a phone number to students and parents without giving them your real number.


So why would you want to do this? Well it allows parents and students to call or text you without actually bothering you. You can set Google Voice to be in Do Not Disturb mode so that all calls go straight to voicemail. That voicemail will then transcribe the message (as best it can) and text it to you. You can then respond back or call back at your convenience. Your phone never rings! You can choose to answer if you want but you don't have to. Google Voice will also keep a record of all of these voicemails and texts so that you can archive your parent communication. It's like having your very own secretary. Try it out at http://google.com/voice


Also check out these other sites from teachers that are using Google Voice:

http://thingsforteachers.tumblr.com/post/4816208202/using-google-voice-to-contact-parents

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/08/google-voice-on-my-syllabus-texting.html#.UP7L26FxdVk

http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/2010/04/google-voice-provides-every-teacher.html


Also Grovo.com has some really good video tutorials to help you get started:

http://www.grovo.com/google-voice

Mendi Benigni

Teaching, Learning, and Technology

College of Charleston

JC Long 319