Google Me This, Google Me That

Extensions, Apps, and Add-Ons (5-15)

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TIPS & TRICKS

Have your Usernames and Passwords Whenever & Wherever YOU Need Them:

How many times have you written down your username and password for a site/program and a week later you are searching everywhere to find the info, or you're at a workshop and end up playing forgot my username/password email tag?


Solution:

Make a copy of this Google Sheet template (link below) and store your usernames and passwords in Google Drive. This way when you're at home, or anywhere else, you can have access to them all and never - not be able to access the websites you need because you left your username and password in your classroom desk.


Find Template Here

If the link did not default to quinlanisd.net Template tab, click the link.


Once you choose "Use this Template" it will make a copy in your My Drive folder in Google Drive. Now you can rename the doc, if you would like, and start adding your U's and P's and additional sites. There are two tabs, you find the tabs at the bottom, one for QISD programs and one for the sites that you use. OH, and don't forget to update your spreadsheet when a site makes you change your password!


Email and Notifications in Google Docs Comments:

This would work great with student assignments, they'll be notified when you comment on their homework.


You might get in a comment conversation in a document, sheet, presentation or drawing and want to make sure someone sees your comment. Type that person’s e-mail into the comment with a plus (+) in front. Then, add anything else you want to that comment and submit it. Google will automatically send an e-mail notification to that e-mail address to check the comments on your file.


Drag URL in Chrome to Desktop: instant ShortCut!

This one was like magic for me. Drag the little icon next to a URL in your web browser onto your computer’s desktop. It creates a shortcut icon for the site you’re on. Brilliant.


Make a picture clickable in Google Drawings:

Google Drawings is a simple, flexible design tool in Google Apps. You can add text, images, lines, and more to a blank canvas. With this trick, you can make any element on a drawing clickable. Create a rectangle from shapes and change its background to transparent. Then click the link button (looks like a little chain link) and add the link to your rectangle. Make sure your rectangle is in front of the element you want to make clickable.

Add more Fonts

How to add more fonts to Google Docs

Here is a quick Google tip on how to add more fonts to Google Docs. Google has many cool fonts that can add some pizzazz to your docs, watch this short tutorial and get your docs font-ilicious.


Thanks for the tip, Rae Fearing (Blog)


Watch the video below to see how!

Add more fonts to Google Docs
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Chrome Extensions

Extensions are small software programs that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser. They are written using web technologies such as HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. Extensions have little to no user interface.


Thank You, Carolyn Hickey, one of our 6th grade Science Teachers, for the following fabulous Google Extensions. Carolyn won a 3 day, $350 Google BootCamp at an EdCamp last summer and brought back some great share!

Tab Scissors & Tab Glue

Tab Scissors

This extension splits a window into two at the selected tab.

This simple tab organization tool divides one window into two. If you have at least two tabs in the selected Chrome window, it will split that window into two smaller side-by-side windows. All the tabs on the left side of the selected tab will stay in the left window, and the rest will move to the window on the right.


Find it here.


Tab Glue

This extension glues windows together.

This simple organization tool puts all of your Chrome tabs together into one window with a single click. The new window has your tabs arranged in the same order your windows were, and makes the selected tab in your current window be the new selected tab, so you won't lose track of where your tabs were or what you were doing.


Find it here.

Send from Gmail

Makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email.


This extension will open a Compose window in Gmail when you click any email address on a webpage. It also provides a button that will create a Gmail message when clicked, using the page title as the subject and selected page text and link address as the message.


Find it here

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Chrome APPs

With apps for Google Chrome, you can do things like create documents, edit photos, and listen to music. They're like desktop software programs you install on your computer. The main difference is that you use apps directly within your browser. Other Apps are like desktop shortcuts taking you straight to a website, but without having to toggle to your desktop, it's in the Chrome browser.

Pixlr Editor

Pixlr Editor is a Full featured in browser photo editor!

Pixlr presents a full featured photo editor direct in your browser, no download, no wait and 100% free. It contains lots of the features that you normally see in desktop applications but just one click away. Jump in and start using this tool, no registration required and loads in matter of seconds.


I use this on all my devices, phone, tablet, desktop and Surface; I just love it!


Find it here

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Add-Ons

Add-Ons run inside Google Docs, Sheets and Forms which is a great way to increase functionality in the different Google Apps.

AutoCrat

AutoCrat is a document merge tool that creates PDF or shared Documents from spreadsheet data.


Do you have a Google Sheet with your student / parent information and you want an easy way to personalize a letter going home? (an Excel spreadsheet can be uploaded into Drive and converted into a Google Sheet) Create your letter and add place holders for the personalized information, then open your Sheet and run the Add-On AutoCrat, Boom, you have your personalized letters!


A user's comment from a review: "Did everything I wanted first go including auto-emailing. I followed the uTube video guide (teaching at its best). Note that adding autoCrat is now done via 'Add-ons' ... but the uTube guide was clear enough to get me through that. The preview facility means you can click that final button with confidence...."


More Info Here

Sudoku Sheets

A fun Math Add-On for Google Sheets.

This add-on not only generates Sudoku problems it will help you solve them.


Get it here!

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Google Earth Field Trips

Google Earth makes it fun to see your house from satellite imagery and put you on the street in famous places all over the globe. Google Earth field trips can make the experience more organized and educational.


Using Google Earth, place pins in locations important to the content you’re covering in class. Organize them in a folder and take students through them one by one. Check out Adam Seipel’s suggestions in his presentation.

Lewis and Clark

Explore the trails Lewis and Clark travelled in the 1800s with Google Maps!


Find it here.

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