Thursday, February 1, 2018

Google Tidbits: Add a file to multiple folders

Whoa!  I just discovered how Google Drive is like Google Mail.  It's probably been around for a while, but it is new to me!  Know how Google Mail has labels instead of folders?  And you can put one piece of email in multiple labels (to live simultaneously and connectedly)?  You can do that with a file in Google Drive!

Happy filing!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Google Team Drive for Educators

Collaborating with a group?  Google's Team Drive is worth a look!  Even if members leave, the files stay exactly where they are so your team can continue to share information and get work done.

Follow the steps on the G Suite Learning Center's Team Drive page at:

Thursday, August 3, 2017

What's New in Google Classroom?

As usual (Thanks, Google!), Google staff have been busy over the summer making improvements to Google Classroom.  Now you can:
  • Reorder your classes on the home page
  • View all of a student's work on a single page
  • Use decimal grades to award partial points
  • Display the class code in full-screen
  • Transfer class ownership to another teacher
  • Switch between Classroom and other G Suite apps with the App launcher
More information is available here: 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Legal Image Use Made Easy!

Take just a few brief minutes and be legal when inserting images for public use...

  1. To search for Google images, go to: or just Google search then choose Images.
  2. Once you've searched for an image, refine that search.  Click the Tools button, then "Usage Rights".  
  3. Choose "Labeled for reuse with modifications" and you're all ready to only return image results you can use legally.

It's worth that small time and effort!  Happy Googling!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Google's Beta AutoDraw

Google has picked up on the fact that I can't draw and has come to my rescue!  AutoDraw works anywhere, on your smart phone, table, laptop or desktop computer.  Simply draw your image (left side of image right) and the suggestion tool provides a variety of possible (more professional) drawings to choose from (the parrot at the right side of the image right).  It isn't perfect, but it's definitely fun to try out.  My stick figure of a person seemed to look like an owl to the suggestion tool, but if I put a little meat on it's bones, the suggestions got better!  =]

Introducing AutoDraw:
Take AutoDraw for a test drive:

Made me smile!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Email Collaborators Through Google Doc Comments

It's the perfect way to communicate when collaborating - or divvy up those tasks.

It's easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. If your Google Doc hasn't been shared with others, do so first.
  2. Highlight the word(s) you want to comment on, then "Insert", "Comment".
  3. Within your comment, add a "+" before an email address, then the comment will be emailed to that address!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

No More Scheduling Headaches

Did you know that, using Google Calendar, you can set aside a block of time for people to sign themselves up on your calendar?  You can, if you have a work or school Google Calendar (which we do here at 86)!  They're "Appointment Slots" and a great idea for parent conferences...

Thanks to Jeffery Bradbury on YouTube from Teacher Cast

Another possible use would be for device signups.  To track stats in terms of what's happening, we could simply put a word or two in one of the fields that displays on the calendar owner's calendar when an appointment slot is taken.  Look for that next school year!