Monday, February 13, 2017

Chrome Extensions - Extensity

Today we are going to start a series of posts about Google Chrome extensions. Extensions are tools that perform functions to enhance the Chrome browser experience.


Do you have too many extensions in your toolbar? Do you notice the Chrome browser getting sluggish? Try Extensity, an extension for quickly  enabling and disabling all your extensions for Google Chrome. Just enable an extension when you want to use it, and disable when you want to turn it off. You can also launch Chrome Apps right from the list.

What does Extensity do? 
Extensity -
  • keeps your toolbar clean.
  • keeps your browser fast - disable extensions that you aren't using for the current task.
  • turns all extensions off (and back on) with a single click.
  • quickly switches between several extensions groups using the Profiles feature.


Ready to make your browser faster?

Use Extensity to turn on only those extensions you need for the task at hand.

Why do you need to turn off extensions? Sometimes, extensions just don't get along with one another. When they don't, the use up a lot of resources. So it's best to avoid issues by only turning on those extensions that you need. 
Stay fast, my friends, install and use Extensity! 

Here's a short video to get you started with Extensity:

Monday, February 6, 2017

Assigning Tasks in G Suite

We all know that the G Suite products are powerful collaboration tools, now you can turn great brainstorming sessions and meeting minutes into actionable items.

Here's how to get started:

Using natural language (Google Docs only)

  • For action items to be suggested in this manner, the text must:
    • Mention someone’s name or email.
    • Mention someone with access to the file.

Manually assign action items (Sheets, Docs, Slides)

  • In Sheets, Docs, or Slides, you can manually assign an action item through a comment. 
    • Insert a comment and mention the email account of the person you want to complete the task.
To insert a comment, highlight the text you want to use, click the add comment icon on the right side of the page.

Start typing in the name of the person you are assigning to the task.

Check the box to assign the task and click the blue Assign button.
Here is a closer look:
When you assign a task, that person will receive an email notification and is responsible for marking it complete in the document.

Assigning tasks in Google Docs is an easy way to get on people’s to-do list, right from the document you’re editing!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Free Printables

Free Printables is a searchable network of 99 sites that provide over 41,000 free printables and templates. 
Here you will find everything from business documents, home printables, student activities, and clip art. All free, and all easy to download and use.

Take a look at a sample of what the site offers in the graphic below.
Before you begin downloading, check out the FAQ page where you will find instruction for getting the best out of the printable documents and templates.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Richard Byrnes' Google Slides Tutorial

Sometimes it's best not to reinvent the wheel. This week, I happened across a tutorial that was worth sharing. "Five Features of Google Slides That You Should Know" by Richard Byrne. I highly recommend the Practical Ed Tech site as a great resource for teachers.
In this quick tutorial, Richard goes through the following features for Google Slides:

  1. Background pictures
    1. Image options
    2. One slide vs. all slides
  2. Cropping images
    1. Masking images
  3. Transition options
  4. Animations
    1. Animate images or text
  5. Presentation mode options
    1. Audience participation
    2. Laser pointer 

Check out Richard's tutorial here:

Check out other resources on Richard Byrnes Practical Ed Tech site. You won't be disappointed!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Monday! 
It never hurts to remind ourselves why we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day.  We are probably all familiar with the "I have a dream" speech, but he delivered many speeches that reveal just why this man is so important to our national history. Enjoy these YouTube videos of a some of his speeches.

Monday, January 9, 2017

G Suite Training at Your Fingertips!

Did you resolve to become a Google Guru this year? Maybe not, but a little training is always good, and free training is even better! Google is now offering a new free extension that provides interactive training within the G Suite applications (formerly known as Google Apps).

To get the free extension click here:

Click Add to Crome
Click Add Extention
The extension icon will display next to your profile picture when you are in G Suite apps:
When you click on the icon, it will open a window on the right side of the screen. For instance, when I click on the icon in Docs, this is what is displayed:

This is really the best kind of training because you get the help you need when you need it. 
I hope you enjoy this Chrome extension. 
Happy New Year and welcome back!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Backup Your Old Photos

Do you have boxed of old photos gathering dust? I know I do, and some of them are very precious to me. I have scanned many of them using a flatbed scanner and a small photo scanner, but it takes a lot of time to crop and organize them. Google introduced a new app recently that makes the job much easier. Google PhotoScan is available for Android, iOS, and the web. Just in time for a nice winter project!
PhotoScan captures your printed photos quickly and easily. It has built-in editing tools that crop based on edge detection, straighten, and rotate your pictures. The easy step by step capture flow eliminates glare from glossy photos.

PhotoScan saves your photos right to Google Photos keeping them safe, searchable, organized and shareable.

PhotoScan offers an auto enhance feature. Just select Auto in the editing tool (pencil icon).

PhotoScan offers advanced editing controls that will allow you to express your creativity. Create a movie with your photos, or give your photos a filter to change the dynamics.

Not only can you edit scanned photos with PhotoScan, but you can also edit digital copies. So, if your holiday selfies don't come out in glorious perfection, you can touch them up and wow your friends and family!

Here's a quick intro video for you:

Introducing PhotoScan by Google Photos
And here's a video that goes into the details of editing:

Scan old printed photos easily with Google's PhotoScan app

Happy photo scanning!