Monday, March 20, 2017

Walking and Texting

Happy Monday!
Spring is in the air!
Just in case you needed a little reminder of why walking and texting don't mix:

Stay aware, and stay safe, my friends. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rotate Text in Google Sheets

It's been a long time coming!
Have you been frustrated by the fact that you could not rotate text in Google Sheets? I know I have... but Google has been busy making a lot of updates to their products that we've all been waiting for! Rotating text in Google Sheets is one of them.

Let's get started!

You will find the options to rotate text in the format menu.
You can also adjust text rotation by using the icon in the toolbar. Click on the range of cells you want to rotate, and choose the text rotate icon in the toolbar.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Google Extensions - Mercury Reader

Do you find the clutter on web pages an annoying distraction? Mercury Reader strips away all the fancy formatting and ads on web pages, rendering articles and stories in a plain, flat and readable manner.

Here is an example of a news article without Mercury Reader:

News article with Mercury Reader:


You can adjust typography and size settings, or choose the dark theme for more comfortable reading at clicking the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the webpage once it’s in the reading mode. 

There is a quick keyboard shortcut (Cmd + Esc for Mac users, Alt + ` for Windows users) to switch to the Reader on any article page.

Mercury Reader is a great tool for printing optimization of web articles. Once you are in the reading mode, simply right-click and choose print.

You can share articles through Facebook, Twitter, and Email.

Click the icon to toggle in and out of Mercury’s reading mode.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Chrome Extensions - Kami

Kami is a powerful PDF tool that lets you view, annotate, share, and collaborate.

Install the Kami extension for Chrome here:


Begin using Kami by dragging and dropping a file or importing one from Google Drive or your computer.
Then, take advantage of the annotation features:

  • Highlight, strikethrough, and underline
  • Add comments
  • Add or select text
  • Draw and erase
  • Split or merge
  • Share, export, or print

Here are is a quick introductory video:

Bonus! Kami works with Google Classroom. Here is a video to get you started:

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chrome Extensions - One Tab


Does this look familiar?

Let's face it, most of us keep a ton of browser tabs open at once. It's even more common if you're researching something and you suddenly find yourself with 30 open tabs and no idea what to do with them. OneTab is an extension that helps clear the clutter and saves system memory.
Chrome tends to get sluggish the more tabs open. Plus, more tabs equals more clutter: once you get to around 10, it gets difficult to sort through them and find what you are looking for.

Once OneTab is installed, In any of your open tabs, click on the OneTab Icon:
All of your previously open tabs are now converted to one tab!

From here, you can:
  • Restore All (reopens all the tabs listed)
  • Delete All (when you are done with your tabs)
  • Share as a webpage (Creates a shareable webpage, just share the link!)
  • Name the tab group (to save and use later)
  • Lock the tab group (this allows you to open a new tab handy if you want to start searching a new topic)
  • Star the tab group (To find it quickly)

Here's a quick video tutorial on using OneTab by Katie Krueger of Digital Learning Academy
Happy De-cluttering!

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!