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!