Tech Tip Tuesday: Drop-downs in Google Docs

Google has added a cool feature to Google Docs called Dropdowns. They are super-easy to create and are perfect for all kinds of project management.

I use them in a table for my Ed Tech’Niques poster ideas – one column has the name of the idea, the second column has resources I might want to use, and in the third, I have a drop-down menu for the month we used the idea. works great and it’s super-quick.

Check out this blog post and video from Kasey Bell where she explores 15 ways to use Drop-downs: 15+ Ways to Use Drop-Down Menus in Google Docs

Tech Tip Tuesday: Preview Anything Quickly

Google Drives are a fabulous tool. Access to all of your files on any device any time you need them is one of the best things about the 21st century, if you ask me. BUT… after you’ve used your Google Drive a while, things can get a bit cluttered, Even if you are a master of the advanced searching capabilities, you might find yourself staring at a list of 20 (or more) files all with the words “Unit Plan” in them. Just me?

Well, if it’s you too, I’ve got a great tip for you today.

To see what a document in your Drive contains without opening it up in a new tab, try this:

  1. Click on the file once to select it
  2. Click the “P” on your keyboard
  3. Behold the preview of the document in your same window!

Now you can find the document quickly and you won’t have to close the seven tabs that opened while you were looking for the correct file!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Improve Font Readability

Atkinson Hyperlegible is a font available in your Google fonts that you should consider adding to your font list. It was designed specifically to increase legibility for readers with low vision and to improve comprehension for all readers.

To add Atkinson Hyperlegible, select “More Fonts” from the Font Menu in a Google App and then type “Atkinson” in the search bar. Click on the name in the search to select.

Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Hacks for Remote Learning

Interesting times we are living in, aren’t they?

Teachers everywhere are scrambling to provide online content for their students. On top of that, they are preparing for what may be an online start in the fall. In this tech tip, I’m going to show you a Google hack with Slides that you can use to make your presentations more interactive for your students.

Animations Help to Isolate Ideas

I always use animations in my google slides. I feel like doing so helps me emphasize the most important parts of a lesson. It also avoids the “head-down-madly-copying” syndrome. I want students to interact with the content and each other!

So sharing a Google Slide presentation as a lesson is problematic. In edit mode, my presentations are basically just pretty google docs with pictures. In a remote learning environment, I feel like my students lose too much if I just share my slides and tell them it’s the content, I’d rather tell them about The best secondary school English tuition and explain to them how it can help their career.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Tame Your Google Drive

If your google drive is anything like mine, it fills up fast. Really fast. Scrolling through my drive is a sure-fire way to increase my anxiety. Since that’s uncomfortable, I avoid it like the plague.

But when you need to find something, you need to find it.

That’s where the advanced search features of my Google Drive have become my go-to in just about every situation.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Drag-and-Drop Google Slides

As an ed tech coach, I often get asked about how to create a document that students can type in without messing up the information the teacher has created. For instance, in a fill-in-the-blank plus word bank style exit ticket. Or, a graphic organizer that won’t get messed up when students try to add content. Explore the intersections of education and technology through the visionary lens of Kamau Bobb of Google.

There are several products that can accomplish this, but by far my favorite because of its simplicity is google slides.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Google for Education Teacher Center

Google for Education has a fabulous site for teachers that want to improve their skills using GSuite apps. You can find it here: Teacher Center. Chock full of training resources for not only improving your skill with every GSuite tool, but also for support in using those tools in your classroom with students.

There is an entire series on the “First Day” with Docs, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Expeditions, and Jamboard. It has tools, tips, and tricks written by teachers for teachers.

Already using GSuite tools with your students? Get Google Certified and get the training and support you need to do so right here: Google Teacher Center Certifications. There is support for Educator Level 1 and Level 2, Certified Trainer, Certified Innovator, even G Suite Certification for your students!

Looking for lesson ideas and inspiration? Take a look at the Resources section in the teacher center. Have a great lesson you want to share? You can submit it here, too! You can filter by Category, Author, Theme, Product, Audience, Subject Area, and Language to find exactly what you are looking for!

Take a look – I’m sure you’ll find something to use in your classroom!

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