Google Slides Image Hack: Cropping vs. Masking

For those of us who did not grow up with digital cameras/photos, at some point in time, you may have wanted to remove someone from a photo. Perhaps, an ex-boyfriend/girlfriend or former BFF. It may have looked something like this:

And, if you are wise enough to recall that, you will know that pictures of relationships were often patched back together with this tool …

Today, Google Slides cropping tool will help you hide a portion of an image without destroying the hidden area. You will be able to access the area of the image you cropped and restore the entire picture. Here is an example: read more

Even More (.)New Stuff from Google

Last October, I posted a Tech Tip called A (Dot) New Way to Google in which I showcased Google’s shortcuts to start new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms. For example, simply entering docs.new into your browser’s address bar will create a new Google Doc. They are very cool timesavers!

Now Google Calendar and Google Keep have gotten into the action!

Simply go to cal.new or meeting.new to create a new Google Calendar event. Add your title, choose options and presto – new event! Super easy! read more

macOS Catalina is out – should you upgrade?

If you follow the tech news, you probably know that the latest version of Mac OS is out… it’s called Catalina. If you’re like me, you want to install and run the latest OS right away. I’m holding off on Catalina right now and you probably should too.

Why?

Well, Catalina is incompatible with 32-bit apps. They won’t run at all. These are primarily older apps, but some that are still in use, especially in education. For example, I won’t be updating my Northern Buckeye MacBook just yet because the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software is 32-bit. read more

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Snooze Your Email

I was working with a principal this summer and showed her how to snooze an email and from her reaction, I realized that this would be good short tech tip to share with others.

I have written previous tips about curating your email (ART of Gmail ) November 2018 tech tip in that tech tip you had three choices Archive, Respond, ToDo. 

The rationale for ART is that you want your inbox to have a few as possible messages save in it. 

For some people, archiving is a rather drastic step as you tend to feel like you lose something when a message is no longer in your inbox and you need to get back to it. The solution is to snooze the message and have it return to your inbox sometime in the future. read more

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