Adding Weather to the new Google Calendar

This was a quick tip that came in handy with all the bad weather in January. Hopefully, it will help some of you with your planning of events in these winter months when the weather plays a major role, in when to schedule an event.

The old Google Calendar had a setting you could enable to turn on weather for your location.

The new calendar does not have that feature but someone (Asim Akath) posted in Google Groups a workaround.

Go to Google Calendar (Web) and click on + Add Calendar > From URL

Paste the following code into the URL Field
https://ical.wunderground.com/auto/ical/43502.ics read more

Screenshots as Assignments in Classroom

You can have students turn in screenshots as part of their Google Classroom assignments. Here are the steps:

  • Have the students use the screenshot feature on their Chromebooks to capture the screen of the website or quiz that they have completed. The screenshot is saved as an image file in the files area on their Chromebooks.
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    Adding Images to Sheets Using a Function

    In this article, we will explore how to insert an image found on the Internet into a Google Sheet by using a predefined calculation known as a function. One of my favorite functions to use with students is IMAGE.

    Google Sheets lends itself to collaboration because of the rows and columns. It keeps information organized. As a teacher, you could share a Google Sheet with edit privileges and ask each student to enter their name and add an image. For example, students could add an image to describe their mood, research project idea… the options are endless. read more

    Add Drawings to Docs EASILY

    Looking for an easy way to get your Google Drawing into your Google Doc?  Here it is!

    1.  Create your Google Drawing.

    1. Open your Google Doc and locate where you want to insert your Drawing. Choose the Insert menu → Drawing. Here you can choose the Drawing from Drive or start a new one.

  • If you are using one already created in Drive (like the above example,) you get asked if you want to link to source. What this means is that if the original image in Drawings gets changed, you can automatically update the one in Docs to match it.
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    Save Time by Reusing Google Forms 

    Google Forms is one of my favorite G Suite apps. Why? It is just so useful for many things.

    Maybe you need a training evaluation… online Voting for Homecoming King/ Queen… an easy Registration Form… collecting Student IEP data… a quick Discipline Form… or a Reading Log. Not to mention the awesomeness of self-grading quizzes.

    All these things and more are possible with Google Forms.

    One of the biggest problems is that we have so darn many Forms cluttering up our Google Drive. Let’s say I have my students complete a weekly reading log. If I’m teaching reading to three groups of students, times 36 weeks… that’s potentially 100+ forms that I will create. read more

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