Quickly Create a Photo Slideshow

What better way to review and celebrate the school year than a picture slideshow!

Google Slides add-on, Photo Slideshow, will assist you in inserting pictures quickly. Photo Slideshow will add an image per slide from Google Photo Albums or a Google Drive Folder and will work with 200+ images. Once images appear, you can use all the bells and whistles Slides has to offer to create a dazzling presentation. Use Slide’s Publish to the Web feature to share the slideshow with others.

The following steps will assist you in adding the Photo Slideshow add-on and using the tool: read more

Add live links to Google Classroom private comments

A quick tip for you this week!

Do you use the private comments feature in Google Classroom? If not, you SHOULD! By their very nature, private comments allow for a conversation between you and the students, providing for awesome feedback opportunities!

Private comments can also be used to share links to enrichment material, videos to help reinforce the learning, and more. But in order to make the link “live” (or clickable) for the student, you need to be sure to do it correctly.

  • Wrong: nwoca.org
  • Right: http://nwoca.org

You’ll need to put the http:// or https:// in front of the URL in order for Classroom to recognize it as a live link. read more

LAST CHANCE! Get Google Certified this Summer!

Summer’s coming!

Want to get Google Certified?

Need CEUs or college credit?

You can take our Google Certified Educator Level 1 or 2 cohorts at your own pace this summer. But you have to act quickly, because registration closes this Friday, May 10th!

Time is running out! Sorry, but we will not be accepting any registrations after the deadline.

Our popular Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2 cohorts will take an educator through all the necessary skills needed to pass the Google exams. They will be conducted in Google Classroom by Google Certified Trainers Kristie Hughes and Chris Malanga. read more

Add Audio to Google Slides

For years, educators have been begging Google to allow them to add voice overs, sounds and other audio files to a Google Slides presentation. After all, PowerPoint has had this feature forever. There have been workarounds, like adding a YouTube video and making it super tiny somewhere on the slide. But these were just hacks, not true audio support.

Rejoice, fellow educators for Google hath listened to your plea!

Google has just added the ability to add audio to your Google Slides presentations.

(I’ll wait while you do your happy dance!) read more

Formatting Comments in Google Docs

Have you ever wanted to format your comments in Google Docs to get your point across and make it clearer?  

If so, I have great news!  You can bold, italicize and strikethrough text in a Google Doc comment with a couple easy keystrokes.

For bold text:

Add an asterisk on both sides of the word or sentence you wish to bold  

*BOLD*

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For italicized text:

Add an underscore on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to italicize

 _italicize_

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For Strikethrough text:

Add a hyphen on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to strikethrough  

-strikethrough-

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For All Three

Place an asterisk, hyphen and underscore on both sides of the text or sentence, making sure each side mirrors the other.

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:

In addition, these tricks also work in Sheets and Slides (and anywhere else that you can use Google’s commenting system).

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