Favicons: Don’t Waste Prime Real Estate With Text

Chrome’s bookmarks toolbar is a great way to navigate to your favorite sites quickly and easily.  However, this prime real estate is very limited and once you fill it up the overflow is put into the expandable “Other Bookmarks” folder soon to be forgotten. 

One of the easiest ways to maximize this space is to create a favicon for the items you’ve bookmarked.  Not only will this give you more room for bookmarks but it will also improve the appearance of your bookmarks bar. 

Let’s create a custom bookmarks toolbar using favicons!  read more

FREE virtual PD – Ditch Summit 2019

A chill is in the air… houses are decorated… holiday music playing… that means one of my favorite times of year is coming!

Not the holiday season… the fourth annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is coming December 21st!

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers founded by Matt Miller, educator and author.  Digital Summit offers you nine great speakers — one new video interview released per day. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more. Teachers can generate FREE certificates for professional development credits. read more

Must Count All The Things

Whenever I think of counting, I think of The Count from Sesame Street. He loves to count. And, he counts everything. When storing data in a Sheet, you may want to count how many students answered “True” to a question or how many parents indicated they are available to chaperone a field trip. Rather than counting each row manually, use the CountIf function:

For example:

=CountIf(J2:J100,”True”)

Click here to view a brief video on this cool Sheets feature!

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

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