Google Sites has new text formatting!

Although Google Sites is very simple to learn and use, that simplicity comes at a price – limited customization. Until very recently, you used the Themes panel to choose the look of your site. You could choose a color option and font for the entire site, but that’s it.

No more! 🙌

Recall that when working with text you can choose from Normal text, Title, Heading, Subheading, and small to format your text boxes. That has not changed.

What has changed is that you can now choose text options just like you can in any other Google app. read more

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Quickly Get to Suggesting Mode in Docs

If you’ve never used suggesting mode in Google Docs, it is a really useful tool. Docs has three modes – Editing, Suggesting and Viewing. You can change to any of the modes by clicking on the pencil icon in the toolbar.

Editing mode is the standard mode that you’ll use when creating a document. It allows you to type and make all changes to a document. It’s the normal “word processing” view. In Suggesting mode, any changes become suggestions that can be either accepted or rejected. Viewing mode puts your document into a “reading” mode to show you what it will look like when printed. read more

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Tame that wild Google Sheets data!

If you’re like me, you get some really messy data in Google Sheets. I have found some very easy ways to clean up this data and make your sheets look really nice. In this Tech Tip, I will focus on three topics – split columns, CONCAT and CONCATENATE, and removing text using the find and replace feature.

Before I get started, I do want to remind you that Google Sheets has TONS of help built in. Under the Help menu, click Function list and you will be taken to a searchable list of functions that are built-in to Sheets. For each function, there is the syntax and a link to learn even more.  read more

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Even PD is going virtual!

With the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers all over the country have had to teach virtually, and it looks like this might continue. To that end, Northern Buckeye has revamped some of our professional development offerings to help educators learn about technology, even when we can’t be there together.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our virtual services. Remember, all of our professional learning is available at no additional cost for our member districts. Not sure if your district is a member? Check this list. read more

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Extensions to Improve Google Meet

With students ending the school year with remote learning instead of being in the classroom, teachers are looking for ways to interact and engage with students face-to-face. 

While Zoom has many more useful features for learning, it was originally created for business. Many schools that already have G Suite have adopted Google Meet as their tool of choice. Even though Meet is lacking many of the features of Zoom, there are a number of extensions that have been created to replicate these features in Meet. read more

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