Author: John Mansel-Pleydell (page 1 of 3)

Curating Content Part 1 – Bookmarks

First a word about curation and why it’s so important. All teachers should have a good understanding of curation of content such as lesson plans, emails, videos, pictures, music and our documents and files. We are exposed to so much media in the average day and unless we apply some organization to it, many valuable resources are lost and forgotten. This series of tech tips articles will look at how we can become better content curators.

Bookmarks, Favorites call them what you will, we all use them every day to try and make finding things easier in the future. Hiding at the top of your browser window is the browser bookmarks bar which can be used and transformed into a digital bookmark curation center. read more

Google Photos in Slides

Some of you may have noticed that the image options for inserting images in G-Suite has undergone a refresh. When you go to add a picture from the insert menu it now has a sub-menu.

New insert menu

The Photos option is what we are sharing in this tip.

Selecting photos will open a sidebar on the right side of your document which then loads pictures from your google photos. Select a photo and then click the add button to add it to your document.

Photos screen

What I find this really useful for is to put pictures that I have taken with my phone into a presentation or document or even a google drawing. read more

Google’s ​Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

Google has continued their innovation in the education space with a new offering for teachers, students and adult learners that teaches computer literacy using the Google tools. The best news about this program is that it is free!

You start by going to g.co/applieddigitalskills. You will need to sign-in using your school Google account.

Applied Digital Skills

Choose if you are a Learner or an Instructor

Learner or instructor?

Once logged in you will find the interface is similar to Google Classroom. There are three sections My Classes, Curriculum and Help. read more

Mind your Grammar(ly)

I wanted to share a cool Chrome extension that I have been using for some time now with the Tech Tips family. I use it mostly in Gmail but it has a lot of other features that you might find useful.

Grammarly is a Chrome extension that helps with both spelling and grammar in most applications that run in the Chrome browser. OK I say most because Grammarly does NOT work in the GSuite apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing), but it DOES work well in Gmail.

To get the extension go to the chrome web store and search for Grammarly. read more

Why Why my WiFi?

You can see it in coffee shops, meeting rooms and yes even in the NWOCA offices! People trying to get on WiFi on phones, laptops, and tablets. Free WiFi has become part of our daily routine and we have a lot of problems if it is unavailable.

This tip will give you a quick and easy way to ensure that you get on an available WiFi network the first time every time.

OK, so to set the scene we are trying to get on the WiFi network. You will first select a network to join.

Mac Networking

Macintosh Network Selection

Chromebook Network Selection

Chromebook Network Selection

The ones with padlocks are encrypted networks (you will need a password) and also are encrypted (your data is protected). read more

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