Author: John Mansel-Pleydell (page 1 of 4)

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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    Curating Content Part 4: Gmail and SPAM filtering

    Last time we looked at the ART of Gmail and learned how to Archive – Respond – ToDo. Now we are going to dig a little deeper and see how to further refine the system to make Gmail work smarter for us.

    Our first ninja trick is to have our messages automatically labeled for us. We talked briefly about labels when discussing Archiving. A label is attached to a message and groups them together. What is the difference between a label and folder? A message can only be in one folder whereas a message can have more than one label. read more

    Curating Content Part 3: The ART of Gmail

    In the first in our series, we looked at Curating Bookmarks. In the next installment, the focus was on Google Drive. This week we look at curation of email and how we can unclutter our digital inboxes and stay on top of our email.

    Like it or hate it, email is a daily chore for anyone in education.

    Gone are the days when we would enjoy the occasional email from fellow educators and enjoyed a SPAM-free existence.

    SPAM accounts for almost 50% of email worldwide. That’s right almost half the email sent in the world is SPAM. We block this before it arrives in your email so you never see most of it. read more

    Don’t accept any friend requests from me…

    If you are like me then your Facebook feed and perhaps Facebook messenger (if you use it) has been jammed with messages from people like this one.

    In short, these folks have not been hacked. They are the victim of the modern day version of the chain letter. The objective seems to be to get everyone all worked up that they have been hacked and generate a bunch of traffic on your social media feeds.

    If someone does guess your password and can get into your account. That’s a pretty serious thing and you should log in and change your password as soon as possible. read more

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