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

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

Curating Content Part 2: Google Drive

This is the second in a series of articles on Curating your Digital Life. In the first article we looked at curation of bookmarks.

If you are like me, your Google Drive started out with a few documents but much like its older cousin (The My Documents folder in Windows) a lot of stuff has been dumped in there and it is really in need of some organization. Fortunately, Google has provided us with the means of organizing Google Drive so that we can make our lives a bit easier.

The first of these is the star feature. Starred documents appear in the Starred section in the sidebar of Google Drive. read more

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

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