Author: John Mansel-Pleydell (page 1 of 5)

Adding Lit Trips to Google Earth on a Chromebook

This Tech Tip came after working with some teachers at Patrick Henry schools at an inservice. They were trying to load a Lit Trip that had been emailed to them into Google Earth on their teacher Chromebooks and it was not working correctly.

If you are wondering, “What is a Lit Trip?” you might not be alone. Many teachers have not heard of this wonderful tech idea which is essentially a series of locations that you can load into Google Earth and have the students fly and visit virtually, the places described in a piece of literature. read more

Gmail Shortcuts Revisited

In my Tech Tips article series on Curation, the most recent installments talk about Gmail and how to organize your Gmail to be a Gmail Ninja. Looking back in the archives Chris Malanga wrote about Gmail shortcuts back in September 2017.

Let’s revisit the idea of shortcuts and look at some of the most useful ones that fit in with the ART of Gmail as outlined in my November 2018 tech tip. Remember you have to turn keyboard shortcuts on in your Gmail settings. See Chris’ tech tip linked here. read more

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

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