Keep Calm and Carry On with INFOhio!

With the wake of COVID-19 and school closings, there has been a deluge of free apps and resources for remote learning. So much so, that you may feel like you are drowning in a sea of resources wondering which are the “best” to use. 

Well, I have good news for you! INFOhio has you covered!

Through INFOhio, every PreK-12 teacher, student, and parent in the state has free access to 27 digital research databases that contain the kinds of journal articles, primary sources, videos, images and diagrams, and ebooks, needed for school. read more

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Favicons: Don’t Waste Prime Real Estate With Text

Chrome’s bookmarks toolbar is a great way to navigate to your favorite sites quickly and easily.  However, this prime real estate is very limited and once you fill it up the overflow is put into the expandable “Other Bookmarks” folder soon to be forgotten. 

One of the easiest ways to maximize this space is to create a favicon for the items you’ve bookmarked.  Not only will this give you more room for bookmarks but it will also improve the appearance of your bookmarks bar. 

Let’s create a custom bookmarks toolbar using favicons!  read more

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Formatting Comments in Google Docs

Have you ever wanted to format your comments in Google Docs to get your point across and make it clearer?  

If so, I have great news!  You can bold, italicize and strikethrough text in a Google Doc comment with a couple easy keystrokes.

For bold text:

Add an asterisk on both sides of the word or sentence you wish to bold  

*BOLD*

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For italicized text:

Add an underscore on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to italicize

 _italicize_

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For Strikethrough text:

Add a hyphen on both sides of the text or sentence you wish to strikethrough  

-strikethrough-

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:
For All Three

Place an asterisk, hyphen and underscore on both sides of the text or sentence, making sure each side mirrors the other.

After clicking comment, the text will appear like this:

In addition, these tricks also work in Sheets and Slides (and anywhere else that you can use Google’s commenting system).

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Keyboard Shortcuts for YouTube

Incorporating YouTube videos into your lesson plans is a simple and interesting way to enhance student engagement and promote class discussion. However, navigating with a mouse or track pad by pointing and clicking can be tricky and slow.

Guess what! There are keyboard shortcuts that make it easier and faster to navigate any video on YouTube. You can use keyboard shortcuts to easily fast forward a YouTube video, mute, turn on or off closed captions and a lot more.

Keyboard Shortcut Function
f Enter or exit full screen
k  or Spacebar Toggle play/pause the video
c Turn on/off closed captions
+ Increase cc font size
Decrease cc font size
j Move backward 10 seconds
l Move forward 10 seconds
← (Arrow left key) Move backward 5 seconds
→ (Arrow right key) Move forward 5 seconds
m Mute/unmute volume
↑(Arrow up key) Increase volume 5%
↓(Arrow down key) Decrease volume 5%
Number keys (1, 2, 3…) Skip to a particular section of the video

(e.g. 1=10%, 5=50% or video midpoint, 9=90%)

Shift > Speed up a video
Shift < Slow down a video to watch in slo-mo
0 / Home key Return to beginning of video
End (for MAC fn ▶) Go to end of video
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It’s Here! Checkboxes for Google Sheets!

Google recently launched this new feature in April 2018 which makes it very easy to insert checkboxes in Google Sheets, and allow us to use Google sheets as tasks lists. Use checkboxes for many purposes like to take attendance, track a project, and check off your to-do list.

Let’s take a look:

Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.  If you are using a spreadsheet from a Google Form you will need to insert a column for your checkboxes.  Click Insert > Column left

Highlight the range of cells or the column for where you want the checkboxes. In the top menu, click Insert > Checkbox read more

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