Make Google Classroom Friendlier for Littles with Symbols

I have been doing a lot of work with younger students and their teachers in the last few months and one thing that has become apparent is that Google Classroom is not an easy tool to teach to Kindergarten students! Difficult but not impossible! I have been musing as to how one could make it easier for younger students to use.

Last week at a teacher inservice at Swanton, I came upon a solution from a colleague (Julie LaPoint) who has started using a website called coolsymbol.com to add text to her Google Classroom. read more

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Easily Organize Your Apps Launcher

It is so frustrating when you click on your Apps launcher, or waffle menu, and you have to scroll down forever to find Google Classroom, or even Jamboard. An easy fix is to just bookmark all your favorite apps to your toolbar, but sometimes you want to open them quickly from your Apps Launcher, too!

You used to have to install an extension to customize your Apps Launcher. Now you can reorder them without anything extra.

Just click on your Apps Launcher (waffle) to open it. Then click and hold down any app icon in your launcher and drag it to where you want it. Put all your favorites at the top for easy access.  read more

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Immersive Reader is Everywhere!

Many of us suffer through the experience of reading large amounts of text online. Our students are asked to read increasing amounts of information online and for the 1 in 5 of them that has dyslexia the problem is even more apparent

 I am excited to share that the Immersive Reader tool developed by Microsoft is now available in Google Chrome on any web page.

So what is Immersive reader? It is a technology that was developed by Microsoft as one of the views that can be used when editing a Microsoft word document. What makes it so much more useful is that Microsoft has made the technology available for other platforms to use in a variety of ways.  read more

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Win the day!

As each day seems to add new tasks that can send us running in all directions, it’s nice to know there is an extension that will help you stay focused on the goals you most want to accomplish.  Win the Day is a Chrome extension that will remind you of your goal every time you open a new internet tab.  You will be able to set, track and detail your goals all in Win the Day’s simple and calming platform.  

Today’s Tech Tip will walk you through all of the steps from getting the extension to setting your focus timer.  Let’s start with getting the extension. read more

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Customizing Colors with ColorPick

Most applications provide a color palette to choose from when changing font/background colors. If you are seeking to match a specific color from a website or digital file, the ColorPick Eyedropper Chrome extension works perfectly.

To use the ColorPick Eyedropper, follow the below steps:

  • First, add the ColorPick Eyedropper from the Chrome WebStore
  • Find the color you want to copy on your screen. Click on the ColorPick Eyedropper extension.

  • Click on the color you want to copy. Then, copy the color code
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