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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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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Emoji, Emoji everywhere!

I’m a 43-year-old male, so to say I’m well-versed in things like emojis and animated GIFs is utterly false! To me, they have always been a waste of time and unnecessary effort. But, emojis are part of our general vocabulary these days. Heck, even my parents, who are in their 70s, have gotten into using emojis.

In the past several months, I have come to the realization that Emoji can be a very powerful tool, especially in education. I highly recommend Tony Vincent’s presentation called “An Emoji Education” from ISTE 2018. Check it out here. read more

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Chrome: More Than A Browser Quick Tips

Google Chrome is the browser of choice when using all things Google. Here are some tips to help you become a Chrome power user!

  • What? Sign into Chrome using your Google credentials
    • Why? Bookmarks, Apps, & Extensions are saved to account rather than to the device
    • How? Click on the silhouette in the top right corner. Click on Sign in to Chrome. Enter Google email address and password to sync your Google account with the Chrome browser.
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    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

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