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It’s our 30th issue and we’ve got tips from Alice Keeler!

Our Instructional Services staff was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 ITIP Summit featuring Google for Education last week in Sandusky.  This two-day event provides teachers, tech coordinators and other educators with excellent educational technology information.  We all attended wonderful sessions and learned a lot of great info that will work its way into future trainings.

One of the highlights of the conference was being able to hear from keynote speaker Alice Keeler, who is a self-described mom, teacher, author, Google Certified Innovator, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter.  Alice has been called the Queen of Spreadsheets and notes that “the answer is always a spreadsheet!”  She has written three books, “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom,” Go Further with Google Classroom,” and “Teaching Math with Google Apps.” read more

April Fools with Google

April Fools Day is coming up! Do you want to try something fun with your students or other teachers? Click on the below link to try it out, or simply do a google search on “Google Gravity.” Your search will list various links for Google Gravity.  The below link, directions, and image is just one example of Gravity.

The site will look like a normal Google page when you get there, but as soon as you move your mouse, all the text falls to the bottom of the page. You can then click and hold on any word to continue to bounce the text boxes around.   Google always does great April Fools stuff each year.  Wonder what they have in store for us this year? – not just for Forms!

I’m sure you’ve seen those funky URLs when you’ve shared a Google Form or used the Q&A feature in Slides.  But did you know that is a full-fledged URL shortener that you can leverage for your own needs?

It’s true… the URL shortener is available for anyone to use.  Simply go to, add your long, messy URL and get a shorter link.  If you log in, you can even see all the URLs you’ve used in the past.

So why use over some of the others such as or  Our NWOCA team has found that while many URL shorteners are blocked by filtering at the districts in which we work, generally the shortener works in most every case.  It’s used by many of the G Suite apps, and it will make your life easier. read more

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