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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

Google Photos in Slides

Some of you may have noticed that the image options for inserting images in G-Suite has undergone a refresh. When you go to add a picture from the insert menu it now has a sub-menu.

New insert menu

The Photos option is what we are sharing in this tip.

Selecting photos will open a sidebar on the right side of your document which then loads pictures from your google photos. Select a photo and then click the add button to add it to your document.

Photos screen

What I find this really useful for is to put pictures that I have taken with my phone into a presentation or document or even a google drawing. read more

FREE Upcoming PD Opportunities Unlike Any Other

When you think of Professional Development, you probably think of being stuck in a computer lab listening to some trainer drone on and on about some topic that probably doesn’t interest you. (Unless it’s a PD from NWOCA, right?)

We’ve got three FREE upcoming professional development opportunities that are different than anything you’ve experienced before! Whether you want to talk about student makers, and explore the latest tools and technology for making… or you want to learn more about digital literacy and how students can use digital skills in everyday life… or you’re curious about the jobs that are out there for our students… these are for you! read more

Goo.gl is Goo.GOING!

Previously, I wrote about a great Google feature – the goo.gl URL shortener. Well, I have some bad news… this tool is going away.

Visiting the goo.gl site now shows this message:

The message links to a Google blog post. In it, the developers state:

To refocus our efforts, we’re turning down support for goo.gl over the coming weeks and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). FDLs are smart URLs that allow you to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app. We’re excited to grow and improve the product going forward. While most features of goo.gl will eventually sunset, all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination. read more

Google’s ​Applied Digital Skills Curriculum

Google has continued their innovation in the education space with a new offering for teachers, students and adult learners that teaches computer literacy using the Google tools. The best news about this program is that it is free!

You start by going to g.co/applieddigitalskills. You will need to sign-in using your school Google account.

Applied Digital Skills

Choose if you are a Learner or an Instructor

Learner or instructor?

Once logged in you will find the interface is similar to Google Classroom. There are three sections My Classes, Curriculum and Help. read more

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