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Two highly-requested Google Classroom features are now live

Before I get to the new features, I want to point out a change to functionality with regard to announcements and the stream. To add an announcement, you used to hit the plus sign at the bottom. Well, the plus sign is gone and now there is a box at the top to enter your announcement.

New announcement screen

Starting to type in that box will bring up the familiar Announcements screen. Also, if you’ll note that icon on the far right… that is the new way to reuse posts.

Now on to the new features!

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about the new Google Classroom was that the About page was missing. Many teachers used the About page to add resources like video files, documents, audio files, and other digital handouts such as a syllabus or class rules. With the new Google Classroom, the About page was gone and teachers had to resort to kludgy workarounds to mimic this feature. No more. read more

Google’s Optical Character Recognition

Have you ever wanted to capture just the text from an image? Or, perhaps, do you want to copy the text from an image with the capability of editing to format the text? If so, Google Drive’s optical character recognition feature is here to assist.

First, you will want to save the image with text to Google Drive. You can do this a couple of ways:

  1. Click and drag the image to Drive. Or,
  2. Right-click/Control-click on an image. Select either “Save Image As” and drag file to Drive or “Save to Google Drive…Save Image to Google Drive” an image will automatically be saved to Drive. Save to Google Drive is a Chrome extension. I highly recommend using this extension to save articles and images to Drive quickly.

Once the image is in Drive, right-click/control-click on the image and select “Open with… Google Docs”.

The picture will appear at the top of the Google Doc. Below the image, the text from the image will appear. You will be able to edit and format the text. read more

Split Text to Columns Easily

Sometimes the simplest features can be the lifesavers! Today’s tip is no different.

Have you ever had a list of names or other data that need split? In my example, I have a roster of students’ full names. This is not ideal, because I’d like to have them split by first and last so I can sort and perform other operations.

Previously, you would have to use something like the Power Tools add-on. I LOVED this add-on, but alas, it’s no longer free. But don’t fret… because this feature is now built-in to Google Sheets! read more

Join us for the FREE Edcamp of NW Ohio!

Do you want to LEARN and SHARE together? Do you want to reignite your PASSION for teaching? Are you interested in trying NEW things? If you answered “Yes!” to one or all of these questions, join NwOESC and NWOCA at Edcamp on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. at NwOESC/NWOCA.

Edcamp is an educator-driven and educator-led free conference. The session topics will be created on the day of the event; by YOU, the participant! Participants “build” the conference schedule by posting topics on session boards. read more

Google Classroom is getting even better!

Late this summer, Google Classroom entered a public beta phase with a bunch of new changes. Last week, these changes went live to everyone. There are some major workflow changes that will occur as part of the new Google Classroom. This tech tip (which is longer than many of the others we will do) will introduce you to some of the changes that have occurred over the summer. Clicking on a screenshot will open it in a larger window.

The Google Classroom updates were designed to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. There are several changes: read more

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