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Travel to Disney…Without Leaving your Seat!

Have you ever wished you could take a virtual stroll through the happiest place on Earth? Now you can with Google Street View! You can explore 11 Disney Parks in both Florida and California virtually. Parks such as Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and more allow you to roam the paths of the park without leaving your seat.

Use this to plan your next Disney trip…or just take a break from our Ohio weather and pretend you are there.

Link to picture below in Google Street View

Picture of Disney castle

Find some neat locations within the parks and share them with others. Click on the traffic light (3 dots) in the corner of the picture and select Share or Embed Image. Use that link to share your favorite Disney locations with your friends.   read more

Google Calendar helps you follow your team all season long!

It’s March, and while basketball rules this month, I’m ready for baseball! I’ve been following my beloved Detroit Tigers throughout the spring. One way I keep track of when my Motor City Kitties are playing is through the Interesting Calendars feature in Google Calendar.

Here’s how it works:

From the left side menu, click the Plus sign next to Add a coworker’s calendar. Here’s where you can add other calendars.

Add other calendars

Next, choose Browse calendars of interest.

Browse calendars of interest

You’ll be taken to a list of calendars that are available for subscription. You can choose Holidays, Sports and Other. read more

Mind your Grammar(ly)

I wanted to share a cool Chrome extension that I have been using for some time now with the Tech Tips family. I use it mostly in Gmail but it has a lot of other features that you might find useful.

Grammarly is a Chrome extension that helps with both spelling and grammar in most applications that run in the Chrome browser. OK I say most because Grammarly does NOT work in the GSuite apps (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawing), but it DOES work well in Gmail.

To get the extension go to the chrome web store and search for Grammarly. read more

Send in the CLONES!

This month, our Google Certified Educator Level 1 Cohort has been focused on Google Drawings. I shared the following tips with our cohort and I thought they were useful enough to share with all of you. If you haven’t gotten to know Google Drawings, you’re missing out! Here is one of our archived webinars to get introduced.

Clone Your Shapes

To create a clone of your selected shape, hold down Control (Windows/Chromebook) or Option (Mac) and drag the shape. Voila! Shapes that are exact clones of one another. read more

Where did my View Image button go?!?

You might have noticed that Google Image Search has lost its “View Image” button. Before this change, you could search for an image and click the “View Image” button to download it directly without leaving Google or visiting the website. Now, that button has been removed.

Google Image Search

Now, the View Image button has been removed.

The change comes in response to a legal settlement between Google and Getty Images. Almost two years ago, Getty Images sued Google in Europe, saying that the company’s image scraping techniques to display image search results were illegal. Earlier this week, Google and Getty Images announced a partnership and Getty withdrew its charges against Google. It appears that the removal of direct image links was part of the agreement. read more

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