Google Sheets adds new features

Spreadsheets are an everyday tool for some of us. Google sheets has often been criticized for having less features that MS Excel, but this really is no longer the case. Google has quietly been making changes to sheets to make it more versatile for gSuite users.

You can now rotate the text in a cell in Sheets (Format > Text rotation). This is especially useful when you need to fit long header names into thin columns, or when you simply want to fit more text on a single screen.


Another feature added this week is the ability to format text with accounting number formats. The currency symbols as well as numbers, decimal points and repeated characters can be formatted to line up correctly. read more

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Insert Videos in Slides without YouTube!

For years, teachers have requested to ability to use videos in Google Slides, without the need to host them on YouTube. Yesterday, Google finally made this possible!


Just add your video to Google Drive. Then Insert Video within your Slides presentation. You’ll see a new option for Google Drive.

Once you’ve added a Drive video to your presentation, you can choose when to start and end it, whether it should autoplay when presenting, and whether it should be muted or play with audio. Simply right-click on the video and select Video options.


If a person viewing your presentation doesn’t have permission to view a video embedded within it, they’ll be prompted to request access. read more

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Google Calendar – Managing multiple calendars on Mobile

Google Calendar is helping many people organize their digital lives. The web calendar version allows you to see and display multiple calendars in one easy to use interface. 
Don’t want to see a calendar, simply click the checkbox in the sidebar and it is hidden. Want to add a coworkers calendar to your calendar page? Just type their email in the box at the top of Other Calendars.

So far so good. But when viewing your Google calendars using any of the calendar apps on mobile apps (iOS and Android)  its not quite so simple. The only calendars that show up in your apps are the ones you have write access to (my calendars) the other calendars are not visible… or are they? read more

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Orange You Glad You Use Rubrics?!

A favorite online teacher rubric is OrangeSlice.  OrangeSlice: Teacher Rubric increases the teacher’s grading productivity by eliminating repetitive clicks, presenting the rubric selections in an easy to use format and presenting the final grades in a consistent, professional format.  OrangeSlice also works with Google Classroom. 



Click here to view step-by-step instructions on how to install and use OrangeSlice.

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Google Classroom – NEW Feature! Give assignments to individual students or groups of students.

In Google Classroom, you can now give assignments to all students, individual students, or groups of students just with a few checkboxes. 
Go to Google Classroom and click on the plus sign to start a new announcement, question, or assignment. When it pops up, you will notice a new drop down menu…..All Students. 


Here you can decide which students will receive your post. By default, each post is set to All Students. If you would like to only have a few students receive it, click on the All Students drop down menu and select the students that you want to send it to.   read more

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