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Updates to Google Slides

In case you missed it, Google added a bunch of welcome features to Google Slides. Here are some of the best features.

Integration with Google Keep

You can now bring your Google Keep notes into Slides just as you can with Docs. This is great for bringing in text or images that you use frequently. If you haven’t had a chance to try this out, here’s an article from G Suite Support that explains more.

Integration with Google Keep

Linked Slides

Now, you can link and sync slides from multiple presentations with a click. When you copy and paste from one Slides presentation to another, you now get the option to Link slides or not. Linking slides ensures that when one of the presentations is updated, any linked slides are as well. Do not link pastes a new copy of the slides, with no relationship to the others. read more

Variations on Quizlet Live

Last year, I wrote about a wonderful formative assessment tool called Quizlet Live.

To recap, Quizlet Live is an in-class, team-based learning game. It puts the students in randomized teams of 3-4 and gives each group different questions within the study set. Each member of the group has different answers and only one person has the correct answer. The group needs to work together to get the correct answer to get the points.

I have heard from some teachers that there are some pitfalls to using Quizlet Live. Some of these include one student “taking over” the team and teams that are too strong finishing well in advance of the others. I came across this infographic from Patrick McMillan that has five variations on the Quizlet Live game. His ideas all add neat twists to the game! read more

Saving Bookmarks to the Bookmarks Bar

The term “bookmark this page” is a Chrome browser feature that allows you to create a shortcut link to a favorite website or one that you frequent often. When you click on the saved link, you will be directed to the site without having to enter the web address. What a timesaver!

The area directly below Chrome’s Omnibox (surrounded by red outline) is known as the Bookmark Bar. If you don’t see the Bookmark Bar, hit Control-Shift-B (Command-Shift-B on a Mac) to make it visible. 

Bookmarks Bar

You can save bookmarks to the bar. I don’t know about you, but if I don’t see the bookmark, there’s a good chance I’ll forget about it. To return to a site, you can just click on the bookmark link and instantly be directed to that site. read more

Why Why my WiFi?

You can see it in coffee shops, meeting rooms and yes even in the NWOCA offices! People trying to get on WiFi on phones, laptops, and tablets. Free WiFi has become part of our daily routine and we have a lot of problems if it is unavailable.

This tip will give you a quick and easy way to ensure that you get on an available WiFi network the first time every time.

OK, so to set the scene we are trying to get on the WiFi network. You will first select a network to join.

Mac Networking

Macintosh Network Selection

Chromebook Network Selection

Chromebook Network Selection

The ones with padlocks are encrypted networks (you will need a password) and also are encrypted (your data is protected). read more

Oops! I didn’t mean to send that email

Gmail Logo
We’ve all done it! Whether it was replying to all, sending a message to the wrong person or forgetting to attach a file, we’ve all sent an email we’ve regretted. The minute you hit send, the horror begins to ripple through your body and you begin to squirm with embarrassment. You’ve got to face the facts here – you can’t just bury your head in the sand!

Fortunately, GMail offers a way to snatch back those messages before they do their damage. The Undo Send in Gmail, which can be found on the Settings page, gives us all the break we so desperately need. read more

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