Category: Blog

Flippity.net Update

If you haven’t heard about flippity.net, this is one awesome tool. Flippity allows you to create all sorts of cool things with a spreadsheet. Think

Spring Cleaning for Your Google Classroom 🧹

It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the end of another school year! Before we get to this week’s Tech Tip, I want to give a quick shout out to all you teachers and staff for all your hard work this year. You have gone above and beyond in this strange year. YOU […]

What’s trending? Find out with Google Trends

At the end of the year, many teachers are looking for ideas for a student project. If you want a project that is timely, how about checking out Google Trends. Google Trends showcases what Google searches are trending around the world. It is a very interesting way to see what people are talking about. To […]

Schooling You on Google Scholar

If you’ve taken Northern Buckeye’s Google Certified Educator Level 2 cohort, you’ve learned about Google Scholar. If you haven’t taken our cohort, it is likely you’ve never heard of Scholar. Allow me to enlighten you. So what is Google Scholar? Well, Google has this to say: Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search […]

All the Pretty Colors!

At Northern Buckeye, I’m the design guru among our team. We often joke about “Chris-ifying” things because I am so passionate about how things look and feel. Last week, I wrote about the Lexend series of fonts which have been specially designed for increased readability. This week, I’d like to share some thoughts on color. […]

Is your font choice harming your students?

Here is a sobering statistic: How do we address this problem? One way is in our font choices. In 1999, Bonnie Shaver-Troup, an educational therapist, observed that reading issues hid students’ true capability and intelligence. She theorized that student reading performance could be improved by: Using a sans-serif font to reduce cognitive noise; Scaling of […]

Google Meet has a new “green room” feature!

If you’ve been teaching remotely, you’ve probably done a bunch of Google Meets or Zoom calls. Have you ever wondered how you look and sound to your participants? This is now very easy, assuming you’re using Google Meet. Check out the new “green room” feature which makes it easier to check everything is working properly, and […]

Google Sites has new text formatting!

Although Google Sites is very simple to learn and use, that simplicity comes at a price – limited customization. Until very recently, you used the Themes panel to choose the look of your site. You could choose a color option and font for the entire site, but that’s it. No more! 🙌 Recall that when […]

Quickly Get to Suggesting Mode in Docs

If you’ve never used suggesting mode in Google Docs, it is a really useful tool. Docs has three modes – Editing, Suggesting and Viewing. You can change to any of the modes by clicking on the pencil icon in the toolbar. Editing mode is the standard mode that you’ll use when creating a document. It […]

Tame that wild Google Sheets data!

If you’re like me, you get some really messy data in Google Sheets. I have found some very easy ways to clean up this data and make your sheets look really nice. In this Tech Tip, I will focus on three topics – split columns, CONCAT and CONCATENATE, and removing text using the find and […]