Category: Blog

New Google Classroom Features

When I opened up my Google Classroom to create a new assignment today, I noticed a couple of changes that I wanted to share with you. First, the Assignment screen has a new layout. The title and directions are where they used to be, but now all of the options for the assignment are gathered […]

Heading back to #OETC20

It’s been four years since I attended the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in Columbus. I’m glad to say that I’ll be back this year AND presenting!...

Shared with Me in Google Drive

Have you wondered what the “Shared with me” item is in Google Drive? This is a repository of all folders and files that have been shared with you by others, as well as files shared with a link that you have opened.   Files in Shared with me are organized with the most recent one […]

Check out the new creation tools in Google Earth! 🌎

Google added some new creation tools to Google Earth in late 2019. This new Projects feature allows you to create and share virtual tours that incorporate videos, photos, and text. This looks like it will replace the Tour Builder beta. The video trailer below shows how these new features can be used. Start by creating […]

FREE virtual PD – Ditch Summit 2019

A chill is in the air… houses are decorated… holiday music playing… that means one of my favorite times of year is coming! Not the holiday season… the fourth annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is coming December 21st! The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers founded by Matt […]

Even More (.)New Stuff from Google

Last October, I posted a Tech Tip called A (Dot) New Way to Google in which I showcased Google’s shortcuts to start new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms. For example, simply entering docs.new into your browser’s address bar will create a new Google Doc. They are very cool timesavers! Now Google Calendar and Google […]

macOS Catalina is out – should you upgrade?

If you follow the tech news, you probably know that the latest version of Mac OS is out… it’s called Catalina. If you’re like me, you want to install and run the latest OS right away. I’m holding off on Catalina right now and you probably should too. Why? Well, Catalina is incompatible with 32-bit […]

Emoji, Emoji everywhere!

I’m a 43-year-old male, so to say I’m well-versed in things like emojis and animated GIFs is utterly false! To me, they have always been a waste of time and unnecessary effort. But, emojis are part of our general vocabulary these days. Heck, even my parents, who are in their 70s, have gotten into using […]

Shortcuts in Google Forms

Let’s kick off the 2019-20 Tech Tuesday Tips with a quick Google Forms tip.  I LOOOOOOOOVE Google Forms! They make things like creating registration forms, surveys, and quizzes so very easy. What I don’t like is that sometimes when you hit that new question button, the question doesn’t appear where you think it should. You […]