Weekly post #55 – Interview Warmup, mote’s STEM model and the work of Childnet

Google Interview Warmup

Google’s Interview Warmup Google released Interview Warmup this week as part of their Grow with Google programme. The Interview Warmup is interesting. It poses interview questions, it then transcribes the responses and offers tool to highlight the most-used words, job-related terms etc. Even if you are not looking for a new job the technologies here … Read more

Weekly post #54 – Filter views, dropdown chips and pause before you share online!

May 2022 - Chips

How to use Google Sheets Filter Views If you get shared a Google Sheets spreadsheet with loads and loads of data on it and decide to filter the view – you are doing that for everybody who visits that spreadsheet. This situation is why ‘Filter views’ has been added to Google Sheets. Watch this video … Read more

Weekly post #53 – Focus on updates – Web Store badges, assign Meet co-hosts via Calendar and using Zoom on a Chromebook

New Chrome Web Store badges Google has added to badges to extensions that are found on the Chrome Web Store. The Established Publisher badge showcases publishers who have verified their identity and demonstrated compliance with the developer program policies. The Featured badge is assigned to extensions that follow our technical best practices and meet a … Read more

Weekly post #52 – Email draft template, a Mote Essential PD byte session, screen time conversations and the Canopy magazine

Email draft Smart Chip

Canopy magazine – for teachers using Google Workspace for Education Canopy is a Google for Education partner based in the UK. They recently launched a magazine for teachers using Google Workspace for Education (like we do). You browse the magazine here and sign up for magazine updates and access to download individual articles. New email … Read more

Weekly post #51 – Keyboard shortcuts, charts from Forms, moderating posts in Padlet and tags and hashtag literacy

Adding a keyboard shortcut or hotkey for a Chrome Extension I use a range of Chrome extensions to add links/articles/resources to services such as Trello, Pocket and Raindrop. Aiming your cursor at a tiny 16-by-16 pixel Chrome extension button amidst possibly 20 others in the extension tray can feel like trying to win a carnival … Read more

Weekly post #50 – Remote for Slides, Pageless Documents, Mote for Forms and turning old computers into Chromebooks

Chrome OS Flex

Chrome Extension suggestion – Remote for Slides This is a really interesting find by a colleague of mine. Install the Chrome Extension, open a Google Slides deck, visit remoteforslides.com on your phone and then enter a 6 digit code. Now you have a remote for Google Slides. What I really like is that you can … Read more

Weekly post #49 – .new, using Padlet Mini and how font choice impacts reading accessibility

Create a new Google Calendar event

.new Not new but this could improve your ninja like Google Workspace skills. Type doc.new into the Chrome ‘Omnibox’ and a new Google Doc will open ready for you to start using. Type sheet.new and guess what… a new Google Sheet is created. cal.new or meeting.new opens a new Google Calendar event. Other terms that … Read more

Weekly post #48 – The four apps that everybody needs

The four apps that everybody needs

I am not sure where I came across this approach first → You should have four apps, one from each of the following areas: calendar, task manager, notes and read it later. This approach should help you be more (digitally) productive. You could use less than four as there are some really useful apps that … Read more

Weekly post #47 – Companion mode in Meet, text watermarks in Docs and changes coming to Gmail

Google Meet Companion Mode

Google Meet Companion mode Companion mode allows you to connect to a Google Meet without video and sound. Why might this be useful? You could connect a second device to a Google Meet – giving you more options in terms of presenting from one device and see all the participants on another. Using Companion mode … Read more

Weekly post #46 – Cursive, Focus time and teaching with Google Arts & Culture

Focus time

Chromebook users – it’s time to have another look at Cursive Those teachers who are luckily enough to have a C13 Chromebook should take a moment to explore Cursive again. To launch Cursive go to → https://cursive.apps.chrome The initial pen input lag issues that we present at launch seem to have been fixed. Read more … Read more