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 #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 #44 – Google Tasks, linking directly to text, Meet updates and Project Zero

Google Tasks

New Year Resolution – Get Organised with Google Tasks The capabilities of Google Tasks are ever growing and worth a look for anybody thinking about using a digital ‘to do list manager’. There is a useful guide to Google Tasks, by Jeremy Badiner, here. Useful tip → Link directly to text and quotes Rather than … Read more

Weekly post #37 – Google Workspace age related changes, Todoist and managing your Chrome tabs

Todoist

Google makes some age related changes Google recently launched a new age-based access setting to make it easier for domain admins to tailor experiences for their students and educators based on age when using Google services like YouTube, Photos and Maps. Since September 1, 2021, students who are under 18 are seeing changes in their … Read more

Weekly post #23 – Google Meet has a green room plus the waffle, hamburger, snowman and the shish kebab

The G Suite Waffle

Replace your background in Google Meet It would seem that this feature appeared for us this week. You can now replace your background with an image of your choice. To get the best results you should sit yourself quite close to a wall behind you. The plainer the wall the better the results. Waffle, hamburger, … Read more

Weekly post #13 – accepting ‘knocks’, Office editing mode, the Kahoot app and linking to a text fragment

Accept 'knocks' in bulk

Four things to check out Accept ‘knocks’ in bulk You can now accept all pending ‘knocks’ in bulk into your Google Meet. Admitting students all at once helps limit interruptions during the video call. Read more here → Accept knocks in bulk in Google Meet Editing Office files from your Drive Google have changing the … Read more

Weekly post #7 – Blurring your background and opening what you want

Google Meet help sheet

Three things to check out Blur your background in Google Meet To help limit distractions during lessons (and meetings), you can now blur the background of your video in Google Meet. When it’s turned on, Meet will intelligently separate you from the background, blurring your surroundings while keeping you clear and in focus. I feel … Read more

Weekly post #4 – ManageBac notifications and Google Meet participants

Google Meet

The wonderful world of educational technologies continues to spin during our summer holidays. There have been a number of developments related to platforms that we use. Several companies have also released roadmaps of future changes. A request… Please sign into Chrome with your school Google Account. This not only allows your bookmarks etc to be … Read more

Finding your Chrome extensions, deleting one and adding another

There are a few ways to find which extensions you have installed on Google Chrome: Type chrome://extensions into the omnibar (the search/URL bar at the top of Chrome) and press enter. or Click on the three dots in the top right hand corner of Chrome, then More Tools, then Extensions. The Extension page lists all … Read more

Weekly post #1 – Google Chrome and Chrome Extensions

Nod

The idea is a weekly post – aimed at the needs of the educators at International School of Geneva – Campus des Nations – linked to from the ‘Week at a Glance’. Each post will highlight four things of interest with some kind of increasing complexity or involvement. Signing into your Chrome profile Being signed … Read more