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Getting started with Google Drive Backup and Sync

In a recent post I explained how to use the Google Drive for Mac/PC tool to synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer. Since then, Google have released a new version of this tool, now called Backup and Sync. In this post, I’ll show how to get started with Backup and Sync – including how to upgrade if you’re already using Google Drive for Mac/PC.

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ISTE Recap

In this podcast, Mike, Mark and Adrian debrief after the ISTE conference in San Antonio.

We discuss:
Whether we saw anything innovative
What STEM tools we saw that we liked
How can we reach further into your organisation and equip slow adopters
Tips to get the most out of conferences
And more.

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6 mail merge add-ons for Gmail & Google Drive

Mail merge is one of those great time-saving features that people love. That’s probably why we get heaps of questions about the best way to do it in Gmail and Google Drive. In this blog post we’ll share the top five mail merge add-ons available in G Suite and help you choose the best one for your situation.

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Spreadsheet Copy Down Chaos

By understanding what the spreadsheet is doing and learning a couple of handy hints, you will be creating spreadsheets quicker and using them more effectively to improve your workflow.

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How do you organise Google Drive’s Shared with me?

Whenever I facilitate training sessions for people who are already using Google Drive, I know for sure that I’ll always be asked how do I organise Shared with me? Typically this is accompanied by comments about how messy and confusing Shared with me is. In this post you’ll find my strategies for dealing with your Shared with me frustration.

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Working offline in G Suite

Your G Suite account operates in the cloud, so does mean you can only use it when you’re online? Nope! G Suite has increasingly good offline functionality that enables you to access your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive while offline. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to setup offline functionality for each of these applications.

Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Are you a Google Sheets novice? Does just the sound of the word ‘sheets’ send shivers down your spine? That used to be me. Then I discovered ready made templates that gave me the confidence to dive into the world of cells and formulas. Read on to find out about four easy ways to access Google Sheets templates.

How to encourage student agency with hyperdocs.

How to encourage student agency with hyperdocs.

We are often asked how teachers can encourage student agency using digital tools. Here’s an example of one way you can build a task that allows for student choice and differentiation within the activities provided.

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Getting started with Google Drive Backup and Sync

In a recent post I explained how to use the Google Drive for Mac/PC tool to synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer. Since then, Google have released a new version of this tool, now called Backup and Sync. In this post, I’ll show how to get started with Backup and Sync – including how to upgrade if you’re already using Google Drive for Mac/PC.

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6 mail merge add-ons for Gmail & Google Drive

Mail merge is one of those great time-saving features that people love. That’s probably why we get heaps of questions about the best way to do it in Gmail and Google Drive. In this blog post we’ll share the top five mail merge add-ons available in G Suite and help you choose the best one for your situation.

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Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Are you a Google Sheets novice? Does just the sound of the word ‘sheets’ send shivers down your spine? That used to be me. Then I discovered ready made templates that gave me the confidence to dive into the world of cells and formulas. Read on to find out about four easy ways to access Google Sheets templates.

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Synchronise your Google Drive files to your computer

If you store non-Google files in your Google Drive (e.g. Microsoft Office files, PDFs, Photoshop files etc.), it can be really convenient to synchronise them to your computer. The Google Drive for Mac/PC tool allows you to synchronise either all the contents of your My Drive, or just selected folders. Synchronised files can be accessed offline and easily opened and edited in their native applications.

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Add a calendar preview to Gmail

The Google Calendar gadget lab gives you a preview of your Google Calendar from the Gmail interface. It can display upcoming events from multiple calendars, and also lets you add new events using the Quick Add feature. You can also choose to show a mini date-picker if desired. The great thing about this lab is that it gives you visibility of your calendar without needing to leave Gmail.

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Travelling with Technology Tips – Part 1

The great thing about technology is that it enables us to be more mobile. However, if you have ever travelled long distances you may have found that some of the functions and conveniences of being connected can fall over.

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Customise themes in Google Slides

Google Slides have a good range of themes you can use to add some colour and fun to your presentations. However, sometimes the look and feel of the theme might not be quite what you’re after. The good news is that you can use the Edit master feature in Google Slides to make changes to colours, fonts and images in the theme. Editing the master will automatically implement the changes across all the slides in your presentation. The end result is your own customised theme.

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Working offline in G Suite

Your G Suite account operates in the cloud, so does mean you can only use it when you’re online? Nope! G Suite has increasingly good offline functionality that enables you to access your Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive while offline. In this blog post, I’ll explain how to setup offline functionality for each of these applications.

Four ways to access Google Sheet Templates

Are you a Google Sheets novice? Does just the sound of the word ‘sheets’ send shivers down your spine? That used to be me. Then I discovered ready made templates that gave me the confidence to dive into the world of cells and formulas. Read on to find out about four easy ways to access Google Sheets templates.

How to encourage student agency with hyperdocs.

How to encourage student agency with hyperdocs.

We are often asked how teachers can encourage student agency using digital tools. Here’s an example of one way you can build a task that allows for student choice and differentiation within the activities provided.

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