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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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Keep track of student grades in Google Classroom

In Google Classroom, you can assign grades to question and assignment tasks given to your students. Although Classroom does not yet have an in-built gradebook, it is still possible to keep track of student grades across different tasks using a linked Google Sheet. This shows students’ grades for each task, as well as average grades for individual students and the class.

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How to blur faces in YouTube videos

YouTube has an in-built editing tool which lets you quickly and easily blur faces in your videos. This is really useful if you have a video which includes students or colleagues who have not given permission for their image to be put online. Or for those times when a stranger is behaving oddly in the background of your video! You can choose to automatically blur all faces, or just blur selected faces/sections of the video.

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6 reasons why you should become digitally certified

One of the most important tools we have in the modern classroom is a digital one. We use laptops and tablets for communication, creation, assessment and probably most importantly, learning. And it’s no wonder that for teachers, one of the important parts of our roles...

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Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

More and more teachers and students are using G Suite to redefine the learning journey. Teachers are using technology to increase student agency by supporting students to reflect on their learning and think critically and creatively. By showing students how to use the insert > camera image tool in G Suite students will be well placed to do this

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Although Google Drive has a very powerful search feature, my training sessions always have participants who are having difficulty finding files in Google Drive. This is usually because they are just typing a keyword in the search box and hoping for the best! In this blog post, I’ll share my top five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive.

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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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How to make your handwriting editable text

How to make your handwriting editable text

Sometimes it’s simply quicker and easier to hand write the notes you want to take. But what happens to them once you’ve written them? Well here’s 2 ways to save those notes and make them editable text at the same time.

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How to create Google Slides templates

Google Slides has a fantastic feature which allows you to create your own templates. The best thing about these templates is that they can have a mixture of editable and non-editable sections. This lets you ‘lock’ certain parts so that fiddly little fingers cannot change or move them.

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Add a table to a Gmail message

A common feature people miss when transitioning to Gmail is the ability to insert a table into an email. However, although Gmail does not have an in-built function to insert a table, it does support the use of tables in a message. The trick is to copy an existing table into the email. The quickest and easiest way to do this is by…

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Skate Park Pedagogy

Why in schools, do we seem to snuff out this natural enthusiasm? The level of concentration in the eyes of the young people trying to learn new tricks was supported by encouragement and advice from their peers. Natural collaboration, community and culture. The skaters controlled their learning, broke big tricks down into a series of smaller ones and slowly increased the level of “danger” as confidence grew. All controlled by themselves.

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Five advanced tips for working with Gmail labels

In a recent post I explained how labels work in Gmail and how they can be a very powerful and useful tool for keeping your inbox organised. In this post I’m going to dig deeper and share five advanced tips for working with labels

Tips for inserting pictures into Google Docs and Slides

More and more teachers and students are using G Suite to redefine the learning journey. Teachers are using technology to increase student agency by supporting students to reflect on their learning and think critically and creatively. By showing students how to use the insert > camera image tool in G Suite students will be well placed to do this

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive

Although Google Drive has a very powerful search feature, my training sessions always have participants who are having difficulty finding files in Google Drive. This is usually because they are just typing a keyword in the search box and hoping for the best! In this blog post, I’ll share my top five tips for searching effectively in Google Drive.

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