Category Archives for GAFE

Sneak Peak – The New Google Sites

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I received early access for the new Google Sites to create this video. Full access isn’t available yet for Google App accounts.

This video tutorial will show you how to use the NEW Google Sites. Quickly make professional looking websites with the thew new Google Sites. Add content to a page, edit and create new pages, moving the menu bar and publishing will all be covered in this video about the New Google Sites.

Google Forms – Self Grading Quizzes

This video tutorial will show you how to use the new grading feature in the New Google Forms. Create quizzes in Google Forms and have students quickly see their results. Google Forms will mark the test you have created.

Google Apps – 4 Great Resouces

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Looking for  a quick place to find resources for Google Apps. From beginner to expert check out the links below.

Google Apps Learning Center: https://apps.google.com/learning-center/
Google Help: https://support.google.com/
Google for Work | Connect: https://connect.googleforwork.com/welcome

For a more detailed explanation of the sites and the fourth resource, take a look at the video below.

Manage your day in Google Keep

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I must say I use Google Keep more than I thought I would. I have an Evernote account and I think it a great application, which I do use daily. The two applications have similarities and different users will definitely see different strengths in both. But I digress, this video is not about Evernote, it’s about Google Keep.

Simple. That’s how I would best describe Google Keep. If you have ever used sticky notes, you will get the idea.  Once you start playing with Google Keep, you’ll figure it out quickly.

I think the three neatest features that it offers are: sharing, optical character recognition (OCR), and labeling. Again, once you execute the function the first time, you will remember how you did it.

Try Google Keep, click here.

So what will you see in the below video?

  • Create a Note
  • Searching & Labels
  • Sharing
  • OCR & Copy to Google Doc

4 Terrific Time-Saving Tips in Google Docs

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Here are some time-saving tips for you in Google Docs. I find these features are generally overlooked, so I thought I would put together a video showcasing them.

  • Suggesting Mode
  • Image Masking
  • Creating Columns
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

These four items can really help you maximize working in Google Docs.

5 Great Google Docs Features

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Now I am not going to call these features advanced but they are important items so you can get the most out of your Google Docs.

  • Voice Typing
  • Revision History
  • Templates
  • Research
  • Add-ons

This video continues on with features of Google Docs. I have really enjoyed the new templates and voice typing features.  The voice typing has enabled some of my students got to get their thoughts down, whereas writing and typing were such a struggle. I wish I would have had the research tool when I did my masters.

4 Things to Know About Google Docs

These are four things that I think are the basics of Google Docs.  I will continue on with other features and tips about Google Docs, but these four things will get you started.

What you’ll find in this video:

  • How to create a Google Docs
  • Insert and edit an image
  • Sharing
  • Commenting

I find what really makes Google Docs are sharing and commenting.  It has really changed the way I manage the paper trail in my classroom.

If you have a Gmail account, open up Google Doc and play around with it.  You will probably find it simplistic compared to other word processors you might have used, but for and my students and I, this simplicity is the strength of the application.

Become an Omnibox Power User

Customizing the omnibox in your Google Chrome is a great way to speed up searching or adding information to other Google Apps. These tips will make you an omnibox power user!

 

 

Google Drive and OCR

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Optical character recognition (OCR) is a commonly overlooked feature in Google Drive.  Google Drive has the ability to open noneditable PDFs and images of text and convert them to a Google Docs for you to edit. This is a very easy feature to use within your Google Drive. Take a look at the short video tutorial on how to use OCR in Google Drive.