Thursday, November 13, 2014

3 Minute Tech Tip: Switch to the New Google Drive, Move Multiple Files at Once, and ADD (not move) Files to a Secondary Folder

In this THREE MINUTE video, learn to do ALL THIS: Switch to the New Google Drive, Move Multiple Files at Once, and ADD (not move) Files to a Secondary Folder

I know, that's a lot for 3 minutes, right?!?

Friday, November 7, 2014

5 Features of Google Docs you are Probably Missing Out On (#FOMO)

While just about EVERYBODY’S using Google Docs these days, there may be some important features you’re missing out on, so if you’re having GDocs FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), read on...

1. Suggesting Mode

This relatively new feature allows you to highlight a mistake in a document, type a suggestion on top, then lets other document editors choose whether or not to accept your suggestion. Writing teachers and peer editors: Don’t miss this feature!

Read the rest at the Synergyse Blog---A GREAT RESOURCE, plus, the rest of this article is really awesome, and I don't want you to MISS OUT.

Check out Suggesting Mode Below:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

3 Minute Tech Tip: Automatically Label Incoming Email with a Filter + a Label

This week's tip comes from a colleague who wanted a way to automatically label email messages based on certain criterion. This technique will DEFINITELY help you keep your inbox organized as well as draw your attention to important topics. Hope you enjoy it! If you do, please hit the thumbs up button you YouTube or share the video with others via your social networks or email.

If you'd like to submit an idea for a tip, please shoot me an email via the contact button on the top right of the blog.

Credits, and because I am asked all the time: Screencast software from Techsmith, Camtasia for Mac does both the cool features you see in this video: the magnifying glass and the picture in picture. I love it. Thanks Techsmith!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 5 Reasons To Give Google Play for Edu Another Look

Guys, You are SERIOUSLY missing out if you haven't looked at the new Google Play for Education store. And NO, you don't have to have a Google Play tablet to take advantage of it! Learn everything you need to know to get started in my post on the Synergyse Blog here, or click the image below.

Monday, October 27, 2014

CrowdSchool Seeks to Crowdsource PBL Units, Asks for a Start via Indie Go Go

CrowdSchool recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help scale its platform for teachers to create, share, and sell project-based Challenges. CrowdSchool seeks to make it easier for teachers to find and use project-based resources in the classroom.

All three Co-Founders have teaching experience, and Chief Learning Officer Tim Monreal still teaches middle school Social Studies. Pedagogy is at the heart of CrowdSchool and they are designing a platform that emphasizes 21st century skills like collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity.

With a successful IndieGoGo campaign, CrowdSchool will launch a marketplace where teachers can search for a variety of project-based Challenges. Teachers will then be able to use a CrowdSchool Challenge online with students in their class. They will crowdsource project-based Challenges from teachers. Once teachers create a Challenge they can decide to share it for free to other teachers or list a price of their choosing. Project-based learning takes a lot of preparation time and CrowdSchool wants to make the planning process easier for teachers.

Although CrowdSchool is using IndieGoGo to raise funds to launch a full marketplace, they are currently adding Challenges and resources for teachers to use immediately in the classroom. On Friday, they released the first public CrowdSchool Challenge: "Create a Campaign to Reduce Bullying in your School or Community."

To use the Bullying Prevention Challenge Sign up here. It's completely free and they will send you everything you need to start using your Challenge within 24 hours.

To learn more about CrowdSchool visit their website , check out their IndieGoGo campaign page, or take a couple of minutes to watch the inspiring video posted below

Article provided by CrowdSchool's own Tim Monreal. Thanks Tim!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Three Minute Tip: Create and Share a Folder in Google Drive (and an Advanced Feature you Might have Missed)

If you're sharing multiple files with the same group via Google Drive, how about sharing one folder then adding anything ELSE you want to share to that folder? I know, great idea, RIGHT?!? Learn how to . . .

1. Create a folder
2. Create a file within the folder
3. Move an existing file into a folder


Click HERE to view the tip. Scroll down if you already know how to do this and want an ADVANCED tip instead . . .

ADVANCED tip . . . ADD a file to a Folder

Sometimes it's handy to have files in more than one folder. You never want to make multiple copies of a file because then you'll have to remember to update multiple files. Instead, ADD the file to a second (or third or fourth folder) instead of MOVING the file. Here's how:

1. Click once on the file you want to add to select/highlight it.
2. Hold down SHIFT then press Z on your keyboard. This will reveal the "Add File" dialog.
3. Select the folder you want to add the file to.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Three Minute Tech Tip: Google Chrome Extension TabCloud

TabCloud is my FAVORITE Google Chrome Extension. It allows me to upload a set of tabs then open them on a different computer, at a different time, or just after restarting my computer. INDISPENSABLE! If you enjoy it, please share this post or like and share the YouTube video.