Thursday, November 10, 2016

How to properly insert google documents from Gmail

Attaching a Google Doc to an email is surprisingly easy, provided you use the correct button.  When you compose an email click the drive triangle instead of the paperclip to insert a Google Doc.

Once you send the document if the recipient doesn't already have permission to view the file it will ask you to set the permissions.   The default is "Anyone with a link can view" but that can be changed in the same window to get more granular share settings. 

or if you click More options

Friday, October 28, 2016

IT Chalk Board: Stop motion Annimations

Stop Motion Animation is a great educational tool.  Here is a way you can have students do this on a Chromebook.

1. I suggest one of the IPEVO document camera's.   I have one in the IT office that I am willing to lend out.

2. Go to to get started creating your stop motion animation.  You have the ability to do onion skinning, or annotate over the frame, but there is a limit of 48 frames per gif.

3. The gif file can be imported into Wevideo if you want to add audio or combine several gifs together to make a longer video than 48 frames. 

Here is the end result:

Friday, October 14, 2016

Update your Chromebook

It is important to keep your Chromebook up-to-date.   Chromebooks download the updates in the background, but only get applied when you restart.   If you ever see a little arrow by the clock this means there is an update waiting and you need to restart your Chromebook.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Google Cast for Education

Google Cast for Education allows students to share their Chromebook screens with the teacher's computer that is connected to a projector.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Google Docs Columns feature

The Google Docs column feature will allow you to easily add columns to your google documents.  You can set the number of columns from 1-3, and the spacing in-between them.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sheet Navigator Google Add-on

Sheet Navigator, will open a sidebar listing of all the sheets in the spreadsheet.

Sheet Navigator creates a nice sidebar with a table of contents like listing of all the sheets in your spreadsheet.  You can choose to toggle the visibility of hidden sheets, it will indicate whether the sheet is protected or hidden.  Best of all it allows you to easily filter the sheets so that you are only looking at the ones you want to see.   This tool is a must for spreadsheets with many sheets.