Sometimes, you want a Padlet to be an open space to collect or share information, but sometimes you want that space to follow a specific flow. With Post Connectors, you can connect information and even add labels! Check out the Padlet below from the Official Padlet Blog to learn how.
|Padlet has long been a favorite of the #WCSEdTech crew, but it recently got an update that makes it even more amazing. It is now even easier to share in a variety of formats on a Padlet board. Just look at all of those options! Stay tuned for future posts highlighting some of these fantastic new features.|
Today’s #WCSEdTech tip is all about teacher efficiency in Google Classroom and how you can quickly and easily push webpages to any of your Google Classrooms, so they open instantly on students’ computers.
First, find Share to Classroom in the Chrome Web Store and Add to Chrome.
Note: If you are using a WCS device, this extension may already be added to Chrome.
We know that the Tennessee Electronic Library is an amazing resource full of subscription content. But did you know that a part of the Tennessee Electronic Library has resources specifically geared toward K-5 students? All of these resources can be found on the TEL4u page. To access, just log into your ClassLink Dashboard and find the TEL4u app!
Navigate to the different parts of the site using the icons: Homework Help, State History, Look it Up, Ebooks, or Games and Activities.
For more about the free resources available on the TEL4u site, read here.
In our district we are fortunate to have a Dashboard App which allows us to access all our favorites from one place. But what happens when that Dashboard App is not accessible. At first we sort of flounder like when the electrical power goes out and we still turn on the light switch anyway. Next, we look to our Bookmarks and hope we have saved some of our favorites there.
There is an easy way to access our favorite G Suite tools when this happens. For example, to access your Google Drive where all your files are stored in G Suite, simply enter the following into the omnibar: drive.google.com
Last week we shared the Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension, which makes manipulating G Suite product URLs a quick and easy process. But, what if you are the recipient of one of those items and you don’t know for certain that you want a copy of this item? Then, manipulate the URL so that you can see it without making a copy. The process is as simple as this:
At the end of the URL is the word copy
Change that word to view
Then, if a copy of the item is desired, simply choose File and Make a copy…
The same principal works when the URL ends with preview or template/preview or export?format=pdf
So, don’t feel as if you have to clutter up your Google Drive when all you want to do is view – manipulate that URL and view to your heart’s content!
Often there are times when we want to manipulate a Google Document’s URL to meet the needs of our students or when sharing with our colleagues. In fact, one of our previous Tuesday Tips focused on Forcing a Copy. Now there is a Chrome Extension which will make that easier for you!
After adding the Extension, simply click on the extension icon and choose how to manipulate the URL to best suite the need. Options offered are: Force Copy, Preview, Template, PDF. The Extension also offers to Copy the Link To Clipboard, Copy G-shortener Link to Clipboard, and Open the Link in a New Tab.
So, when choosing to force a copy, for example, the end of the URL will be changed from edit to copy. Then, simply copy the manipulated URL and paste it to the desired location. The extension is compatible with G Suite apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Drawings.
Check back next Tuesday for more Google URL manipulation suggestions!
Who doesn’t love a good shortcut?
Sometimes we just need a quick way to save something for easy access later and this tip provides that shortcut – like when we are in a hurry and our computer battery is about to die or at the end of the day and we need to rush out the door or when planning time is ending and students are streaming in the doorway or numerous other examples I could list.
Create a shortcut on your desktop for the site you have open. Just click on the restore icon in the upper right corner of your screen to allow part of your desktop to show on your screen.
Then, click on the icon next to the URL in your browser omnibar and drag it onto your desktop.
Viola! Instant shortcut.