December 5

Tuesday Tip! More Manipulating Google URLs

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!

November 28

Tuesday Tip! Manipulating G Suite App URLs with Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension

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!

 Sir Links-a-Lot   

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!

November 7

Tuesday Tip! Create a Shortcut

Who doesn’t love a good shortcut?  

We use them frequently.  There have been blog posts about them here and here before.

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.  

Restore Icon

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.

 

November 6

Discovery Education: My DE

Discovery Education has an updated user homepage for subscribers called My DE.  My DE highlights a great deal of timely content, so it is constantly changing.  Let’s take a look at some key areas of the My DE page.

To get to the My DE page, just select the link in the top, right corner of your screen.

The main section of the screen highlights Discovery Education upcoming events and timely content.

The right side of the screen hosts a Global News section.  Teachers may switch between the K-5 and 6-12 view for age appropriate reports on current events.

 

Below Global News is a section called On This Day.  This section  highlights important events in history in a variety of different subject areas.  Use the dots across the bottom to navigate between different posts.  Click the post title to view the story and see the link to related content.

In addition to all of the content mentioned above, there are also events listed by dates, the Discovery Education Twitter feed, and links to teacher tools.

Have fun exploring!

October 31

Tuesday Tip! Sign in to Chrome

One simple step can make the day go better.  Sign in to Chrome!

WCS users, by signing into the Chrome browser with your myplace.wcs.edu account, the next time ClassLink times out, just click Sign in with ADFS. No username or password needed!

 

When signed in to the Chrome browser, easily access the ClassLink Dashboard by clicking the house to the left of the address bar. 

 

 

Save and sync things like bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings to your Google Account, so they are accessible on any device, when signed in to the Chrome browser. Continue reading

October 23

Discovery Education: Sharing Content

There are many ways to share Discovery Education content.  Let’s take a look at a few.

Direct to Google Classroom
Discovery Education makes it easy to share directly to Google Classroom as an assignment, question, or announcement.  After clicking the link in the Classroom stream, students will sign into their Discovery Education account. 

Click on the image above to view the active GIF. Continue reading

October 10

Tuesday Tip! Inviting Teachers to a Google Classroom

Did you know you can invite other teachers to be a co-teacher your Google Classroom?

When the invitation is accepted, both teachers can coordinate class activities.  This is especially helpful if there is a student support co-teacher for a class, if a teacher must be out of the building for an extended time, or if a student suddenly becomes home-bound, for example.  Continue reading

October 9

Discovery Education: Getting Started

WCS teachers and students have access to Discovery Education.  Have you taken a look lately to see what this service offers? It’s not just videos anymore!  Discovery Education is adding content every day, but at last check, one can find 181,877 multimedia assets.  

Here is a breakdown:

Source: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/feeds/www/media/images/what-we-offer/streaming-plus/STRM(+)_FL_Overview_2017_DIG.pdf  Continue reading