February 27

Tuesday Tip: Padlet Post Connectors

As you know, Padlet recently added some new features, but before we dive into those, let’s take a look at a feature that’s been around a while.

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.

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February 8

New Possibilities with Padlet!

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. 
February 6

Tuesday Tip! Efficiency in Google Classroom with Share to Classroom

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. 

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January 16

TEL4u for K-5 Students

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.

December 5

Tuesday Tip! Accessing G Suite Tools

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.

Image result for G SuiteThere 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

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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.