Google Sheets: Insert Images into Cells
Mar26

Google Sheets: Insert Images into Cells

Although this improvement in Google Sheets may not be earth shattering, it was definitely a game changer for me! As a visual learner, I find it very useful when I’m creating a list in Sheets to have images that may go along with my items. I only wish this new feature had been around when I was first creating the badge spreadsheet for the Ed Tech Innovation Challenges, as every badge has an attached image, which took a great deal...

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It’s The Little Things…Like Checkboxes!
May02

It’s The Little Things…Like Checkboxes!

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make me smile.  In this case, it’s a simple GSuite update to Google Sheets – the addition of the ability to add checkboxes.  Yes, it’s silly, but I have to say that just knowing I can now create functional checkboxes in a Google Sheet makes me happy!  And it’s so easy to do.  Check out the quick demonstration to see how to do it.   ...

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Google Slides: Build a Snowman Writing Activity
Dec01

Google Slides: Build a Snowman Writing Activity

Eric Curts, of Control Alt Achieve, has created a great winter-themed writing activity in Google Slides called Build a Snowman!  If you used his Build a Jack-o-Lantern or used Kelley Costa’s Disguise a Turkey creation, then this works on the same premise. Each student receives their own copy of the slide deck where they are given a blank snowman with a space to write.  The following slides includes a wide variety of items, such...

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New Google Slides Features!!
Nov14

New Google Slides Features!!

To say I am a bit excited about these new Google Slides features is quite an understatement!!  But, there is NOW a drop shadow feature for images and TEXT in Google Slides.  Finally!  Forget about duplicating your text, making the background text black and then offsetting it to mimic a drop shadow.  It’s now all a matter of a couple of clicks to achieve that effect.    Take a look at the difference.  The top option is where I...

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Disguise a Turkey! Thanksgiving Writing Activity with Google Slides
Nov01

Disguise a Turkey! Thanksgiving Writing Activity with Google Slides

Kelley Costa (@costasecond), a 2nd grade teacher at County Line Elementary School, recently shared that her students had so much fun with Eric Curt’s Build a Jack-O-Lantern Google slides writing activity, she was inspired to create a similar Thanksgiving-themed activity.  So here we have “Disguise a Turkey”! Kelley builds the activity by letting students know that the turkey is in big trouble.  They listen to the...

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Halloween Activities with Google Tools!
Oct03

Halloween Activities with Google Tools!

Halloween will be here before you know it, and Eric Curts (Control Alt Achieve) and Kasey Bell (Shake Up Learning) have created two wonderful activities for your students to enjoy using Google Slides and Google Draw. The first, from Eric Curts, is a Build a Jack-0-Lantern Google Slides  activity.   Students are given a blank pumpkin and several slides with eyes, noses, mouths and other accessories that they can use to build their...

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