Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Format Text in Docs, g(Math) Update, Jeopardy/Factile, Slides as Images, The First 4 Minutes, Zip Line, Google Sheets Resources, Non-Printing Characters in Docs, iPhone Widgets, Focus, YouTube, #EdTech

Did you know?
Easily Convert Text To 3 Different Formats
New in Google Docs is the ability to reformat your text easily into one of these formats:
  • Lowercase
  • UPPERCASE
  • Title Case (capitalize the first letter of each word)
Simply highlight your text, click on Format (across the top of the page), click on Capitalization, then choose your style. I used to use the add-on “Change Case” for this, but now it will be much quicker!



g(Math) Is Getting An Upgrade With A New Name, New Features, and More!
g(Math) is an add-on to allow for the entering of math/science symbols and expressions into Google Sheets, Forms and Docs. Equatio will be the new & improved version and will be available on April 4th. The free version will work in Docs, a premium version will work in Google Forms. g(Math) users can continue to use that tool, but new development will not be pursued. For the complete lowdown with details, how-to’s, options and more, check out +Eric Curts post




What if?
Jeopardy Style Game For Content Review.
Factile makes it easy to create your own game, have students create games or search for one that is already completed. It is free to create your own or use others. If you want to edit an existing game or use their flashcard feature, you’ll need the Pro version at $5 a month or $48 for the year. This is easy to use and easy to set up. It is meant to be played in teams and you can have up to 4 teams compete at once. Thank you +Richard Byrne 


Download Google Slides as Individual Images
Within a Google Slides presentation, you can download individual slides as images, simply click File, then choose Download as and choose either jpeg or png. Note that it will give the image the same name as is given to your Slides presentation. If saving multiple images from one presentation, be sure to go in and rename them. For a quick video from +Richard Byrne on how to do this, click here.








Something to think about…
Teaching Strategies: Why The First And Last 4 Minutes Matter Most
Got 10 minutes? Listen to this podcast on why the first & last minutes of class really matter. +Cool Cat Teacher interviews Brian Sztabnik, who gives you 8 ideas for getting the most out of that time and getting your students engaged from the start!



"Zip Line" Challenge Accepted - Set for April 20
The next Challenge Accepted is "Zip Line" on April 20, 9 a.m. Challenge Accepted is a series of free video conferencing/networking events designed to spark creativity, imagination, and problem-solving in your students. This is the last Challenge Accepted for the school year, and it's a great way to build excitement and collaboration among your students and others. +ESCRegion11 
Supplies needed per group for this challenge:
15 feet of string or yarn
4 pipe cleaners
2 paper clips
masking tape
a small rubber bouncy ball
up to three other supplies from the group members (must be okayed by the teacher)
Register for the event.
Learn more about Challenge Accepted.






Resources…
Google Spreadsheets Function List
If you’re wanting your Google Sheet to perform a certain function, search this list! +Google 



Google Spreadsheet Troubleshooting Tips
Formula Help from Ben Collins, first seen via +Eric Curts


How to Show Non-Printing Characters in Google Docs
Check out this post from +Eric Curts for a nice how-to




In Addition…
How To Customize Your iPhone “Favorites” Widget
Looking for more ways to use your iPhone productively? Check out this short post from +Cool Mom Tech 



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From @JasonOkuma


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Parents beware: These YouTube video parodies are not safe for kids!
If you have young children, you might want to check out this short post from +Cool Mom Tech 


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