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Using a Footnote for Branding Purposes

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Why not give yourself credit where credit is due! Many people only use a footnote for when they are writing papers and need to cite sources. I tend to use a footnote anytime I create documentation whether I am in a Google Document or a Google Slide.

Ways of using a footnote in your documentation/instructions/presentations:

class hashtagclass/teacher twitter accountclass mascot imageschool logo The possibilities are endless.

Google Slide:
Below is an example of what my 'footers' look like on a Google Slide. I tend to always include my Google profile picture (that will link to my Google+ account), a link to my Twitter account, as well as  my tech hashtag. You will also on the far right I have a picture of the BHS tech logo.

To make this happen for every slide automatically, select Master under the View Menu.

Be sure to select the Master slide on the left hand side and include anything on that slide that you want to show up on every slide. This is how I added all of the items at th…

Moving Email Addresses in an Email

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GMail allows you to easily move an email address that was placed in the wrong spot while composing an email.
In other words, lets say you placed two emails in the To: section but really needed one of those email address in the Cc: (carbon copy section). To fix this issue, all you need to do is click on the email address and drag it to the appropriate section.



Just another way Google makes things easy for us.

Sharing Specific Starting Time of a YouTube Video

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At times, you may have found yourself wanting to share a video to others but did not want to waste their time getting to the 'good' part. In YouTube, you have the ability to share a specific starting time.

Under any YouTube video, choose Share this Video. Then, indicate the time you want the video to start when shared with others. There is a trick to the URL. If you change the starting time, ?t=_m_s is added to the end of the URL. Therefore, for this particular example, ?t=1m5s was added to the original URL since I wanted it to play 1 minute 5 seconds in.

Creating 'Jeopardy' Game in Google Sheets - Say What?

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That is right. I just learned last week that flippity.net has a template for teachers and students so that they can easily make a Jeopardy Game. This is all done in a Google Sheet. Interested?


Check out the quiz that I made on random Google and Google Apps facts. I am sure that are some questions you might struggle with (no Google Searches folks!). CLICK HERE

Click HERE if you would like to see what the Google Sheet looks like for the game that I made. Feel free to make a copy for yourself to challenge others.

Why is it Great?

I love the fact that it will keep track of points for you, as well as hide questions that have already been answered. You can also open the quiz as many times as you want and don't have to worry about clearing anything out from the time it was used before.Teams can range from 2 to 6 
On the website flippity.net, it actually gives you detailed instructions on how to publish your quiz when you are done as well as get the right link that you need in order to creat…

Let Google Help You With Graphing Functions

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Find yourself without a graphing calculator from time to time?
Need a quick way of getting a graph?
Let Google help you out! Type the function that you are interested in seeing the graph of right in Google. The graph of that function will appear in the search results.

It gets even better...you can even have Google graph more than one equation at a time. The trick? Just separate them with a comma.


Proper Way of Recording on a Device

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Did you know that there is really only one way you should record video? I know we have all been victims of a video that we are watching that does not span the entire screen. You know what I am talking about. A tall vertical, skinny picture with black regions on either side of the video.

For some reason it does not seem intuitive. Not sure if it is because when we are recording a person, they are normally standing up which is why we tend to record vertically, instead of horizontally. Regardless of the reason, you should ALWAYS record video when your device is horizontal.

There is a very easy trick to help you remember this. Think of a TV...a TV is more horizontal then vertical. Therefore, you device should ALWAYS be horizontal.


In fact, if you have ever used the app called Capture (made by YouTube) on your mobile device, you have noticed that the app will not allow you to capture any video unless you actually rotate the device so that it is horizontal. Below is a picture of what it loo…

Change Background of Google Documents

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So, did you know that you could change the background of a Google Document? To be honest, it never even crossed my mind and I have been using Google for years! I knew that you could change color of text and cells in a Google Spreadsheet, but never the entire background of a Google Document.

Below are the steps to help make this become a reality for you...



Why Might This Be Good? Embedded Google Documents on Google Sites would be easier to find and read.Colors of documents could indicate type of document (practice, assessment, information, etc)Good to Know...If you are going to print, might not be a good idea to have a color backgroundIf you are going to choose a color, choose one that is very light so that the text can be read