Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Google Templates comes to mobile devices

Google Docs templates comes to mobile devices. Not only can you access templates on Google Docs, this update comes to Sheets and Slides as well. What this means is that you can create a rich document, sheet, or slide on your computer or laptop and then easily open and edit that same document on your mobile device. Or, if you prefer, you can start a template on your mobile device and then open and edit it on your computer or laptop.

Please note that you may need to update the iOS apps or Android apps before you notice the new feature.

Here are the release notes from Google:

Here is a short slide show introducing you to this new feature:


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Google Reminders

Google just released a pretty cool update to Google Calendar. You can now add reminders directly from your calendar. The reminders then show up on the date you select right inside the calendar app.

So, if you're like me, and like to keep track of things needed to get done via reminders, then you'll find this pretty handy.

Give it a try...check out the video below to see how it works.

Happy Goog'ling,

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Google Keep

I ran across Google Keep today and thought I would share. Google Keep is a note taking application that Google has developed. It is available for iOS, Android, and can be used as a web app. It syncs with your current Google account and allows you to keep notes, check lists, voice recordings, and other things. For more information on Google Keep, check out the video below or view the official google blog post.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tech Tip for Sept. 8, 2015 - Learn360

For all educators in the ESU 4 area, a quick reminder about Learn360. Learn360 is a resource to all ESU 4 edcucators within the service unit area. Learn360 is rolling out a major update this fall. One that many of you might appreciate is the mobile compatible feature. Please view that update below by clicking on the pdf link below. 

They've also rolled out thousands of new titles in the last year. If you have not looked lately at your account, please take a peek. 

Here is a sneak peek pdf - please scroll to page 2

Here is a video sneak peek of the rollout this fall:

Login with your account:

Thank you,

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Tech Tip for August 2015 - Google Voice Typing

Google announced, yesterday, a new feature for Google Docs. Actually, they announced many new features. Here is one that I think can be useful for many students - Google Voice Typing. To enable the voice typing feature, you would open a new document, then select the "Tools" menu. From there, you will have an option to use the "Voice Typing" feature. Once that is enabled, you will press the microphone that pops up and you can talk into your computer and it will translate your speech to text for you. Give it a try today and read more from the official Google blog about this and other new features.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Weekly Tech Tip - Update to Google Docs and Slides for mobile devices

A nice little feature that was released today for Google Docs and Slides for mobile apps. 

You can now insert images into Google Docs and Slides on mobile devices. It is pretty simple to do. Below is a graphic from Google that shows how this works

To read more about this feature, please click here.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weekly Tech Tip

We have been working more and more with the Google platform, and we think it offers a lot of positives for the ESU and for the schools that we serve. The collaboration feature is simply amazing. To be able to share a document, slide show, form, spreadsheet with others via a link or email address is phenomenal.

Some things to try:
  • Google allows handwriting tools in a document. You would use the "Add-on" feature and find the "gMath" add-on. This allows you to create handwritten notes on a google document. And, for math nerds like me, I can create formulas in a google document or form. (see screen shot below) For more information on this tool, check out the detailed instructions here.

  • Google Slides - just added new transitions. So, again, if working on a presentation and presenting with someone else, how easy to share that presentation with your co-presenters without having to send a separate attachment each time.
  • Google Forms - we've been using this more and more. Use forms to catch data you want and need to end the year. Then, keep that data year after year for evaluation.
Thank you and enjoy the end of the year,

Friday, March 13, 2015

Weekly Tech Tip - Google Calendar Invite

This weekly tech tip comes from Google Calendar. I hope you are all finding ways to use google calendar, both on a personal level as well as a professional level. One feature of the calendar that I really like to use are "calendar invite". A calendar invite lets you invite someone to a specific event on your calendar. When you send the invitation, you get a response on whether or not that person can attend. It is a great way to plan for meetings. In addition, you can attach a google document to a calendar invite such as an agenda.

Here is a video of how it works:

Here are specific directions:

Happy Friday,

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Weekly Tech Tip - Feb. 24, 2015

When posting things online or to a webpage, or even an image on a letter, we need to make sure that we are trying our best to use copyright free images. By doing so, we keep ourselves free from any misuse of copyright policies.

 I spent a morning last semester listening to this very topic of copyright from the American Library Association. The speaker was very informative on copyright issues and also gave some thought as to what constitutes fair use. I want to specifically focus on finding copyright free images today.

Go to and type in something that you want to find an image for, such as 'horses.' When the image bar loads, you will see a button for "Search tools" on the right. From there you can choose "Labeled for noncommercial use" under "Usage Rights." See the screen shot below for your reference.

I hope this helps,
Have a great week,

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy Valentines Day - Tech Tip

It has been awhile since I posted a technology tip. However, you are not forgotten as Valentine's day is just around the corner. For this post, I turned to my tried and true webpage from CybraryMan. Here is a list of resources for Valentine's day. There are quite a few links on this page, so take some time, and find some resources to fit your classroom when you study Valentine's day. Or, maybe you just want to find an activity to use with a student you work with or maybe during a workshop. From the history of Valentines day to math problems to art and crafts, there is something for every grade level and curriculum on this page.