Did you know about the secret menu?

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Everything Matt Miller writes about on his website, tweets about from his Twitter, or speaks about from his…mouth?…is amazing, but sometimes his stuff is so good that I can’t digest it in one sitting.

Such is the case with this entry called “The ‘Secret Menu’ for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings, and More.” I used the first tip – how to save a photo that’s been placed in a Google Doc – when my journalism students submitted photos with their stories, ignoring instructions to place .jpg versions of the photos in a folder I’d shared with them. To save myself the headache of emailing 22 people (and waiting for 22 responses), I followed these instructions and snagged the photos myself. Life changing! I use the second tip constantly, am not sure how I’d use the third, and the fourth is on my to-do list for January.

He published this article in October. It’s going to take awhile to absorb all of these tips, but whew! What a great collection of ideas!

 

Clean up your digital footprint

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If you’ve experienced phishing scams, password confusion, or creepy ads that indicate you’re being watched, there ARE steps you can take to make your Google account a little more secure.

Joe Schultz recommended using 1Password, a service that creates and stores complex passwords for you. You only have to remember one login – to 1Password – and you’re set. I have spent the last few weeks getting the hang of it, and I can honestly say it’s the best $3 a month I could spend. If you’d like to start using it, too, please make an appointment and I can help you through the process of signing up!

Finally, here are some simple steps you can take with your Google account to make sure there’s no funny business going on.

Skip the fluff on YouTube videos!

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If you’d like to tear through YouTube videos at a faster pace (right arrow) – or if you’d like to pause (space bar), rewind (j), or restart (o) – take a minute to master a few of these keyboard shortcuts. They come in handy when you’re showing clips to a class and want to be able to back up a few seconds or skip to the end.

Another way to keep the videos – and not the comments or suggested videos – at the forefront of your YouTube experience is to download Turn off the Lights – an extension that dims everything but the video when you select it – or Hide YouTube Comments – an extension that simply removes comments from every YouTube video you view until you feel like you’re missing out on what the keyboard warriors are saying and you delete the extension. 😐 😁

Google Classroom pushed out another update

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Google Classroom made some adjustments this week – you should see a pop-up that sends you an alert when you visit the site. The most notable involve the Classwork page.

There’s now a category called “Materials” that allows you to post and organize class resources – taking the place of the dearly departed “About” page, I guess.

In addition, Classroom sites that were created before the changes that occurred over the summer now have the option to add a “Classwork” page.

Read about the rest of the updates – and see what’s to come – on the “What’s New in Classroom” site.