Tag Archives: keytips

Control F – Find

Control F lets you find keywords on a web page or within a document. Command F on a Mac. This keyboard shortcut is handy in a gradebook to jump quickly to a student’s name in the roster. Research Technique As we shift towards asking students complex questions, we need to help students filter through the […]

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Be a Ninja: Learn Keyboard Shortcuts

Learning keyboard shortcuts and using them consistently helps you to feel like a ninja at the computer. Look up keyboard shortcuts on a Google search and the length of the list may feel overwhelming. An easy way to help students to increase their digital literacy skills is to integrate keyboard shortcuts into instruction. Include keyboard shortcuts […]

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Google Drive: Shift S

Start with Google Drive. Instead of using the “New” button to create a Google Sheets spreadsheet, hold down the Shift key and press S to magically launch a new Sheets in a new tab.

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Google Sheets: Find and Replace within a Range

This week I am meeting with each student to look over their digital portfolio. Students fill out a Google Form to self-evaluate before meeting with me. I have a column where I indicate the students evaluation and if they need to make corrections. I use these codes to send individualized email messages to the students. After sending […]

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Digital Citizenship: Sign Out of Chrome

Perhaps you’ve seen a wayward Facebook post saying how awesome the spouse is; clearly the actual account holder forgot to log out of their Facebook. Students, in particular, are using school computers where it is important to remember to sign out of accounts. Teaching students to log out of their accounts is an important part of […]

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Chromebook: Caps Lock Key

Chromebooks do not have a Caps Lock key. Instead there is a search button, which in my opinion is completely useless when the address bar  is a search. Use Control-L to highlight the address bar and type your search. You can switch your search button into a Caps Lock button. Search Alt Hold down the […]

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Control X – Cut It Out

Control X removes the highlighted text and saves it to the clipboard. This keyboard shortcut is really helpful when you are creating documents since you often want to move bits of text around. You will use Control X when you have text in one spot but want to move it to another spot. Highlight the […]

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Control A – Select All

I noticed that Google Docs updated how to name documents. If you click on the title, you edit the title directly rather than a box popping up. That is cool but…. the title is not highlighted so I am envisioning people deleting the title character by character… nooooooo   Control A Control A is select […]

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Google Classroom: Use Control F

When trying to find information in the stream for Google Classroom you can use the keyboard shortcut of Control F to find a keyword. (Command F on a Mac.) You may need to scroll, scroll, scroll in the stream to reveal more assignments and announcements before using Control F. Google Classroom does not show all assignments […]

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Try This Tabbed Browser Workflow – Control 2

For my classes I teach I create the agenda on a website. This means the students need to have my class website open in a tab all the time. The students are also taking notes (usually collaboratively) on a Google Doc. They also have a digital portfolio that they maintain to demonstrate all of their […]

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Control Shift T – Resurrect a Tab

Users of Chrome who have accidentally closed a tab can bring the tab back by holding down the Control and the Shift key and pressing T. Mac users use Command Shift T. Control T Control T will create a new tab. Control Shift T Control Shift T will bring back a tab you have closed. You […]

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Control N – Start Something New

In many programs Control N on a PC (Command N on a Mac) will start a new file. In the browser Control N will open a new window. In the Chrome browser Control Shift N will open an incognito window. Try it! If you have any non web program open see what happens if you […]

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Windows Shift S – Screen Clipping

My friend @mtholfson shared this keytip with me. I use it all the time on my Surface Pro 3. If you have a Windows 8 computer try this: Hold down the windows key, the shift key and then press S. This will dim out your screen and allow you to draw a rectangle around what […]

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