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Mote for Voice Comments Guest blog post by Jon Neale I’ve been a classroom teacher for 16 years. In April 2020, at the start of lockdown, I came across Mote on Twitter and everything changed! Don’t tell anyone: I’m leaving teaching to help more teachers! For the past 16 years, I’ve been a teacher AND doing as much as I… Read More »Voice Comments in Google Docs: It’s going to be e-mote-ional!
Google Keep is a application that allows you to create notes and checklists. It integrates with Google Docs making it an easy way to add feedback to student work. Create a Checklist When you go to keep.google.com you want to click on where it says “Take a note.” However, to create checkboxes in your note, click on the checkbox icon… Read More »Give Checklist Feedback in Google Docs using Google Keep
Why Be Boring? The default background in Google Docs is white. But why not be more colorful! See this activity in a Google Doc where I changed the background to brown. alicekeeler.com/eatabrownie Page Setup Use the File menu in your Google Doc to choose “Page Setup.” Not Printing Depending on what you are making, there is a chance you have… Read More »Google Docs: Change Background Color
Have Documents Read to Students with Immersive Reader UDL, Universal Design Learning, is a principle for designing lessons that accommodate all students. What is good for a student with special needs is also good for other students. Students with Dyslexia benefit from using Microsoft Immersive Reader. It takes text and puts it into a distraction free screen and reads the… Read More »Using Microsoft Immersive Reader with Google Docs
Do Documents TOGETHER Why do I use Google Docs (and Google Apps as part of G Suite)? Collaboration. This is one feature I can not give up and no one does it better than Google. Always Collaborate Almost never am I creating something that I will use only for myself. My first step when creating a Google Doc (docs.new) is… Read More »Collaborating with Google Docs
Use Version History to Name Your Versions I met a teacher at a pool party this week and he is working on his masters degree for education. The tech class he is taking was asking him to find and share resources. I of course have many so I volunteered to help. One of the presentation options was Google Slides so… Read More »Google Docs: Before Alice Messed it Up
Step 1 Click The Comments Icon When collaborating in a Google Doc, Sheets, or Slides all of the document comments are collected in one place. Next to the Share Button You will find the comments icon next to the Share button in Docs, Sheets, or Slides. It looks like a speech balloon with 3 lines. Teacher Feedback The keyboard shortcut… Read More »Google Docs: Check the Comments
Comments in Google Docs Resolved Google Docs (Sheets and Slides) are amazing for collaborating. The ability to insert comment notes to collaborators to interact around ideas is a game changer. But what about when they resolve the comment? You get an email that the comment was resolved. I’m sure some people love that, I feel like it was a waste… Read More »Delete Resolved Comments from Google Docs
Extract a Previous Version as a New Document In Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings versions are automatically saved. There is no save button because Google Apps saves for you! Back in the day when I used Microsoft Word I would frequently make copies as I worked just in case the file I was currently working on got corrupted or… Read More »Google Docs: Copy a Version
Get in the Habit: Name This Version Version history is an essential component of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drawings (sorry no Forms.) One of the advantages to Google Apps is NO SAVE BUTTON. The reason there is no save button is because Google Apps periodically saves for you. Version history shows you those periodic saves. You can go back… Read More »Google Docs: Name This Version
Utilize Document Outline in Google Docs While you can insert a table of contents directly into your Google Doc there are good reasons why we do not want a table of contents in all (or hardly any) of our documents. They take up a lot of room that you have to scroll through and they need to be manually updated.… Read More »Google Docs: Document Outline
Try Dot New with Your Google Apps There is a new way to create your favorite Google App. End it in dot new. doc.new docs.new sheet.new sheets.new spreadsheet.new form.new forms.new slides.new slide.new site.new sites.new Control T I love an excuse to get in a tip to use a keyboard shortcut. Use Control T on your computer (Command T on a… Read More »Google Docs is NEW!!
Press Enter in a Google Doc I am always collaborating, even if I am collaborating with myself. My habit when I start a Google text document is to press enter repeatedly. This provides me room to collaborate without fighting for the same cursor space. It’s muscle memory. Create a doc and press enter at least 10 times. Collaborate When collaborating… Read More »Google Docs: Press Enter a Whole Bunch of Times
Email a Word Doc or PDF It isn’t often but sometimes I am needing to send someone a PDF or Word version of my Google Doc. Google Docs will automatically create the attachment for me. File Menu Use the File menu and choose “Email as attachment.” PDF The default attachment type is PDF. Click on the tiny triangle and change… Read More »Google Docs: Email as Attachment