I love keyboard shortcuts!! Take the time to learn one a week!
You probably have to fill out a lot of online forms. Here are a few tricks to make it easier. Tab Do not use the mouse to maneuver the form. After typing in your first name hit TAB. This should take you to the next field in your form. Get in the habit of selecting TAB after filling out each… Read More »A Few Tricks for Filling Out a Form
As teachers we frequently need a timer. Google makes this super easy. Type Timer In the Omnibox of Google Chrome type in the word “timer.” Typing the word “timer” into the Google search box will launch a timer. Click on the Timer The default time is 5 minutes. Simply click on the timer numbers and you will be able to… Read More »Google Tip: Super Easy Classroom Timer
Previously I had blogged about how to keep your webpage fresh by using Google Slides presentation. The idea is that instead of having to update your webpage everyday, you can simply update the Google presentation that is embedded on your webpage. The webpage will automatically update with your edits. Since Google Docs automatically update as you make edits they are… Read More »One Link: Keeping Students on the Same Page
Whenever I start a new text document or blog post the first thing I do is press enter several times. About half a page worth. Preserves Formatting The first thing this does is to ensure that my document is all the same font size and style throughout the document. There have been times that within the document I bold… Read More »Handy Tip: Inserting Into a Text Document
On almost every website there is a logo or title at the top of the page. Usually this is in the upper left hand corner. Clicking on the site logo or title will typically return you to the homepage. Take for example the Amazon website, if you want to get back to the home page after searching for Catlin Tucker’s… Read More »Click the Logo
Tabbed Browsing As a teacher we frequently need to multi-task what we are doing on the internet. We need a tab open for our email, the gradebook, Google and any other projects we are working on. Frequently I am going back and forth between two particular tabs. Pull a Tab Out If you click and grab a tab you can… Read More »Managing Browser Tabs
Today at the OC CUE TechFest event the keynote speaker Catlin Tucker included video screencasts in her slide deck. This was particularly clever as it allows her to demonstrate navigating a website without being held hostage to the internet availability or speed. It also allows her to demonstrate a skill without her being stuck behind the podium. Step 1 Go to… Read More »Scrolling Text in Your Presentation
You may be familiar with the keyboard shortcuts Control C to copy and Control V to paste. But what is Control X? Those first 4 keys on the bottom row of the keyboard are the most essential. The X stands for CUT. Highlight a word, sentence or paragraph. Hold down the Control key and then press X one… Read More »Control X – You are not using it, but you should be.
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Lately I have been posting several blogs on keyboard shortcuts. Practicing one shortcut at at time can help you to be significantly more efficient. Try ripping off the sticky part of a post it note and placing it on your keyboard. Write the keyboard shortcut you are working onto it. This last week I have observed several people using the… Read More »Just Start Typing – Tips for Selecting Text
As part of my doctoral studies I am finding myself writing papers that are multiple pages in length. I find I need to be at different parts of the document at the same time. Such as the section I am working on and the citations at the bottom. Rather than engaging in a significant amount of scrolling, I simply duplicate… Read More »Trick for Handling a Lengthy Google Doc
1 10 11 12 13 2 20 21 22 3 30 31 32 You may not have given it much thought but if you have numbered documents and then you may have been frustrated by the way the list alphabetized. Sometimes I have several resources I want to share with students, so I number them in the file name only… Read More »Alphabetizing Numbers
When you come across a hyperlink in a webpage try holding down the COMMAND key (Mac) or CONTROL key (PC) while you click on the link. This will cause it to open in another window rather than replace the window you are on. Keyboard Shortcuts I find that I have frequent need to use this series of keyboard shortcuts: C,… Read More »Opening Links
I like to arrange students in groups, however I am lazy. I do not like typing “group 1,” “group 2,” “group 3,” etc… It’s repetitive Anything repetitive I have to ask myself… there must be a better way! My answer to pretty much everything is to use a spreadsheet. First I will type a 1 and then a 2 into two cells… Read More »Organizing Student Group Projects