Wednesday, January 6, 2016

What do I NEED to know about Chromebooks?

Happy New Year! Welcome back. I hope you all had time to relax and to enjoy the holidays. As we move into the new year, Pinckney is moving closer to our switch to Chromebooks. To better prepare for the switch, I am adding a simple tip about Chromebooks each week.
Lately, I have had people ask me about what the absolutely NEED to know in order to use a Chromebook. Grab a pencil and get ready for the secret. Here are the two things you need to know:

Wednesday, November 11, 2015


This week - a little help with help...
I found this app and added it to Chrome and thought you might like it. :-)
I'd like to give credit to who pointed me toward it, but I can't remember, so, generically, thank you to everyone who already knows about this and may have written something about it.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Google Keep - revisited.

This week I am focused on a little-known but powerful and handy tool called Google Keep.
It is available as a web site and as an app for Android phones and tablets. AND IT IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR iOS
This is a simple tool for keeping notes and lists. I like the fact that I can customize the look and share the lists/notes with anyone I need to. Additionally, I love the reminders.
Let's take a closer look...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Converting Pages Documents for Google Drive (again...)

An Encore? Why?

As part of my summer, I took some time to learn a little more. Part of my learning involved a "critique" of my tip of the week. One of the VERY valid concerns was the frequency of the tips. Hearing that people were feeling overwhelmed by the frequency, I decided to cut back a bit. So, expect to a see a "new" tip every other week and a "reminder/encore" on the opposite weeks. Last week was new so this week is a reminder.

Many teachers have created documents and files in programs like Pages, Keynote, Word, Powerpoint, Excel, etc.  I was recently asked if there is a way to "convert" these files to use with Google.
In this post I will walk you through turning your non-google file into a Document, Presentation, or Spreadsheet. I'll also show you how to turn on (or off) the new Drive and set your uploads to convert automatically.

If you are working with Pages, Keynote, or Numbers '09 you will start by converting to Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.
If you are working with Word, PowerPoint, or Excel skip down to the Uploading Files & Automated Conversion section below.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Google Drive - Image to text

Did you know you can convert a "picture" of text to text? It's true. Here's the process**:
Upload an image into Drive

Click on the three dots in the top right corner

Select “Open With…” and choose Google Drive

The image will pop up with a transcription below

** From the Google Gooru (that's really how it is spelled - not my interpretation):

Monday, August 10, 2015

Office 365 - A Brief Introduction.

We've added an additional productivity tool to the PCS toolbox. :-)
Office 365 is an online version of the Microsoft Office suite of tools - very much like a Microsoft version of Google Docs.
First, a disclaimer...

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summertime - Start a blog...

This is a repeat of an earlier post, but I think it is worth repeating. And if you want to spend some time with me come learn about blogging in a face to face session:
Pirate Tips Live!
One of the easiest ways to have a web page is to create a blog. Your newest content will always appear at the top of the page, you can add a variety of content, and you can post in a number of ways.
Your account (or any google account) has a Blogger account connected to it. Which means that your username (including and password will grant you access to the wonderful world of simple web publishing.
In this post I'm going to offer a few "levels" of blogging:
  • Just the basics - you can post and people can read what you write
  • Enough to be dangerous - your posts might include some pictures and videos, as well as scheduled posts
  • Showing off a little - you can post to your blog from your phone or email

Let's get started.