15. YouTube in Docs

Shout out to Josh Harris for sharing this with me today!  Here is a link to the original tweet.

We all love our Google Docs, except when it comes to working with Docs and YouTube videos.  When we click a link, we get another tab open which opens up possibilities for distractions.

DocuTube is a new add-on in Google Docs that does just that – allows YouTube videos to open in the same window.

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Add this onto your Docs by clicking on ‘add-ons’ in the top menu bar and selecting ‘get add-ons.’  Search ‘DocuTube’ and click the FREE button.  Select the account you are using and OK the permissions.

Add in a YouTube link to your Google Doc and find DocuTube in the add-on menu.  Select if you want a pop-out (a larger screen in front of your Google Doc) or a sidebar (which will allow you to still use the Doc as you watch the video!).

Can you say #Hyperdocs integration as well as some awesome differentiated lessons?!  Can’t wait to see how you use DocuTube!

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14. Unread Count Icon

When working with pinned tabs in Chrome, you do not get the text to let you know how many unread emails you have in gmail.  You could be receiving new emails and not noticing!

The lab “Unread Message Icon” allows you to see a count of unread email without opening your gmail tab!  You can find this by going to the Gear in the top right-hand side of gmail, selecting Settings and then Labs.  Search “unread message icon” and turn it on!  Don’t forget to save (the button is at the bottom of your screen).

Now you can always stay up-to-date on your unread messages!

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13. Right-Side Hangout Chat

Want to see more of your labels in gmail but your Hangout Chat is always in the way?  Would you like to see more of your hangout chats but your labels are in the way?  Look no further than “Right-Side Chat” lab in gmail.

To find it, go to the Gear button in the top right-hand corner of gmail.  Select “Settings” and then “Labs” from the menu at the top.  Search “right-side chat” and enable it.  Remember to click the save button!

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12. Paste without Formatting

Ever copy and paste text from a webpage and get all sorts of funky formatting?  Maybe you paste text and it looks something like this with large spacing, even larger font, bullet points indented further than normal and hyperlinks throughout.

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Sometimes, you just want to paste the text and nothing else.  Look not further than your keyboard to help you with this.

Instead of typing “CTRL” and “V”, hold “SHIFT” as well (so CTRL + SHIFT + V).  This will paste just your text and no formatting!

What is even better?  The text pasted will match the formatting that your document is currently in.  If you are using purple, script-type font, holding SHIFT while you paste will ensure that all text pasted will also be in the same purple, script-type font.

10. Find a Time

If your school uses Google Calendar for keeping track of meetings and room availability?  To limit the number of emails back and forth of “are you available” and “I am not then, try this time,” Google Calendar has created the ‘Find a Time’ feature.

Go into creating an event and invite some of your colleagues using the ‘Add guests’ menu on the right-hand side.

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Once you have added people now you can select the “Find a Time” and begin to find a time that works the best for all guests invited.  *If you do not see the calendar of your guests, they do have to ‘share’ it with you.

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To pick the time, just click on the calendar shown and it will highlight the time where you can see what everyone is doing then.

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Say goodbye to scheduling emails!

9. 2016 – Year In Search

Every year, Google  produces their year in search.  This year I found personally powerful with all of the events that happened.

Check out the Google Trends, Year in Search video here.

More than just the powerful video, check out this great list of breakout searches, by month, for the year 2016.

Specific to Canada (though you can change the location with the dropdown menu), here are the top searches by category.

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Dropdown menu to change location for search results

If you are bringing this into your classroom, when you click on the top searches, you will get be sent to that searches Google Trends graph which will showcase how popular that search was over a specified time period.

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Here are some great prompting questions:

  • When was this search most popular and how do you know this?
  • What was happening in Canada, at that time, to increase the number of searches?
  • If we looked outside of Canada, do you think we would see this as a top search?  Justify your answer.
  • What is the overall trend of this search?  What does this tell you about Canadian culture?