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.


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.

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?