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!

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.

8. Custom Page Size

Coming from a Microsoft Office world, I always thought of Google Slides as a Slide Deck.  A place to make slides and add in cool transitions to wow my audience.

It was not until Michelle Armstrong, Regional Director of EdTechTeam Canada, showed me that you can edit the size of a slide and really change it into a working document where you have no limitations on where you can add in images, write, and create.

When you have Google Slides open, go to File -> Page Set-Up.

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This will allow you to then choose “Custom” and enter in the size of slide you would like to have.

You can have your standard piece of paper – 8.5 x 11 inches, or experiment to make the size that best works for your creation.

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Now your favourite GSuite Tool has just turned into the most powerful tool you and your students have access to!