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.
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.
Now your favourite GSuite Tool has just turned into the most powerful tool you and your students have access to!
Using Google Chrome, follow the link above to add this extension to Chrome. Once added, click on the eye dropper icon. This will open up the eye dropper menu:
From here you can either select “Eye Dropper” or “Color Picker”. Colour Picker is similar to your regular colour wheel to select the colour of your choice.
The real magic, in my opinion, is in the “Eye Dropper” menu. When selected, you now have a button that says “Pick colour from web page.” If you click on that button you will notice that your cursor is now has a little box that shows the colour it is hovering over.
Find the colour you want to use and click on it. Now the boxes in the Eye Dropper menu will change to that colour. From here, you can pull the code you need for the tool you are using.
If we wanted to add the purple colour I have selected in the screen shot to a Google Drawing shape, we need to click on “custom” in the colour selection menu.
Once custom is selected, you can then change the letters/numbers after the “#” to the ones that match from the Eye Dropper menu.
Selecting “OK” will change the selected items to that colour! Say hello to beautifully coloured digital work!
Data drives our world. We use it to identify interventions for students, we use it to provide feedback to our teaching methods, we use it to make assumptions or to start inquiring about a topic.
Google Sheets allows us to view large amounts of data at once all while collaborating with as many people as we would like.
Take this Google Sheet for example. We have multiple columns which can be sorted. If we wanted to, we could sort the “Class Level” column in order.
When you do this though, you will notice that the entire sheet shifts rows to match your recent sort. Super handy if you are the only one looking at the data, but frustrating for everyone else in the Google Sheet as you have just changed their view too!
Filter Views in Google Sheets solves this problem. Each person can select their own Filter View which will ONLY change their view, not the entire spreadsheet.
You can find filter views under the martini glass, , in the top menu. Clicking on the small triangle beside it, you can then select to “Create a New Filter View.”
When you have selected a filter view, you will notice that the row and column headers are now black. This is your indication that you are in the filter view.
From here, you can name your filter view to save it for next time. So if I wanted to create a filter view that sorts the Class Level and a new filter view that sorts the major, I could do that. Now that information is easily accessible to me and all who use the Google Sheet without changing everyone’s view!
Remember in art class when you were asked to create a collage? You had to find old magazines and newspapers, scour through them (hoping that the best image wasn’t already cut out) and build a colour scheme/theme for it. Frustrations always arose when your class was the last period of the day and all the magazines were picked through.
Google Image search allows us to easily create our own collages within Drawings or other applications with the ability to search by colour.
In a normal Google Image search, type in what you are looking for. Once you have completed the search, you are then able to click on the “Search tools” button below your search box.
The “Search tools” button brings up many great search features, including “Colour”. Now you are able to select the colour that is most dominate in the picture – hello easy collages! So if you wanted to find a cute puppy for Valentine’s Day, you can search for “puppy” with the colour red like below.
This is not only a tool for regular image search, but also is available for image search within our favourite GSuite tools, like Google Drawings.
By clicking on the “image” button in the tool bar or through “Insert” then “Image”, select “Search” from the options that appear. Search your picture then below the search bar you are able to select the most dominate colour you would like in your image.