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The NEW Google Sites

Last year, Google launched a new version of its Google Sites product, which they creatively call "New Google Sites." This new version is a completely new system, and is SO much easier to use than the "Classic" Google Sites of years past. The New Google Sites, with frustration-free packaging The New Google Sites is much easier for beginners and is… Continue reading The NEW Google Sites

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12 Google Docs Tricks for Teachers

For today's 12 Days Tip, I'll be sharing 12 advanced Google Docs features you should try out! 1. Fonts When you first used Google Docs, you may have been disappointed by the small number of available fonts. You may not realize that Google has added a lot more (a lot more) fonts to the available list: you just have… Continue reading 12 Google Docs Tricks for Teachers

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Digital Note Cards

Just a quick one today: a new trick for an old technique -- making note cards. Sometimes it is appropriate for your students to make a set of note cards.The classic "old-school" example is teaching students to write research papers: they would put sources, quotes, and other important info on index cards, and could then sort the cards afterward to organize the… Continue reading Digital Note Cards

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Hanging Indents for Works Cited/Bibliographies

An official Works Cited or Bibliography page has very strict formatting guidelines. One of the main features is what is called a “hanging indent,” which is when the first line of a paragraph sticks out to the left of the rest of the paragraph. There are right ways and wrong ways to create hanging indents.… Continue reading Hanging Indents for Works Cited/Bibliographies

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Google Drive for MS Office Users

One of the biggest hurdles for teachers in using Google Drive and Google Docs is making the transition from MS Office. Google Docs are great for sharing and collaborating, but not so great at complex formatting. If you have years of worksheets, quizzes, memos, and other documents (all carefully formatted), you are rightfully reluctant to… Continue reading Google Drive for MS Office Users

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Winter Break Backup: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 10

12 Days of Techmas, Day 10: Winter Break BackupAs part of a tech person's traditional "sales pitch" to get people to backup their files, we usually describe horror stories of how you could lose all your stuff. Because this is the festive holiday season, I'm going to skip the doom and gloom, and assume you know all the reasons to back up your… Continue reading Winter Break Backup: 12 Days of Techmas, Day 10