The Flippity.net add-on lets you automate many tasks from Google Spreadsheet.
In the video below, I show how to create a script for randomly selecting a student in your class. The best thing about the created app, is that it also works on your iPad. You can save it to your Home Screen of your tablet or smart phone for easy access.
I cringe a bit when I watch this video that I made in 2010 due to the voice, and my emphasis, but even more importantly, some of the information is no longer valid. Here’s a highlight of what’s different in using Search operators in Google now.
- +word used to be a verbatim search where word had to exist on the page, but this was deprecated in 2011, and now it is a search for word on Google+ pages. You can still use “word” to do a verbatim search for either a word or a phrase.
- ~ used to be a synonym search and is now used for nothing
The video is still valid from 1:04 to 3:53. The only curiosity is that a search of define:iron gives many more results than define iron, and I haven’t figured out why that is. Answers welcomed.
Operators covered in the video
- verbatim/phrase search
- * wildcard search
If you’re doing a Google search, and need help with the operators, take a look at Advanced Search.
Last week’s (23/03/16) update of Google Slides on iOS included two significant new features. Users can now easily modify themes and slide layouts in the iOS App. Google Support provides the following steps for accessing the new features:
Add a theme
- Open a presentation.
- Tap More .
- Tap Change theme.
- To apply a theme to all slides in your presentation, tap a theme.
Change the layout of a slide
- Open a presentation and select a slide.
- In the slide picker, tap the slide you want to change.
- In the menu that appears, tap Change layout.
- Choose the layout you want to use.
Note that the update still does not allow you to add an image as a background to a slide.
Try out the features and share them with your students.
This month, Google added a new feature to Google Docs, that shows you an outline of your document. It works on laptops, and Android tablets and smart phones. Take a look. It could be useful for generating an outline for students from a sample work (teacher use) or for students to create an outline of a report (student use) as an initial step in the writing process.