Now Crop Images Inside Google Documents

New Feature Alert

New Feature Alert

I’ve often added in an image to Google Docs, only to realize that it needed to be cropped. It’s been a source of annoyance to me that I had to crop the image in another program and re-import it to Google Docs. This problem no longer exists!

 

To crop an image that you’ve inserted in a Google document, select the image and select Crop from the Format menu.

Crop an image inside Google Documents

Crop an image inside Google Documents

I think that this is a great enhancement to Google Docs. How much will you use this new feature?

Cross posted at http://blogs.isp.cz/esit/2014/05/07/now-crop-images-inside-google-docs/

Moving Files to a New Computer

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Perhaps you got a new computer from a generous spouse or parent for Christmas. Or you may have, like me, purchased a new computer for yourself to replace an old computer. Here are a few tips (on one method) for moving to a new computer.

Equipment needed:

  • new computer
  • old computer
  • external hard drive that you can read and write to on both computers

Steps

  1. Sort through the items on the hard drive. Delete what you don’t need. Avoid the temptation to be a pack rat and delete those files that you’ve had for years and are tempted to keep just in case …
  2. Make sure that the remaining files have logical names and are organized appropriately in folders.
  3. (Optional) Partition your external hard drive if you want to use it both to store the files that you don’t use very often and back up your new computer’s files. If you do not know how to partition hard drives or prefer to keep your computer backup separate, get two external hard drives.
  4. Move sorted items that you don’t need on a day-to-day basis to a folder (or the partition if you made one in step 3) on one external hard drive.
  5. Move sorted items that you will need on a day-to-day basis onto your new computer’s hard drive.
  6. Back up your new computer to your backup external hard drive (or partition).
  7. Create a schedule for backing up your computer and add it to your calendar.

When you are done, you will have

  • files that you usually use saved on your new computer
  • files that you rarely use saved on a partition on an external hard drive
  • a backup of your new computer on the second partition of your external hard drive (or on a second hard drive)

Review your Facebook Activity

  1. Click on Activity log below your cover photo. The number indicates the number timeline/tag reviews that are pending on your account.
  2. Activity log shows you a list of everything that you’ve done on Facebook. It is only available to you.
  3. From here, you can filter through your different types of activities. 
  4. For example, to access your hidden activity (to change visibility or out of curiosity , click on Hidden.
  5. To change visibility for an item, click on the beside it.

Securing an iDevice for a Child using Restrictions

It is a good idea to enable security settings in iDevices before giving them to (especially younger) children. These security settings are called restrictions. They allow you to set up a variety of options including what kind of content a child can access on the device, whether they can delete and install apps, whether they can modify accounts, and whether they can make purchases without passwords. To set up restrictions, follow these instructions.

  1. Go to General on your iDevice.
  2. Click on Restrictions.
  3. Click on Enable Restrictions.
  4. Type in a restrictions password and confirm it.
  5. Click off for any restrictions that you would like to set e.g. Ping, Explicit Language, Deleting Apps.
  6. For allowed content, you can set ratings. There are two important settings here: Turn off In-App Purchases and set the time limit for how much time should pass between asking for your password when making purchases. 
  7. You also have the option to turn off Game Center settings (recommended for young children).
  8. Please note that if you forget your password for restrictions, you will have to restore the iDevice.

Using Diigo as Part of your PLN

Diigo is a social bookmarking tool. You may be familiar with bookmarking using Firefox or Internet Explorer. These tools are great if you’re going to always use the same computer. But nowadays, we use a variety of tools for accessing stored information. In my case, I use a desktop at work, my Macbook and my iPhone. I wanted to find a tool that would let me bookmark from any device and access it from all my devices. I previously used delicious to do this. Some of you may use google bookmarks. For me, the master of them all is diigo. I think that diigo leads the pack in terms of features. It allows lists, groups, annotations and highlighting, networks, and of course tags.

Delicious is a good bookmarking tool. I used it for several years before discovering diigo. My main reason for moving to diigo was to be able to create and participate in groups.


Sharing ~ Part II of Diigo V4 tutorial series

Diigo — making Researching, Sharing, and Collaborating faster, easier and more effective!

More diigo help – http://help.diigo.com/home/get-started

Let’s get started

  1. Create a diigo account. Use http://www.larkin.net.au/020_technology_howtos.html to help you with the setup.
  2. Check out some existing libraries that you might like to follow/emulate: http://www.diigo.com/user/wgraziadei, http://www.diigo.com/user/nagoyais, http://www.diigo.com/user/drpresident
  3. Install the diigolet or diigo toolbar.
  4. Researching on diigo – http://vimeo.com/6747389
  5. Using
    the diigolet (to bookmark) – http://vimeo.com/6775948
tips
  • Tags are categories that you can use to create groupings for your bookmarks. It’s worthwhile to think about how you will use. I didn’t think about this when I started and I’ve had to go back and clean up tags. I still have to do that sometimes. In fact, my first account is a huge mess because I had no idea what I was doing. For example, consistently use singular or plural terms so decide on blog or blogs for example.
  • Decide how you will deal with spaces in tags. Will you use camelcase or underscores or hyphens etc. e.g. DigitalStorytelling, digitalstorytelling, digital_storytelling, digital-storytelling, digital~storytelling.
  • When you’re searching other people’s bookmarks, note that they may use a different tagging convention than you.
discussion

Can you think of how this can be useful to you or your students? Please leave any ideas in the comments or email them to me.

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Google Apps Exploration

Introduction

Google apps has a host of features that can be used for communication and collaboration. Today, we will explore some of these features and consider their uses in our classrooms.

What is Google Docs?

Overview


Task 1

Create a word processing document in Google doc, share it with someone else in the workshop and work on it with him/her. Can you both edit at the same time? How can you structure your collaborate to reduce the risk of accidental overwriting/incorrect text ordering?

See how other teachers and students use Google Docs

Google Calendar


Exploring the Google Calendar Interface

Creating a New Calendar in Google Calendar

Google Tasks

Task 2

  1. Create a calendar of assessments for one of your classes.

  2. Create a shopping list using tasks.

  3. How can Tasks help you with your organization at home? work?

Google Forms

Task 3

Google Form Assignment

  1. Use Google Form to create a survey that asks at least 3 questions (of different types e.g. short answer, multiple choice, paragraph.)
  2. Share your survey with the participants in this workshop.
  3. Post the title and link to your survey / Google Form on this shared Google Spreadsheet http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tdgKIT7XUdSPvIZLrxkJMRA&single=true&gid=0&output=html.
  4. Take a colleague’s survey.
  5. At the end of the session, create a wiki page with the results of your survey.

Related Google Documents Tutorials for Education

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