Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Using a chromebook offline

Chromebooks can be used when there is no internet. You will need to set it up ahead of time when you do have an internet connection. This is especially useful to know so that we can share it with our students that don’t have internet at home or when traveling.


  1. You will need to make sure that it is set up to sync when offline. To do this go to Google Drive. Click on the gear on the top right of the screen. Click on Settings. A menu will open up. In the Settings section, make sure that offline “Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer to edit offline” is checked. If not, check it. working offline 1.jpg             working offline 2.jpg


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  1. Add ons and extensions will probably not work offline, but you will be able to use the basic Google programs.
  2. Go to the waffle on the bottom left corner of the chromebook. Type files in the search bar. It is a blue circle with a file folder in it. Select it. A window will open and you will be able to see all the documents that are synced to be accessible offline.
  3. You will not be able to share documents while offline.
  4. Once connected to the internet, the changes with sync with the cloud.
  5. If you worked collaboratively with another person on a document, once you connect to the internet some those changes might override the other.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Is your school district using Chromebooks for Edu?

The internet now provides us an opportunity to connect and make new friends. I'm on a quest to find other school districts that are using Chromebooks for Education. Fill out this Google Sheet https://goo.gl/oVgivW
and let's work together.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Chemical/Math equations with Google Docs




One way to write chemical or mathematical equations is to press Insert and then Equation. A new toolbar will be added at the top left. Pull the drop-down menu next to each item to view the various Math symbols. That will allow you to create mathematical or chemical equations including subscripts and superscripts.


Another way to do it, if you only need subscripts and superscripts is to press Format and then select Subscript or Superscript.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

How to add Google Calendar to Google Classroom

One day Google Classroom will have an integrated Google Calendar feature. For now, we have to do a work around.
  1. Create a class calendar that is separate from your personal or work one.
  2. Click on the next to the new calendar that you have created.
  3. Go to Calendar Settings.
  4. Scroll down to Calendar address and click on the html to get the html address.
  5. Highlight the html and copy the address.
  1. Go to the About tab in Google Classroom and add Calendar to the page.


Images courtesy of Joe Guinane.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Turn your chromebook into a QR code scanner

I love using QR codes in class, but not all my students have a smartphone or a data plan that they can use. I also don’t have tablets that I can give them. Since all my students have a chromebook, with ScanQR from the Chrome Web Store, the students can scan a QR code with the built in camera on their chromebook. Works just like a phone app would.

  1. Download ScanQR to the chromebook.
  2. Open the app. You will find an icon for it with the other apps on your device, usually on the bottom left corner of the screen. Sometimes you will need to click the magnifying glass icon on the screen to find your apps.
  3. Put the QR code in front of the camera and you will see on the screen the red outline frame of where to place it.
  4. Line up the QR code and it will take you to the website.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3 Icebreakers with GAFE

Icebreakers are a great strategy to get to know students at the beginning of the year. Here are some ideas on how use Google Apps for Education (GAFE):

1. Google Draw:
  1. Have students draw themselves now and how they will look once they graduate.
  2. Create a pet that has special powers.
  3. Draw your favorite fruit and turn it into your imaginary best friend.
2. Google Slides:
  1. Have each student create one slide that will be part of a story. Put the slides together into one Google Slide and laugh at the twists and turns the story takes.
  2. Have students take a selfie of themselves using their chromebook, tablet, or phone cameras. Upload the photo to picmonkey to add funny hats, clothes, and speech bubbles. Have students add their image to a slide. Show the silly slides to the class. Don’t forget to add a teacher slide!
3. Google Docs:

  1. Students write the lyric of a song that describes their lives. Have them come up and share it. If YouTube is accessible to students at your school, let them find a music melody that will go with their song. Insert the YouTube link to the Google Doc.
  2. Four pictures: students look for 4 images that describe their interests and personality (school appropriate, of course). Insert them into a Google Doc. Student shares the doc with a partner and vice versa. Students discuss what they have and try to find something they like or would like to do that they both share. They both add an image to represent that. Next, they find a different partner and do the same thing. Let the students do this for a few minutes and then debrief on the experience.