Shake Up Learning Show Podcast Quick Tip of the Week
Starting in Season 2 of The Shake Up Learning Show Podcast, I am sharing a quick tip to save you time and help you in your classroom. This page will serve as a resource and archive of all the tips.
This week is not so much a tip, but I hope you will learn tips from others here. Use this Flipgrid to show your home workspace, tips, tools, and lesson ideas.
This tip comes from Ronnie Williams. Ronnie shares how to copy and “magic” paste – which is pasting to match the style. This will save you tons of time reformatting text after you pasted. Use the keyboard shortcut Control + Shift + V instead of the regular Control + V to paste. (Command + Shift + V on a Mac).
Check out this blog post from Jake Miller about a slides timer extension. Clay Smith is an educator in New York City, and he created a Chrome extension that allows you to put a live timer on your slides!
Got students working in one slide deck? This may be collaborative, a slide per student, groups, or the entire class. Here’s a quick tip to view what’s going on in several slides at once. Use the grid view button in the bottom left of Google Slides to see several slides at once.
Need a quick timer for your classroom? Try using Google Search. Go to Google Search and type in the type of timer you need for your classroom, i.e., 10-minute timer, and then hit submit. A timer will show at the top of your search, automatically start, and allow you to project it full screen. Easy peasy!
This week I wanted to share a Chrome extension that I almost forgot that I use because I use it so frequently. It’s called Eye Dropper and it allows you to go grab any color off of a webpage and save it to a palette. You can pull the hex code and incorporate them into your projects.
This week I have two quick tips for you. There are two Chrome extensions that I use every day and had to share them with you. Check out Tab Scissors to split your Chrome tabs into two screens. Then once you need to put them back together, use Tab Glue.
In any Google Doc, use the keyboard shortcut, Control + Shift + 8 (Command + Shift + 8 on a Mac), to add a bullet to your document. This keyboard shortcut is amazing if you need to add bullet points quickly to a doc.
In your browser, use Control + F (Command + F on a Mac) to find words and phrases on any webpage. This keyboard shortcut is unbelievably helpful when you’re scrolling through really long pages of information, particularly in Google Classroom.
In Google Chrome, use Incognito mode to check that your public links are accessible and shared correctly. Incognito is a unique browser window that will not automatically log you into any accounts.
In Chrome, click on the 3 dots > select New Incognito Window. (Also works on mobile.)
Or use the keyboard shortcut:
- Control + Shift + N (PC and Chromebook)
- Command + Shift + N (Mac)
I use this trick to check my links to Google files, Google Sites, and other links I share with the outside world. Check all the links you post for parents, or share outside of your classroom. (Here are 8 Awesome Reasons to Go Incognito.)
Please note: If you don’t have access, your Google admin can disable this feature in your school account.
One-Tab Chrome Extension: Whenever you find yourself with too many tabs (like I do), click the OneTab icon to close all of your open tabs and save in a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once.
When you click on a link in your browser,
- hold the CONTROL key down when you click on a link to open that link in a new tab.
- hold CONTROL + SHIFT when you click on a link to open that link in a new window.
- (On a mac, use COMMAND instead of CONTROL)
Quick Tip: In Google Chrome, you can re-open your last closed tab with this simple keyboard shortcut:
- On Windows and Chromebooks: Control + Shift + T
- On Mac: Command + Shift + T