Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks #3

Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks #3

This edition of Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks contains nuggets of wisdom on:

  • Pear Deck
  • Everfi
  • Printing Photos in Chrome
  • Keyboarding practice on a Chromebook
  • Inserting a page break into a Google Doc
  • Loading your iTunes library into Google Play
  • A Google a Day
  • Webjets,
  • Book Creator
  • Geoguessr
Insert a Page Break – New Feature in Google Docs

Insert a Page Break – New Feature in Google Docs

As has been mentioned previously, one of the great things about Google is that when a new feature is rolled out, you immediately have access to the new tool(s) without having to pay any money, update any software, or troubleshoot anything. It just becomes availabe to you. 

So, recently new in Google Docs is the ability to insert a page break. The image below illustrates for you how to access this much needed feature!

Overnight, Automatic Notebook File Conversion

Overnight, Automatic Notebook File Conversion

Overnight, Automatic Notebook File Conversion

In an effort to ease the stress on teachers to convert their .notebook files to .pdf files (animation is lost, but content preserved), Myles in the CESD technology department wrote a script (aka program) to automate this process. Instead of YOU converting your files, you put them in a folder and they will be converted through the night. To access this amazing tool, you’ll need to do the following:

  1. Dig out your old windows laptop and dust it off.
  2. Boot it up, and go grab a coffee. Try to maintain your patience while it boots up, the old sack of silicon chips and circuits is now in its senior years.
  3. When eventually it’s ready to cooperate, click on the start button
  4. Open Computer

The folder you are looking for is called DIVISIONSHARE.

5. Open it, and you’ll see a bunch more files.
6. Scroll down the list of files – you’re looking for a shortcut. It’s named “Smart Notebook Conversion”

7. Double click that shortcut and you’ll see a list of folders that other CESD teachers have created.

8. Create a folder with your name.
9. Drag any SMART files you’d like to have as .pdf files for future use into your folder.
10. Go home for the night.
11. Have a nice supper.
12. Spend time with your family.
13. Walk the dog.
14. Watch some TV, or play a game, do a puzzle or read a book.
15. Relax.
16. Go to bed. Sleep well.
17. In the morning when you go to work, open that folder with your name on it and drag your .pdf files out of it.
18. Load your .pdf files into your Google Drive.
19. If you wish to, pick up a flash drive or external hard drive and save all your files – notebook, word, excel, pdf, jpegs onto it and toss it in the bottom drawer of your desk. You never know if a few months from now someone will have written a Chrome extension that can read a .notebook file (whoever does it could make themselves very rich – GSuite is the new platform for Ed Tech entrepreneurs, and the resources are increasing daily!)