Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Helpouts by Google

I know it's not that new of a service, it has been around since 2013, so I guess it is a toddler in the realm of technology. However, Helpouts by Google is a great resource for teachers and students to access help for various topics. So far, my searching through Helpouts has always returned useful connections. 

The way this unique tool works is that you find a subject you need help with, you schedule a time for a video conference with the specialist, and they will help you through your problem. It is very simple and much more friendly than calling tech support to have them ask you "did you try turning it off and on again?" 

Look into Helpouts by Google the next time you are stuck. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Auto Expire a Google Doc Share

There have been times, when it would have been nice to quickly be able to share a document with students, but only share the document for only a specified amount of time. This would allow the teacher to set a deadline and only accept submissions within a certain time frame. This article describes exactly how to do that within Google Drive. It only takes a tiny bit of scripting, where you add your shared link and set an expiration date. 


The script you need. (Provided by Amit Agarwal)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Maps in Docs

There are times when students have the need to include a map with a document. Sometimes it can be difficult to find a good map and   paste into the document, neatly. Well, leave it to Google, a new add-on allows users to grab a map from a typed address. You just need to install the Maps For Docs add-on, type an address, click the add-on, and just like that you have a map of that area pasted into your document. 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Print multiple files from Google Drive

There is still some need within schools to print multiple documents. Google Drive allows you to print these documents with ease. You don't even have to open the documents. It requires a little bit of help from a tool called PDF Mergy, here's how:

  1. Open your Google Drive
  2. Add PDF Mergy to your Apps list
  3. Check the boxes next to the documents you need to print
  4. Select "open with" and click on PDF Mergy
  5. Click the "Merge" button, and let PDF Mergy do it's magic to make these one large document. The app will start each document on a new page, so when you print, it will be easy to sort.