Wednesday, February 13, 2019

#TechTipTuesday - Add your Google Drawing directly into your Google Doc

For those of you who subscribe to my podcast, Tech on the Side, you have already heard me rant and rave about how excited I am with the freshly added feature to Google Docs that allows us to insert a Google Drawing right from our Google Drive. So let's dive right into how to use this feature and some screen shots.

It is as simple as going to the Insert Menu

Then choose Drawing...

 If you want to add one you've already created you can choose from Drive and window will appear showing you all of your most recent Google Drawings.

Select the drawing you'd like to add in to your Google Doc, press Select  and then you will be prompted to choose Link to Source or Insert Unlinked.

 If you choose Link to source, the drawing will be linked back to the Google Drawing. 
This means that after you have added the Google Drawing you can edit it and then simply update the drawing on your Google Doc by clicking Update after you have made changes to the drawing.

So you do not have to re upload a new drawing after you have made a change.
The difference between Linked and Unlinked is that Unlinked treats the Google Drawing the same as adding a image. If you make changes to an unlinked inserted Google Drawing you will have to re-upload the new drawing after changes have been made, vs just clicking update.
The other option is to add a "new drawing" while inside of Google Docs.
This will allow you to create a new drawing without out having to navigate out of your current Google Doc

With this option, however, you can edit it directly from the Google Doc by selecting it and then choosing "edit"

 Once you make your changes they will appear immediately on your drawing.
Both these options have their benefits and downsides, and I am so excited they have added this both these features as they both have their unique use cases. I look forward to the future where we hopefully get this same function added to Google Slides, Google Sites and other tools inside of G Suites.

Until then, happy (Google) drawing...

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Sunday Post - Now with a brand new segment

Looking back and looking forward at going paperless. Loads of research on how to improve your mood, some changes coming to google, a brand new segment and of course an Under Caffeinated Humor comic.

#TechTipTuesday - Google Classroom Makin' copies

For those of you who have not yet experienced the awesomeness that is Google Classroom, it's time. This tool has much to offer any teacher, in particular since this month I am talking about tools to help reduce paper consumption, it only seems fitting to talk about Google Classroom Assignment options.

Improve a Bad Mood By Going Outside For 5 Minutes

The cure for a bad mood might be as easy as going outside. Researchers from the University of Regina recently found that spending just five minutes in nature is long enough to help turn someone's mood around. It recently published its findings in the Journal of Positive Psychology.

Revealing Photo Series Documents School Lunches Around the World

Around 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria food every weekday, and most of these students consume over half their daily calories at school. With this in mind, it's clear that school cafeterias are becoming crucial in the fight against childhood obesity.

Material Design for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on Web

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites will be getting a new look and feel on the web. While there are no functionality changes, users will notice some visual improvements, including: Interface typography that uses Google's custom-designed and highly-legible typefaces Controls (like buttons, dialogs, and sidebars) that are updated and consistent Iconography that is legible and crisp, with a fresh feel The four products in this update join other G Suite products like Gmail and Calendar in sharing a common design language.

20 great TED Talks to celebrate Black History Month

Insightful talks that offer fresh, thoughtful perspectives on Black identity.
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Sunday Post - Google Hangouts is becoming what?

Google isn't the only way to search online. Here are 7 services you should try instead

CLOSE Google isn't everything. Yes, it's the most powerful search engine ever created. Yes, it processes 40,000 searches per second. And yes, Google is the go-to search engine for the majority of us. Still, Google doesn't know everything, and there are some resources that are actually better than Google at finding certain information.

The Great Google Hangouts Shutdown begins October 2019

Google previously announced that its most popular messaging app, Google Hangouts, would be shutting down. In a post today on the GSuite Updates blog, Google detailed what the Hangouts shutdown will look like, and the company shared some of its plan to transition Hangouts users to "Hangouts Chat," a separate enterprise Slack clone.

Netflix now lets you share directly to your Instagram Story

Get ready to find out a lot more about what your friends are binge-watching on Netflix. The company announced today that the Netflix app for iOS will now let you share the movies and TV shows you're watching directly to Instagram Stories.

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