Feb 23, 2017

New Features for Google Sheets - Text Rotation, Border Tools, and More!

Today, Google released a few new features for Google Sheets.  These include some long awaited tools that include:

  • Text Rotation
  • Extra Border Options
  • Accounting Number Format

Watch this quick tutorial to see these new features and how to use them.





Feb 16, 2017

8 Things You Didn't Know Google Classroom Can Do!



The following is a guest post I wrote for the Whooo's Reading Blog.  For more on this article, follow this link to the Whooo's Reading Blog.


Digital Learning has revolutionized the way teachers do business in education. Teachers now have the ability to communicate, plan, and teach more efficiently than ever before. One advancement that has allowed this type of change is Google Classroom.
If you’ve never used Classroom, here are eight things you probably didn’t know about this powerhouse tool.
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Feb 13, 2017

123GO! - Online Platform For Education and Professional Development

Recently at BETT, a friend of mine named Mark Allen debuted a new system called 123GO!  This is a wonderful tool for Educators and Online Professional Development.  


Listen to Mark's testimony from BETT2017 and see what all the fuss is about by visiting http://www.123go.training.  Tell him the Techy Coach sent you.

This is an awesome tool for anyone wanting to offer Training or Classroom Lessons along with the ability to award Digital Badges.  

Feb 9, 2017

New Feature: Insert Google Drive Videos into Google Slides

Google released a new feature today that allows users to insert videos hosted and stored in Google Drive, directly into a Google Slide.  So if you create a video for use in a presentation, you can save it in Google Drive, and easily add it to your presentation in just a few short steps.  You can also choose how much of the video clip is shown in the presentation, and choose from other settings as well.  

Also if you are in a school district that normally blocks the use of YouTube on campus, your students can utilize the option of downloading a video from YouTube, and saving it in Google Drive.  Then follow the simple steps shown in the video below to insert the video from Google Drive.  

Just make sure that if you are using videos from YouTube, or are downloading them that you cite your source by copying and sharing the URL in your Google Slide show.  


Jan 12, 2017

Google Classroom - Assign to Individual Students

Just yesterday, Google released a new feature to Google Classroom that many teachers have been requesting for quite some time - the ability to assign work to individual students!

Now if you want to differentiate work according to student teams or learning styles, you can!  If you'd like more information, check out the video below to see how it works, or visit the Google Blog post here!


Notifications will also see a change, as teachers will be notified if students turn work in LATE or if they RE-SUBMIT work. 

Hopefully these tools will be of great help to you as you start the Spring 2017 Semester!