Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Did you know you can search Google Drive and Gmail from the Omnibox!

Did you know you can search your Google Drive and Gmail from the Omnibox! 


That is correct! With this little trick, you can search from the search box (the Omnibox) in Google Chrome.

If you are not great at keeping your files organized and rely solely on the search functionality within Google Drive.

Take the power of Google Drive search and combine it with the ability to customize your search engine shortcuts in Google Chrome.

Customizing your Chrome Search Engines 

 1. Right Click on the Omnibox, and select, " Edit Search Engine."

2. From this point, scroll to the "other search engines," and select "Add."

3. Name your search engine.

4. Choose the keyword you want to use.

5. Then copy and paste the search URL. (For your Google  Drive: ).

6. Click Add

Type your new keyword in the Omnibox and click the TAB button on your keyboard.
Then enter your search term!

Search GMAIL from Chrome

You can also create a search for your Gmail account.

Repeat the steps above, choose a new keyword, and use the URL:

How AMAZING is that? 

Now you could create and edit different search engines that you use frequently.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Let Google Help You with Your 'Priorities' ✅

Google's Priority Page in Drive

Google launched something new in Drive this past year ➡️Priority Page.
The Priority Page can be accessed from the left-side navigation in Drive. 

Once you have navigated to the Priority Page, you will see:


Across the top, Google places files that it finds most relevant to you based on your recent activity. Use the right and left arrows to scroll through priority files.


Below Priority files, you will find Google Drive Workspaces. Create a new Workspace and give it a name. In each Workspace, you can group files that relate to a specific topic or project. Right-click on any file to Add to Workspace

Make Priority Your Default Google Drive Page

If you would like to see the Priority page as your default page in Google Drive, choose the appropriate box in Drive Settings.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The FREE Gift of Learning

If you happen to find yourself with some down time during our upcoming break (or any other time), check out the Apple Store's FREE training sessions! The Apple content consists of:

  • Photography
  • Video
  • Music
  • Coding
  • Art/Design
  • Health/Fitness

Access the TODAY AT APPLE link and click the LOCATION to find the store closest to you:

Click the button on the page

Click the FILTER option at the top of the page:

Select the preferred TOPICS, SESSION TYPES, and TIME on the SEARCH form:

** Be sure to look at the TEACHERS topic **

Click the DETAILS button:


Enjoy your FREE class!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Hour of Code

Why Hour of Code?

Students of all ages and abilities benefit from learning about computer science. Learn more about Hour of Code taking place December 9-15 with this short video clip below.

When is the Hour of Code?

The Hour of Code takes place each year Computer Science Education Week.  The 2019 Computer Science Education Week will be December 9-15, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. 

Why Computer Science? 

Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic, and creativity. Check out this short video. 

Where Do I Start? 

Unplugged ( No computer necessary) 
Red Black Mind Mold Activity
Binary Bracelets Activity

Need Teacher Resources? 

Hour of Code Information Sheet
Hour of Code Participation Guide

Sign up with Hour of Code here to be entered into drawings for great classroom prizes!!

Tweet your Hour of Code!
#EDTechKISD and #HourofCode

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

You are going to 💗 the Novel Effect App!

A few months ago, a friend mentioned the Novel Effect App and said I should look at it. Oh. My. Goodness. As a teacher with early childhood and elementary experience, I fell in 💗💗. 

If you teach in a lower-level classroom, you need this. And hopefully I can give our upper-level teachers a reason to use it too. Game changer for class read-alouds!

Novel Effect is a free app from the iOS App Store or Google Play for Android

Music and sound effects follow along as you read your favorite children's books aloud with Novel Effect. The library consists of 200+ children's books and poems and the creators continue to add to it weekly.

How Does It Work?

Smart voice recognition stays in sync with your reading.

1. Choose a book inside the app- some of the book options are eBooks. Locate a physical copy of the book, unless using an eBook.

2. Press play on your device and begin reading the book.

3. Watch the delight on your students' faces! (The app is listening for 'trigger' words to play background music or sounds.) 

Here are a few of its upper-level selections:

As of late September, Novel Effect includes some of its most loved titles in Spanish. Here are just a few:

Ready to hear it in action?

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Setting Work Hours in Google Calendar

Have you recently invited a colleague to a calendar event during the school day, but see a icon indicating they are off hours during that time (and you know they are not)?

It may be because they need to set working hours in Google Calendar. Here's how:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

My Files in Kcloud

My Files is your place to access, edit, and store ALL of your files and folders located on your cloud drives from any device.
You have the ability to connect your cloud storage applications you already use such as Google Drive, Dropbox, Office365, and OneDrive. You will be able to see all of your files and documents that you work on at school. You can view, edit and save these files, from ANY device, instantaneously.

To Enable click the My Files at the bottom of your KCloud page:

Then choose the cloud service you would like to connect by clicking Connect:

Once Connect is clicked it will prompt you to choose an account if you have multiple or sign in:

It will then prompt you to allow Classlink to access your Google Account:

After you allow access you should see the service connected and access to your files: