Friday, October 1, 2021

How to Add Watermarks to Google Documents

Earlier this week Google announced that a new watermark feature would soon be added to Google Documents. That new feature appeared in one of my Google accounts this morning so I immediately gave it a try. The new watermark feature in Google Docs is very easy to use. In this short video I demonstrate how it works. 

How to add a watermark to a Google Document:
1. Open your document. 
2. Open the "insert" drop-down menu. 
3. Select "watermark" from the drop-down menu. 
4. Click "select image" to choose an image to use as the watermark on your document. You can upload images, choose from Google Drive or Google Photos, or conduct a Google Images search to apply an image as your watermark.
5. Choose the size of your watermark. 
6. The watermark will appear on all pages of your document. 

Applications for Education
Applying a watermark to a Google Document could be an easy way to include your school or school district's branding on documents that you plan to print and send to parents. It's also helpful to anyone who is creating materials like lesson plans that they plan to distribute for others to use but want to make sure that credit is given to them. For example, I plan to use the watermark feature on documents that I create for distribution during my webinars and workshops

How to Turn a Spreadsheet Into Multimedia Flashcards

This fall I've answered more questions about creating flashcards than I have in the previous few years. In almost every instance Flippity has been my suggestion for a free tool to create sets of multimedia flashcards. 

Flippity's flashcard template lets you create multimedia flashcards by simply entering terms into a Google Sheet. Your flashcards can include audio, video, images, and text. In this new video I demonstrate how to create a set of multimedia flashcards by using Flippity's Google Sheets template. 

A bonus of using Flippity is that, as I point out at the end of the video, when you create a set of flashcards with Flippity's template you're also creating matching activities and practice quizzes at the same time.


Applications for Education
You could make flashcards for your students or students can use this template on their own. As the template is a Google Sheets template, you could have students collaborate to create a set of flashcards together.