Saturday, October 23, 2021

Forms, Earth, and STEM - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it is still dark as I draft this blog post. In fact, it will be dark for at least another hour. The late sunrise is the only thing that I dislike about this time of year in Maine. Except for the big oak tree in my front yard, all of the leaves on the trees have changed color, the temperatures are a pleasant range of 50-60F, and there's lots of fun to be had outside. We'll be playing in the big leaf piles in our yard today. I hope that you do something fun today too. 

As I do every week, I've assembled a list of the most popular posts of the week. Take a look and see if there's something interesting that you missed earlier in the week. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. An Overview of Google Forms Quiz Settings
2. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow - A Great STEM Contest for Students!
3. Life on Minimum Wage - A Personal Economics Simulation Game
4. Ten Skills Students Can Learn from Google's Applied Digital Skills Lessons
5. The United Nations Explained for Kids
6. Gary Paulsen Talks About Reading and Writing
7. I'm Feeling Lucky - A Google Earth Lesson

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Tips on Word Art, Fonts, and Special Characters in Google Docs and Slides

Earlier this week I received an email from a reader who wanted some advice to pass along to colleagues about using custom fonts in Google Docs. I made this short video to lend some assistance. Before you watch the video there are a few things to note about fonts in Google Docs and Slides. 

Unfortunately, without using a third-party add-on there isn't a way to upload fonts into Google Docs and Slides from outside of the Google Workspace ecosystem. That said, there are more than 400 fonts available in the fonts drop-down menu in Google Docs and Slides. 

Word Art in Google Slides lets you create text that automatically resizes when you click and drag on the corners around it. Word Art can also be customized with border and fill colors as well as border dashes and dots. 

Special characters in Google Docs and Slides are found in the "insert" drop-down menu. This is where you can find things like emoticons, musical symbols, accent marks, and lots of little icons. 

Watch this video to learn more about using Word Art, fonts, and special characters in Google Docs and Slides. 

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