Tuesday, February 1, 2022

How to Add Watermarks to Google Docs

Late last year Google finally added a built-in option for adding watermarks to Google Documents. Unfortunately, that option only allowed you to use images as watermarks and the implementation of those watermarks was a bit clunky. Thankfully, last week Google added a new option for using text as the watermark in Google Documents. 

The new text-based watermark option in Google Docs will let you write things like "draft," "confidential," or anything else and apply it as the watermark to your document. What's also notable about this new option is that the watermark will stay with the document even if you export as  PDF or Word file. 

Watch this short video to see a demonstration of the two ways that you can now add watermarks to Google Documents. 



Applications for Education
My first thought when seeing this update was that special education teachers can now easily put a big "confidential" reminder on documents like IEPs before printing or emailing them to people who need to see them. Speaking of printing, remember that you can disable the option for collaborators to print and or download Google Documents that you share with them.

What is a MAC Address? - Here's a Concise Explanation

PowerCert Animated Videos offer clear and concise explanations of big concepts in computer hardware and networking. I referred to them fairly often when I was teaching an introduction to networking course last year. 

The latest PowerCert video is MAC Address Explained. As the title states, the video explains what a MAC address is, how it's written, where to find it, and its role in networking. The video also does a great job of explaining the key difference between MAC addresses and IP addresses. Finally, a quick explanation of ARP (Address Resolution Protocol) ties the key concepts of the video together. 



Applications for Education
Most readers of this blog will never need to know what MAC address is or how it fits into the networking process. However, it is nice to know and can helpful to know how to locate it if your IT administrator ever asks for it.

If you do teach networking, this video is one to bookmark and perhaps use as a review resource or video-based lesson in a tool like Edpuzzle.

I'll Host Your Next Tech Tuesday

Yesterday afternoon I hosted a webinar just for those who have purchased a copy of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips. Based on the response to that webinar I'll probably do another one like it later this year. Until then, I have a different offer for you. 

If you purchase ten or more copies of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips I'll host a custom, one hour webinar for your school or department within your school. The webinar can be about any of the topics within the book or I can cover some other topics of interest to you and your colleagues. To get started arranging a custom webinar for your school just send me a note at richard (at) byrne.media and we'll get the ball rolling. 

About the eBook:

50 Tech Tuesday Tips was curated from more than 400 editions of The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter 50 Tech Tuesday Tips provides you with ideas for lots of helpful things that you can teach to your colleagues and to students. Throughout the eBook you'll find tutorials and handouts that you can pass along in your school. 

Some of the many things you'll find in 50 Tech Tuesday Tips include:

  • What to do when a web app isn't working as you expect.
  • Building your own search engine.
  • How to create green screen videos.
  • Improving instructional videos. 
  • Streamlining email management.
  • Creating educational games. 
  • DIY app creation.
  • Podcasting tips for teachers and students. 


Get your copy of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips right here!

No, this ebook isn't free but the tools that feature within it is free to use. Creating something like this takes many, many hours but reading it can save you many, many hours. Purchases of 50 Tech Tuesday Tips make it possible for me to create other free resources like The Practical Ed Tech Handbook that I update and give away to thousands of teachers every year.