Showing posts with label Google Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google Tips. Show all posts

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Need a Metronome or Timer - Just Google It

Whenever I run a workshop that is longer than an hour I use Google's built-in timer function to time breaks. All I have to do is type "set timer 5 minutes" into a Google search and a timer appears and starts counting down. You can enter any amount of time after set timer and you can pause the timer if you need to. Watch the video below to see how that works.


A new to me feature of Google search is the option to use a metronome. To access a metronome in Google search simply type "metronome" into your search and the metronome appears. You can adjust the tempo of the metronome by dragging the slider below the tempo display.

Thanks to Lifehacker for the metronome tip.

Friday, February 14, 2014

How to Use Google as a Countdown Timer

I've featured a bunch of countdown timers over the years. This one might be the simplest one yet. As The Next Web reported yesterday, you can now simply type into Google search "set timer" followed by an amount of time and a countdown timer is displayed. An alarm beeps when time is up. You can make the timer appear full screen without advertisements by clicking a little box icon to the right of the timer. You can see this feature in action in the video below.


Applications for Education
Whenever I have long blocks of instructional time I like to break it up with short breaks and or timed hands-on activities. One tool that can help to prevent the students and me from stretching the "break times" is to use a countdown timer like this one.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Need Google Product Use Tips? Visit Google Tips

Thanks to Peter Vogel sharing examples on Google+, this morning I learned about the Google's new Tips website. Google Tips is collection of Google product use examples and tips. You can select a specific product to learn about or scroll through the whole gallery of tips for all products. Most of the tips are things that I would categorize as "beginner" tips. Beginner tips are great for schools that are just getting started with Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and or Android tablets.

When you need a little more information about a Google product or you encounter an unexpected error, the Google Products Forum is a good place to search for help from other Google Apps users. For example, I turned to the Google Drive Forum to find out if other users were encountering unexpected errors with the Google Docs Template Gallery this morning.