Thursday, October 6, 2016

Use Feedly & Google Keep to Keep Track of Your Favorite Blogs

A few months ago Evernote made changes to their free plan that essentially made it worthless. At that time I completely switched all of my bookmarking and mobile note-taking activities to Google Keep. It has been a few months now and I can honestly say that I don't miss Evernote one bit.

The primary way that I use Google Keep is to bookmark things that I find while reading through my favorite blogs in Feedly. Feedly is the RSS reader that I have used since Google shuttered Google Reader. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how to use Feedly and Google Keep together. The first video is a demonstration of using the two tools on my desktop. The second video is a demonstration on my Android phone.

Applications for Education
Feedly provides a great way to keep up with your favorite blogs about education. It also provides a good way for students to track topics that they are researching. One way that students can do this is by creating a Google Alert then subscribing to that Alert in Feedly. Of course, they can also just follow a some blogs about the same topic in Feedly.

A Cute Video About Email Etiquette for Students

Next Vista for Learning is a unique video sharing website because it focuses on sharing videos made by students to help other students (you will also find some videos made by teachers). One good example of this can be found in Emailing Your Teacher, With Captain Communicator. The short video features two students demonstrating how to write an email to a teacher. It's cute and well worth 90 seconds of your time.

On a related note, the following video produced by a teacher and shared on YouTube outlines five email etiquette tips for students.

Google Apps for Education Has a New Name - Everything Else Pretty Much the Same

Google Apps for Education users might have noticed a small tweak to their accounts this week. That tweak was a name change. Google Apps for Education is now called G Suite for Education. This changes absolutely nothing about the way that your Google Apps err, ahh, umm G Suite tools work.

In that same announcement regarding the name change, Google shared that the Explore feature for Slides, Docs, and Sheets that was rolled-out last week should be appearing in your G Suite account soon.

Why Google made the name change is a bit unclear. But it seems that the change is designed to reflect Google's belief that the new name reflects that "apps" was too limiting of a description for what G Suite tools can do.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Add Page Numbers to Your Google Docs Table of Contents

When you compose a long document in Google Documents it's helpful to add page numbers as you go. That's been possible in Google Docs for quite a while. It has also been possible to create a table of contents in your Google Documents for quite a while. But until today you couldn't use page numbers in your table of contents in Google Docs.

As announced earlier today on the G Suite Updates blog, you can now create a table of contents that includes page numbers in Google Documents. To do so, select the numbered option in "table of contents" in the "insert" drop-down menu.

This feature appeared today in one of my Google Accounts and not in two others. If you don't see it right away, give it a couple of days and it should appear.

Applications for Education
This isn't a huge update to Google Documents, but it could prove to be helpful to high school and college students who are composing long reports in Google Docs. It could also be helpful to their teachers or peers who want to jump to a specific section of a report.

Kids' "State Dinner" Cookbook Offers Healthy Recipes for Families

Choose My Plate is a USDA website designed to promote healthy eating. Throughout the site you can find tips on creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You will also find plenty of recipes to try at home. One great collection of recipes is found in the form of a PDF called Kids' "State Dinner" Cookbook (link opens a PDF).

Kids' "State Dinner" Cookbook features 50 recipes submitted by students in all 50 states. In the cookbook you will find recipes like Wrapped Alaska Denali Style and Spinach Smoothie, Fit to Run Boston Marathon Cod-Potato Cake, and Super Stuffed Squash. All recipes are healthy and can introduce families to new foods.

On a related note, offers a selection of videos about healthy eating. Some of those videos feature easy-to-make, healthy snacks. See an example below.

Applications for Education
The Kids' "State Dinner" Cookbook and video recipes could be good resources for health education teachers to add to their list of resources that introduce students to ideas for healthy eating. Home economics teachers looking for recipes to use with their students might also find the cookbook useful.