January 29, 2016

Google Slides Tip: Title Your Slides to Create a Handy Table of Contents (And How to Add Titles Afterwards)

It had been there all along I know, but I just recently discovered that those title boxes on Google slides organize the finished slideshow presentation and help readers to access the content easily. 




Before I start to view a Google slideshow, I like to see how many slides are in the show. Is it going to be quick, or is it something I want to enjoy over a cup of tea?

While I'm previewing length, I like to peek at what will be covered in the slideshow. And yes, I admit that I often jump right away to a particular slide that piques my interest.

So, yes, those title boxes are very handy. Mahalo to all of you presenters who take that extra step for us readers!

Here's how to add a title to a slide, after you've already done your slide show.

1. Click on the slide you want to change. (If you want to change several slides, command click or right click on all slides. And for all slides, select all.)

2. Go to Slide --> Apply layout.

3. Select any layout that has a title box.

4. The title box will appear on the slide(s).

5. Type in title. Adjust as desired. (You can even hide the title if you want.)

6. Done!




I hope you find this Google tip useful, and ... 

Happy Aloha Friday!



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December 28, 2015

#GAFE in 2015: the Goodness Shared 23 Ways

Gathering my Google Certified Trainer submissions, and chiming in with a 2015 list of my own. #twofer 

As you can see, Google entranced me in a lot of different ways!


Here's hoping you find something you can use! #incaseyoumisseditthefirsttimearound

1. Jan 25 - How to Use Google Forms for Reading Logs, Courtesy of Megan Ellis and The Apps Show [blog post]


2. Feb 10 - GAFE Hawaii Summit 2015 Q and A with +Wendy Gorton [hangout]



3. Mar 13 - Five #GR8Finds #This Week 3.13.15 -- #Googleonthebrain: Calendar, CFO Resignation, Search Ranking, Red Alert, and a Conference [blog post]

4. March 23 - Hawaii Gafe Summit - How about those (33) Chrome extensions! A Google Sheet, a Thinglink, and 4 Observations (my preso at the 2015 Hawaii GAFE Summit) [blog post, Thinglink]


5. April 7 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]



6. April 14 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]



7. April 25 - The #FunFactor \(^^)/ at the Third Hawaii Google Summit! [blog post]


8. May 1 - 3 #GR8GoogleFinds #ThisWeek 05.01.15 - Textbooks, Google+ on Twitter, and Reference Users Wanted [blog post]

9. May 8 - View On Demand: The First Day of the May 2015 Google Education on Air Conference [blog post]

10. May 18 - Boom! All 7 "Collaboration and Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot [blog post]

11. June 10 - Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2015: Kamehameha Schools Ed Tech Conference -  Collaboration: A Day in the Life of a Vibrant GAFE School [Google slide presentation]



12. June 15 - MOVE IT! A Fun Chrome Extension to Help Fight the Unhealthy Effects of Sitting [blog post]


13. June 19 - 3 #GR8Finds at the Hawaii Google for Education Summit [blog post]


14. June 19 - Quick Google Tip: (Only) 2 Steps to Converting an Image of Text to a Google Doc, h/t The Gooru [blog post]


15. July 22 - Bookmark This URL to Get Full-Screen Google Plus Notifications (And Don't Forget Shortcuts J and K!) [blog post]




16. June 30 - NOTATISTE Ignite - 10 Painless Ways to Jumpstart Google Apps Integration At Your School [hangout presentation]


17. Aug 10 - How to Finesse Your Google Drawing with the Curve Tool and Edit Points [YouTube tutorial]



18. Aug 18 - Google Cardboard w/ Jody Brown [hangout]




19. Sept 22 - The Latest Google Updates [hangout]



20. Sep 25 - 10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share [Blog post, Google slide presentation for MISO]


21. Sep 25 - Google Forms, Flubaroo, Kahoot [Google slide presentation for MISO]



22. Nov 10 - Google Top Contributor Program, #SotF, #edcampHI [hangout]





23. Nov 11- Forced to Copy a Google Doc, Spreadsheet or Slide? Preview it First! [Blog post]


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Yes, an eclectic collection, because that's the way I roll :)

Hope your 2016 is healthy, happy, prosperous, and full of love and learning.


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December 17, 2015

Hour of Code and Computer Science Week, Hawaii Style!

This month's Google Rocks! Hawaii hangout on #hourofcode was so inspiring! +Shane Asselstine hosted, and several teachers shared what their schools did during Computer Science Week, Dec. 8 - 14.

The #hourofcode events highlighted in the slide show below are the tip of the iceberg. Hour of Code registered 338 events for Hawaii this year! See the list here.




Each school participated in #hourofcode in ways unique to their community. #socool

Two events stood out for hangout panelists because they were evening events that reached out to parents and the public. 

Hale Kula Elementary's Family Night (slide #6),


and Momilani Elementary's Everyone Can Code event (slide #3). 




Here's the entire broadcast, with details on the various events. Note the panelists' sparkle as they describe #hourofcode and related events at their school, and their fervor as they discuss their hopes for the future of coding in the curriculum.

Grab a cuppa and have a look and listen ... 



A big MAHALO for sharing to host +Shane Asselstine of Momilani Elementary (slide #3), and panelists +Michael Fricano II of 'Iolani (slide #7), Celeste Endo of Queen Kaahumanu Elementary (slides #5 and #8), +Melissa Handy of LeJardin Academy, Melanie Ching of Wai'Alae Elementary Public Charter School, and Roberta Hodara of Seabury Hall (slide #4).

More sharing, please ... :)


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December 01, 2015

Hanging Out with Author Mariana Llanos -- Libros, Preguntas, y Fotos

Thanks to Google Hangouts in Education, our Advanced Spanish classes got to meet author Mariana Llanos!


All ready to share Tristan Lobo with class of high school Spanish students in Hawaii. Thanks to their fantastic...
Posted by Books by Mariana Llanos on Tuesday, November 17, 2015


(one of two classes) 
A photo posted by Seabury Hall's Castle Library (@seaburylibrary) on

Here are some reactions to the experience.

Profesora Mrs. Fuentes-Asato:


"I really enjoyed the Google hangout with Mariana Llanos. It was great to see my students so engaged and interested in knowing more about Tristán Lobo. I also enjoyed seeing them asking different kinds of questions to Mariana regarding her career, personal life, and hobbies.

I think this Google hangout was a great experience because we got to do something outside the classroom and it was different. It was neat to meet the author that we had been talking about for the last few days and to learn so much from her.

Even though Tristán Lobo is a story for kids, it had new vocabulary, expressions, and different past tenses, which made the lessons more meaningful and challenging, perfect for a high level Spanish class.

I highly recommend this to all the teachers."


From some of los estudiantes:


"I enjoyed listening to Mariana share her story with our classes-- it was a nice change in classroom setting and really nice to hear a native speaker speak over video chat. It was very different and I loved the idea of the video chat. I really enjoyed listening to her talk, her voice was so energetic and fluid. Overall, it was a great experience, meeting someone so passionate about what she does." --
Shayla

"I thought the visit went really well except for some technical glitches like the sound and the text on screen.  But overall, it was really cool to have a Google hangout with a Spanish-speaking author who told us a story and then answered our questions afterwards." --Jesse


"I really enjoyed the visit because Mariana was very energetic and passionate about her books. It was nice to change up the normal classroom activities and have a bit of real world situations in having a conversation in Spanish with strangers. There were technical glitches, but that didn’t ruin the experience. It was really good practice for listening and speaking in Spanish which was very helpful and fun for me." --Ava


"I enjoyed meeting and listening to Mariana. Although it was occasionally hard to follow her Spanish speaking, it was a great experience and showed me that with more practice I could really be able to have a conversation with somebody in Spanish. She made me feel very comfortable and seemed very excited to help us practice our Spanish!" --Peyton


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We'll be purchasing more of Mariana's books, and you can too, either HERE (for an autographed copy) or on Mariana's website.

I was thrilled to facilitate Mariana's visit. Hopefully there will be more Google hangouts and author visits in our future!



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Cross-posted at SEABURY READS.

November 22, 2015

An updated school library mission statement to reflect our updated program!




Just added a third part to our library's mission statement, to reflect our updated program:

Our Library's Mission:
1. to assist students in becoming more effective, ethical users and creators of information; (existing)
2. to foster reading as a life-enhancing skill and pleasure; (existing)
3. to encourage and support exploration, collaboration, and creativity. (new)

This makes official the direction in which we've been heading for the last couple of years, with our fledgling Maker, #TechTalk, and #Unplugged programs.

It feels good to have an updated mission statement that accurately reflects what is happening in our library!




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