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The Searchable Den

posted Oct 4, 2015, 4:26 PM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Oct 4, 2015, 4:44 PM ]

The Huskie Den Is Now Searchable!
You ask and you shall receive! By popular request, the Huskie Den is now searchable. If you are having trouble locating a specific item in the den, just click on the link in the menu bar that reads SEARCH THE DEN. Once you click on the link you will be taken to the Huskie Den Diigo Search bar where you can search by Title, URL, or Tag.

If you hover your cursor over SEARCH THE DEN you will also notice that I have added the HUSKIE DEN OUTLINER. This is a 1 page outline displaying all of the Huskie Den links in chronological order. Hopefully this new addtion to the den will help to make finding what you are looking for a little bit easier.

Checkboxes in Google Docs

posted Oct 2, 2015, 12:20 PM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Oct 2, 2015, 4:30 PM by Doug Saunders ]

How to check a checkbox in Google Docs
Below is a really quick screencast explaining the process of adding a check mark to a bullet list in Google Docs. This may be of use to Holman teachers who have decided to use the daily lesson plan Google Doc template as part of their lesson planner submission process for this school year. Sounds simple, right? Well it is if you know how to do it!

Faculty Meeting Slideshow 15 - 16

posted Sep 28, 2015, 12:28 PM by Doug Saunders


posted Sep 23, 2015, 5:32 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 27, 2015, 4:04 PM ]

Set Up A Dropbox Using Dropittome

Are you looking for a way to securely receive digital files from teachers or students? I had previously blogged about the steps in setting up a Google Drive dropbox, but there appears to be an even better alternative on the market. Dropittome is a site that allows you to connect an anonymous dropbox to your Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive account. This free service even password protects the dropbox to prevent anyone from needlessly uploading random files to your account. Be sure to check out the example of what this looks like by clicking on the button below. For a user to upload a file to my Google Drive, they simply enter the password: holmanitrt and select the file on their computer they would like to share with me. This also works on mobile devices!


County Email Phone Settings

posted Sep 22, 2015, 8:31 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 22, 2015, 1:05 PM ]

Henrico Email Settings On Your iPhone or Android Device
Quite a few teacher have approached me asking, "How do I get my Henrico email on my cell phone?" Below is a screen shot showing the settings you will need to enable on your device under your phone/tablet Exchange email preferences.

Link Chooser Add-on

posted Sep 17, 2015, 8:26 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 8:26 AM ]

Link Chooser Add-on for Google Docs

Link chooser is an add-on for Google Docs that allows you to easily insert links to various files or folders housed within Google Drive.

Student Training 15 - 16

posted Sep 16, 2015, 10:17 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 21, 2015, 11:17 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Student Laptop Training 15 - 16

I just added the finishing touches to the student training modules for this year. Student training will take place over a three day period during Huskie 21. More information about implementation dates will be forthcoming. All information such as student modules, a facilitator's guide, timeline, and assessments can be viewed by visiting:

Teacher Facilitator Guide

Tech Saving Time Tips

posted Sep 12, 2015, 8:42 AM by Doug Saunders

TED Talk - David Pogue: 10 Top Time Saving Tech Tips

Share to Classroom

posted Sep 9, 2015, 10:50 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 5:28 PM by Doug Saunders ]

Share to Classroom

Share to Classroom makes it easy for teachers to share a specific webpage with all of the students in their class. With the click of a button a teacher can "push" a specific website to each of the students in their class. No more having to wait for students to click on a link or waste class time when students mistype a web address. Just launch the extension and choose which of your Google Classrooms you would like to receive the page. For this to work properly, both teacher and student need to have the extension installed and both parties must be signed into their Google Apps account in Chrome.

Voice Typing

posted Sep 3, 2015, 8:50 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Sep 6, 2015, 11:04 AM ]

Google Docs Update: Voice Typing

Google has added voice dictation to Google Docs. Voice typing can recognize up to 40 different languages. To initiate voice typing, open a Google Doc --> 
Click --> Tools --> Voice typing...

You can also use the keyboard shortcut ctrl - shift - S to start speaking your text.

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