Working with Google documents offline

All of us who work mainly in the cloud (in my case, almost exclusively) have heard comments like: “It’s great to have all the information in the cloud, but the day you don’t have the internet you won’t be able to do anything”. This statement has not been true for a long time now, but it’s okay to remember it and see how to set it all up so that we can really work when we don’t have access to the network. In this article we will see how to access documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google format that we have on Drive and how we can work. It is necessary to specify that, for the moment, we can only work with these 3 types of files. Therefore, without connection we will not be able to work with sites, forms, drawings, mymaps, etc.

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G Suite Admin Console (4): Configuring the Chrome Web Store

Continuing with the series of articles on the G Suite Admin console, today I will show you how to customize the Chrome Web Store. Students have a tendency to install many extensions, many of them without knowing too much about who made them. This can lead to two major problems. First of all, it may be a security issue, as although Google reviews it, there may be some extension that collects data. The second problem is memory loading and therefore slowness.

In this article we’ll look at how to prevent that students install Chrome Web Store extensions and how to set up your own Chrome Web Store with a selection of extensions. In this way, students are offered extensions that the school has tested and knows are useful. But we don’t force all students to have installed. Each one will add or remove as many as they need at any given time. Attention, if they don’t use Chromebooks, they can always log in to Chrome with a particular gmail user and install the extensions they want.

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Various methodologies, please!

(image by Juan Pablo Bravo, from The Noun Project)

Lately I have seen many schools that presume of working only by projects. I use this methodology (or method, we won’t go into it now) very often. I am in a school where students do projects for a couple of hours each day approximately.

But I don’t understand this habit of saying that everything is done by projects. To begin with, when you scratch a little, questions and shuffle projects (if you have them open), you realize that some parts of what they call projects we call laboratory practices, manipulative math exercises, classical play performances…. a project, as I understand them, has a final product or a clear guiding question and all the research and activities that students do are aimed at getting the product or answering the question. (more…)

Inserting private images into a Google Sheet

A couple of days ago, Alice Keeler (@alicekeeler) published a post (Google Sheets: Embed an Image) about the =IMAGE() function to insert images into a spreadsheet. It is a function that allows you to embed an image that is public on the Internet inside a cell. I encourage you to read her post.

With this function you can only embed images that are on the internet in a public way. But what if we want to insert photographs that we don’t want to publish? For example, what if we have created a pupil tracking sheet and we want that their pictures appear? In this article I show an option that can complement Alice’s article.

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One file in several Drive folders

Of all G Suite applications, Drive is one of the most widely used, but it’s also one of the most common headaches. To take advantage of it, you have to be tidy and have some clear concepts of how it works. Other times I’ve talked about how to keep it organized: Organizing Google Drive and Google Drive share folders or documents?

In this article I’m talking about the option of having the same file in two or more different folders and the precautions we should take if we use it.

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