Category Archives: Tutorials

Lessons describing how to use various software and hardware.

Bibliography Tabbing in Google Docs

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1. Begin by highlighting all of the entries in your bibliography.

 

 

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2. Move your mouse up to the ruler above your paper. If you do not see this ruler, it can be activated in the menu under View > Show Ruler.

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5. Voila! Your bibliography is now tabbed correctly.

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Storing Lists of Places in Google Earth

History classes refer to historical locations. Google Earth has imagery of historical locations. Why not use Google Earth in the classroom? Geography is often important for understanding the reasons for various historical events, such as how land was divided or why wars ended the way they did. By providing an interactive view of landmarks, Google Earth can be used to help teach everything from the importance of geography, to the engineering marels of bridges and parks.

In this post, I will explain how an educator can build a list of places in Google Earth and share it with others. I am assuming the reader already has Google Earth installed and has basic knowledge on how to use it. Please note that I am using Windows 7. The Mac and Linux versions should be similar, but may have slight differences. iOS and Android versions have vastly different interfaces and are not covered here.

The task of creating and sharing a list of places may seem daunting at first, but becomes much easier when broken down. This post will describe the process in five easy steps: Continue reading

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Google Sharing

Google Drive is one of the most used, or should be, the most used item on google for teachers and students. It is a storage service that allows documents and other files to be saved in. Within Google Drive, there is Google Docs, that is a word processor that can be shared with others. This feature will allow you to share with other people inside the documents itself. Within the sharing there is editing, comments, suggestions, and a view only feature as well. Continue reading

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Google’s Search Operators

Many people know how to search Google. Its easy, right? Just navigate to Google.com and enter what you would like to learn about. What if I told you that the way you have been searching is wrong. How? Well, by using Google’s Search Operators, you can more accurately and more easily find the information that you are looking for.

Say you want to find a line from a song, speech, book, or other line of text. You may not remember the title, but you go and search: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Wrong. Now, lets try it with Google’s Search Operators. Using quotes around your search query tells Google to search for that phrase in its entirety. Lets try it again: “it was the best of times it was the worst of times”. Much better, now you are searching more accurately. Continue reading

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Utilizing Google’s Search Operators: Getting the Best Results for your Search

Everyone uses some type of search engine everyday of their life. We use search engines for research, the weather, directions, addresses, facts we are curious about, school work, and pretty much everything else we need to or want to know. There are many different search engines;  Google, Bing, and Yahoo are probably most commonly used but there are others. Some of these search engines have different ways to make searches more defined. I will focus on how to use Google’s advanced search features so that you can get the best results from your search. Continue reading

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Google Drive for the iPhone

Using Google Drive on the iPhone:

Go to the App Store. Search for “google drive” and download. This application is free. However, keep in mind that if you don’t have a Google account already, you will not be able to use the drive.

After downloading, click on the app to open it. You’ll see something like this when you do.

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Apple Maps

Overview

Apple maps is an innovative experience to locate areas, route trips and grasp a lay of the land. The application, which comes pre-installed on all mobile Apple products, allows the user to use a wide range of settings to perform specific tasks. The completely free product is highly useful and provides an atlas of information all in a small screen.

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How to Use it

Upon launching the app, it may appear very confusing and highly advance. Don’t worry! The maps feature is easily accessible to new users and those not familiar with technology.

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Along the top and bottom borders of the screen are the main settings. The top left shows a button that say “Directions,” which is probably the most useful aspect of the app. It allows the user to input a start and end point for a trip. In fact, the settings are so diverse that a trip can be mapped out by car, public transportation or even on foot. The start point can also be set to the user’s current location provided location services are enabled for the mobile device. When done, simply click “Route” and the map will show a few different routes that have varying traffic, distance and time variables. Tap on any one of these routes and click “Start” in the top right of the screen to enter into the step by step navigation. You can even leave the app running in the background while you access other apps on your device and the computer generated voice will inform you when to turn and will keep you on course.

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The bottom task bar has a few useful settings regarding how the map appears to the user. The arrow icon toward the bottom left shows the user their current location when tapped. The 3D feature tilts the screen to give the illusion that the map is three dimensional. The box with an arrow coming out of it allows the user to send information from the Maps app the social media, the device itself and any third party devices such as a printer. Finally, the “i” with  a circle around it provides some more useful map displays. “Standard” is the standard flat, routing map more useful for locating specific locations. The “Hybrid” setting shows a more developed layout of the land as to trees, dirt and grass as well as geographical locations. This setting allows the user to grasp a more realistic lay of the land. The third and final setting, “Satellite,” shows the world view of the Earth. This setting shows specific time zones of the world allowing the user to grasp a concept of time changes if travel is at a great distance.

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