Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education are a phenomenal free resource for schools. They’re powerful. They’re intuitive. They’re flexible. They offer unique collaboration opportunities for classrooms.
When we made Chalkup, we prioritized seamless integration with Google Drive so that educators could continue to use these powerful free tools, layering in discussions, rubrics, flashcards, and time management tools through the Chalkup platform.
We quickly learned how many of our users were huge Google Apps nerds like us. (I mean this as the ultimate compliment.)
Over the last year we’ve been sharing our favorite Google tips from around the Chalkup office. We’ve covered shortcuts that have saved us time, interesting formulas for Google Sheets, and even Chromebook tips to benefit classrooms that have gone all in on Google’s laptop. And what an awesome response. We we thrilled that everyone enjoyed these resources; I love getting stories from instructors who used our tips in their own workflow.
Working Faster: Google Drive Shortcuts
Navigating in Drive
/: Search Drive
c: Create menu
a: More actions menu
f: Current folder actions menu
r: Sort menu
t: Settings menu
g then l: Go to items view
v: Switch between grid and list in items view
i: Show or hide activity pane
d: Show or hide details pane
g then d: Details pane
g then t: Go to top of application (Google bar)
g then u: Go to upload status
g then a: Go to download status
Editing Smarter: Google Docs
Organizing Better: Google Sheets
Presenting Sweeter: Google Slides
Image Masking. The time may come when you’d like to change the shape of an image embedded on your slide. For example, maybe you want your headshot to appear in a circle, not a rectangle, like the original image. Masking is how we’re going to do that.
Connecting Seamlessly: Chromebooks
Lock it Down. You can lock down your Chromebook screen before stepping away from your desk. Just press Ctrl+Shift+L.
Create Shortcuts. Really simple. Head to your apps, right click the one you want a shortcut for, and click “create.”