Thursday, April 23, 2015

Using Google Drive in the Classroom

With more and more teachers using Chromebooks and/or Google Drive in our classrooms for students to work on assignments, projects, or more I thought it would be useful this week to continue to  give you all some more Google helpful hints.  These hints were first published by a group called and republished online by a group called Teach Through.  They focus on hints you can use to increase efficiency and productivity while working in Google Drive/Docs ....Enjoy.....

Keyboard Shortcuts
Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more.
  1. Ctrl+Home: Get back to the top of your doc.
  2. Ctrl+B: Bold
  3. Ctrl+E: Center alignment
  4. Ctrl+L: Back to left alignment
  5. Ctrl+M: Insert comment
  6. Ctrl+H: Replace
  7. Ctrl+End: Go to last cell in data region
  8. Ctrl+Home: Go to first cell in data region.
  9. Shift+spacebar: Select entire row.
  10. Ctrl+Z: Undo.
  11. Ctrl+Y: Redo.
  12. Ctrl+spacebar: Select entire column.
  13. Ctrl+J: Full justify.
  14. Ctrl+Shift+L: Bulleted list.
  15. Page Down: Move down one screen.
  16. Ctrl+K: Inset link.
  17. Ctrl+Shift+F: Full screen.
  18. Page Up: Move up one screen.
  19. Ctrl+Space: Remove formatting.
  20. Ctrl+: Heading style 1. Change the “1” to any number 1-6 and get the corresponding header.
Productivity Hacks
These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined.
  1. Templates: Use Docs’ 300 templates to get started on different types of documents.
  2. Work offline: View and edit documents even when you don’t have access to an Internet connection.
  3. Create shortcuts: Create shortcuts and bookmarks for new documents, Google Docs home and more frequently visited pages.
  4. Save as different file types: Instead of converting docs to different file types, you can simply change it to HTML, RTF, PDF, ODT and more whenever you save it.
Features & Tools
Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you.
  1. Polyline: Draw shapes and lines in Google docs to make graphs, images and examples.
  2. Docs Translation: Find the docs translator under Tools.
  3. Snap to Guides: With this Edit feature, you can line up shapes in your doc automatically.
  4. Reference tools: Google docs comes with access to a dictionary, thesaurus and encyclopedia that you can use within the document.
  5. CSS Editing: Change the display of your doc by manually plugging in your CSS text.
  6. HTML tags: Docs supports, or partially supports, some HTML tags, shown here.

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's been a while.....New Tip....

After a long absence I have returned.....Mr. Hammen's Tech Tips are back....This weeks tip is about using Google for more than just search.

Most of us use Google to do our basic searches for information on the Web.  But I bet some of you did not know what Google Search can do much more than direct us to web pages that contain the information we are looking for.  You can use Google as a graphing calculator, use Google Flights to search for the cheapest flights, do number conversions and much much more.

Check out each of the links below to find out what more you can do with Google.

12 Google Search Tricks You Probably Didn't Know
14 More Google Search Tricks You Didn't Know Existed

I have used several of these tricks already and they have proven to save me time and energy personally and with my classes. Enjoy and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen (in my booming and echoing voice)

Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen is BACK!!!!!

For those who are new to the Ed White Staff you may be asking, "What is Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen?"  Well, what it is is weekly I will be sending out various technology related tips, tricks, tools and websites that you may want to explore and use.

This week's Tech Tip is a website called Paw Toon.  Simply Paw Toon is a cool way to create animated videos and presentations.  Think of it as a cool and hip alternative to PowerPoint.  It is very user friendly and the best thing about it is you can either download your video or upload it to YouTube.

You can check out Paw Toon at

A basic account is Free.
A Classroom Account (with some premium features and accounts for up to 60 students) is normally $8 a month but, FOR A LIMITED TIME you can sign up at and receive a one year Classroom Account for free.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Adding Google Drive to your Laptop

Greetings everyone!!!!  I am back!!!!  It's been a little while since I posted a tech tip so here we go.....

I have noticed a lot of people using Google Docs/Drive lately and have been having their students use it too.....have you ever wondered how you can see your Google Drive folders without having to open up a browser, going to Google Drive, logging into your account, and then start working in it....there's a little piece of software in the NEISD Software center you can download and it's conveniently called "Google Drive".
All you have to do is install from the software center and go through the setup process (which is basically logging into your Google Account) and it's all set up.

The beauty of it is that when it's set up you now have a folder when you go to your computer that says Google Drive that's acts just like a regular folder on your computer.

There will also be a Google Drive icon placed on your desktop that you can double click to go right to your Google Drive folder.
If you wanted to upload files there to store all you have to do is cut and paste or drag and drop the files to the folder.  You can also share files with people by right clicking on the file, selecting Google Drive, and then selecting Share.
There you would set any sharing permissions with people just like you would from the web page version. Also, when you put a file in a folder this way it automatically syncs the file with the web page version so that you can access that file from anywhere.
When file or folder is synced a green check mark will appear over the icon for the item.
That's it for this weeks Tech Tips with Mr. Hammen.  There a few more features with the Google Drive software that I haven't discussed here so feel free to explore and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them to this blog or send me an e-mail.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Custom Guides

Do you ever wish you had a cheat sheet for different tasks while using Microsoft Excel or Word?  Well look no farther.....Custom Guides are here.  These guides are 100% may save them to your computer/print them out and use them for a quick reference when trying to figure out some of the basics of using specific programs.

I have included guides for:
(Click the title to open a pdf of the custom guide.)

Enjoy the guides and once again if you have any questions just drop me a line.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Snipping Tool in Windows 7

Greetings and welcome to another "Tech Tip" with Mr. Hammen.  Before I start I have to thank Mrs. Luther for her suggestion on this tip.

This week's tip is about a feature in Windows 7 called the Snipping Tool.  It's a pretty easy and useful tool that allows you to take screen shots of parts or all of your screen.  Just click on the link below to find out how to use this tool.

Windows 7 Snipping Tool

Thursday, April 3, 2014

New way to deliver quizzes!!!!

Greetings and welcome to this week's TechTips with Mr. Hammen.  This week I am going to take a little bit of time to introduce you to a new way to deliver quizzes.  A colleague of mine and I were having a cup of coffee last Sunday and he asked me if I ever heard of a page called EdPuzzle.  After he described what it was and showed me examples I was floored.

EdPuzzle is a different way to deliver quizzes.  Basically you can embed a quiz from a video that you either find online or  you create and upload to the site yourself.  It's pretty slick.  Some of the additional features at your finger tips are your ability to Crop a video and Adding your voice are among the ability to Embed quizzes.

Some of the sites you can use videos from are YouTube, Vimeo, KhanAcademy, LearnZillion, National Geographic, TED, Veritasium, Numberphile, and Crash Course.

The most powerful part of the website for you as a teacher is the fact that you have a bunch of analytics at your fingertips.  You have the ability to create classes and students have students sign up.  From there you can view class progress like who watched the video, grades, and when they last viewed the video/quiz.  You also have the ability to drill down farther to view individual student progress and question trends.  In case you were wondering yes you can access it using iPads as well as on the computers.

EdPuzzle is a great way to check for understanding and for students to also create and demonstrate understanding.

Best of all....IT'S FREE!!!!

Just go to the following Link to check it out...