The Bookmark Bar on Google Chrome is one of my favorite and most used piece of technology. It seems pretty simple, but there are so many features that I didn’t know about until recently.
To open your bookmark manager on Google Chrome, click on the three vertical dots in the very top right corner of the window. Find “bookmarks” and hover over it to open the menu. Click on “Bookmark Manager”.
Let’s organize with folders. Click the three vertical dots on the blue header and click “add folder”. You can organize your bookmarks into the different classes you have, or by another system.
Click the star in the address bar to bookmark a page. I like to delete the text so that only the icons appear in the bookmark bar. It makes everything fit easier and look nicer.
Once you have all the pages bookmarked, you can right-click on the folder and open ALL THE PAGES AT ONCE!!!
You can see here that I have organized my bookmark bar by rainbow color. I have a few folders where I keep pages I want to open all at once, but for the most part this works for me.
Think about the pages you use often. Keep going back to your bookmarks a few times a year and purge the pages you don’t use often.
I debated whether to save this post for later or make it a priority. Everyone uses (or should use) ctrl + C and ctrl + v for copy and paste. How much time are you really saving by using those keyboard shortcuts instead of your mouse? It turns out, it’s a lot of freaking time!
There are so many more wonderful keyboard shortcuts that will make your life easier and save you time when you are planning, teaching, and grading all online.
Note: I am going to be talking mostly about Windows and Chromebook in this post. If you are working on a mac, you may need to look up Apple-specific shortcuts.
GoogleSlides is the most wonderful, versatile application I’ve ever used and I would be completely lost without it.
I started using GoogleSlides to teach in 2015 when I was a first-year teacher. Those slides had everything I needed for the day. I would make one presentation for each day and subject with the learning target, success criteria, homework, agenda, and any activities we were doing that day.
When students came into my classroom, they knew that the date, agenda, homework, and bellringer would be ready to go. No matter what we were doing in class, we always started the same way. Class got started without me saying a word. Beautiful.
You can see that my slides evolved throughout the years. I learned new tricks and figured out what worked best in class.
Here are some slides that I used for in-person lessons.
Little did I know that working with GoogleSlides all those years was actually preparing me for teaching remotely during a pandemic.
I cannot tell you how helpful teaching with GoogleSlides has been during the 2020-21 school year. We’ve been virtual all year and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that I couldn’t do it without GoogleSlides (and PearDeck. Ask me later about PearDeck.)