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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tips and Tricks using Google Chrome

Google Chrome training.

Reasons to use Google Chrome:

  1. It works great with the Google Apps.
  2. It is faster than Internet Explorer.
  3. So far I haven’t had any website ask me to install a toolbar to Chrome.
  4. The add ons help with using google apps.

Problems with Google Chrome:

  1. There are some website that just don’t operate the same.
    1. Example:  Playing sound in the School Reach Program. 

Installing Google Chrome

1.  Go to the link:

2.  Click the “Download Google Chrome” button
    3.  Click the “Accept and install” button.
    4.  The install with then start.

    5.  Somewhere during the process it will ask you if you want to make it your default browser.  You can say yes or no, it is up to you.  I chose yes.

    6.  When it is done installing you should now have a new icon on your desktop that looks like this.

    Creating a default home page.

    1.  Open up Google Chrome.
      2.  Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of Google Chrome.

      3.  Click on the “Options” option.

      4.  In the “Home Page” section select the “Open this page” radio button and then type in the web address that you want to use as your home page.

      Have more than one home page.

      1.  Open up Google Chrome.
        2.  Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of Google Chrome.

        3.  Click on the “Options” option.

        4.  In the “On Startup” section select the “Open the following pages:” radio button and then add the pages that you want to open up all at once when you first start Google Chrome.
        Add the bookmark bar and add bookmarks to it.

        1.  Open up Google Chrome.
          2. Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of Google Chrome.

          3.  Hover your mouse over the “Bookmarks” option and then select the “Show bookmarks bar” option.

          4.  A gray section should now appear below your address bar. 

          5.  Click the “Import bookmarks now” link if you want to bring your “Favorites” from Internet Explorer over to your Google Chrome.

          6.  If you want to add some of the sites that you go to the most, right click on the gray bar and then select the “Add page…” option.

          7.  Give your bookmark a name and then type in the web address to the site, or you can always copy and past the address.  Once you are done, click the “Done” button.

            8.  You should now see the name of the bookmark in the gray bar.


              9.  Click on it to make sure it works.  It should take you directly to your Gmail.

              Awesome Extensions

              1. What are extensions?
                1. Extensions are small little add-ons that add features to your browser.  Little programs that add functionality to give the browser a little more flexibility and power.
              2. Caution about extensions.
                1. There are hundreds of extension that are quite cool.  The problem is that if you load a bunch on you start to slow your browser down.
                2. Also there are many that are fun but become addictive time wasters.
              3. Three Google apps extensions worth having.
                1. Save attachments that you get in Gmail, directly to your Gdocs so that you don’t have to download them.
                2. If you find a page that you like on the web, you can send it to your Gdocs as a PDF.
                3. If you find a page that you like, send the link to a friend by clicking a button.
              4. How to add Gapps extensions.
                1. Open up Google Chrome.
                2. Click on the wrench icon in the top right corner of Google Chrome.
                5.  Click on the “Extensions” option on the left hand side of the screen
                6..Click the “Get more extensions” link at the bottom.
                  7.  Type in the search terms of the extensions you want 

                  8.  Click the “Add to Chrome” button 

                  9.  A dialogue box will pop up.  Click the “Install” button.
                  10.  That is all there is to it.  Here is a list of search terms and extensions I like to use.
                    1. Gmail Attachments To Doc
                      1. Save those pesky Gmail attachments directly to Google Docs from the attachment list itself with a newly added Save To Docs link.
                    2. Send from Gmail (by Google
                      1. Makes Gmail your default email application and provides a button to compose a Gmail message to quickly share a link via email
                    3. Send to Google Docs
                      1. Allows you to upload a pdf version of the current page to your Google Docs using the pdfcrowd service.

                  Tuesday, November 29, 2011

                  Create study guides with


                  What is it?

         is a site that allows teachers to create online study guides for your students.  If your students wanted they can create their own study guides.  I used this site to prepare for my Spanish AEPA exam.  Once I started teaching Spanish I create a study stack for every section that I was teaching.  Those students who struggled with vocabulary had another tool which they could use to practice parts of lesson given in class.  StudyStack also takes these study guides and turns them into different methods of learning.  The feedback I have gotten from students is positive.  They actually have some fun memorizing their vocabulary words.

                  I love

                  Below is a video that will describe how StudyStack is used and some of the finer features.

                  So what can study stack do with your vocabulary lists?

                  • Create flash cards
                  • Matching Activities
                  • Hangman
                  • Crossword Puzzle
                  • Create a quiz
                  • Create a Test
                  • Embed all of the above into your webpage or class blog.

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                  Sunday, November 27, 2011

                  Create hosted data charts in the cloud with


                  What is it?

                  • With ChartGizmo you can have your student create many different types of data charts much like you would see with Excel or some other type of spread sheet.
                  Why not just use Excel with your students?
                  • Actually Excel is a great direction to take your students in.  Using Excel allows students to manipulate data and create charts.  With ChartGizmo though, you don't have to create the formulas.  You just fill in the form asking for your data you want the chart to handle it ChartGizmo does the rest.
                  • Extremely easy to use.
                  • The really neat thing about ChartGizmo is that it is web based which means you can embed it into your webpage or in this case a blog like the example below.  
                  What would I use this for?
                  • I see many practical applications
                    • Science:  Weather Data for a week.
                    • Social Studies:  Statistics
                    • Music:  Favorite composers
                  • I am sure that teachers can fill in the rest.
                  • If your students need to create a graph of any type please share this site with them.  They will easily understand how to use it.

                  Saturday, November 26, 2011

                  Make bibliographies with

         is an awesome place for your students to go if they need to make bibliographies for their research papers or book reports. 

                  What is Easybib?

                  • Make bibliographies using the MLA style for free.
                  • Create bibliographies for books, journal articles, magazine articles, newspaper articles, websites, dictionaries, digital images, maps, etc...  There are acually over 50 types of bibliographies that this site will help your students create.
                  • Many books are already loaded so all you need is the title and it will create the rest for you.
                  • Users can login using their Google Apps, Facebook, Yahoo, OpenID, and AOL logins or they can just create their own.
                    • NOTE:  If your district has signed up with a Google Apps Domain, then your IT Network Manager can add it to your domain so that as students login to Google Apps they won't have to use a differen user name and password.  Once logged into Google Apps they will already be able to log in to Easybib.
                  • Create a works cited page in minutes.
                  Introduction Video:

                  User guides:

                  Happy bibliography making.  Please share this information with your students.  It truly is a great site to be using.


                  Hello.  My name is Brian Weir and for an educational technology trainer you might find it incredible that this is pretty much my first attempt at blogging. 

                  This is my 5th year being the educational technology trainer/specialist for the Snowflake Unified School District located in the White Mountains in Arizona. 

                  My Bachelors degree was in Elementary Education with ESL and Bilingual (Spanish) endorsements from Western New Mexico University.  I then got my Master's degree in Geoscience from Mississippi State University.

                  The purpose of this blog is to explore and share online Cloud and Web 2.0 resources that educators can use with their students and harness the ability of collaboration within the education environment.  Please feel free to share your favorite web tools.  I know there are many other blogs such as this out there, but no worries because lets all link up together to build the greatest set of Online tools and Ideas available.

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