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Whew!  
Google has had a busy week with updates!

Let's get started with Google Sheets!

You can now merge cells! 
This update adds the ability to merge the cells of a table in Google Docs. Merged table cells can span more than one row and/or column. 

To merge table cells, highlight the cells to be merged in your table and select Merge cells from the Table menu (or right click and select Merge cells).
Merged table cells in Word documents can now be imported as well.

Now, on to Google Docs!

When working with images in Google Docs on the web you now have the ability to adjust their color, transparency, brightness, and contrast.

To use this feature, select an image in Google Docs and click the Image options button in the toolbar (you can also right click on the image, or use the Format menu, and select Image options). Under "Recolor," you can change the color of your image to match your presentation. Under "Adjustments," you can change the transparency, brightness, and contrast of the image.



Next up is Google Slides!

In Google Slides you can now add slide numbers to your presentations, providing a reference guide for both presenters and audiences. To add slide numbers, go to Insert > Slide numbers from the toolbar. You can then choose to apply slide numbers to all slides or selected slides. You can also choose to skip title slides.

Finally, two updates to Google Classroom!

First, you can now attach multiple Google Drive files to an assignment. This is great if you have a rubric and instructions or if you wish to create more in-depth assignments or units.


The second update is that you can now add your profile photo to your avatar for Classroom. 



Thanks to the Google Blog and Google for Education for providing the information about these updates!

Questions or Comments?
Email me at: pamelabatchelor@johnston.k12.nc.us



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Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Google Tidbits: Too Many to Count!

Whew!  
Google has had a busy week with updates!

Let's get started with Google Sheets!

You can now merge cells! 
This update adds the ability to merge the cells of a table in Google Docs. Merged table cells can span more than one row and/or column. 

To merge table cells, highlight the cells to be merged in your table and select Merge cells from the Table menu (or right click and select Merge cells).
Merged table cells in Word documents can now be imported as well.

Now, on to Google Docs!

When working with images in Google Docs on the web you now have the ability to adjust their color, transparency, brightness, and contrast.

To use this feature, select an image in Google Docs and click the Image options button in the toolbar (you can also right click on the image, or use the Format menu, and select Image options). Under "Recolor," you can change the color of your image to match your presentation. Under "Adjustments," you can change the transparency, brightness, and contrast of the image.



Next up is Google Slides!

In Google Slides you can now add slide numbers to your presentations, providing a reference guide for both presenters and audiences. To add slide numbers, go to Insert > Slide numbers from the toolbar. You can then choose to apply slide numbers to all slides or selected slides. You can also choose to skip title slides.

Finally, two updates to Google Classroom!

First, you can now attach multiple Google Drive files to an assignment. This is great if you have a rubric and instructions or if you wish to create more in-depth assignments or units.


The second update is that you can now add your profile photo to your avatar for Classroom. 



Thanks to the Google Blog and Google for Education for providing the information about these updates!

Questions or Comments?
Email me at: pamelabatchelor@johnston.k12.nc.us



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