Thursday, 29 October 2015

3 Amazing Google Drive tips and tricks you need to know!

Back with some more tips and tricks. 3 Big Tricks and Tips in this Blog Post

First Tip: Conversion of different formats

A lot of us use Google Apps for Education and LOVE it! However, we still have a lot of old resources or resources from other websites in all sorts of formats.

If you are like me you still have to upload Microsoft Word documents from time to time and Automatically Converting them to Google Doc format is the best way to ensure you are not getting confused or end up with conflicting copies.

Google Drive can do this conversion for you without having to prompt Drive. You do however have to set the default setting to Automatically convert!

Second Tip: Off line Access

YES! When using Chrome you have full offline access to your Drive and files. Make sure your settings are set up correctly and you will never again have a problem when the power goes because of that Thunder storm. Or because you are on a plane, or someone unplugged your router(haha, happens to all of us!)

Final Tip: Convert PDF files into Google Docs Format for Edit.

One of the questions I get asked the most is "Can you convert a pdf? I want to edit/copy some information"

Well, the answer to that questions is YES, and you don't have to purchase software or install anything. All you need is your very own Google account and Google Docs! That's right! This video will walk you trough the steps.

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Advanced Google Slides Trick

Today I would like to highlight one of my previous videos which has proven to be a very useful tool in class and outside the classroom.

A lot of us give presentations or create slideshows as a visual enhancement of our training's or lessons. Google Slides gives us access to a basic Presentation Software and with a couple of simple tricks we can easily turn these 'basic' presentations into 'advanced' interactive slideshows.

Using a tool called the poly-line and hyperlinks you can ink to individual slides within your presentation.

This short video will walk you through all the steps needed.

As always let me know what you think of this trick and if you've used it feel free to share some of your ideas and best practices with the wider community!

Quick Update on my Offline time...

Hi everyone,

I know... I'ts been quiet... Too quiet! I've been very busy traveling, teaching my wonderful class and setting up all sorts of side projects. I am very excited to return to the Blogging Space now that Time is a bit more supportive.
I am also looking forward to sharing some of these projects with you (the readers) and will continue to share in future posts as these develop.

"What have you been doing?" is probably what some of you are asking.

Well If you are already a subscriber on my YouTube channel you will have noticed that I have continued posting videos onto my channel on a wide range of different Google Products.

But, to return to my original point: Here are some of the things I've been doing.

The first will be more of an ongoing project. I've been thinking about getting more involved with GEG West Bangkok for a while now and have finally started this, we have been planning a Second Meetup for GEG West Bangkok and will share more on this later, once confirmed.


So far GEG Bangkok has only had one Meetup and we are very excited about increasing these meetings and reaching even more people.

If you are unfamiliar with GEG's. GEG stands for Google Educators Group and is run by 'us' (Google educators and enthusiast) to share best practice and ideas.

Another side project has been slightly more personal as I have continued my own Google Qualifications.

After completing my Google Certified Educator Course I looked into continuing this and signed up for The AppsEvent Certified Admin Course Level 1 and Level 2.

At last Months AppsEvent Bangkok Google Summit, I finally completed these and thus I can now proudly show off these three 'fancy' badges :-)


Next on my to do list is to complete my Certified Google Trainer application and Send it off to Google. The Application period for 2015 Q4 has started last week, and I am currently recording my video to go with my 'Training resume' and 'Case Study'.

More news on that later.

My next couple of posts will probably be with highlights and tutorials of the videos I've uploaded these last couple of months.