About Scott S. Floyd, M.Ed.

District Instructional Technologist

FYI from Google if you create your own Google Templates

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Hello Administrators,

Your organization has custom templates in the woisd.net Google Drive Template Gallery. We’ve phased out this gallery. To help make your templates easier to organize, you can now create custom templates individually in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. The old Template Gallery will be removed on or after February 15, 2017.

What you need to do

Before February 15:

You and your users should review the templates stored individually in Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. For details, see Use your work or school template gallery.
If any templates that you need are missing, submit the templates. Any administrator can update template categories in the Google Admin console. Organizations with G Suite Business (formerly Google Apps Unlimited) can control who can submit and approve templates.
If I do nothing, what will happen?

Any users who try to access the old Template Gallery in Drive will be redirected to Docs and only see the templates that have been submitted.

If users bookmarked specific templates, will those stop working?

Bookmarked templates will continue to work, but we strongly encourage you to submit the templates so others can use them.

Can I control who submits templates for my organization?

Organizations with G Suite Business (formerly Google Apps Unlimited) can control who can submit and approve templates.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please contact Google Support.


The G Suite Team

Google Drive as a Backup Option


Saving/Backing up  to Google Drive

This is the quick way to do a one time backup of your files to Google Drive. It is not going to back up your programs. This will just store a copy of your files that you want to have a copy of saved elsewhere. (NOTE: If you prefer to constantly have your files backed up to Google Drive automatically, install Google Drive on your computer and start saving all of your content into the folder it adds to your computer. This will give you a copy on your computer and an exact duplicate on Drive.)

Easiest Method:

Go to http://drive.google.com

If you are not logged in already, log into your school account.

Click on New

Click on Folder Upload

Select the folder you want uploaded (Documents, Pictures, Music)

You can only upload one folder at a time. Whatever is in that folder will upload.

Click Upload (progress meter is in bottom right corner)

Repeat for additional files/folders.


If you want to upload everything at once:

Create a new folder on your desktop with an easy to remember name like the current date (Control click on the desktop and select New Folder)

Put all of the folders and files you want to save into that folder (Documents, Photos, Music, etc)

Go to http://drive.google.com

If you are not logged in already, log into your school account.

Click on New

Click on Folder Upload

Select the folder you want uploaded

Click Upload (progress meter is in bottom right corner)


Converting Typed & Handwritten Notes into a Google Doc

You have those times where you have lots of notes that were typed or handwritten and handed off to you. You wished they were in an electronic format so you can personalize them or edit them for other use. Google now has a way to help you out with that. Obviously, the handwriting portion depends on the quality of handwriting, but it will handle the typed text very well. Just use your phone, iPad, or computer to grab a photo and follow the directions below.


Thanks to the good folks over at the Google Gooru for this great tutorial video.

Making Blog Posts Private

Are you wanting to hide the previous school year’s posts on your class blog?  Well, here you are the steps to make that happen.

Log into the Dashboard of your blog.


Click All Posts on the left side menu.

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Check the box next to Title right above your post listings. This selects all of the posts on that page (roughly 25 posts).

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Change the Bulk Actions box to Edit.

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Click Apply.

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On the right side of the box that popped up, you will see an option to change Status. Change that to Private.

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Click the Update button on the right.

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You will need to advance to the next page at the bottom of your post listing and repeat the process above if you have more than 25 posts to hide.

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FYI: You can make previous posts public again by click the box next to that post only, and then follow the steps above. Instead of checking Private, check Published.





Embed a YouTube Video Into Your Blog

Go to the video you want on YouTube.

Under the video you will see a Share button. Click that.

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A new little menu pops up that has Share, Embed, Email.

Click Embed.

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Under the Embed code, click Show More.

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Change the Video Size to Custom Size.

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In the first box next to that, type 480 (this is the width of the video that best fits a blog post).

The height box automatically fills in.

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Make sure “Show suggested videos when video finishes” is UNCHECKED.

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Scroll back up the page a little and copy the Embed Code that is there now. Highlight and copy that code.

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Inside your blog Dashboard, this will work whether you are creating a new Post or a new Page.


Create a New Post (or Page).

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Title it.

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Click on the Text tab on the right side of the post window.

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Paste the Embed code into the post window.

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Now you are ready to either Publish, Preview, or add more text to it.


Revision History in Google

RevisionDoing collaborative work in Google is simple and very efficient. Say you are working with colleagues building PBL units or common planning documents and someone remembers they deleted a big section two days ago that they really wish was still there. Or, you are just monitoring Documents/Slides/Sheets being built collaboratively between students and one student says they have been adding content but somehow it is magically disappearing. Besides, it is great to know who is doing what work. What do you do? You use Revision History to see the living history of that item. This great video below will walk you through how it works and advanced options.

Social Media for Professional Growth

Anyone who knows me knows that I find a lot of value in Twitter. It has been my go-to source for connecting me with inspiring educators around the globe. I have learned from and with technologists in Australia, education department officials in Israel, design thinking teachers in Scotland, teachers and administrators across the North America, mentored student PBL groups in Oklahoma, and even discussed the State of the Union live with students from Philadelphia. Twitter is simply a powerful tool for learning.

WOISD staff have used Twitter to connect their students with authors, politicians, experts in other fields, and even a Holocaust survivor. Their lives have been changed and their learning improved because of a social media tool.

This video gives a quick testimonial on how one school district uses Twitter to make a difference in their classrooms. If you want to get started on Twitter, shoot me a note. If you start this school year modeling for our students how to utilize social media as a learner, you are helping them develop a valuable, lifelong skill.