How to Find & Use Google Expeditions in Arts & Culture

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When Google brought an end to Expeditions in the summer of 2021, it came as a blow to the educators who had enjoyed using these virtual tours in their classrooms. Instead, the the majority of the tours were moved to Google Arts and Culture, and that’s where you will find them today. Here’s a quick look at how to find (and use) Google Expeditions with students in Google Arts and Culture.

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Getting Things Done With Google Keep

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As we conclude this series of articles on Getting Things Done With Google, I wanted to take some time to look at the final piece of the puzzle. GTD practitioners call it reference materials. These include, but are not limited to, notes, receipts, images, websites, and other materials that don’t already have a home in your system. You need a way to keep track of these, and the best Google tool for the job is called Keep. Let’s take a look at how it works in practice.

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Getting Things Done With Google Calendar

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In my opinion, calendars are more important than most people give them credit for. If you want a bird’s eye view of what your day, week, or year will look like, then nothing beats a well-organized calendar. What does a well-organized calendar look like? I’m glad you asked! In this post, I am going to include some of my favorite strategies to help you get the most out of scheduling your time with Google Calendar.

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Getting Things Done With Google Drive

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I’m old enough to remember the early days of cloud storage. I used to tell teachers that it was like having a filing cabinet that you could access anywhere you wanted, and on any device you felt like using. Then I realized the error of my ways. Every physical filing cabinet I had ever used had files that were neatly labeled and meticulously organized with the aid of those ubiquitous green file folders. Somewhere along the way, we lost some of that organizational structure when we started using cloud storage. However, help is at hand.

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Getting Things Done With Gmail

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Gmail is the most popular email service in the world. Most of us have used it for years and are pretty comfortable using it to read and send emails. However, there’s a difference between knowing how to use email and knowing how to manage email. If you don’t have a system to help you stay organized, the hundreds of emails you get each week will quickly overwhelm you. So, here’s how to use the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology to manage your Gmail inbox.

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Getting Things Done With Google Tasks

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I used to use Post-it notes a lot. They were on my desk, on my computer, stuck to the wall, and in my teacher manuals. However, they are not without their shortcomings. For instance, if I was not at my desk, I wouldn’t be able to recall that important piece of information from one of those important yellow Post-it notes. I needed something more universal, a way to take my tasks with me everywhere I went, as well as the ability to add to my task list at a moment’s notice. The answer was there all along. I needed a digital task manager.

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Getting Things Done With Google

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I used to think about the word “busy” as a positive word. I would come home from work and my wife would ask me how my day was. I would reply, “busy”, like it was a good thing. It implied that I was always on the go. I was never short of things to do. I was working hard and doing as much as I could to fill my day. And then I thought about it. Many of those things were true, but I didn’t necessarily get a lot done. Here’s how I fixed that.

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Introducing: The Tech Nuggets Newsletter

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Email is often decried as a waning, outdated form of communication. However, it shows no signs of leaving us anytime soon. Why? Email remains an important part of most people’s workflows. It’s predictable, manageable, and if you subscribe to the right sources, it can also be a valuable place for new learning. To that end, I decided to create my own email newsletter. Here’s the scoop.

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How to Use Your iPhone for Macro Photography

Macro photography used to require a DSLR, a set of expensive lenses, and some lighting equipment. However, you can now use your iPhone for macro photography. This makes close-up photography so much more accessible because it uses the camera that you always have with you—your iPhone! So, if you are ready for your close-up, here’s how to get started.

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What is Live Video in Keynote?

Apple’s Fall software updates are often dominated by updates for their mobile and desktop operating systems. However, this year, the often-overlooked iWork suite also got a significant update. Pages, Keynote, and Numbers are still used less than their illustrious counterparts from Microsoft and Google, but they continue to include unique features that make them a compelling alternative. Live Video in Keynote is one such feature. Here’s how it works.

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