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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How to Use Tab Groups in Google Chrome

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The problem with tabs is that they are always just a click away. It’s simply too easy to open a new tab, regardless of how many you already have open. I mean, why not open a new tab? You probably think you are being extra productive with all these tabs, but before you know it, you are drowning in tabs. You find it hard to identify one tab from another because you have so many open that you can no longer read the tab titles and are just left with a whole row of favicons. That’s not much use to anyone, but help is at hand.

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3 Alternatives to Google Chrome

Google Chrome may well be the browser of choice for the majority of internet users, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t without its problems. Privacy concerns and performance issues are most often at the top of that list. Google will happily collect your personal information to sell you personalized ads, and it does it with a browser that is known for being a resource hog. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can get the same Chrome experience from Chromium-based browsers like Brave, Edge, or Vivaldi. They give you better battery life and more control over your privacy without sacrificing the Chrome features you love.

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It’s Time to Convert Your Old Google Sites

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In November, 2016, Google launched a brand new version of Google Sites. It featured a simple drag and drop interface and responsive designs that were better suited for the modern web. Today, almost five years later, some of those classic Google Sites still exist. They have still to be converted to the “new” versions of Google Sites, and sometimes with good reason. If you find yourself in that boat, your time is almost up. Google has extended the deadline more than once, but when September 1, 2021 rolls around, your classic Google Site will cease to exist. Here’s what you need to know.

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