A (Dot) New Way to Google

There are several ways to create a new Google file. You can do it using the plus sign in Google Drive… or start a new document from a current one using the File menu… or go to docs.google.com/create. Now there is a super easy way to start a new Google file… and it’s (dot) new! […]

Review your Google app permissions!


I just LOVE the Sign in with Google buttons that you find all over the web.

They are great because they use a protocol called OAUTH to securely log you in using your Google account. This means you don’t have to remember yet another username and password.

We get so used to clicking these buttons to log in to sites and that means we’re racking up a bunch of sites that have access to our Google accounts.

Today, I’m going to show you how to manage the connected apps and sites that you’ve authorized with your Google account. We can use this tip to review these apps and sites to see if we really use them and if we want them to have access to our Google account.

Just follow these steps:

  1. Click your photo at the top right of any Google window, and select My Account.


  1. On the left side of the My Account window, click Connected apps & sites


  1. Then under the Apps connected to your account section, choose Manage apps.


  1. This will give you a list of apps and sites that have access to your account. To see what access a particular app or site has, click on it.


  1. You can click the Remove Access button to unlink that app or site from your account.


It’s a good practice to review your connected apps and sites periodically to ensure that you’re still using them. When I did my review, I had over 160 apps and sites connected! I was able to go through and remove access to those which I do not use any longer.

You can also use the same steps to review any saved passwords and clear those out too. Look for the Saved Passwords section.

Tips from Alice Keeler!


Our Instructional Services staff was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 ITIP Summit featuring Google for Education last week in Sandusky.  This two-day event provides teachers, tech coordinators and other educators with excellent educational technology information.  We all attended wonderful sessions and learned a lot of great info that will work its way into future trainings.

One of the highlights of the conference was being able to hear from keynote speaker Alice Keeler, who is a self-described mom, teacher, author, Google Certified Innovator, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter.  Alice has been called the Queen of Spreadsheets and notes that “the answer is always a spreadsheet!”  She has written three books, “50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom,” Go Further with Google Classroom,” and “Teaching Math with Google Apps.”

In Google Forms, no need to use the sidebar to add questions:Alice also shared a variety of tips in her workshop sessions, and we’d like to bring a few of them to you in today’s TTT.

  • Control-Shift-Enter (Command-Shift-Enter on a Mac) inserts another question
  • Control-Shift-J (Command-Shift-J on a Mac) moves a question down
  • Control-Shift-K (Command-Shift-K on a Mac) moves a question up
For collaboration in Slides and Sheets:
  • Rather then sending a copy to every student, consider using one document for collaboration, having each student add a tab (Sheets) or slide for their own work.  That frees you up from open 30 documents.
  • Each slide or tab has its own unique URL so have students use the goo.gl shortener extension to create a shortened link and turn that in.
  • Use the Question and Answer feature in slides to get instant class feedback
More stuff from Alice:
Alice has lots more great info on her website… including books she has written.  You can also follow her on twitter @alicekeeler.

Goo.gl – not just for Forms!


I’m sure you’ve seen those funky goo.gl URLs when you’ve shared a Google Form or used the Q&A feature in Slides.  But did you know that goo.gl is a full-fledged URL shortener that you can leverage for your own needs?

It’s true… the goo.gl URL shortener is available for anyone to use.  Simply go to goo.gl, add your long, messy URL and get a shorter link.  If you log in, you can even see all the URLs you’ve used in the past.


So why use goo.gl over some of the others such as tinyurl.com or bit.ly?  Our NWOCA team has found that while many URL shorteners are blocked by filtering at the districts in which we work, generally the goo.gl shortener works in most every case.  It’s used by many of the G Suite apps, and it will make your life easier.

What can you shorten with goo.gl?  How about that long Google Doc URL?  Maybe a link to a folder of resources in Drive?  The possibilities are endless… so give it a try!

Happy Goo.gl-ing!