|Minus the snow, a pretty accurate description of my days lately!
In the past few weeks, I have discovered some more great Google Chrome apps, extensions, and add-ons that have made my professional life easier. I am sure that if you haven't used these tools before, you will find them to be just as amazing as I do!
|If your account has been given
access to Team Drives, you will
see the option in your Drive like
in the image above.
|Find both of these great add-ons in Google
Sheets by using the Get add-ons option
Power Tools has numerous functions within the add-on that allows you to modify data within a sheet. Some of the options include removing data (duplicates, extra spaces, blank rows/columns, etc.), clear data by type, change the formatting of numbers, split data into columns, and so much more. I use the remove duplicate and remove blank rows function the most in my daily work.
Yet Another Mail Merge is a great way to send personalized emails to your colleagues. Using data tags, the program will pull information from a spreadsheet, such as names, and insert it into an email draft that you create in your Gmail account. You can send the email immediately or schedule it to be sent at a later time. It even has a tracking function that allows you to see who has opened the message. The free version of YAMM allows you to send to 50 recipients in 24 hours. Since I communicate with about 150 people regularly, I spent $25 to buy the premium version for one year, which allows up to 1500 recipients in 24 hours. I have yet to try it out, but you can also send personalized attachments to recipients through YAMM!
|A QR code for my blog created using
The QR Code Extension.
It even has a scanner embedded that allows users to scan QR codes using the webcam of a laptop, Chromebook, etc. So instead of needing to use your smartphone or a tablet with a QR code scanning application, you can use the Chrome browser to scan a QR code! Simply open the extension, select scan a code, and hold up a QR code to the webcam to scan it!
In closing, I can't help but take a moment to pay tribute to Carrie Fisher, who left us this morning (as of this writing). Unlike many, or even most Star Wars fans, I did not become a fan until I was an adult. I was never a big fan of science fiction growing up and my experience with the original trilogy as a kid was very limited. I definitely did not see the prequel trilogy until recently. However, I am definitely a full-on fan of the franchise (even the prequel trilogy, I don't think it deserves the relentlessly negative press that it gets; sure it's not as good as the originals, but what is?), my 5-year-old absolutely loves it, and I am working on my 20-month-old son. Carrie and the rest of the cast of the 7 movies of the saga and Rogue One have definitely made an impact on me, my family, many of my friends, and society as a whole. Not to mention her voicing of Angela on Family Guy is always good for a few laughs. She will be missed and like too many other greats that passed on in 2016, she was taken way too soon. As educators, we fight each day to revolutionize our craft and make our students and the world a better place. Until next time, in honor of Princess Leia and the Star Wars franchise...