Welcome to the Mini-Lessons page! Below, you will find links to step by step tutorials, Chrome add-ons and extensions, blog entries, and quick tips and tricks. Enjoy!
Step by Step
Google Chrome Add-Ons and Extensions
Add awesome add-ons and extensions to Chrome. Here are some resources to get you started.
Google Add-Ons and Extensions (View | Make a Copy)
Other Google Quick Tips & Tricks
Exploring Google Suite
Google Docs Scavenger Hunt: Introduce students to Google Docs
Reverse Image Search
This feature enables you to see where an image appears online. It also shows you other similar images.
Navigate to Google Images
Click the camera buttons in the search bar,
Place the image URL or upload the image.
Google Image Search
Use Google Image Search to access a variety of searches by size, color, type, and usage rights.
TCEA G Suite for Education Blog Entries
The Power of Add-Ons: Save as Doc – Manage Form responses with the Save as Doc add-on.
Transform Your Classroom into a Game Show – Gamify your classroom with this great add-on.
Apps for Fun Over the Holidays – Learn about some Android apps that will help you relax and unwind over the winter break.
Get More from Your Android Tablet and Phone – These seven tips that will help you get to know your Android device.
The Cherry on Top? Google Add-Ons – This great Chrome add-on, Save As Doc, that will help you better manage the data you receive.
Add-Ons: Accent Marks and More – See how to add accent marks and type Spanish characters on your documents.
Chrome Apps You Can’t Live Without – Discover new Chrome apps, from note-taking to screen capturing, that can supercharge your Chrome browser.
Four Tools Every Administrator Should Be Using – Learn about some Chrome apps and extensions that will help every administrator.
It’s a Chrome World! – Discover Chrome add-ons and extensions that will be powerful tools in any teacher’s tool belt.
TCEA Responds: Connect with Google Certified Administrators – Connect and collaborate with other Certified Administrators through the online communities mentioned in this post.
Getting Serious with Android (Part 1) – Take your Android skills to the next level by exploring developer blogs and newsletters.
Getting Serious with Android (Part 2) – Discover useful forums and YouTube playlists that will help you as you create your first Android app and enter the wonderful world of coding.
Getting Serious with Android (Part 3) – Add to your Android-developer bag of tricks by taking advantage of these podcasts and Google+ communities.
TCEA Responds: Podcasting Resources – Capture audio with these Android apps.
TCEA Responds: Recording Speakers – Record and edit a speaker’s voice with this Android app.
Two Great Google Calendars for the Classroom – Learn about two great Google Calendar tools for both teachers and students.
Chrome | Chromebooks
10 Chrome-ifying Tips and Tricks – Power up your Chrome browser usage with these tips and tricks that require no extensions or add-ons.
Animated GIFs: Education in Motion – Create an animated gif using this fantastic extension on your Chrome browser.
Beautify and Protect Your Virtual Home: Google Chrome Browser – Discover some new Chrome add-ons that will beautify your screen, help you be more productive, and protect your privacy while online.
Enhance Accessibility with Chromebooks – Explore a few accessibility apps and extensions for Chromebooks.
New Chromebook Features – Explore new Chromebooks available for education that will make it easier to take advantage of classroom learning opportunities.
Math Tools for Chrome – Examine powerful math tools that your students (and you!) can use with the Chrome browser.
Two New Features in Google Classroom – Individualize learning for both students and adults with these two new features in Classroom.
Check Yes or No: Add Polls to Google Classroom – Create polls in Google Classroom in order to create fast formative assessments.
Differentiation with Google Digital Task Cards – Explore ways of creating digital task cards using Slides and Drawing in order to differentiate learning in your classroom.
Add New Fonts in Google Docs and Windows– Add new fonts to your Google Docs.
Five Google Drive Tips You Should Try – Discover about five great tips to master Google Drive.
Three Easy Ways to Backup/Migrate Your Google Drive Data – Learn three ways to back up your Google Drive data.
Google Lets Me Finally Be an Artist! – Check out the Auto Draw program and how it can help students in the classroom.
Quick, Draw! with Google – Discover how Quick, Draw! can be used with your English Language Learners.
Wondrous Ways to Use Google Drawings – Learn about different ways you can use Google Drawings in your classroom.
Explore Google Earth’s Brown Bear Livecams – Incorporate livecams in the classroom by exploring Earth’s Brown Bear Livecams.
Forms Smackdown: Google vs Microsoft – See how Forms stacks up to Microsoft Forms and discover features of each.
Give Thanks with Google Forms – Pick up ideas on how to use Forms for Thanksgiving classroom activities.
Doing More with Google Forms – Do more with Google Forms by utilizing add-ons.
Take Advantage of the Power of Google Forms for Perfect Rubrics – See how to use Google Forms to create rubrics to assess student projects.
Managing All of Your Email – Organize and sort your emails with these mobile device apps and organizers.
Provide Custom Email Updates for Parent Communication – Provide personalized parent communication using Gmail in three easy ways.
Gmail Tips to Save You Time – Discover some Gmail tips that will save you a lot of time.
I Didn’t Mean to Send That Email! – Learn how to retract emails that you didn’t mean to send.
G Suite Curriculum
Free G Suite Curriculum – Teach digital literacy skills to students with the new and free curriculum from Google.
Make Thinking Visible: Google Hangouts for Educators – Learn how Google Hangouts can help promote visible thinking for you and your students.
Empower Learners with the 5E Model and Hyperdocs – Mix in HyperDocs with the 5E Model in order to engage and empower new learning in your hyper-connected classroom.
HyperDocs in Elementary – Organize content for student learning, collaboration, and creation in your elementary classroom with HyperDocs.
Research Tools for Young Learners – Help students hone their thinking and reasoning skills with this wonderful HyperDoc.
TCEA Podcast: HyperDrawings with Joli Boucher – Empower students to develop a variety of skills with HyperDrawing activities.
Checklists: Scaffolding Metacognitive Awareness – Help students develop awareness of their thinking processes and keep track of tasks with the checklist feature in Keep.
Digital Bulletin Board Smackdown – Learn how Keep compares to other digital bulletin boards.
Miscellaneous Google Tools
App-Smashing Google Tools – Combine Google tools, such as Sites, Forms, and Sheets to solve real-world scenarios.
Classroom Icebreakers for Back to School – Use Google Slides and Google Drawings as classroom icebreakers.
Four Lesser-Known Google Tools You Should Try Today – Find out about four lesser-known Google tools, such as Google Keep and Build LEGO with Chrome.
GAFE Tools for the Busy Teacher – Learn about five Google add-ons that are guaranteed to save you time and energy in the classroom each day.
Google-ize Your Digital Citizenship – Learn about ways you can use Google tools to teach digital citizenship in your classroom.
Google It: It’s Elementary! – Learn how an elementary teacher can approach a lesson using a suite of Google tools.
I’m a Google Jedi! – Discover how the TCEA Google Academy turned one of our participants into a Google Jedi.
Invaluable, In-Class Flipping Ideas with Google – Learn more about the in-class flipped model and how you can utilize Google tools to try the in-class flipped model approach.
Rock Solid Science Apps – Learn about some Google Play apps that will help supplement your Science curriculum.
Tools to Help You Better Communicate with Parents – Learn how you can use tools such as Google Forms, Google Hangouts, and Google Classroom to better communicate with parents.
Updates to Google Classroom, Forms, and More – Learn about updates to Google Hangouts, Google Classroom and more.
Why You (And Your Students) Must Try the Chrome Music Lab – Experience how the Chrome Music Lab can spark creativity, innovation, and experimentation in your classroom.
Digitizing Your Memories with PhotoScan – Learn about a free app from Google that makes it a breeze to quickly digitize old photos.
Researching and Sharing with Google Tools – Ensure that student research is valid with these two free Google tools.
The Remarkable Research Tool – Use Google’s Research tool to make student research projects more meaningful.
Creative Commons: Make OER Copyright Simple – Get insight about Creative Commons copyright licenses and how to create or remix content found when searching.
Fact Check Now Available in Google – Discover how you can “certify” that news returned from a search has (or has not) been checked for accuracy and truth.
Keeping Your Google Account Safe and Uncluttered – Keep your account safe and free from unneeded authorizations with this simple procedure.
A New Type of Writing Prompt – Encourage students to write with this emoji writing prompt generator.
Easily Analyzing Student Data with Google Explore – Easily decipher data with Explore.
Bend It Like Beckham, er… Google Sheets! – Learn how to enhance Google Sheets with add-ons.
TCEA Responds: New Google Sites ePortfolios – Explore the pros and cons of Sites as a digital portfolio solution.
ePortfolio Solutions with Google and Microsoft – See how you can use Google Drive and Google Sites as an ePortfolio solution.
TCEA Podcast #2: ePortfolios with Yvonne Clark – Learn how one teacher is using Google Sites as an ePortfolio solution for her students.
Engage Students with Google Slides Q&A – Actively engage students in the classroom by utilizing the Slides Q&A feature.
Fabulous Presentations with Google Slides – Create moving and engaging Slides presentations in order to get your message across.
Makin’ It Merry – Celebrate the holiday season with animated gifs in Slides.
Slide into the New Year with Student eBooks – Allow students to create eBooks using Slides.
Google-Animated Book Display for Your Library – Use Google Slides to create an animated book display to feature your school library’s new books or collections.
Free Templates for PowerPoint/Google Slides – Download gorgeous, free templates for Slides in order to beautify your slide presentations.
More Free Presentation Templates – Find the perfect template that can be used with Slides in order to ensure that your presentation is a powerful story that resonates with your audience and achieves your desired goals.
Google Templates for Students – Learn about some great Google Doc templates that will help your students get started on projects.
Twitter Takeaways: Five Google Tips – Learn tips on how to use Twitter to discover great resources.
Three Tips for Google Suites Updates – Stay current with updates and new possibilities for Google Suites for Education with these great resources, webinars, and videos.
Take Storytelling to New Heights with This Free App – Have students showcase their brilliance and creativity with this amazing free storytelling tool.
The Latest Google Update – Check out a number of very nice updates that G Suite has added to their products.
Three Tips for Google Suites Updates – Stay current with updates and new possibilities G Suite for Education with these great resources, webinars, and videos.
Various Google Tools
Five Tools for Creating Global Perspective in the Classroom – Help expand students global perspective and connect them to the real world with these tools.
Transform Learning with Text to Speech – Use the built in text-to-speech capabilities in Docs and Keep with students in the classroom.