Google Keep Gets An Update


I mentioned Google Keep a while back, and since then Google had a few new features. With Keep’s Chrome extension, you can easily save and add notes to links. It also adds link previews, duplicate check and autocomplete when adding food items. The web site also got a refresh that aligns with Google’s Material Design guidelines.

The autocomplete feature works with food related entries. This obviously helps with grocery shopping but I am hoping Google will add more categories. Duplicate check looks to see if an item you are trying to add had already been marked off as complete.

When you add a link to a note, you will see a small preview popup underneath that shows you the page title, domain and a picture.

I find Google Keep is quick and easy to manage. It now complements my Evernote notebooks.


Now You Can Talk With Your Audience With Google Slides


One issue with public speaking with a presentation is that it tends to lean towards speaking TO the audience rather than speaking WITH the audience. Google just introduced a nifty feature called Slides Q&A.

With Q&A, the presenters now can insert a link into the Slides presentation, and the participants can submit questions from the smartphones or laptops while they view the slides in real-time. Additionally, the audience can vote on which question they want the presenter to answer the most. This adds an element of interaction with the audience. I know of no other presentation software that does this.

Watch the video below to see the feature in action.

Google also introduced a new laser pointer option on the web.

For information on how to implement Q&A, here is the link to the help article.

Google Drive Adds Selective Sync


Google Drive recently added selective sync to its desktop clients. I am focusing more on GDrive than on Dropbox lately, but one feature missing was the ability to selectively sync the data. It was sync all or nothing. It is a problem if I have lots of data and I want to sync data with my smartphone, whose storage space is at a premium.

Starting version 1.29, we can now choose to selectively sync. To get to this option, open the client and go Preferences.


The default setting is to sync everything, so you will need to enable the selective sync option if you wish to use it. From there, you can check the folders you want synchronized.

For more information, read the Help article here.

Reminders in Google Calendar

Reminders in Google Calendar come to the web

Last December, Google announced the addition of reminders to Google Calendar. At that time, the reminders were only available on mobile apps. This week, the reminders come to the web version of GCal.

According to the post on Gmail blog, here is what you get:

Reminders stick around – If a reminder isn’t completed, it will appear at the top of your calendar until you mark it done.

Reminders work across Google – Reminders you create in Inbox, Keep, and the Google app will also show in Google Calendar.

Reminders sync with mobile – Reminders created in mobile show up on the web and vice versa. So you can stay on track from just about anywhere.

I am especially intrigued by the integration of Keep. I gotta go check it out.

2016 NADE: How To Promote Digital Fluency In The Classroom For Enriched Learning Experience

I presented at National Association of Developmental Education’s (NADE) 2016 conference held at Anaheim, CA, on promoting digital fluency in the developmental education classrooms.


Convert Texts into Columns in Google Sheets


The more I use Google Drive/Docs, the more I enjoy it. Google keeps adding features that make it more useful than the competition.

There is one thing I still don’t know how to do well in Excel. That is, converting texts into columns. I want the texts to be separately neatly into each cell, but I found that it doesn’t work all that well in Excel. Google just introduced a new feature in Google Sheets that does just that. It is a bit difficult to explain how but if you watch the graphics above, you will see what I mean. I think now if I need to perform this task, I will create a spreadsheet in Sheets and import it into Excel. Well done, Google!

Google Keep


I enjoy Evernote. It is an all-in depository of things I want to keep. I put reading materials, ideas, notes, documents I need to keep. But sometimes I just want to jot down simple notes and not necessarily make them archivable. It is like Notes in my iPhone. One limitation of Notes is that I do not know a way to sync the notes with other devices. I also like to centralize my notes so I pretty much use Evernote and clean up (i.e., delete) any unneeded notes after I used them. I looked into Simplenote, but again, it’s another service I need to connect to and have to remember. As much as I wanted to use it, I never got around to integrating it into my workflow.

Then I learned about Google Keep. It is pretty much the same as Simplenote but with one benefit: it integrates with Google. I use many Google services so Keep nicely integrates with my workflow. The app (iOS, Android) is fast. The website is minimalistic but functional, and it even integrates with Google Drive.

If you jot down lots of notes while you work, I suggest you look into Google Keep.