Tech Tip Tuesday: NEW Google Doc Update Helps Students Create Citations

As always, Google keeps updating. A Google Doc update has included a new built-in citations tool, allows you and your students an easier way to enter information and have Google generate a citation for you.

First you need to go open your Google Doc and click Tools –> Citations. A sidebar will open. Select a style for the citation (MLA, APA, Chicago) then click Add Citation Source. Click the type you want to enter, then add any information you have into the boxes/fields that follow. Once you are done, click Add Citation Source, and it becomes saved in this citations tools. You can grab it at any time! You can always come back here to edit it as well.

To add it to your document, all you need to do is click where in the document you want it to go, open the citation tool, select the citation you want, then click CITE! You can also follow these steps to add a bibliography.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Remove Ads and Comments From Youtube Videos

Recently, I have had quite a few people ask me if there is a way to remove the comments, ads, and bonus videos from appearing when showing a Youtube video. If you are just showing a video, maximizing the screen temporarily removes the added videos, but then auto plays and upcoming video or shows a video stream at the bottom. Obviously, when sharing the link, there will be no way around the end-user/student from seeing the comments and added videos since they can view the video in either max screen or regular Youtube view.

There are a few options however… You could install a Google Chrome extension like this oneL: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-%E2%80%94-best-ad-blocker/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom that might do the trick. However, usually a premium version is needed at some point.

But easier is this little trick! (Note: It might not work for everyone but it is worth a shot). All you need to do is put a hyphen between the “t” and the “u” in youtube and hit enter.  You are sent to a full screen version of the video with no sidebar and no ads. You could even post or send this link to students and they would get the same (most likely).

Here’s an example: Take this trailer for Into the Wild (awesome soundtrack by Eddie Vedder but I digress)… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZG1FzyB8DI

Simply place the hyphen between the “t” and ‘u” in Youtube like this: https://www.yout-ube.com/watch?v=XZG1FzyB8DI

Then copy and paste this link, share it out, or even just hit enter to watch it without ads, comments, etc. Also, when the video is done, it won’t play another random video in line. Instead, it may repeat the same video.

Hope this helps!