Tech Tip Tuesday: Custom Sizes with Google Drawing

Google Drawing is one of those tools that often gets overlooked. I find this app, however, to be one of the more customizable Google tools. One of its best features is the ability to adjust/resize the canvas to a custom size and use that to create whatever documents you need. Here is how:

Open Google Drawing –> Click “FILE” –> “PAGE SETUP” –> Click on the dropdown menu and select “CUSTOM” –> then type in your document dimensions in inches.

For example, let’s say you need to create a 4×6 invitation. Simply input 4 in x 6 in into the custom parameters and click apply and Google Drawing will adjust the canvas to that size!

But what if you want to make your own social media images? Select PIXELS instead of inches in the custom settings then use this sizing guide below:

Twitter Image: 400 x 200 pixels

Google Classroom: 1,000 x 400 pixels

Twitter Banner: 1500 x 500 pixels

Custom Schoology Course Banner: 288 x 1080 pixels

Google Form Header: 1600 x 400 pixels

Try this out to make your own images/banners!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday:

Did you know that doing a regular Google search for images usually brings back copyrighted images that technically, students should not use. But, with a few tricks, you can (and your students) do a more thorough/safe image search. Here’s how: Click the image button up above the file you’re working on (or click “Insert > Image …”). Then choose “Search” out of the tabs at the top. This search displays Creative Commons images that are labeled for commercial reuse with modification — the most permissive Creative Commons license. 

Or, you can also use these other sites (my recommendations) when doing image searches. ALL of these images are free to use, non-copyright.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday:

Today’s tip comes courtesy of Joe Del Buono and highlights a rather simple way to link same classes together in Schoology, making it easier to push out content via one class to same sections.

First open your course you want to merge with other like sections. From here click Course Options in the left navigation –> choose Edit Info –> then add a section using the green circle and plus icon (repeat for as many similar sections as you have to the original class. Type in the section name as it is shown on those classes –> then under grading period make sure 21/22 FY is checkmarked. Then go to the bottom and save!

That’s it!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Converting PDF Files to Google Docs

As many of you already know, when uploading documents to Google Drive, you can set Google to convert Microsoft Files to Google Format. However, when you upload PDF files to your Google Files, they stay in PDF format. But there is a way simple way to convert PDF files to a Google Doc.

Upload a PDF file to your Google Drive as normal. After uploaded, locate the file and do a “right-click” on it –> then select open with –> Google Docs. Google will then open a new tab with the document as a Google Doc version. Depending on what the original document looked like, this document will stay relatively the and it will allow you to edit the document as needed!

However, this isn’t to say that this is fool proof. Tables may come in slimmer (you just need to expand the columns/rows). Headers and footers may get thrown out of whack (you’ll need to reformat those). The biggest culprit I have seen though, is that protected files/forms and letterheads will come in as an image that is NOT editable. You’ll only be able to adjust the size (since this is an image). So keep this in mind and always take a look at your document before sending it back out. But if you are looking for an easy way to adjust the text within a PDF, look no further than uploading and converting it in your Google Drive!

Hope this helps!