Google Drive Hacks – Numbering Assignments and Google Doc Table of Contents

When thinking about making things easier to find and getting organized, I have turned to numbering assignments and resources in Google Drive. It has made it really easy to find the things that I need to keep the flow of my class going. Each assignment has a designated 3 digit number (starting with zero). I then use lowercase letters for all the resources. Here’s what it would look like:

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This system works for me and I keep an entire unit within a folder.

When looking forward, for me personally, we are switching away from Google Classroom and to Canvas as our LMS. Google Drive doesn’t play as well with Canvas as Google Classroom. Shocker right there. So I’m trying to find out a nice way to combine the two. I have found that using a Table of Contents and HyperDocs to work well. I think it will work well in Canvas as well.



Raster, Vector, JPGs, and PNGs


Having a background in design and screen printing has really helped me in dealing with file types in the classroom.

This is a great infographic that helps explain a lot of the questions and thoughts on comparing the two main types of files in dealing with art.

In a nutshell, most things in your classroom content will be picture (bitmap) files. The main things that you will need to know is the difference between JPGs, and PNGs,

(Here’s a good explanation if you want to geek out about it.)

JPGs or JPEGs are picture files that can’t have a transparency. Most of them are just standard picture files that you would grab off the web or a google search. If you’re looking for clipart and it’s a jpg, you’re probably going to have a white box around the graphic. It’s not a bad deal if you’re working on a white background, but if you put that jpg on a colored background, it’s going to have a white box around it.

Similar to JPGs are PNGs. The main difference is that they can have a transparent background. These are “cut out” already and can be placed on any color background. I think it’s easier and more beneficial to do as much as you can in PNGs. It just saves you a lot of time later. If you have a class logo, it’s better to have this in an PNG instead of a JPG.

I’ll be making a couple of videos explaining it in more detail.


What Colors Say?

Copy of RASTER, VECTOR,JPGs, and PNGs.

Did you know that colors express different moods. Remember those mood rings a lot of people had when we were kids? The hotter your hand got, the more black (or red) the ring became. Have you ever thought about the impact that color might have on your classroom?

What about your walls in your room? Not everyone gets to choose the color of your walls in your classroom. I understand that. But usually, you can hang things up. What is the background color of your posters? I guess I’m assuming that you have some sort of art on your walls. I’ve been in a lot of classes that have nothing. It doesn’t even look like the room is used for anything.

Here’s a great Pinterest wall from a John Law that talks about Color Theory to get you started.

Why did the Iowa Hawkeys paint the visitor’s locker room, pink? Here’s the answer

What colors do you use in your Google Docs? Does it determine what type of assignment it is?

Some thoughts on Color Theory…