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Gmail Label Column Resizer Chrome Extension

Posted by rdierkes on February 24, 2016

The Gmail Label Column Resizer is a Chrome extension in the Productivity category that allows the user to adjust the width of the labels column in Gmail.

Here’s what users are saying:

4 out of 5 stars (76 responses)
Current Number of Users: 23,773

Short Helpful Instructions (< 1 page) from

It can be buggy—in Chrome when you zoom in (command +) or zoom out (command -) your email can seemingly disappear. Zoom to 100% (command 0) to make sure your email shows up.

Google Apps in the Classroom

Posted by ssweeney on February 18, 201659 Comments

Now that you have had time to process your learning from the Google Training, take a minute to comment on this blog post to share ideas you had during your learning for how you could use your learning in the classroom.  Try to follow the format on the example below to make them easy to glance through.



6-12 – After seeing that the new forms has templates, I plan to use them as exit tickets everyday.  This will provide me with quick an easy to read and organize information about how well the students were doing with the content allowing me to inform my instruction for the next day.



grade your idea would work for – Description of what you want to do.  How it will help student learning


When you have finished, read through some of the ideas of your colleagues.  You are encouraged to use the REPLY button to comment on their ideas.  Help them grow or share your experience.

Developing Our Skills with Gmail

Posted by ssweeney on February 17, 2016


Checklist of Todos:

  • Have you setup your signature?
  • Do you know how to use labels
  • Can you manage your contacts?
  • Did you review all of the settings?
  • Are you able to organize your attachments into Google Drive?


What more could you learn?  Learn them all in an hour and twenty minutes

Category Skill to Learn Time
Working with the Inbox Read Email 0:00:17
Working with the Inbox Reply to Email 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Reply to a Single Message in a Conversation 0:00:31
Working with the Inbox Changing the Subject Line when Replying to or Forwarding Email 0:00:38
Working with the Inbox Forward Email 0:00:23
Working with the Inbox Print Email 0:00:14
Working with the Inbox Delete Email 0:00:24
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Read or Unread 0:00:35
Working with the Inbox Introduction to the Inbox 0:01:27
Working with the Inbox Inbox tabs and category labels 0:01:52
Working with the Inbox Archive Email 0:00:25
Working with the Inbox Report spam Email 0:00:28
Working with the Inbox View and save email attachments with Drive 0:01:32
Working with the Inbox Sharing Drive Files as Links and Attachments 0:03:10
Working with the Inbox Star Email 0:00:16
Working with the Inbox Mark Email as Important or Not Important 0:00:24
Organizing Email with Labels Create a new Label or nested Label 0:00:30
Organizing Email with Labels Label Email 0:00:19
Organizing Email with Labels Introduction to Labels 0:00:33
Organizing Email with Labels Change the color of a Label 0:00:19
Searching for Email Search for email by attachment size 0:01:05
Searching for Email Search for emails by date range 0:00:17
Searching for Email Introduction to search 0:00:14
Searching for Email Search for Unread email 0:00:18
Searching for Email Search for Starred email 0:00:13
Searching for Email Using Advanced Search 0:00:22
Searching for Email Search for emails by keyword 0:00:29
Searching for Email Search for emails from a specific person 0:00:24
Searching for Email Search for emails with attachments 0:00:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Introduction to Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Compose a new Email 0:00:52
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using CC and BCC for additional recipients 0:01:28
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Change formatting of Email text 0:00:36
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Insert attachments to Email 0:00:18
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Discard a draft Email 0:00:21
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Send Email 0:00:15
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Resizing the Compose Window in Gmail 0:01:31
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Enable Undo Send 0:00:46
Composing, Editing & Sending Email Using Undo Send 0:00:37
Changing Settings Enable keyboard shortcuts 0:00:34
Changing Settings Add a different Email address to send mail from 0:00:35
Changing Settings Import a POP3 Email account into Gmail 0:00:40
Changing Settings Create an Email signature 0:00:31
Changing Settings Introduction to settings 0:01:13
Changing Settings Enabling/Disabling Conversation View 0:00:43
Changing Settings Enable chat and Email desktop notifications 0:00:35
Changing Settings Set an automatic vacation response 0:00:51
Changing Settings Enable offline Gmail 0:00:35
Managing Inbox with Filters Introduction to filters 0:00:24
Managing Inbox with Filters Create a new filter 0:00:57
Managing Inbox with Filters Modify a filter 0:00:16
Managing Inbox with Filters Delete a filter 0:00:16
Extra features with Labs Introduction to Labs 0:00:25
Extra features with Labs Enable and use Canned Responses 0:00:36
Introduction to Contacts What is Google Contacts? 0:00:22
Introduction to Contacts Introduction to Contacts interface 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Import contacts from another application 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Export contacts to another application 0:00:22
Working with Contacts Create a new contact 0:00:40
Working with Contacts Delete a contact 0:00:15
Working with Contacts Add contacts to a contact group 0:00:27
Working with Contacts Delete contacts from a contact group 0:00:13
Introduction to Tasks What is Google Tasks? 0:00:15
Introduction to Tasks Introduction to Tasks interface 0:00:23
Working with Tasks Create a new Task 0:00:15
Working with Tasks Complete a Task 0:00:12
Working with Tasks Create new Task lists 0:00:16
Working with Tasks Move a Task to another Task list 0:00:08
Working with Tasks Add an Email to a Task 0:00:20
Working with Tasks How to add a due date to a Task 0:00:12
Using Chat Hangouts Introduction to using Hangouts 0:00:36
Using Chat Hangouts Access Hangouts from Gmail 0:02:13
Using Chat Hangouts Control who can send you a Hangout request 0:00:49
Using Chat Hangouts Invite someone to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:28
Using Chat Hangouts Invite multiple people to Hangout – Gmail 0:00:40
Using Chat Hangouts Send an image or video 0:01:30
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive an emoji 0:02:03
Using Chat Hangouts Turn Hangout history on or off 0:01:18
Using Chat Hangouts Delete a Hangout 0:00:41
Using Chat Hangouts Block or unblock a person 0:01:16
Using Chat Hangouts Archive a Hangout 0:00:37
Using Chat Hangouts Send or receive a text message 0:00:46
Using Video Hangouts Using group text chat in a video Hangout 0:01:22
Using Video Hangouts Ignore another participant 0:00:43
Using Video Hangouts Adjust bandwidth usage 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Change the active video 0:01:30
Using Video Hangouts Share your screen 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Capture the Hangout 0:00:59
Using Video Hangouts Share a YouTube video 0:01:08
Using Video Hangouts Add additional Hangout apps 0:00:44
Using Video Hangouts Introduction to video Hangouts 0:00:20
Using Video Hangouts Getting set up for a video Hangout 0:00:35
Using Video Hangouts Invite a person to a video Hangout 0:00:51
Using Video Hangouts Add more people to a video Hangout 0:00:54
Using Video Hangouts Add a phone call to a Hangout 0:01:28
Using Video Hangouts Mute or unmute yourself 0:00:49
Using Video Hangouts Mute another participant 0:00:24
Using Video Hangouts Disable or enable your Camera 0:00:51
Introduction to Hangouts What is Google Hangouts? 0:01:06
Introduction to Hangouts Introduction to the Hangouts interfaces 0:03:18

Merge Magic: Outlines into Essays

Posted by sducharm on December 4, 2015

The Problem

Students skip the outlining step in a writing task because they feel it’s redundant. (“Why outline when I can just write?”)


The Result

The essay is unorganized.

The essay takes longer to write because the student is trying to organize while writing.

Missed opportunities: Students don’t see gaps in their arguments ahead of time and realize, too late, that they don’t have enough information.


The Solution

Make the outline meaningful: Make it match the structure of the essay and make it copy-paste-able.



Set up the outline to mirror the structure of effective paragraphs.


Two structures our teachers use…

S.E.E.C – State, Explain, Example, Connect (sample here)

M.E.A.L – Main Idea, Evidence, Analysis, Link (sample here)



Use a table in google docs to complete the outline. This has the advantage of eliminating formatting issues and it allows us to merge…



When the table is complete, MERGE the cells to create a paragraph. (BAM! Essay is nearing completion without having to ever look at a blank page!)


Here’s part of the outline filled in:

(Public) SCI 8 SEEC Outline Template - Google Docs


Now we MERGE some cells so we can view the information as a paragraph. (Highlight cells to merge > choose Table > Merge cells > Copy/paste into essay document)

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Merged text looks like a paragraph!

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One step further…grab the source number and put it with the example. This makes in-text citations easier to do later on.

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When kids first see this, it’s like a load off of their minds. They see the value of organizing ahead of time and see how they can use it directly in the essay.


Macky Mitma

Posted by mmitma on September 30, 2015
Macky foto Hi! I am a Primary Spanish Teacher and I am excited to be a Digital Coach.I have always been interested in Technology and in all new Technology updates. I use Technology as a teaching tool on a daily basis.I like to share with my colleagues and students all the new things that I am learning and using.

I feel privileged to be part of a community of learners where professional development is continually being offered.



Surveys, Graphs and Data Analysis

Posted by xnunezdp on March 30, 2015

Students in Grade 5 need to be able to analyse survey data as part of their Exhibition preparation. Other online survey tools deny access to students younger than 13 years of age. Google Forms is a good opportunity for the students to create surveys and share them with their peers within the safe Amersol-Google account they all share.

Ginny Tori

Posted by gtori on February 16, 2015

Hi!  I’m excited to be a Digital Coach! At the time, I am a Kindergarten Grade teacher, a happy wife and the mother of 4 amazing kids. I love my job and I constantly feel an urge to learn more.   I have a passion for literacy and I enjoy to integrate technology in my class. My experience as a mom and as a teacher tell me that technology is part of the life of kids now. I understand technology is a tool for us teachers, but feel that 21 century children enjoy and feel very comfortable and motivated while learning with any technology device they can have around them.Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 1.48.29 PM  When I find out the school has been using any new form of technology I always spend time at home playing around with it or reading about it.  My mind goes around thinking about ways to use technology in my class. I like to keep my webpage updated and feel it is a great way to communicate with parents as well.  I am not afraid to try things out in my class or to ask for help either.  This year, I attended the ISTE conference. My goal was to learn how to use Ipads more effectively in my class.

My learning goal for this semester will be to do some app smashing in the class and create some beautiful kids reflections that I can upload to their digital portfolios. I will ask my digital coach friends to share any blogs with app reviews with me.

Providing Fast and Efficient Feedback: Google Docs

Posted by ssweeney on September 22, 2014

Through the use of a Google Document, a teacher is able to provide efficient just-in-time feedback to a student’s writing piece while they are in the process.  Because Google Docs are hosted in the cloud and are shared documents, both students and teachers can have access at the same time.  This means that the writing process doesn’t have to be interrupted to receive important feedback for improved learning.  To utilize Google Docs for providing fast and efficient feedback, teachers will need to have the following skills.