Thursday, February 5, 2015

Personalise Bullet Points & Numbers in Google Docs

Working within a Google Doc create a bulleted list and click on the top bullet-point which selects them all.

  • Google Drive
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google+
  • Maps

Once the series of bullet-points are selected you can then personalise them:

Select alternative styles

  • Right-Click on the bullet-points and a pop-up-menu appears
  • Select More bullets…
  • See the Drop-Down options for Symbols and Arrows
  • Try out some alternative bullet-point symbols

Change Colours
Select another colour from the Text Colour picker in the menus

  • AMS
  • AHS
  • Central
  • East

Working With numbered Lists
You can use a similar technique to work with numbered lists. Again, click on the top-most number in a list to select them all. Then Right-Click to reveal a pop-up-menu with further options.

You can also change the prefix or suffix for a list or individual number in a numbered bullet list.

  1. Dog
  2. Cat
  3. Bird
  4. Fish

Nearpodize this! Another Option for Sharing Presentations to Chromebooks, laptops, or iPads

Nearpod allows teachers to construct or upload presentations using the Nearpod website or the Nearpod Chrome app and deliver instruction to students by pushing content out to multiple devices at once.  Chrome also has a Nearpod Chrome Extension "Nearpodize this!" that will automatically transform any open Google Presentation into a Nearpod Presentation (NPP). The teacher controls the presentation from any internet active device, while students follow along on Chromebooks, computers, iPods or iPads. To actively engage students, teachers can also embed multiple choice questions, polls, videos, quizzes, open-ended questions, and web-links in their presentations. This is an easy and efficient way to share websites without having students navigate to other pages, many times getting lost in the process.

Nearpod also has a drawing feature that students can use to annotate images. For example, a teacher can include an image that students could annotate over - such as a passage, draw/label a map, solve a math problem, balance chemical equation, and more.   This same feature can also be used to create thinking maps or solve math problems. All student responses within Nearpod are submitted to the controlling device (laptop, computer or iPad held by the teacher) and may be pushed out or shared with the class during instruction.  This aspect of Nearpod's design provides a wonderful opportunity for formative assessment and collaboration with just the tap of a button.

Just a few of the key features of Nearpod:
  • Teachers may easily upload existing Powerpoint or Keynote presentations on the Nearpod website. Teachers may also Nearpodize any Google Presentation using the Nearpodize this! Chrome extension.
  • Nearpod can be a helpful student-centered Chromebook tool.  
  • Students may access a Nearpod presentation from any network using a browser and a five letter code.  
  • Students who are absent may also follow your presentation from home or wherever an Internet connection is available.

Teacher Suggestions for Nearpod Presentations:

Use NearPod with multiple interactive questions to present information as well as maintain student attention.  Students enjoy the opportunity to share their ideas during a presentation, even a short one, and it can be eye opening to see how many (or how few) students are actually listening and have understood what you've said just a few minutes before you ask a question.


Students LOVE Nearpod. It allows for them to interact and share their learning. When learning and exploring through Nearpod, there is no need to ask learners to stay on the correct page and or direct them to a certain webpage. Students will be engaged and ready to learn. 

Analyzing Reports

Remember if you want to see the results from your interactive polls and questions, be sure to tap the Nearpod menu at the top (in the center) of the screen and choose to email yourself results before you close the presentation to select another or quit the app. Once you have finished a presentation, the app will send a report to you via email, or you can access the data directly through your Nearpod app account (look for the graphs icon) for Reports.

Give Nearpod a try!  Go to: Sign up, type Promo Code DZ36O4 & create mobile presentations to engage students and assess their performance.

How to set up Nearpod: (download pdf)
  • Download the free teacher and student apps.
  • Sign up for a free teacher account on the Nearpod website. (Note: The free account is limited to 200MB or storage, 10 Nearpod Presentations (NPPs), and 30 students per session.)
  • There is no teacher set-up of student usernames or passwords.
  • When you launch a Nearpod presentation in the classroom, it generates a five letter code that allows students to log into their app or view the presentation on a browser.
  • To preview an example of a Nearpod presentation just click <here>
  • How to Create a Quiz