Google Drive has revolutionized the way we share files and collaborate with others. You can upload and share almost any file format you can think of and the people whom you share the file with can easily preview a file, even without installing the needed software on their browser via Google Drive Viewer (PSD and CAD files anyone?).
This is an awesome feature, but there are cases where you may want to share a direct download link instead of taking the user to the browser viewer. Say for example, you need to print a document and the only printer available is connected to a shared PC. If you don’t want to login to your Google account on other computers, a direct link would come in handy.
Amit of Digital Inspiration has found a way to skip the web viewer and allow users to download a file automatically. Currently, Google Drive doesn’t have an easy option to generate direct links through the web UI. To do this, you simply need to edit the URL generated based on the patterns below.
For those who want to qualify for the Google Teacher Academy program or for those who want to become a Google Certified Trainer, one of the required application requirements is to pass the Google Educator individual qualification certification which consists of five online exams (4 required and 1 elective).
Even if you are not ready yet to hold Google Apps training outside your school district, getting the Google Educator status can benefit your professional development as a teacher. The entire process of preparing and taking the exam can greatly impact your understanding of Google Apps and how you can integrate it in the classroom.
I recently completed my Google Educator status last May so I thought of sharing some of the things that helped me pass all five exams. Note that these tips were all based from my own experience so what worked for me might not work for you. I’m not going to share you shortcuts on how to pass all exams in one go. If that is something you want, I suggest join…
One of our favorite thing about summits (aside from the free drink parties :D), is the Demo Slam session where attendees get to show off their Google tricks and tips to the rest of the crowd by doing a 2 minute live demonstration. For today’s blog post, we are highlighting this wacky demo slam by +Stephen Reiach, Director of Technology from the American School of Milan and one of the attendees of 2014 Germany Summit held in Frankfurt.
If you think there couldn’t be anything more cooler than having the ability to talk to anyone, anywhere in the world, think again. Open Hangouts right now and type /ponies or /ponystream on the chat box and see magical ponies run across the chat window.
This is the most beautiful thing that ever happened to Hangouts! Somebody at Google must love My Little Pony so much.
There are few other surprises you can try, see chart below for the complete list and tell us which is your favorite.
About Demo Slams
Demo slams are fun 2 minute sessions (with 30 second ga…