Community Round Up: Little-Known Google Tools You Should Be Using, Google Drive as a Desktop Suite, and more

Here are some excellent internet resources shared in our Google+ community of educators (worldwide) last week.

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9 Little-Known Google Tools You Should Be Using -

For successful businesses, whether your company has one employee or 1,000, there's virtually no such thing as too many of these workplace weapons. Here are the best little-known Google tools that will take your business and productivity to the next level.

Originally shared by +Lee Webster

How to Make Google Drive Work Like a Desktop Suite -

Google Drive, and the apps in it—Docs, Sheets, and Slides—are great for people looking for a simple Office suite. It's free, makes collaboration easy, and pretty much anyone can use it. But if you're used to something more traditional, like Microsoft Office, you may be hesitant to use it. Here's how to make Google Drive work more like the desktop suites you're used to.

Awesome find by +Christina DiMicelli

2014 VT Google Summit Reflection -

A recap of the awesome stuff learned at the 2014 Vermont Google Summit by  +Bjorn Behrendt, one of our speakers during the event.

Thanks to +Allison Mollica for sharing.

Permalinks for Google Drive Images -

So you've uploaded a photo to Google Drive and the only options are to download the file and link to the image page. But what if you want to embed that image in a web page or simply post a direct link to the image? You may think that right-clicking the image lets you copy the image URL, but that's not true. Even if you check the source code of a page or use features like Firefox's "view page info", you'll get a link that doesn't work. Fortunately, there's an easy solution.

If you want images to show in Fusion Tables, take a look at this. Credits to +Ron Turchyniak for finding this.

Best Classroom Uses for Google+

A neat infographic with ideas on how to use Google+ in the classroom. Parent-teacher conference via hangout, why not? Graphic originally shared from +Research Paper Town

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