Episode 148 – Olympic Fever

This episode Tony and I make some big statements about the Olympics, talk about Gmail extensions, what ed tech really is and a whole lot more. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app. Check out the talking points below.

  1. Happy Olympics and Valentine’s Day!
  2. Smarthphones – Let’s experiment and see by Patrick

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/02/02/smartphones-lets-experiment-and-see/
    2. Tony how is your experiment going?
  3. Devices – Students, teachers, schools by Patrick

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/02/07/devices-students-teachers-schools/
    2. Tony’s thoughts
  4. School Shooting Simulation Software (and the Problem with How People Define ‘Ed Tech’) by Audrey Watters of Hackeducation

    1. http://hackeducation.com/2018/02/08/what-is-ed-tech
    2. Should we consider Ed tech to such a broad degree?
    3. Thoughts
  5. Gmail extensions – do you use any?
    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/02/05/my-three-gmail-extensions/

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My Three Gmail Extensions

My Three Gmail Extensions

Gmail is pretty great and when you couple it with Google Chrome you can make it even better. There are a bunch of extensions out there for Gmail. Chances are you can find what you are looking for. I’ll highlight the three that I use. Just a note, I do not believe any of these work with Google Inbox.

#1 The Top Inbox for Gmail

This performs quite a few features for you but the two I use the most is the ability to schedule an email to be sent at a certain time and the ability to see if the email was opened or not (better known as a read receipt). All you have to do is install the extension and then when you open Gmail and create a new email message you will notice a little toolbar at the bottom.


#2 Gorgias Templates: Email templates for Gmail 

Ever have to send the same email to different people? This makes that task a little easier. You can create a template – give a shortcut word and then type that word in your email message and hit the tab key. Bam! Your template will populate the message.

#3 Gmail Append HTML 

Gmail offers a bunch of ways to customize your email, but sometimes, just sometimes, you will want to embed something in the email. There is no way for you to currently do this in Gmail so in comes this little guy. It allows you to view your email in HTML and then make changes. Now Gmail does strip out some code regardless of how harmless it is. Yet, I still have found it helpful for embedding instructions or other content into the email.

So there you have it. What are some of your favorites? Please leave them in the comments below.

Episode 146 – Gmail Beware!

Tony and Patrick are back for 2018 with another incredible episode! Check out the talking points below and be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app.

  1. Happy New Year and Welcome Back
  2. It’s not just Logan Paul – the moral compass of social media is broken by Katherine Cross of The Verge

    1. https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/4/16850798/logan-paul-youtube-social-media-twitch-moderation
    2. Agree/Disagree
    3. Should platforms be ultimately responsible for moderation of content
    4. How should schools address this issue?
    5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halt_and_Catch_Fire_(TV_series)
  3. Patrick’s Review of Canva

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/01/04/canva-a-review/
    2. https://www.canva.com/
  4. Tony’s angry at Gmail and Google Groups

    1. Tony is trying to message to all parents using Google Groups
    2. Google Groups limits to 100 external emails to be added per day
    3. Gmail BBC can hold up to 2000 emails
    4. Google Support & MailChimp as solutions
  5. Patrick’s take on gaming disorder

    1. https://itbabble.com/2018/01/08/gaming-disorder/
    2. This won’t last
    3. Behavioral Addiction – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavioral_addiction

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