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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Google Apps Certified Trainer

I just completed 35 hours of training at the Franklin office of SOITA to begin my journey to becoming a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer!!  I am happy to say that after completing (and passing) all 6 tests I am now a "Google Certified Individual"!!
If you have the opportunity to participate in this training.... do not hesitate!   It was awesome!  I have been using Google Docs for several years and considered myself to be an advanced user.  I did however, learn a great deal more about using Google Docs. 

One thing I would like to share with you quickly is how to get a document to appear in two (or more) folders.  You may recall that before "Docs" changed to "Drive" you were able to have a document "belong" to 2 or more "collections".  This was great!!  I have several documents that I use in different classes.  Using Windows, I would have to have a copy of the document in each folder I wanted it in.  For instance, a parent letter that I use with all my classes would have to be copied to ALL my class folders.  Then if I edit the one in my Chemistry folder, I have to copy it to all the other folders!  Terribly time consuming and what happens if you forget to update the other folders?!  Chaos!!

Collections made that scenario of thing of the past.  I could now have my parent letter belong to each of my classes collections!  If I edit the one in the Chemistry collection it is also edited int the other collections because it is the same document!!   Then Drive came along, and "collections" were changed to "folders".  It seemed that no matter what I did I could not organize a document and have it "belong" in 2 different folders.

Well, thanks to the training at SOITA, I learned that all you have to do is hold down the control key and click..... So simple!  Why did I not think of that?!?!  

So, with the control key I can now organize documents into as many folders as I want..... Chaos has been averted!!