Find important links quickly through BHBL Bookmarks

posted Jun 5, 2017, 8:57 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 7:46 AM ]

If you are a BHBL user logged into the Chrome browser, you may notice a new folder on your bookmarks bar called "BHBL." This folder is full of important links that you may need, such as Service Now, My Learning Plan, eSchoolData, and more!

Tech Tip: How to do a clean refresh in the Chrome web browser

posted Oct 5, 2016, 8:25 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 8:25 AM ]

A clean refresh will reload a web page without using any of the website's data that is stored on your computer.

This can help when pages don't load correctly, a page becomes unresponsive, or you receive errors. This can happen on websites such as Gmail or eSchoolData. If you notice a web page acting strangely, try doing a clean refresh!

To do this on a Chromebook or PC ......... Control + Shift + R
To do this on a Mac ................................... Command + Shift + R

Tech Tip: How to add the 2nd century logo to your Gmail signature

posted Sep 16, 2016, 8:46 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Sep 16, 2016, 8:54 AM ]

Perhaps you've seen the fancy new 2nd Century BHBL logo in someone's email signature. Now you can add it too!

Click here for a tutorial on how to add the new logo to your signature.

NEW Feature - Accept questions from your audience when presenting in Google Slides

posted May 5, 2016, 6:28 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

Google Slides just became more interactive! A new feature has been added that allows the presenter to pause their presentation to let the audience ask questions by navigating to a simple web URL. Questions can be voted up or down so that the presenter can gauge the popularity of a particular query and then display it on the presentation. 

Check out the full article below! To subscribe to Google Apps updates, follow the link below and click on Subscribe by email in the sidebar on the right.

Accept questions from your audience when presenting in Google Slides

Use Poll Everywhere to engage your class in real time

posted May 3, 2016, 12:01 PM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

Poll Everywhere is a web-based tool that allows teachers to conduct interactive polls in real time. Students can reply to the poll questions by visiting a website or by texting from their phone. This is a great tool that can serve many purposes, such as checks for understanding, gauging student opinions, or even providing students with an anonymous platform to express an opinion to the class.

Poll Everywhere offers many options for polls, including multiple choice, open ended response, brainstorming, and even clickable images! This tool allows students to place a marker on an image of your choice. This can be utilized when asking questions about geography, anatomy, or asking students to place their marker on a number line for a math problem.

Check it out by going to and clicking on the button that says Create your first poll. There is no sign up required!

Tag other Google users in a comment on Docs, Sheets, and Slides

posted Feb 8, 2016, 12:28 PM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

Google recently added a feature to Google Docs, Sheets, and slides that allows you to tag other users in a comment. When you tag another user, they will get an email notification that they were mentioned along with a link to the document. If the tagged user is not currently shared on the document, Google will prompt you to give them access so that they can view your comment. This is great when you would like to have a colleague chime in on a conversation you are having in the comments.

Give it a shot! To tag another user, simply type @ and then their email address. Your Google contacts will begin to auto fill as you type. Feel free to tag me ( if you'd like to try it out!

Aww - A Web Whiteboard

posted Feb 8, 2016, 12:06 PM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

Aww is a web whiteboard that is easy to use and offers some nice features. Open up the website to find a blank whiteboard. At the top, you'll find tools to change your pen size and color as well as a tool to add typed text. You can also import a photo and then draw over it. 

Other users can be invited to the board if you send them your unique URL. No login required! All users with the unique link will be able to view and edit the board.

When you're finished, you can download your board as a PNG picture file. Also, if you save your unique URL, you can come back to your board later on.

Check it out using the link below!

Sending a text message from Gmail

posted Dec 4, 2015, 8:26 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]


Do you have a parent or student that likes to communicate via text message, but you don't want to share your personal phone number? You can send text messages from your Gmail! 

To do this, simply address your email to For example, if the recipient's phone number was (518) 555-5555, the destination email would be

When the recipient responds, you will have to open the attached text file to read it.

Note: This trick will work with any cell phone service provider!

Adding the centennial logo to your Gmail signature

posted Nov 5, 2015, 8:50 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 7:59 AM ]

You may have noticed that some BHBL staff members are now using the centennial logo in their Gmail signature. You can do this too! 
  1. Navigate to your Gmail
  2. Click on the gear icon on the top right of the screen and select Settings
  3. Navigate down to the section entitled Signature 
  4. Follow this link to a Google doc with the centennial signature template. Press Ctrl + A (or Command + A on Mac) to select everything. You can then copy & paste this into your email signature and insert your own info.
  5. When finished, scroll to the very bottom of the page and click Save Changes

How to turn a Google Doc into a PDF or Word file

posted Nov 5, 2015, 7:24 AM by Doug Carlton   [ updated Jun 10, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

Some websites such as My Learning Plan or Naviance require a document to be attached. A Google Doc cannot be attached but you can turn your Google Doc into a file type (such as a PDF) that can be attached.

To do this:

  1. Open your Google Doc

  2. In the top left corner, click File > Download as, and select the file type (e.g. PDF, Word Doc, Text file, etc.) you’d like to convert your Google Doc into.

  3. A file will be downloaded to your machine’s downloads folder. You may now upload this as an attachment.

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