Question: Every day when I start work, I open GMail, Calendar, Drive, and a couple other web services individually in separate tabs. Is there an easier way to make this happen?
Answer: YES!!! And here's how:
This should work Chrome in most operating systems. I've done this on my desktop & laptop PCs and on a Chromebook. It works the same way on each, and helps me savor a few precious moments with my coffee before I start my day!
Many thanks to Galesburg High School Principal Roy VanMeter for posing this great time-saving question!
Google Docs got a little more awesome recently.
For now, I've tested it on a Windows 7 desktop, a WIndows 8 laptop, and a Chromebook. It seems to work about the same so long as the device has a working microphone. The room does need to be fairly quiet - background noise, fans, etc., seem to confuse things a bit. RIght now, it only converts voice to typed text, though it does do punctuation and at least 1 very basic navigation command: To start a new paragraph, just say "New Line." ("Backspace," "Delete," "Go Back," etc., don't work at this time.)
Reports from teachers indicate that it does not work well at this time with non-English language conversion. Also, it is only available in Google Docs - no sign of it in other Google Apps for Education like Slides, Sheets, or Forms.
Despite these limitation, this is still a nice addition to the functionality of Google Docs If typical Googley Goodness prevails, users can expect to see further enhancements and improvements soon!
I learned about the Google Docs Voice Typing enhancement from The Google Gooru blog.
May 19 Google Apps for Education Training, presented by Jason Smith, CSBO, Coal City (IL) Schools
Chromebook Videos by GHS Video Productions Class
District #205 Google Apps for Education site
Ongoing listing of resources for technology and education apps for Galesburg CUSD #205 teachers.