Tutorials from THE Journal

Interested in contributing?

We're ramping up our library of technology tutorials for ed tech professionals. And that means we're looking for experts who would like to contribute to the effort.

Our tutorials are goal-oriented. They should solve a problem or reveal something to the user that he or she wouldn't normally know. And they should assume the reader is an intermediate or advanced user. (That said, you can feel free to pitch primers for beginners. We'll consider pitches on a case-by-case basis.) Illustrations (screen shots) are necessary; videos are optional.

If you'd like to contribute, contact David Nagel at [email protected].


How to Assign Group Work in Google Classroom

Learn how to use Google Classroom's assignments feature to create and manage group projects for students.

Tips for Great Group Work in the Classroom

What makes for better group work? Learn how a shared-ownership model gives every student more of a stake in group work activities.

Integrating Literacy into STEAM Lessons

Both Common Core and NGSS emphasize the importance of speaking, listening and communicating about mathematical and scientific concepts. Integrating literacy tools into STEAM subjects does more than help students and teachers fulfill objectives. Better literacy helps students identify and more thoroughly understand key concepts.

After the Planning Phase: 7 Tips for Implementing a Makerspace

Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace

Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.

Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets: This Week, Next Week, Last Week

We've covered a lot about using custom formulas for conditional formatting in Google Sheets, especially color-coding cells based on the date. Now let's look at how to color-code cells based on whether a date contained in a cell falls in this week, next week, last week or any other week.

Essentials of Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility is a hot topic in education these days, and training teachers in creating accessible digital materials is on the mind of every instructional designer or educational technology team. Here we look at some of the most common issues that confront educators when making their course content accessible.

The Art of Procurement: Balancing Price and Performance

The learning environment is changing in our schools, and technology is playing a big role. How schools are acquiring their resources can be as affecting as the changes in instructional practices used by teachers.

Evaluating the Privacy and Security of Ed Tech

When working with educational technology, responsible decision makers in schools recognize the need for solid security and privacy practice in software applications.

Teaching STEM Skills with NAO Robots

Middle school educator Frank DiMaria uses robots as an interdisciplinary tool to help students learn problem-solving and gain skills they'll need in the future.

Building a Class Helper: A Proposal, Part 3 of 3

In this tutorial, part three in a series of three, Anderson University Associate Professor Emmett Dulaney lays out a proposal for a simple, yet indispensable classroom helper tool.

Building a Class Helper: A Proposal, Part 2 of 3

In this tutorial, part two in a series of three, Anderson University Associate Professor Emmett Dulaney lays out a proposal for a simple, yet indispensable classroom helper tool.

Building a Class Helper: A Proposal, Part 1 of 3

In this tutorial, part one in a series of three, Anderson University Associate Professor Emmett Dulaney lays out a proposal for a simple, yet indispensable classroom helper tool.

How to Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Special Characters in Windows 10

Your Windows mobile device doesn't have a numeric keypad, so how do you type characters like em dashes or bullets without having to open Word or Character Map?

Enabling Pressure Sensitivity on the Surface Pro 4 in Photoshop CS6 and GIMP

The single greatest advantage of Microsoft's high-end Surface Pro 4 tablet over other high-end mobile Windows devices is its pressure-sensitive stylus. So those of you who jumped in with the latest generation of the device may have been perplexed (as I was) to find that some of the most popular graphics apps out there were incapable of using stylus pressure. But there's a simple fix for that.

How To Win Corporate and Foundation Grants for Your Tech Project

Got an idea for a new tech initiative in your school but wondering where to find the money to pay for it? Grants from corporations and foundations may be just the funding source you need.

Getting Funded: 6 Grant-Seeking Tips

Whether your district is experienced in securing grant funding or is new to the grant application process, here are six tips that can boost your chances of grant-seeking success.

Google Apps: Applying Conditional Formatting Across Sheets

Common wisdom says you just can't apply conditional formatting in a Google Apps spreadsheet using data from a different sheet. But here at THE Journal, we laugh in the face of wisdom, common or otherwise. But is such jocularity is justified? Read on.

Google Sheets: Using Custom Formulas in Conditional Formatting

This week's tutorial covers a number functions in Google's Spreadsheet app, Google Sheets. Here we take a practical look at using weekdays in calculations, introduce "if" statements and learn how to refer dynamically to the contents of a current cell.

Awarding Badges in Moodle

The odds are good that you accomplished something over the course of your life for which you were extremely proud, but the significance of that accomplishment was lost in the explanation to others. After telling them of your grand accomplishment, their retort was along the lines of: "Well, what do you want? A medal?"

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