Making Posters with Google Drawings

How to Create a New Drawing

In order to create a new Google Drawing you need to open the Google Drawing website. You can do this through your google drive, or by searching “” in the omnibox.

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Drawing Board

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Some tools may not be available upon opening of drawing. In order to unlock these tools, one must first have selected a shape, image, or text box.

Google Drawing In-Depth Tutorial

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Link: Google Drawing Cheat Sheet

In-Depth Guide by Austin Houp

Uses for Google Drawings

Google Drawings is a very useful platform, somewhat similar to the likes of Windows Paint, and Adobe Photoshop. In this program, the user is free to create shapes and banners of all sorts, and is able to create some pretty amazing stuff. Below is an example of some work that has been done on google drawings. Mainly created with shapes, this work of art is only a taste of what can be achieved on Google Drawings.

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Google Drawings has incorporated some really great tools into the users hands. Tools such as the poly line tool make creating things very easy. The polyline tool is a tool that can make any shape of any size, in any dimension or format. To use it, simply select it, and click to add a point. When you are finished making the desired shape, close it off by clicking the first point, and Google Drawings will recognize your work as a shape. You can color it like a shape, and add a border.

This is an example of some of the crazy shapes possible.

Google Drawings is a fantastic program with a lot to offer to the user, and somebody who needs to make posters and graphs on a daily basis, will find themselves hand in hand with this program upon discovery of it. Our Help Desk Team even created our own symbol using Google Drawings (see at very top of page). Of course this program is a google product, so it will be solid in performance, and user friendliness.




Kaelin Tate was born in raised in small town Ash Grove, MO. He enjoys playing golf on the school team, and contributing to his school Help Desk Team.






How to Start Up and Use Flipgrid

Starting your Account

Flipgrid is a easy to use blog site for teachers or groups to engage students in topics and discussions. This sites lets students respond with short videos which helps engage in the discussion.

To start off Flipgrid you want to find the main page which is linked here Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 2.53.21 PM

When you open the link you well find a page describing the website and their goals. In the middle you will see a search bar ask for a grid code this is meant for students to accesses the grid.

(example shown below)

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If your wanting to start your own account there are two places on the page to sign up. One right below the grid code and another in the top right corner. Next, you’ll will be asked for your personal information and password. It will ask you to chose a what kind of Flipgrid account you want. In this article were focusing on the free version.

(example below)

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Making your First Grid

Now that you have setup a account you can start making grids. Once you get to the main account page you will be prompted to start your first grid just click on new grid for the next step

Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 2.56.54 PM After clicking new Grid it will bring you to a large page asking for what the name of the Grid and Grid purpose (description). It will also show the Grid code so your students can join the Grid that you have created

(example below)

Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 2.57.05 PM Next are the security and features (listed below) these help with accessibility with students or restriction on them.

Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 2.57.17 PM After that you get to select the theme of the grid there are a large variety of choices from nature to modern technology or you can download a image of your choosing.

(example below)

Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 2.57.34 PM Starting your Topic

After finishing your grid it the website well ask you to create a Topic. Topics are the equivalent to assignments students can submit videos of them selves answering the topic and creating there own unique thumbnail for the video.

Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 3.00.16 PMWhen you begin making your topic the first thing you see is this page (shown below) Is self explanatory the only thing different is the Video Response Time this setting just change how much time each student has on there video response length. Other wise fill every thing out and move on to the next section.Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 3.02.29 PM The Active Status and Launch and Freeze Dates are setting that control students view or doing the Grid. Active Status can make the assignment Active, Frozen, or inactive which can make it complete able, only view able, or neither. The Launch and Freeze Dates assigns a date to the topic for it to automatically assign and freeze the assignment.Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 3.04.13 PMTopic Resources and Topic Attachments both add file and links to your Topic to help better understand the idea your trying to convey. Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 3.06.24 PMResponse Features let students customize there video with Emojis, stickers, and the ability to let students comment on others submissions which is shown on the left side of the page. There is one option listed on the right side Response Moderation which is important for teachers if they want to keep students responses hidden from other students Screenshot 2017-10-04 at 3.06.36 PM Now you know how to setup and use Flipgrid and apply to a classroom environment



Zachary McClelland is a Ash Grove High School. He is a member of the Ash Grove Student Help Desk. Zachary plays baseball and is involved in a coding club at school. He plans to go to OTC and then to Drury to pursue a career in Game Development.


How the Stock Market Works (Game)

The Stock Market game allows anyone to understand how the stock market works using virtual money and not real currency.

How To Sign Up:


What Stocks To Buy: 

  • Once account is created research stocks that best fit what you are interested in.
    • Ex. Nike if interested in athletics
    • Ex. Microsoft if interested in technology
  • There are many different websites you can look at here are a few.

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How To Navigate The Game:

  • My Portfolio tab allows individuals to see your stocks, account balance, account transactions etc.

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  • Make A Trade tab allows persons to buy/sell stock and mutual funds etc.

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  • Contest tab allows individuals to manage contests between friends.


  • Education Center  tab allows individuals to learn about investing basics, economics, personal finance and etc.

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  • Trading Ideas tab gives persons information and different ideas on trading.


  • Quotes tab tells about statistics of the stock market.


This game teaches students the fundamentals of how the stock market works. Note that these prices are actual prices of the stock market and any trades made after the stock market closes or before it opens will not go through until the market is open.

IMG_3779 Kyle (@PrattMaster1) is a senior at Ash Grove High School and a student in the Assist Help Desk. He is on the Ash Grove track team and a member of FBLA. After High School he plans on going to college to become a nurse practitioner.




What Not To Do With a Chromebook

People tend to misuse Chromebooks in different ways sometimes without knowing it. In this blog will go over how to maintain and protect your Chromebook.

Screen Protection

  • When you are picking up your Chromebook pick do not pick it up by the screen.
  • The best way to pick it up is to use the base of the Chromebook.

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  • Do not put pressure on the screen.
  • Try your best not to touch the screen.CrackedScreen1440x900_001.jpg


  • If the Chromebook is in your bag be careful with your bag don’t just throw your bag around
  • Set your bag down gently.

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  • If you are eating around your Chromebook try not to spill anything on it.
  • When eating do not go around the Chromebook.

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  • When using the track pad do not slam your fingers on it
  • Apply gentle pressure to the the track pad.

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  • When typing do not just slam your fingers on the keys.
  • Apply just enough pressure that the keys type on the screen.


  • Do not leave it where someone can sit on it or step on it
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  • Do not leave it to where something can get stuck in the USB, charging port or headphone jack
  • Set it where there is nothing that can get into the USB or any other area.

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My name is Cory Allen and I’m a senior at Ash Grove High School. I am currently an officer in our local FFA. After high school I plan to go to college to become a welder.

Introductory to Google Expeditions by Mason Keith


Google expeditions offers many opportunities with the new Virtual Reality headsets. Expeditions takes the ideals from Google Earth and maps and puts that power into a virtual reality experience. In this blog, I will help guide you to learn how Google Expeditions operates and how to get the best experience out of it. 



The app requires you to use the app with either any Droid or Apple device. The devices will need to run these operating systems in order to use the app: Android (4.4 and above) or iOS (8.0 and above). The phones used with a virtual reality headset need to meet the required specifications:  

  • GPU comparable with an Adreno 330
  •  720p or 1080p quality phone screen
  • Minimum of 2GB ram
  • 2.4ghz and 5ghz wifi support
  • VR headset compatible screen size

When you have your devices, download the Expeditions app from the Google Play Store or from the App Store. The first time you open Expeditions, you’ll be offered a brief demonstration of the app. In the demo, tap Full Screen to see how the app works without a viewer.

To lead an expedition 



Open the Expeditions app and tap Lead if you haven’t already selected the guide role.

  1. Make sure your explorers are connected to your Wi-Fi network. You can see how many explorers are connected next to People at the top.
    • If there are no explorers present, tap Connect Explorers or People and see Networking problems for help.
    • To connect from the explorer devices, tap the red Open Wi-Fi Settings link to turn on Wi-Fi and connect to the correct network.
    • If the explorers are connected but the guide is not, they’ll see the message “Hold on. Looking for guide.” Connect your guide device to the same network as the explorers to begin.
  2. Open a downloaded expedition or browse to find a new one. You need to be connected to the Internet to download a new expedition.

After everyone joins an expedition, you can get started. You can only play the scene that’s currently selected.


How to join an expedition

Open the Expeditions app and tap Follow.

  1. Find the expedition that the guide started, and tap Follow.
  2. 2.Place the phone in your viewer.
  3. Move your head to look around.

Here is a tutorial on how to operate Google Expeditions:


IMG_0844Mason Keith (@maskeithHD) is a Senior at Ash Grove High School. He is a member of the Ash Grove Student Help Desk. Mason plays baseball and football and is also involved in BETA, FBLA, and STUCCO. He plans on attending OTC and then Missouri State pursing a career in Business.

Infinity New Tab

Infinity new tab is a Chrome-based cloud applications platform, for easy use of Chrome. For someone who is new to Chrome this would be a great way to learn how to use this software.

First enter extensions and download Infinity New Tab.

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Open up a new tab and Infinity New Tab should come up.

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By clicking on the red plus button in the top right hand corner you can choose what apps you want on your screen. By two finger clicking on the icons will allow you too delete apps.

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Clicking on custom will allow you to put in your own URL to make an icon.

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Therefore Infinity new Tab is great for new users and is very easy to use.


IMG_0909 Kyle (@PrattMaster1) is a Junior at Ash Grove High School and a student in the Assist Help Desk. He is on the Ash Grove track team and a member of FBLA. After High School he plans on going to college to become a physical therapist.

Interested In New Tech? Try A.I. Experiments.

With A.I. Technology being relatively new, many people are eager to mess around with the tech, and create really cool applications. You will learn about the experiments from

Giorgio Cam

Starts with the user taking a picture of any object, then the computer uses image recognition to label the object, and create song lyrics based off the label it provides.1

Quick, Draw!:

The computer generates random words for you to draw, and based off your drawing the computer has to guess the drawing.2

The Infinite Drum Machine:

This experiment uses everyday sounds, only the audio of them, and it places similar sounds together, it also allows the exploration of similar sounds, and make your own beats.3.png

Thing Translator:

This experiment allows you to take pictures of objects and it provides how to say it in a different language.4.png

Bird Sounds:

Uses machine learning to organize bird sounds, the computer wasn’t given tags or names, only audio, further showing how far along A.I. technology has come.5.png

A.I. Duet:

Allows music making through machine learning. A neural network was created in the experiment, and was given example melodies and built maps of notes and timings. All the user has to do is play a few notes, and see how the network responds.6.jpg

Visualizing High-Dimensional Space:

This experiments shows the users how machine learning works, and shows the connections the computer makes; by visualizing high-dimensional space.7

What Neural Networks See:

Experiment allows your camera to explore what neural nets see.

8Handwriting with a Neural Net:

This experiment lets you play with a neural network that generates strokes based on your own style of handwriting. 9


This is just the beginning of A.I. Applications/Experiments, hopefully innovators can continue these and push these ideas and creations much farther. The future looks bright for technology, and it looks like A.I. is leading the way.



Maxwell Cashio – Student

Maxwell Cashio (@CashioHelpDesk) is a senior at Ash Grove High School in Southwest Missouri. He is currently involved in many activities including: FBLA, FCCLA, Beta Club, Track & Field, Basketball, and Football. Max loves helping out classmates at school with Google Apps whenever he can. His favorite Google Application(s) would be Google Sheets/Forms and how they can do many things to improve productivity and efficiency in any job or hobby.