My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators

100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google Classroom helps teachers manage student work in Google. More than 100 resources for educators about classroom, docs, spreadsheets, forms and more.
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How to use video and Google Forms to encourage deeper learning

How to use video and Google Forms to encourage deeper learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For as long as I have been a teacher, I have been showing videos in class. While not a revolutionary idea, back when I first started I would show a video related to the lesson and hand out an accompanying question sheet to make sure the students were focusing on the main ideas. I would call out helpful reminders like “Number 3 is coming up!” to ensure that students were paying attention.

They were not.

 

My high school students were sometimes doodling on the paper, staring out the window, or hoping to just get the answers at the end from myself or a friend. But the content was so good and so relevant! I thought. These were primary source accounts! How could students not be engaged? What could I change to make the topic and delivery more relevant? That’s when the lightbulb went off.

Deb Gardner's insight:

A different "take" on Document Based Questions (DBQ). This article explains VBQ - video based questions by integrating video clips (either on YouTube or student created) and pairing them with questions that incite critical thinking.

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How to Prevent Downloading of Shared Google Docs

How to Prevent Downloading of Shared Google Docs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the best aspects of Google Drive is ability to quickly share documents and presentations with a large group of people. Sometimes when you share your documents or presentations you only want people to view those files, not edit or download them. You could share Google Docs as view-only but people can still make a copy of their own and download it. Recently, Google added the option to prevent downloading of shared files, even files shared as view-only.

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A Short Explanation of Google Apps Terminology

A Short Explanation of Google Apps Terminology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Earlier this week I received an email from someone who was looking for clarification on the differences between Google Apps for Education, Google Drive, and Google Docs. That request for clarification isn't uncommon. Here's how I typically try to explain the differences between Google Apps for Education, Google Drive,  and Google Docs.

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Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation

Drive Higher-Order Thinking with RSA Animation | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

RSA animation is essentially whiteboard animation. The artist draws pictures on a whiteboard to depict concepts using a combination of words and pictures. If you've never seen an RSA animation, I'd suggest watching "Changing Educational Paradigms" which took a section of Ken Robinson's TED Talk and

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Wow!  Pretty much includes all the "C"s: creativity, close reading, collaboration, and critical thinking.  Awesome project!

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Thousands of Newspapers on a Google Map

Thousands of Newspapers on a Google Map | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Newspaper Map is a new for locating and reading newspapers from locations all around the world. Newspaper Map claims to have put placemarks for more 10,000 newspapers on one Google Map. To find a newspaper you can browse the map then click on a placemark to open the link within to read a newspaper. You can also locate newspapers by using the search boxes to locate a newspaper by title or location. Along with links to the newspapers, Newspapers Map provides links to translate the newspapers you find on the map.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Oh this is SO cool! What an easy to use resource to complement a lesson for a different perspective.

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80+ Google Forms for the Classroom

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Forms is a great tool and I hope to use it more throughout this year. Take a look here for a more detailed introduction and guide to using and creating a Google Form – this was written prior to Google bringing forms into the NEW menu.


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Google forms, easy to learn and use, versatile, powerful and FREE!

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What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?

What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Google launches new tools for teachers and expands its brand among students.
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5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars

5 Tips to get Organized with Google Calendars | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite Google Apps resources is Google Calendar. If your school has enrolled inGoogle Apps for Education, it is part of the GAFE suite of tools. With a Google Calendar, you can more effectively organize and plan your class. Here are five quick tips to help you create an enhanced classroom Calendar to make your school year run smoothly.

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5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations

5 Unusual Ways To Use Google Presentations | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with your students that have nothing to do with public speaking. Here are some fun exercises you can try in your classes.

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:

 
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The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom

The Beginner's Guide To Google In The Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google offers a ton of solutions for students, teachers, andclassrooms. Some products are intentionally designed for classrooms, others just happen to work well for that setting as well as many others. The Google Apps For Education andGoogle Play for Education are two tools built for teachers and students that encompass a ton of different solutions for different types of work. The handy infographic below takes a look at some usage statistics on Google tools in the classroom along with a few tidbits about Apps for Education if you’re not familiar with them. Keep reading to learn more. 

Deb Gardner's insight:

Who'da thought... Microsoft Office could be replaced. That's innovation and free enterprise.  #awesome

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multiple Chrome Profiles to Use Multiple Google Accounts

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Multiple Chrome Profiles to Use Multiple Google Accounts | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As more schools adopt Google Apps For Education (GAFE), increasingly teachers and students are dealing with multiple Google Accounts - one for work/school and one for personal use. When this situation happens, we often want to keep our two worlds separate. 

Google has a way to make this possible that is built into Chrome. Users can establish multiple Chrome profiles tied to specific Google accounts. As the Director of Technology in my school district, I often see teachers attempt to solve this problem by adding a second account by selecting their profile picture in Gmail and choosing “add an account.”
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15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education

15 Best Google Drive Add-Ons for Education | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it


Google Drive has enabled Google Add Ons and there are some that you and your students will want to enable right away. 

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs by Google Collaborate with colleagues Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training…
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Free Technology for Teachers: 50+ Google Tools Tutorial Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 50+ Google Tools Tutorial Videos | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

My playlist of Google tools tutorials currently has more than 50 videos covering topics like Google Sites, Blogger, YouTube tricks, Google Calendar settings, and Google Drive features. The playlist can be found here or you can view it as embedded below.

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How Google Apps For Education Can Be Used In Your Classroom

How Google Apps For Education Can Be Used In Your Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Like Apple and Microsoft, Google also wants a place in your classroom.

 

Google Apps for Education is a free suite of cloud-based tools created by Google to use in your classroom. You probably knew that part, and likely have a vague awareness of what’s available (Google Drive, Google Form, etc.) ButSylvia Duckworth has gone a step further, giving you an extended metaphor (a train), a graphic (with color), and a brief description of each “stop” of the Google Apps for Education train.

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25 of My Favourite Googly Things by Sylvia Duckworth

25 of My Favourite Googly Things by Sylvia Duckworth | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink
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This is really cool!  Can also be remixed in ThingLink.

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Google Drive: The Basics

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For teachers who are just getting started with Google, Google Drive can be intimidating! In preparation for a Google training, I've put together a short explanation of Google Drive and its basic features. Although an increasing number of people have a Gmail account, I run into teachers all the time
Deb Gardner's insight:

Honestly Google Drive is a game changer. If you're not using either in your classroom or personally, put it on your learning list. 

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Find it Faster using Google

Find it Faster using Google | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Vicki Davis shares this Google Search Modifiers Poster (link opens a PDF). Many of the modifiers featured in the poster can also be used by opening the advanced search menu in Google and making search choices.  

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Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect -

Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain.

 

But while you like Google’s first-party Nexus devices and variety of second-party tablets from Samsung and others, there’s something about the iPad that draws you closer. The question then becomes a matter of utility and function. Or even manners.

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3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons for Teachers and Students

3 Useful Google Docs Add-Ons for Teachers and Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Google Docs Add-Ons are new tools created by 3rd party developers that add functionality to Google Docs. Users can access and search for Add-Ons through the menu bar in any Google Doc or Spreadsheet. There are many handy tools to Add-On to Google Docs to improve  efficiency and help get work done, and there is even a section for education. Here are a three of my favorite Add-Ons, which I believe are well-suited for teachers and student

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5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms - Edudemic

5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications. Google automatically aggregates this data into a Google Spreadsheet, making forms a great way to quickly collect and share information. I have seen educators and administrators use Google Forms in the most creative and inventive ways. If you’re just starting with Google Forms, here are five ways that you can use them to streamline your classroom!

Deb Gardner's insight:

I LOVE Google Forms!

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Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs

Use a Google Form to Keep Track of Student Blogs | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am often asked about using blogs in the classroom is, "how do you keep track of them all?" Even if you have all of your students contributing to the same blog it can be difficult to keep up with all of the posts. One strategy that I've used in the past is to have students enter their names and links to their most recent posts into a Google Form. All of their submissions will appear in a tidy spreadsheet. In that spreadsheet I can see a timestamp, name, and the link to go directly to a student's most recent post. I can also add a column in the spreadsheet for noting whether or not I have given them feedback.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Great idea!

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