Using Google Drive in the classroom
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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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Overview of Google Drive - Drive Help

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard
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A series of instructions and videos from Google about Google Drive. I will leave this link here as it should be the most up to date set of instructions.

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Tim Southerland's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:15 AM

A series of instructions and videos from Google about Google Drive. I will leave this link here as it should be the most up to date set of instructions.

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5 New Google Form Features

5 New Google Form Features | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius. If you have opened Google Forms lately, you’ve probably noticed that things are looking a little different! Don’t worry, this Google Forms does everything the older version did… and a few more cool things! If you get a little annoyed with it, you can always go…
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A reminder of some of the new features in Google Forms. They include: getting responses live; adding videos and publishing a form with pre-filled responses.
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Instructional Fluency: Using Google Forms for Learning Routines

Instructional Fluency: Using Google Forms for Learning Routines | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Here are four ideas from a History teacher on ways to use Google Forms. They include: as an exit ticket; to review key ideas and to evaluate the unit.  Good to see a Humanities teacher giving examples of how to use technology.
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I really look forward to learning & implementing Google forms in my classrooms. 
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5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech

5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Use Google Forms to create quizzes. Follow these 5 steps each time you create a formative assessment to help make the process easier! Google Forms Quiz
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A very detailed explanation for how to use Google Forms to create a quiz and using Conditional Formatting to highlight correct (and incorrect) answers.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Word Art to Google Slides

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Add Word Art to Google Slides | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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This video shows how to use Word Art in Google Slides and it's by Mr Byrne.
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How to create a truly Interactive Timeline with Google Sheets

Looking to 'Flip' your classroom? Want more engaging content and interactive timelines for your teaching and VLE(Virtual Learning environment) or Blog? Loo
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A very interesting video showing, in good detail, how to create a timeline of events with the website "http://timeline.knightlab.com" as the front end and Google Sheets to add the data of the timeline.  You can add images, text and video easily and the result is quite pleasing and it is free to use.
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22 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Drive

22 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google drive, launched on 24th April 2012, kickstarted a new era of synchronization and storage. By allowing users to store files in the cloud and shar
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Although this site is aimed at business, there are a couple of gems that teachers and students should know.  They include: colour coding files e.g yellow - in progress; green - completed; embedding a folder into a web page; and saving layered maps to Google Drive.
The other hints should be well known to Drive users but may be worth looking at if you are contemplating using Drive in your organisation.
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Collect and analyse data | Forms & Add-ons | The Apps Show

Remember last time when you had to collect a large amount of data to make an informed decision? Think about tasks such as the collection of feedback fro
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Another introduction to Google Forms.  This time, however, it includes information about two add-ons: FormMule (customisable auto response) and FormLimiter (once the maximum number of responses has been reached, it stops accepting anymore).  If you haven't used Forms before, then the first part of the video is quite good if cheesy.
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Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 1: Dynamic Docs

Google Apps “GAFE Smashing” activities — Part 1: Dynamic Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Apps are powerful classroom tools by themselves. When you smash multiple apps together in one activity, magic can happen. Here are some examples.
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A couple of ideas for combining GAFE applications to create something new for your classes.  The only one I can do is where the author describes using Google Docs and Google Drawing to create a template for your students. The author goes on to give three examples of how this might be used.
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Google Drive grows more powerful, feature by feature - TechRepublic

Google Drive grows more powerful, feature by feature - TechRepublic | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
In recent months, the Google Drive team improved these four features to make Drive better support how people work today.
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A good post in that it outlines some of the recent updates in Google Drive and how they can be used most efficiently.  They include information on selective downloading of files to edit offline; setting expiration dates and most interestingly, an improvement in the training pages offered by Google (go here: http://learn.googleapps.com/drive).
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Use Gmail to gather intelligence with Google Forms

Use Gmail to gather intelligence with Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
How to embed a form into an email using Google Forms. Easy steps, and 3 good reasons to send forms in email.
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As a follow-up to the previous email, here is how to embed a Google Form in emails so that users can fill the form in straight away rather than opening a separate link!  All you need to know is their email address and you will be able to send it directly to each user and they don't even have to 'log in' to be identified.
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15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers

15 Expert Google Drive Tips for Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
By Jessica Sanders Google Drive makes your life easier and encourages collaboration and 21st century skill development among your students. Make sure you’re getting the most of out this free tool with these expert tips. 1. Use Google Docs templates.
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This article is simply a list of tips BUT there are links at the end of each tip if you want more details. Tips include: colour coding files; marking student work as viewed/not viewed; and using Google Forms to create a custom comprehension assignment.
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Four Years of Blended Collaborative Cloud Learning

Watch the video: Four Years of Blended Collaborative Cloud Learning by echancrure on GoAnimate.
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I can't show you a screen grab of this video but it is basically one teacher's summary of the improvements in his class after four years of using Google Drive apps in his classroom. It's clunky at times and includes a 'GoAnimate' watermark across the screen but it is an honest summary of him achieving his goals of greater student engagement in video form.  Kudos for the author trying to do something different.
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The Techy Coach Blog: Get Classified - Create a Dichotomous Key with Google Forms

The Techy Coach Blog: Get Classified - Create a Dichotomous Key with Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Although this has focus on science, it can be used for any subject that requires classification.  The Techy Coach uses the "Go to section based on answer" in Google Forms to create the key.
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Become a Google Slides Artist With These 7 Tricks - BetterCloud Monitor

Become a Google Slides Artist With These 7 Tricks - BetterCloud Monitor | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If there’s one conclusion you’ll reach after reading this article, it’s that Google Slides has some tricks up its sleeve. Jenny Lee is a graphic designer at BetterCloud and the artist behind the 201
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I don't think you will be become an 'artist' with these 'tricks' but there are some useful hints.  For example, it is worth knowing about the slide master and how to apply a mask to your slides.  The rest are pretty straight forward.  Each tip has it's own explanatory video.
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Add a chart to a document - Computer - Docs editors Help

Add a chart to a document - Computer - Docs editors Help | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
You can add a chart or graph to a document in Google Docs.
Add a chart from Google Sheets Open a document in
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This is a handy feature if you like to add charts or graphs into Google Docs.  You now add a link which will update the chart or graph when it is updated in Sheets (or not, depending on what option you pick). Always a tricky thing to do up until now, we use it frequently in Science reports and in adding Statistics graphs to assignments.
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7 big Google changes and how they help educators

7 big Google changes and how they help educators | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
These Google Changes -- including Classroom, Keep, Calendar and more -- can boost productivity and create new possibilities in the classroom.
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This post is a summary of some of the recent updates for Google Apps and Google Classroom. Better, it also makes suggestions for how the updates can be used in the classroom. It includes: scheduling posts in Google Classroom, using Q&A in Google Slides and setting expiry dates on files.
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Bathroom Sign Out Sheet Template - Teacher Tech

I had a friend using a Google Sheets spreadsheet to have students sign out and in for the bathroom instead of the paper sign out. The problem became the amount of scrolling after many students had signed out. I created a template to help with this. The Template http://tinyurl.com/bathroomsignout Bathroom Menu After making a copy …
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This is great! At our school, we sign student diaries so that they can go to the toilet.  Here Alice Keeler has designed an add-on for students to sign in and out of the toilet.  This is easy to refer to especially if you are wondering where a student has gone (or why they are taking so long).  It also sort by time and adds 10 more spaces so that students don't have to scroll down to a clear cell.
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Google Docs Lesson 2.6

Google Docs Lesson 2.6 | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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I can't show you much because the site ("Slides") is an online PDF viewer but this particular booklet is a very detailed introduction to adding shapes to Google Docs.  Note that it lesson 2.6.  Scroll down the page a bit and there are a few more booklets on different topics such as an introduction to Google Slides aimed at Year 7s. Bonus!
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Talk with your audience—not at them—with Slides Q&A

Talk with your audience—not at them—with Slides Q&A | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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As a teacher, this is a pretty significant addition to Google Slides. The audience can ask questions during the presentation and vote on other questions. At the end, the speaker can then sort the questions into the most popular and focus on those questions. Great way for students to interact.
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20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Teacher Tech

20 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Classroom is a tool for teachers to distributing and collecting work. This list of 20 things helps teachers get started using Google Classroom.with.
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Great post by Alice Keeler on how to use Google Classroom with your students. As I have said before, I can't test this as I don't have access to Google Classroom but I trust Alice's views on this.
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Respond quickly with Google Drive notifications in Google Chrome

Respond quickly with Google Drive notifications in Google Chrome | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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If you are using Chrome, then you can receive notification when someone shares a file with you. Of course, you will still get this as an email, but this appears as a short note within chrome. Handy if you are asking students to submit work by a certain date or time.
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Write papers like a modern scientist (use Overleaf or Google Docs + Paperpile) · Simply Statistics

Write papers like a modern scientist (use Overleaf or Google Docs + Paperpile) · Simply Statistics | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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This is a very niche post which only mentions Google Docs in passing as a way to collaborate. What is of interest is how to write a Science Paper. The post goes into a lot of detail and it is something that other science teachers and students might find interesting. It also mentions using Paperpile to help find resources - although it's not free.
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Google Docs – Sharing, emailing & downloading

Google Docs – Sharing, emailing & downloading | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Docs gives you a variety ways you can share your document. Here we'll look at: Downloading a document Emailing a document Emailing to collaborators Emailing as an attachment Sharing a document Downloading a document You can download a 'physical' copy to your computer in a variety of formats. To do so, go to the "file" menu and…
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Baz takes you through the process of sharing a Google Document in his usual step-by-step manner. Not a big deal until you see how many ways and formats you can use.  So you can send it as a Word or PDF document; as a web page or even an epub document suitable for reading on a Kindle!  Alternatively you can email as an attachment in one of the formats or paste it within the email so the user doesn't even need to open the document - they can read it in full in the email!
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Quizizz Review and Tutorial: A Better Kahoot?

A quick introduction to Quizizz, a classroom quiz application that allows you to build, borrow, and play a live version quiz game or assign it as homewor
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I am somewhat reluctant to share third party applications that use Google Classroom because I don't use Classroom myself and I can't test it.  However, this application (Quizizz) looks interesting. It is similar to Kahoots! but allows you to set quizzes for homework and integrate the results in Google Classroom.
You don't need to use Google Classroom, so it might be worth a look if you are looking for an alternative to Kahoots!
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Getting to Know...Google Docs - NTEN

Getting to Know...Google Docs - NTEN | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Everyone comes to technology from a different place. We are trying out a new segment called “Getting to Know…” with the hope that it introduces oft-used online tools to help people better collaborate with confidence. We would love your suggestions or feedback on how to move forward with this segment! A lot of folks use …
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Although this is touted as an introductory article, I think you need to be somewhat familiar with Google Docs. It does start by showing you how to create a Google Account but the main focus, and what makes it worth a look is the emphasis on the power of collaboration using Google Docs.  It explores how to create a new document, how to share it with others, how to make comments or suggested edits and even, how Revision History is such a useful feature.
If your students or teachers have just started using Google Docs, this article could be sent their way to help them collaborate with others on key documents.
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