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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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On the heels of last week’s updates for iOS, the Docs, Sheets, and Slides…

On the heels of last week’s updates for iOS, the Docs, Sheets, and Slides… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
On the heels of last week’s updates for iOS, the Docs, Sheets, and Slides Android apps are getting a few more improvements in 2014.

Docs has some new,… - Google Drive – Google+
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More updates for iOS and Android apps.  Mostly to do with line spacing and rearranging text boxes, shape and lines.

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Delivering Peer Feedback with Google Forms

Delivering Peer Feedback with Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A fantastic use of Google Forms for peer feedback. Not only that, Alice discusses the use of pre-populated forms so that the feedback can be quickly sent back to the students (after vetting, of course!).

Follow Alice Keeler (http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/) for some excellent ideas on how to use Google Drive applications in schools.

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Google for Education: Google Forms: Introduction

Google for Education: Google Forms: Introduction | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Forms is a simple way to collect information, conduct surveys, and perform quick assessments. Forms can be shared with a link, via email, or embedded in a website. Responses can be viewed immediately with the option to save them to a spreadsheet or Google Sheet.
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This teacher outlines 5 ways they use Google Forms at their school.  They include: flipping the classroom and checking that homework has been done; using Flubaroo to test students; PLC - personal learning checklist - students giving feedback on how they are going understanding key ideas; feedback - from students to teachers or from students to students; and measuring progress - using a 10 point scale to assess understanding at various points in the lesson.

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Google for Education: Google Docs: Basics

Google for Education: Google Docs: Basics | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The following Docs Basics lessons will prepare you with a fundamental understanding of Google Docs, its key features, and general benefits in the classroom. With a basic understanding of Docs, you can create a more collaborative classroom, apply research techniques in documents, provide students with real-time feedback and much more.
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This is a part of a series of lessons about Google designed for education. It contains some lessons about Google Docs including "Customizing Docs with Formatting" and "Managing Docs with Multiple Editors".

This could be a useful set of guides for those that are beginning to use Google Docs.

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An even better link to all of the lessons. https://www.google.com/edu/training/get-trained/
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12 Things You Had No Idea You Could Do With Google Drive

12 Things You Had No Idea You Could Do With Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Microsoft what? Let's be honest: it is all about the cloud. The convenience of having all your documents, spreadsheets, and presentations accessible from any device that can connect to the Internet is too good not to take advantage of, which is why most
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Introduces the new feature of being able to edit Office files within Gmail (or at least select the option to go to Google Drive and edit it). It also contains some other tips which might be useful although the author does use a scatter-gun approach with no particular theme.

I did learn one new thing: CTRL-SHIFT-C for a word count.

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Google Docs updated w/ new image editing options, ability to merge cells

Google Docs updated w/ new image editing options, ability to merge cells | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google this evening has announced a trio of updates to its Drive suite of apps. First off, Google Docs has been updated to add the ability to merge the cells of a table. In order to merge cells in ...
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Some updates to Google Docs including the ability to merge cells in table (woo-hoo), editing images and adding slide numbers to Google Slides (as in the example above).

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Google-Docs-Better-brainstorming.pdf

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Click on the image above and scroll it up. This link is one of series of 'how-tos' put out by  Google. It is quite detailed it's instructions and ways to use, in this case, brainstorming.  It also has some tips about generating ideas - although aimed at business, it still might be useful in the classroom.

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5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive

5 simple ways to organize your Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tidy up your Google Drive with these quick tips.
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Some are simply a reminder but worth repeating. It talks about using colour codes for folders (more choices would be good!), adding numbers to file names to help with sorting, using the star option for special files and, obscurely, using Google forms for to-do lists!

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Beginner's Guide to Google Drive for Windows Tutorial 2014 - YouTube

Learn how and why to use Google Drive, either online or by installing it on your Windows computer.
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A  useful introduction to the new Google Drive.

Great to show someone who is interested in starting to use this application.

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4 concepts for working collaboratively in Google Apps

4 concepts for working collaboratively in Google Apps | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Put these four ideas into practice to improve document collaboration at work.
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Some ideas about how to use Google Docs/Sheets/Slides collaboratively. They may have some practical benefit in the classroom.

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How I reverse-engineered Google Docs to play back any document's keystrokes « James Somers (jsomers.net)

How I reverse-engineered Google Docs to play back any document's keystrokes « James Somers (jsomers.net) | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
How James Somers reverse-engineered Google Docs to play back any document's keystrokes
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This person has created a site that show how a document was created - letter by letter, deletion by deletion!  Whilst this might be tedious, used appropriately it might show the editing process clearly. You can do an analysis of keystrokes - when and how many.You can highlight text and show how it changed over time. Man, there are some clever people out there!

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Brownbag Academics: Tutorial: Collaborating with Students Using Google Drive

Brownbag Academics: Tutorial: Collaborating with Students Using Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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An English teacher talks about how she is using Google Docs with her class.  She introduces ways to share documents and interact with students.

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Short Story Challenge - Google Docs & National Novel Writing Month - YouTube

Short Story Challenge - Google Docs & National Novel Writing Month - YouTube | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

On 11/18, Google Docs invited authors Edan Lepucki, Tope Folarin, and Mike Curato, to participate in a short story writing challenge.

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Although very brief, this is a perfect way to introduce collaborative story writing to students.  One of the keys is not only access to Google Docs but being able to talk to each other while they are writing. The authors used Google Hangout and student could use this too if they are outside the classroom.

Excellent resource.  Here is there final story in full: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1_mRk07Oi0LIo7JR3bs_3r0DivK37P8mLaxQVQtz3AIQ/pub

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Google Sheets Now Lets You Add Miniature Charts Within Cells

Google Sheets Now Lets You Add Miniature Charts Within Cells | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
I never thought I’d describe a chart as ‘cute,’ but Google just added some neat new functionality to its spreadsheet software – you can now add miniature charts, called sparklines, into…
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Although the author describes this feature as 'cute' nevertheless they could be a useful way of simply summarising data in a visual manner.

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Google Drive Blog: Smarter sharing in Drive and Docs

Google Drive Blog: Smarter sharing in Drive and Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Today we're making two updates that make it even easier to work better—together—in Drive and the Docs editors.

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Two minor but useful updates related to sharing in Google Drive. Now you can see a picture of a person you are sharing with (if they have one) and when you start sharing, Drive will prompt you with a list of other people with which you might want to share the document.  Great for classes or small group work.

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Google Brings ‘My Maps’ Custom Map Creation To Google Drive

Google Brings ‘My Maps’ Custom Map Creation To Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google's My Maps tool for building custom drives, trips and routes on its Maps product is now integrated into Google Drive, which means you can build custom..
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Something for Geography teachers...

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I am using a custom Google map to track the spread of literacy initiatives across our region.  Exciting to watch it grow!

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Deck the Halls with Flubaroo "autograde" - Welcome to Flubaroo

Deck the Halls with Flubaroo "autograde" - Welcome to Flubaroo | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Some new bells and whistles in this release:Adjust the "70%" pass score. [Help Article].Check on your remaining email quota for the day. [Help Article]. Disable "noreply@" as the return address of sent emails. [Help Article].
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New version of Flubaroo (app to get students to submit answers to a 'test' and grade it automatically).

Include a new 'autograde option'. Go to the website for more details.

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Embracing Collaboration with Google Apps: From the Halls of Kettle Moraine School District (EdSurge News)

Google’s technology tools are being used more and more in school districts across the nation, and for Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine School District, it’s no secret why. We’ve “gone Google,” and we’re excited about it.And let me set the record straight with a disclaimer: Google did not ask us to write t
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Three teachers describe how they use Google Apps.

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Easy Way to Add Subtitles to Videos in Google Drive

Easy Way to Add Subtitles to Videos in Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
November 24, 2014
I have just come across this excellent Google Drive tip and want to bring it to your attention as well. The tip is about adding subtitles to videos in Google Drive.This time it is...
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Using the Google Drive Form Feature as an Organizational Tool

Google Drive has a hidden function with Forms, and while it creates great surveys and quizzes, it can also be used as a useful organizational tool.
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Interesting use of Forms to create a list of items that you need and then submitting a form for each shop that you research so that you can enter and then easily compare prices.

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Keyboard shortcuts for Google Slides - Docs editors Help

Below, you'll find a list of keyboard shortcuts for Google Slides.
You might also want to use access keys to navigate the application menus with your keyboard:
Open the menu that you'd like to navi
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A list of Google Slides shortcuts for PC/Mac/Chrome/Android machines.

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How to Limit Responses on Google Forms - YouTube

How to enable and use FormLimiter for Google Forms.
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Richard Byrne explains how to set limits on the number of responses in a Google form and how to close the form at a particular time.

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Create Course Evaluation Using Google Forms

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Learn. Relearn. Unlearn. Those three powerful characteristics of teachers with growth mindset. I believe LEARNING is FOOD for PASSION. Without strong learning motivation, I think it's impossible fo...
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How to use Google Forms to get feedback from your students.

This article gives the author's reasons for obtaining feedback and then proceeds to show how to do it using Google Forms.

He even links to three sample forms that he has created!

Wow, such generosity!

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Free Technology for Teachers: The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners

Free Technology for Teachers: The New Google Drive Empowers Language Learners | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Jennifer Carey shows you how to add languages that you understand (not just one primary language) to the list of ones that Google Docs will recognise.  Great idea for using Google Docs with students so that you can include other languages in the writing and discussion of an assignment.

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LEARN - LEAD - GROW : RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: Kaizena Audio Comments in Google Docs (Part 2)

LEARN - LEAD - GROW : RISE Up and Provide Meaningful Feedback to Students: Kaizena Audio Comments in Google Docs (Part 2) | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Using

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Use Kaizena to give feedback to students within Google Docs.

This is the second part of a two-part set of posts. It includes how the author would use the add-on and also includes a video explaining how to use it.

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