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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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4 New Video Options in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day! | Shake Up Learning

4 New Video Options in Google Slides That Will Make Your Day! | Shake Up Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Pinterest Video Just Got an Upgrade in Google Slides! This is a super-sweet G Suite treat! Just a few days ago, Google released some new video options for Google Slides that teachers and students will love. This update is such a big deal that I had to make sure everyone knows about these four, new …
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Some nice video options have been added to Google slides such as loading a video from Google Drive and deciding when it should start and finish - very useful for teachers who only want to show a segment of a video.
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Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech

Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Create a yearbook using G Suite. Jennifer Scott used Google Slides to save significant money in creating a yearbook with students. Google Yearbook
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Alice Keeler takes you through the process of creating a year book for around $8 per student! It will take a bit of work but is clearly much cheaper using Google Slides.
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Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories with Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Educational technology resources, ideas, help guides, training videos, and news, with a focus on Google Apps for Education, from Eric Curts.
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A very detailed account of how to build "Choose your own adventure stories" on Google Slides, Forms, Sites and Docs. This tutorial focuses on how to use Google Docs.
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Are The Students THINKING? - Teacher Tech

Are The Students THINKING? - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Check out this problem solving framework by Robert Kaplinsky to help students think about their math problems rather than just follow steps and tricks.
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Alice Keeler puts Robert Kaplinsky's problem solving strategy into a Google Slides Framework. It might be good to get students to share this with others in the class so they can write comments on how to solve the problem.
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5 More Overlooked Google Slides Features Students Should Know

5 More Overlooked Google Slides Features Students Should Know | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
One of last month's most popular posts featured five frequently overlooked Google Slides features. Last week I featured a video about making comics in Google Slides. There are still more features of Google Slides that students and teachers frequently overlook. Those features include customizing charts, importing slides from previous presentations, creating a personal dictionary, and some image editing features. All of those features are demonstrated in my new video that is embedded below.
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I think Mr Byrne's summary is pretty succinct.
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Teaching Math With Google Apps: Conversations in Slides - Teacher Tech

Teaching Math With Google Apps: Conversations in Slides - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Have math conversations with Google Slides. Google Slides allows students to SLOW DOWN and THINK about their mathematics. Math Conversations Google Slides
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Maths teachers! What about this different approach to teaching and learning maths?  Students are asked to explain their thinking using Google Slides. They will do less problems but have to think about them more.  You can add comments and start a conversation. Great set of links and examples from Alice Keeler.
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Instructional Fluency: 10 Ways to Use Google Slides Like a Pro

Instructional Fluency: 10 Ways to Use Google Slides Like a Pro | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Slides is a cornerstone in the edtech toolbox. It's one of my favorite apps in the GAFE suite, and it holds a lot of potential beyond the traditional slideshow concept. Here are some ways teachers and students can think inside the box.
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Not sure about the click bait headline but the author has some good ideas about using Google Slides including: creating ebooks; using speaker notes; and creating games such as Jeopardy.
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Google Slides – Line spacing & Text indenting

Google Slides – Line spacing & Text indenting | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Here we'll look at a couple of simple little tools which can help make your text in your Slides that much better. They are line spacing and indent. Changing the line spacing In this example, I've got a slide with some point on it, which as there are only 4 points, I want to spread…
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Nice tutorial by Baz Roberts showing how to correctly format dot points so that they look professional in a Slide Presentation.  Again, I post this mainly to point out the growing list of tutorials by Baz.
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Q&A Google Slides

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This feature of Google Slides (Q&A) has been around for a while but I like this demonstration video because it shows how easy it is to use. You see it from the perspective of the presenter and the audience. It shows you how to highlight a question during the presentation and that you can turn the feature off at any time. Finally, it gives some examples of how it can be used in the classroom.
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Google Math: I See Math - Teacher Tech

Google Math: I See Math - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Math is all around us. When you see math "in the wild" take a picture of it! Easily create a Google Slides on the go and add the photo.
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This post is about using photos with Google Slides to post open-ended questions with a mathematical focus. For example: it shows one photo of six different cup sizes and asks the question: how can I get value for money?  Or how do you tell the difference between a log and a stick?
Very easy to set up and a good way to challenge yourself to see Maths everywhere!
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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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Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking

Use Google Drawings for brain-friendly visual notetaking | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Visual notetaking can help new content stick. Use Google Drawings to pull in images and make those notes shine!
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The author presents a convincing case for using Google Drawing (or Google Slides) to take 'visual notes'. The poster shows examples of how it can be used and then takes you through a step-by-step process of creation and editing. This is not for everyone. I still do overviews on A3 art paper and pencil but the two examples the author gives are compelling.
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Freshness and novelty emanate from Google's application for visual note taking, though it does more than being innovative. The concept of taking notes through images and mind-maps on the go makes flourish a rather sterile part in most of linearly textual directed learners and seems to make the praises to multiple intelligences more realistic. Though not explicit, Google Drawings may allow a decent range of creative activities in Computer-oriented English courses.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Slides Features New Users Often Ask About

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Slides Features New Users Often Ask About | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne shares answers to three common questions about Google Slides. He includes information about downloading a show to use offline, inserting videos and how you add animations.
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How to Insert Videos Into Google Slides Without Using YouTube

How to Insert Videos Into Google Slides Without Using YouTube | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Yesterday, Google finally made it possible to insert videos into Google Slides without the need to host your videos on YouTube. You ca
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You can already show videos inside Google Slides but they have to be online somewhere...until now. Now you have the choice of uploading a video from your collection. Neat.
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What's New in G Suite - Recap of December 2016

What's New in G Suite - Recap of December 2016 | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Featured launch: Basic Mobile Management Manage iOS devices without MDM profiles Simple to use Quickly and easily cite your sources with Explore in Google Docs New iterative calculation settings and more in Google Sheets Business ready Support your Gmail users mor
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The latest updates for GSuite. Of interest to educators is the citation feature in the Explore option of Docs, Sheets and Slides. This means you can easily add footnote references in the style that you would prefer.
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Google Docs Assignment Feature

Google Docs Assignment Feature | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Docs New Assignment Feature Now in Google Docs you can assign parts of a document to particular people. This is an excellent feature for collaborative documents and group document projects! Let’s learn how to use it! First, you will need to click in or highlight the area of th
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Share part of a document with particular people. The author gives us a fairly detailed tutorial on how to do this in Google Docs. The mind boggles at how this can be used in the classroom.  You could have a list of assignment questions given to individuals (or groups); or parts of a reading assignment which the individual (or group) need to summarise or analyse and then feedback to you as a teacher.  Any others?
(Update: it works with Sheets and Slides as well. Slides might be useful if you flip your class and want students to explain part of a presentation viewed for homework)
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7 Effective Ways to use G Suite for Education

7 Effective Ways to use G Suite for Education | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Here are 7 great features of the new G Suite for Education that can be used in your lesson planning right away! | TeacherCast
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This post examines the way new features of the Google Suite can be used by teachers.  In particular, the author focuses on the "Explore" feature for Sheets, Docs and Slides. If you don't know what this means, it is worth reading the post.
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How to Deal with Group Projects

How to Deal with Group Projects | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The student news site of Millikin University
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I'm not sure I agree with everything that the writer says about group projects but I agree that using Google Docs and Slides helps.  I have used this with great effect when we have group presentations because it showed me (in File: Revision History) who did some work, when they did and how long they did it for.
The best I have seen is when a group of four came up with a script for a play in about half the time it normally takes simply because they could all work on the one document at the same time.
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Intro to Google Classroom Resources - Teacher Tech

Intro to Google Classroom Resources - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
This week I was the keynote for the pre-conference event at ISTE 2016. Here are the resource slides for my presentation on Google Classroom. Link to Slides Related Related Alice Keeler blog posts: Google Classroom: Make EVERYTHING an Assignment 4 Year Olds Log into Google Classroom Google Slides: Collaborate in 40 Seconds Google Classroom: Do …
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From the very generous, Alice Keeler
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From the very generous, Alice Keeler
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One Googler’s Insider Guide To Using Google Docs At Work

One Googler’s Insider Guide To Using Google Docs At Work | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Ritcha Ranjan works on the team that builds Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. These are her top five tips on how to use them.
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Although aimed at people in the work force, there is plenty of useful information from the Project Manager at Google Docs. It includes information on templates, a video on using Google Slides to interact with your audience and using Google Docs offline. If this person doesn't know how to use Google Docs, then nobody knows.
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Google Math: Animate Your Math with Google Slides - Teacher Tech

Google Math: Animate Your Math with Google Slides - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Have students use Google Slides to animate their math and demonstrate understanding of math concepts. Animate your math is fun
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This looks like a fun way to add some spark to slides. Use animation! Very detailed tutorial here from Alice Keeler.
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Best Websites for Downloading Google Slides Templates

Best Websites for Downloading Google Slides Templates | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
There was a time when uploading a PowerPoint file to Google Drive resulted in a messed up slide deck. It wasn’t until Google overhauled its web apps and introduced Google Slides that making present…
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This is useful. This post gives us some links to Google Slides templates - other than those available from Google.  It includes a site called "Free Google Slides Templates" and one created by a graphics design teacher. Nice.
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Google Slides – Using links to create quizzes, stories & games

Google Slides – Using links to create quizzes, stories & games | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Here we'll look at the power of links and how something so simple can allow you to make your slides more interactive. We'll cover: Inserting a link to a webpage From a text box From an image Inserting links to different slides to create: Quiz Adventure comic story Business decision game Inserting a text link to…
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A very detailed tutorial on how to add external links to a slide. Baz Roberts then shows you how to create a quiz by linking answers to a question to a slide which says whether the answer is correct or not. It takes a bit of effort to set it up but then it can be re-used for another topic.
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היכולות המיוחדות של גוגל מאפשרות להעלות את רף ההצלחה בלמידה בצורה משמעותית!

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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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2 Minute Ed Tech Tip – Search for images without leaving Google Drive

2 Minute Ed Tech Tip – Search for images without leaving Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drive is fantastic. I love sharing it with students and watching the wheels turning in their minds thinking of all of the different ways they can use it in their classes. One of the things I…
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Quick video to show you how to add images (particularly copyright free images) from within Google Docs, Sheets or Slides.
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