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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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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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom
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Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
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Laurence Alricm's curator insight, March 21, 5:44 AM
Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
Aida TICS UMH's curator insight, March 22, 3:42 PM
Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
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Outdated Practices with Google Docs

Outdated Practices with Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Learn how to do away with your outdated practices with Google Docs.
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I really like this article by Whitney Kaubach.

I don't necessarily agree with all of her methods but she clearly articulates how her teaching practices have changed significantly since she started to get students to hand up work on Google Docs.

She also emphasises how collaboration and feedback have become much easier and more timely now with Google Docs.

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How To Collaborate on Docs Like a Pro

How To Collaborate on Docs Like a Pro | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Collaboration is a real-world skill students will use in their careers. Thanks to available technology, they can build that ability at zero cost.
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One teacher's story about how they use Google Docs. I like it because it shows the teacher changing their thinking about how to teach. Instead of giving students the answer, they collaborate and find the answer together.

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4 GINORMOUS New Google Classroom Updates!
New blog post!

The #GoogleClassroom…

4 GINORMOUS New Google Classroom Updates!<br/>New blog post!<br/><br/>The #GoogleClassroom… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
4 GINORMOUS New Google Classroom Updates!
New blog post!

The #GoogleClassroom  team released 4 new feature updates this morning and they are amazing!… - Michael Fricano II - Google+
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I'm not a Google Classroom user but if you are, then these are some very useful updates.  They include: adding co-teachers, allowing drafts, saving grades without publishing them and private emails to individual students. Sigh!

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Google Drive Resources

Google Drive Resources | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drive resources for educators from Shake Up Learning.
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A number of Google Drive tips including the one above, 'Turning your Google Doc into a web page', 'Guide to Google Drive Sharing' and Digital Differentiation with Google Forms',

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Using Google Docs in the Classroom: Using Google Presentation and Forms for Peer Collaboration and Assessment

Using Google Docs in the Classroom: Using Google Presentation and Forms for Peer Collaboration and Assessment | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Summary of how I used Google Presentations and Google forms to promote collaboration and peer assessment.

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Google Drive and Docs: Sharing and Collaborating

Google Drive and Docs: Sharing and Collaborating | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Whenever you share a file from your Google Drive, you can let others view and even edit that same file. While you can share any file stored on your Google Drive, it's important to note that you can only use the collaboration features for files created withGoogle Docs.

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A very nice looking, clear explanation of how to share files, publish files and collaborate using Google Docs.

The webpage includes hot-spots with even more explanations. I wonder how the author did it?

Good for introductory sessions.

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Use Google Drive and Excel to Coordinate Events | Stanford Sierra Blog

Use Google Drive and Excel to Coordinate Events | Stanford Sierra Blog | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Share information on Google Drive including a color-coded Excel logistics schedule. Review details with everyone who has a role in the event.
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Event coordinators, this might help.

A good use of the collaborative features in Google Drive Apps.

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How to Use Google Drive to Teach Coding in the Classroom

How to Use Google Drive to Teach Coding in the Classroom | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Coding in the classroom is becoming an increasingly popular thing to do. The Hour of Code helped raise awareness for that, and has brought to light a whole slew of new coding opportunities for teac...
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Use Editey within Google Drive and you can use some of the collaborative features of Drive e.g.writing comments, chatting, revision history.

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Bob Irving's curator insight, August 20, 2015 9:11 AM

Looks very cool. Love the live preview!

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Contact Groups to Make Sharing Google Documents Easier

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Contact Groups to Make Sharing Google Documents Easier | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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From the author: 'By creating contact groups you can quickly share with a group of students or faculty members without having to enter individual email addresses. I've used contact groups frequently when teaching multiple sections of a course. This makes it easy for me to simply type, "period 1" into the sharing menu on a document to have all of my students in that class receive it at once.'

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Stuff Students Say and Other Classroom Treasures: Using Google Docs to Mass-Format Documents

Stuff Students Say and Other Classroom Treasures: Using Google Docs to Mass-Format Documents | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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One teacher's method of distributing a Google template to their class. Hopefully they trusts the students...

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Google Slides now lets you work with others with real-time text cursors

Google Slides now lets you work with others with real-time text cursors | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Slides today received an update that adds real-time text cursors as well as multiple improvements to themes and layouts. The former is the biggest addition, as it makes it easier ...
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I haven't used them yet but the real-time cursors works well in Google Docs so this, at least, will be a useful feature in Presentations.

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How to Track Changes in Google Docs

How to Track Changes in Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you know how to track changes in Google Docs, you can collaborate with others on a single document, as well as reject or accept their suggestions.
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A reminder of how the 'edit' and 'comment' facilities work with Google Doc. Here is a detailed outline of how to track changes made, for example, with a work document or for students working in groups.  You can discuss the changes or reject them.
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Frank Philippa's curator insight, March 29, 1:44 AM
A reminder of how the 'edit' and 'comment' facilities work with Google Doc. Here is a detailed outline of how to track changes made, for example, with a work document or for students working in groups.  You can discuss the changes or reject them.
Marcos Santiago's curator insight, March 29, 10:19 PM
this article is interesting to me, because i didn't know that that was possible. i thought that when someone makes a change or deletes something it can only be undone by the person who did it. this article is mainly showing the steps on how to do it, so i don't think that it is biased in any way. i know that a lot of people may use google docs when they are working on something together, but i didn't know that there are functions like these. for me it is always interesting to learn new things and i think that the best way to learn is when they show examples. this article is reliable, because it is showing how to do something and not trying to persuade anyone into believing what they believe. 
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Sullivan students present original play

Sullivan students present original play | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
SULLIVAN -- Summer McClain began listing all the different groups involved with Sullivan High School Mirror Images' original production, "Invisible," and Jon Taylor, sitting behind her, nodded emphatically.
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An interesting description of how students at a school collaborated, using Google Docs, to write a play for the school community. It does not say how they did it, but it is an example of the power of collaborative writing made possible by software such as Google Docs.

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Constitution Drafting with Constitute and Google Docs | Comparative Constitutions Project

Constitution Drafting with Constitute and Google Docs | Comparative Constitutions Project | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

This iWhat happens when constitutional experts use Constitute and Google Docs to collaboratively draft constitutional content? DuringInternational IDEA‘s recent Constitution Building Technology Fair at the National Constitution Center, we asked seven experts to do just that. Check out this Google Docs video, or read Zachary Elkins’ piece on Medium, to learn more! 

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This is different.

The Constitutions Project is a collection of constitutions from around the world that can be used as a resource by governments (or anyone) to look at how other countries tackle constitutional issues.

In this video, Google Docs was then used to practice creating a constitution collaboratively.

Imagine doing this with classroom rules!

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Meet Alice Keeler: Google Certified Teacher, Author, and "Queen of Spreadsheets"

Meet Alice Keeler: Google Certified Teacher, Author, and "Queen of Spreadsheets" | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Great article on Alice Keeler. Just as importantly it includes how she uses Google sheets and forms to gamify assignments and a link to a spreadsheet to help create a rubric with weightings.

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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, June 9, 2015 7:47 PM

Keep up the great work Alice!

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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 students could use this too if they are outside the classroom.

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

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Shared Practice in Teaching and Teacher Education: Using Google Drive for Student Collaboration in Face-to-Face and Online Courses

Shared Practice in Teaching and Teacher Education: Using Google Drive for Student Collaboration in Face-to-Face and Online Courses | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Lots of good rubrics for learning and assessment in this article. Lots of good ideas for collaboration as well.

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Div1 Edtech in EPSB: Google Drawing

Div1 Edtech in EPSB: Google Drawing | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Are you looking to have your students classify or sort information into categories? Look no further... Google Drawing to the rescue!

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Some great ideas for younger students. This teacher uses Google Draw to introduce ideas in Maths and for other simple class activities.

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MediaStorm Guide to Google Docs Add-ons

MediaStorm Guide to Google Docs Add-ons | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
At MediaStom, we edit all of our transcripts in Google Docs. It’s a great tool for real-time collaboration. When two people work on the same document, I can a
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Specifically, this post is on how to use the Table of Contents add-on.

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5 Ways Google Docs Makes Project Management Easier

5 Ways Google Docs Makes Project Management Easier | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
A brief description of why Google Docs is a great help with project management.
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Although aimed at businesses, the post gives five reasons why we should use Google Drive to collaborate on a project.

Unfortunately, it doesn't give many examples of HOW to manage a project using Google Drive but if you are trying to convince someone in senior management, this article might be useful.

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Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?

Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration? | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s an open secret in the education community. As we go about integrating technology into our schools, we are increasing the risk and potential for plagiarism in our tradition-minded classrooms.
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Good questions asked in this article. Although not specifically about Google Drive, the collaboration features of Google Docs does mean that we need to ask ourselves the question:

Do we now need to be more mindful of plagiarism or do we need to change the questions we are asking and the tasks we are getting students to do?

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How I “Hacked” Google Docs To Facilitate Planning, Collaboration, & Communication

How I “Hacked” Google Docs  To Facilitate Planning, Collaboration, & Communication | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Becky Searls, Spanish Teacher, Upper Arlington City Schools I’ve been using Google Docs (renamed Google Drive in recent years) for quite some time now and have gotten to the point where it has 99% ...
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One teacher's journey using Google Docs to plan her weekly lessons.  It includes techniques for sharing with students and collaborating with her colleagues.  Nice read.

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Collaborative and Public Writing Techniques for Google Docs by Charlotte Frost and Jesse Stommel » PhD2Published

Collaborative and Public Writing Techniques for Google Docs by Charlotte Frost and Jesse Stommel » PhD2Published | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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From the website:

"In this session we’re going to: Use a Google Doc to show how we work together and discuss what works for us Describe and give examples of public writing. Show which parts of a Google Doc we use for what. Address some of the difficulties we encounter as we work in this way. Demo all of this in a meta-sort of way, so you can watch it unfold before your very eyes. (And hopefully film this demo so you have something to look at and refer to afterward) - See more at: http://www.phd2published.com/2013/11/27/collaborative-and-public-writing-techniques-for-google-docs-by-charlotte-frost-and-jesse-stommel/#sthash.f2RiBDj3.dpuf";

 

A fairly detailed account of how Google Docs is used in a University course.

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