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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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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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Control Alt Achieve: AutoCrat Version 3.0 Updates and Tutorial Video

Control Alt Achieve: AutoCrat Version 3.0 Updates and Tutorial Video | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A short post sharing the latest update of Autocrat. Probably more importantly, the author also shares how to use Autocrat to make certificates with mail merge data. The poster will even create a certificate for you if you watch a hour-long video and then answer some questions to prove that you have watch the video.  Sounds familiar...
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Google Apps Script Picker Tutorial - Teacher Tech

Google Apps Script Picker Tutorial - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Coders of Google Apps Script may have need to have users of their scripts to choose a folder from Google Drive. Google Apps Script Picker template
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Definitely not for the beginner unless you are familiar with coding. Alice Keeler is very keen for teachers to learn coding so that we can make applications like Docs, Forms and Sheets more useful for us educators.  
So here is detailed example of the code she used to create the 'Script Picker Tutorial'.  
Since you Northern Hemisphere types are now on holidays, this could be the perfect time to start learning to code. And think of us Southern Hemisphere types who are still teaching.
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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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Get Google Forms Data in an Email Message

Get Google Forms Data in an Email Message | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
When a user submits a Google Form, you can have all the entered form data sent in a email message to one or more recipients and also send a copy to the form respondent.
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Wow. Although this is a long post with lots of steps, the end result might just be worth it. When users make a Google Form submission, you can get a summary of the results in an email. It does entail you adding the add-on described in the post. Depending on how confident you are, you can modify what exactly is reported to you in the email (you can see an example in the diagram above). Haven't tried it myself but can't wait.
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Tips for Using Google Apps for Education to Create Digital Portfolios - Daily Genius

Tips for Using Google Apps for Education to Create Digital Portfolios - Daily Genius | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Using Google Apps for Education is a great way for your students to curate digital portfolios of their work. Avra Robinson teaches us how to get started. 
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This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
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Evdokia Roka's curator insight, March 4, 4:28 PM
This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
AnnaB's curator insight, March 9, 2:54 AM
This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
AfricanaUofA's curator insight, March 9, 9:19 AM
This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
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Google Docs and Slides - Working With Images

Google Docs and Slides make it very easy to work with images. This video tutorial will show you how to get the most out of your images you display in your Go...
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Really good video outline the process of adding and editing images in  Google Docs or Slides. It is very easy to follow - in fact, this could be shown to students who have a tendency to use images a lot. It includes information on 'masking' in Google Slides.

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Google Forms - More ways you can create better forms

Google Forms - More ways you can create better forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Once you've got to grips with the basics, it's time to look at other ways you can make you form better. Here's a selection of options Google Forms provides which are very easy to use but will allow you to use Forms in different ways. Let's start with what's hiding in the Settings menu. On the…
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Baz Roberts is a new blog focusing on developing a range of resources introducing Google Apps. This post assumes a good understanding of how to create a form using Google Forms and looks into some of the options. For example, if this was a test, students might have the option of re-taking the test if you, as their teacher, want that to happen. Baz explains how.

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Google Draw and Slides: Tips for Creating Templates

Google Draw and Slides: Tips for Creating Templates | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The drawing features in Google Draw and Slides allow you to create templates for your students to manipulate. Create math manipulatives, annotate maps, Venn diagrams, model their understanding of c...
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A step-by-step guide to using Google Draw and Slides by Alice Keeler

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How To Turn Any Data Set Into A Heat Map | The Gooru

A heat map is the quickest and most intuitive way to create a visual representation of data in a Google Sheet.
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A good example of how to use the new conditional formatting in multiple colours with Google Sheets.

It uses a business scenario but you could easily adapted to, for examples marks or you can show students how to use it to highlight data.

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This is How to Use Google Drive with Edmodo to Share Docs and Assignments with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is How to Use Google Drive with Edmodo to Share Docs and Assignments with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

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A reminder of how to use Google Drive with Edmodo.

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An Excellent New Feature for Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

An Excellent New Feature for Google Docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A full explanation of the new 'suggested edits' feature in Google Docs.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Send Emails from a Google Spreadsheet

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Detailed tutorial on how to use Google Sheets to send bulk emails.

Not for the faint-hearted.

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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 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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02. Google Drive: Advanced Functions

Click link to view the Google Apps for Education Resource Guide -
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I like this video from Mr Glen because he explores the use of sound and video apps with Google Drive.  This is an area that I haven't really done a lot work in, so his video was intriguing. If you go to his YouTube channel, you can see that he has a few more videos on Docs, Sheets and Drive.
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Google Sheets – Conditional Formatting & custom formulas

Google Sheets – Conditional Formatting & custom formulas | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Sometimes we spend time colouring in our sheets so that the data is more visible, in a way that it can be read and understood really quickly and that the most important points can be ascertained was ease. Wouldn't it be great if Sheets could colour your data automatically, depending on a set of conditions?…
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Just wanted to highlight Baz Robert's latest post on Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets.  This is part of a series of posts introducing Google Sheets to teachers.  You can see an example of this above where scores above a certain percentage are given a particular colour thus making them stand out. Baz goes on to show how to highlight scores below a certain percentage in the article.
I would highly recommend having a look at Baz's tutorials. They are thorough and easy to follow. Using spreadsheets is a skill that all teachers should have.
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Aida TICS UMH's curator insight, March 22, 3:41 PM
Just wanted to highlight Baz Robert's latest post on Conditional Formatting in Google Sheets.  This is part of a series of posts introducing Google Sheets to teachers.  You can see an example of this above where scores above a certain percentage are given a particular colour thus making them stand out. Baz goes on to show how to highlight scores below a certain percentage in the article.
I would highly recommend having a look at Baz's tutorials. They are thorough and easy to follow. Using spreadsheets is a skill that all teachers should have.
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How to work offline with Google Drive files - TechRepublic

How to work offline with Google Drive files - TechRepublic | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The mystery of how to work offline with Google Drive files is revealed in this tutorial for desktop, laptop, and mobile users.
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A neat set of instructions on how to use Google Drive offline. It does involve setting up syncing with your files and you need to be prepared to do this before starting.  The instructions are easy to read and this might be a useful thing to do if you find yourself offline frequently.
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How to Insert Non-YouTube Videos Into Google Slides | The Gooru

How to Insert Non-YouTube Videos Into Google Slides | The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Click here to watch this video on YouTube Including videos in your Google Slides presentation can boost your audience’s attention and interest, especially when it provides comedic relief after a few serious slides. It’s a piece of cake to ..more ›
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A quick tutorial on placing non-Youtube videos in presentations. This could be handy if students have their own videos stored on some other cloud format.

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Personalized Google Forms

Personalized Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
PRE-FILLING GOOGLE FORMS OUT Why would you want to pre-fill parts of a Google Form? To ensure the information is in the format you want The data format is consistent Consistent data means it's easier to analyze afterwards It's quicker for the person to fill out your form It adds the personal touch, if you add…
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Hmmm. This is a good idea but not for the faint-hearted.

It allows to pre-populate a form with consistent data. Now this is very important if you want to do an analysis of the class data but most teachers just want to see the results submitted by students.

So have a look at Baz's tutorial because he gives a lot of detail.

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Google Drive - Converting Microsoft docs to Google ones

Google Drive - Converting Microsoft docs to Google ones | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you're like me, you may have lots of Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.  Whilst you can just upload those to your Google Drive, they do take up previous space on your Drive and Powerpoint files in particular, can be be quite big files.  Converting them from Word to Google Docs, Excel to Google Sheets,…
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A quick reminder of how to convert Office documents into google app documents.  The translation is not perfect but useful for easy editing.

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Charts Add On - YouTube

I created this video with the YouTube Video Editor (http://www.youtube.com/editor)
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Not the greatest of videos but it does show you how to use an add-on to quickly add a chart/graph to Google Docs.

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Using Google Docs in the Classroom | Tales from Outside the Classroom: Using Google Docs in the Classroom

Using Google Docs in the Classroom | Tales from Outside the Classroom: Using Google Docs in the Classroom | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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This looks like the first in a series of videos by the author (Tessa) a third grade teacher.

This particular video is about using Google forms to get feedback from students.

This could be useful if you haven't used Google Forms before.

I intend to use forms to get students to rate presentations by their peers.

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Save Web Pages as PDFs in Google Drive | Drive Bunny

Save Web Pages as PDFs in Google Drive | Drive Bunny | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Such a simple yet handy hint!

Needs to be done in Google Chrome though.

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Tracee Orman's curator insight, July 16, 2014 11:30 AM

Very handy tip for 1:1. Great for sites that may be filtered accidentally or for emergency back-up when the web server is slow or down.

liblist4u's curator insight, July 17, 2014 12:26 PM
Convert a web page to a PDF while using Google Chrome. Then save the document in Drive or another location.
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Adding Texthelp Study Skills to your Google Drive - YouTube

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This add on might be useful for when you are analysing text and then want to collect all your highlighted text in one, more compact document.

There are different coloured high-lighters which will allow you to categories the text e.g. for source analysis, you could highlight text which shows bias in red, credibility in green etc.

Simple, yet useful tool.

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