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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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Google Sheets adds automatic charts, Docs & Slides sync, improved shortcuts and more

Google Drive is full of powerful tools, and Sheets is one that many rely on as an alternative to Microsoft Excel. Today, Google is debuting several new features for Sheets that are bound to become …
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New updates to Sheets enables you to use the Explore feature to ask the app to come up with some Charts that might suit your data. It also enables updating tables and charts between Docs and Sheets.
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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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Sharing Settings for Google Drive Folders | Drive Bunny

Sharing Settings for Google Drive Folders | Drive Bunny | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

A small update from Google has made it easier to view the sharing settings on shared Google Drive folders.

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This is a small tweak but worth knowing if you share your folders with students or other teachers.

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Because it's gotta be super easy to find your files

Because it's gotta be super easy to find your files | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

When you store important files in Google Drive they’re not only safe, they’re accessible from any device. And finding them again from any device should be super easy so we’re rolling out a new search experience to get you better results — even faster.

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Now search for file types, recent files and have advanced search readily available.

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Updates | Forms | The Apps Show - YouTube

Many of you already use Forms to gather feedback on products or services. Now Forms has an all new look, with faster access to the information you want and w...

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Forms has changed significantly and it looks it bit more intuitive. It is worth working your way through this video as the layout has changed significantly. More themes as well!

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Teacher's Guide on How to Create Forms Using The New Google Forms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide on How to Create Forms Using The New Google Forms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

As a teacher, you can use Forms for a variety of purposes including: planning an event, making surveys and polls, creating quizzes, collecting feedback and other information from students and many more. We have already posted a step by step guide on how to create a form from scratch but since then Google Forms has witnessed some major updates with the addition of some amazing features most important of which is the last update a few days ago.

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A detailed guide on how to create a new Form after the recent update by Google.

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Free Technology for Teachers: New Animation Options Added to Google Slides

Free Technology for Teachers: New Animation Options Added to Google Slides | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

The latest update to Google Slides introduces more animation options. Now you can have objects simply appear or disappear in your slides on your click. Previously objects had to fade or fly in or out. Speaking of the fly in option, you can now set the direction from which objects fly onto your slides.

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Richard covers it pretty well. It's only a minor update but, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

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Doctopus UPDATE:

Our eight-armed friend now does a more useful job of grabbing…

Doctopus UPDATE:<br/><br/>Our eight-armed friend now does a more useful job of grabbing… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Doctopus UPDATE:

Our eight-armed friend now does a more useful job of grabbing "last edit time" information, and now also pulls in WORD COUNT!

1) Edit… - Andrew Stillman - Google+
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Two new features for Doctopus - the Add-On that helps you take control and manage student files on Google Drive.

These two new additions include: when you update the files, it includes a word count; and it will say which user was the last editor and includes the last edit time.

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How to Replace a File in Google Drive Without Changing the Link | Toronto Mike's Blog

How to Replace a File in Google Drive Without Changing the Link | Toronto Mike's Blog | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Good insight on how to update your file to the latest version.

Nice.

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Google Unveils New, Improved Version of Its Sheets Spreadsheets

Google Unveils New, Improved Version of Its Sheets Spreadsheets | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The new Sheets product is faster, works offline and supports larger data sets, according to Google.
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If you haven't picked it up yet, here is a fairly comprehensive summary of the changes to Google Sheets.  Google now really gives us the sheets...

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Google Drive Updated With 3 New Features

Google Drive Updated With 3 New Features | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google (GOOG) has updated its Google Drive app for speed and efficiency, and now allows Android users to interact with documents differently.
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I haven't seen the changes yet but they don't look like they are major.  Will keep y'all posted...

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Google updates Drive for iOS with new card UI, easier way to browse files

Google updates Drive for iOS with new card UI, easier way to browse files | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
You know how they say that when it rains, it pours? Well, shortly after unveiling a new set of native ware for Chrome, Google's also taken the time to
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Update your iPhone/iPads!

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Google finally adds the option to choose folder location to 'make a copy' in Docs, Sheets and Slides - Ausdroid

Google finally adds the option to choose folder location to 'make a copy' in Docs, Sheets and Slides - Ausdroid | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Some small updates bring massive increases in usability, today’s update to Google Docs, Sheets and Slides certainly fits that criteria for me. By adding the seemingly simple option to choose which folder you can save a copy of a Doc in Google Drive, has significantly improved my Google Drive workflow and file management. Before the …
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A really minor update to Drive but very handy for teachers, i would think.  When you make a copy of a file you can now select to folder to send it to!  No more hunting My Drive trying to find where the file went.
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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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Google Forms update brings real-time email notifications, add-ons support, & more

Google Forms update brings real-time email notifications, add-ons support, & more | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Forms is getting a welcomed update today that brings an enhanced user interface and new features for all users and some specifically for Google Apps for Work and Education users.
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The highlight of this post for me is that now, as well as getting a summary of responses, you can hit a tab and see the individual responses. So important for school forms!

If you use Google for Education, you can also see who hasn't responded (assuming you have targeted the Form) and send a reminder email.  All for free!

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Google Docs ♥ Paperpile - Paperpile Blog

Google Docs ♥ Paperpile - Paperpile Blog | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s been nearly two years since we released the first public version of Paperpile, a reference manager built from scratch for the web. During this time, Paperpile has grown into a fully featured tool used by thousands of researchers every day to find, collect, manage, read, annotate, share and write papers, boosting their academic productivity. Today,Read more...
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Here is an interesting update of useful add-on for Google Docs.

It is called Paperfile and is a citation  or reference manager.

Whilst it appears to be aimed at University level researchers, it might be useful for senior high school students.

Whatever, it looks like an incredibly useful tool.

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Google Forms Update: New Look & Feel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Google Forms Update: New Look & Feel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

If you're a big fan of the Google Form like me, you may have noticed that the icon has changed colors. No longer does the form share the color green with it's counterpart, the Google Sheet, it now has has it's own purple icon.

I noticed this a few days ago and thought it was a great idea to acknowledge my favorite Google tool with it's own color, since I often get confused between the results that are displayed in a spreadsheet and the form itself, when using multiple tabs. Upon further investigation I learned that the Google Form has a new look completely.


Via Susan Oxnevad
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Nice summary, Susan.

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Google Sheets: Do more with your data

When you’re working with spreadsheets, it’s important to turn your raw data into a story. With today’s updates to Google Sheets on the web, you’ll find even more ways to visualize and analyze your data.

Customized charts, made easier 
Charts can make even the largest data sets digestible, so we’ve made a few improvements to help you highlight what’s most important.

Starting today, you can add data labels to display the exact value of bars or points. And when you’re using line or scatter charts, you can change the shapes of your data points. Choose from stars, triangles, pentagons and more.

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Some minor tweaks to Google Sheets to make it easier to label graphs and charts. The update will also show you the result of a formula before you commit to the formula by pressing Enter.

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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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Google update Forms earlier today with some enhancements. Is this something…

Google update Forms earlier today with some enhancements. Is this something… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google update Forms earlier today with some enhancements. Is this something that is useful to people? - bluSpider, LLC - Google+
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You can create a short URL on the fly now in Google Forms.

You can also manage your questions a little better - have a read of the article for more details.

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Teacher's Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Visual Guide on Giving Audio Feedback to Students on Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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An update on how to use the Add On "Kaizena" to add recorded feedback to student work.

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Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features

Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Earlier today Google Spreadsheets received a slew of updates. The most notable of these updates is the option to use Google Spreadsheets offline.
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Updates for Google Spreadsheets.  Filtered views and coloured sheet tabs look the most interesting.

 

Freetech4teachers is a blog worth following for this sort of information.

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What is new about the Google Drive update?

What is new about the Google Drive update? | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drive didn't make much noise about it, but they have just redesigned the whole app! Come in and see what is new.
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Some new features added to the bottom of the Drive Screen.  These and other features are progressively being rolled out to all the devices and browsers.

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Google Drive for Android gets a nifty update

Google Drive for Android gets a nifty update | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google has released an update for the Drive for Android app and has added a bunch of features to the Documents Editor as well.
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