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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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Google Docs - More Basics - Voice type, Translate and Research

Want to type fast (or document a meeting in text?), Cite documents in a better way, or translate any document -all in a few steps? Google Docs has been getti...
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This tutorial introduces you to Google Voice, and the translate and research options within Google Docs. This is done in simple fashion using the same document in all three examples.

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Academic Vocabulary Notebook.webm

Academic Vocabulary Notebook.webm | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

In this tutorial, I show you how students can create an academic paperless digital notebook on #googleslides  to build their vocabulary. As students read a novel, article, or any other text, they can keep a record of words they do not understand. Students can access these words at any time as they read more complex text.

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Using Google Slides to create a glossary (or academic vocabulary) for any subject. The slides consist of templates that you fill in. We have used something similar for Mathematics and Science and I would probably change the overall structure a little.

 

Template available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SOkt2u8iYvCMP1QJKW6ywM0uJnaIjV22_Djf1imef7A/edit?usp=sharing

 

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Teacher Hacks: How to Use g(math)

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An introduction to g(Math) a Google Docs add-on to create mathematical expressions. 

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How to Filter and Sort Data in Google Sheets | The Gooru

How to Filter and Sort Data in Google Sheets | The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Click here to watch this video on on YouTube Looking at a large set of data in Google Sheets, it is difficult to make heads or tails of all the information. Making a graph or chart can add some ..more ›
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As teachers collect more information about their classes, this sort of technique will become more useful. 

It will also be useful for Maths teachers to show students in topics such as Statistics.

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ReUse and Combine Old Google Forms Questions in a New Google Form - The Techy Coach

ReUse and Combine Old Google Forms Questions in a New Google Form - The Techy Coach | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Often, teachers will use Google Forms to create quizzes and tests throughout the semester to assess students.  Wouldn't it be helpful to combine questions from those old forms into one common assessment at the end of the semester?  Well, there isn't a quick fix for this right now, but here are a few tips on how to copy and paste them, while taking out some of the tediousness of this task.  This option utilizes the Chrome Extension, Tab Resize to make life a little simpler.

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Needs Chrome and the Chrome extension, Tab Resize.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, December 30, 2015 2:04 PM

Good basic common sense solution to re-using Google Form assessments. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Math Add ons for Google Docs

Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Math Add ons for Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google. You can add any of these features to a Google Doc by selecting Add-ons → Get Add-ons

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More Google Docs goodness for Maths teachers. 

This post discusses g(Math) for creating Maths expressions; calculator; a graphing add-on and a formula editor.

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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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How to use video and Google Forms to encourage deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

How to use video and Google Forms to encourage deeper learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

My high school students were sometimes doodling on the paper, staring out the window, or hoping to just get the answers at the end from myself or a friend. But the content was so good and so relevant! I thought. These were primary source accounts! How could students not be engaged? What could I change to make the topic and delivery more relevant? That’s when the lightbulb went off.

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How one teacher used Google Forms with her class to enhance learning and then got students to create their own forms with videos to help other students learn.

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Nearpod & Google Classroom Integration - YouTube

Nearpod announces an integration with Google Classroom, which makes sharing Nearpod lessons easier than ever.
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This might be useful if you use Nearpod to present interactive content.

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Kaia Paddock's curator insight, November 13, 2015 1:05 PM

What a great new way to share Nearpod lessons with my Google Classroom.

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Tips for Using Google Drive to Go Paperless - Simplek12

Tips for Using Google Drive to Go Paperless - Simplek12 | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Do you wish you could get information from your students digitally? This lesson, focuses on how to collect paperwork from students using Google Drive.
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Fairly simple but useful introduction to using Google Forms to collect data.  Useful if you want to introduce it to someone new.

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Inquiry-based Learning with Google Docs Presentation - YouTube

Students engage in a lesson with an online presentation and chat feature using Google Apps. Google Docs Presentation and Forms were used to create the lesson...
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Although this was done in 2010 and so is probably out of date, the process looks intriguing. Students follow a series of videos and then, in the Docs chat box, give explanations for what is happening. Once this is finished, they do an online quiz using Google Forms. Not original but good to see it in action.

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Google Sheets to increase Observational Learning - YouTube

Social cognitive theory emphasizes observational learning as an important part of the social learning experience (Bandura, 1977). Increasing visibility in so...
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Very slick and easy way to allow all students to get access to a sheet. However, this video shows how to restrict editing access to parts of the sheet.  This means that only certain students can edit certain cells in the sheet.

This means other students can see the key points of, say a presentation by their fellow students but cannot delete those details.

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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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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multiple Part Test in Google Forms

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multiple Part Test in Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

My suggestion is to break-up long tests into multiple Google Forms. At the end of each Form include a link to the next Form in the series. For example, instead of giving one twenty question Form to students I might give them two Forms containing ten questions each. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to do this.

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Since you can't save work as you go when using Google Forms for a test, what about dividing it up into smaller tests.  Richard Byrne shows you how.

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The Techy Coach Blog: Make your own Mad Libs with Google Forms

The Techy Coach Blog: Make your own Mad Libs with Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Do you remember Mad Libs?  They were those funny little stories that had parts of speech missing from them, and the gist behind them was to substitute random words for those parts of speech to see what fun ensued.  

Have you ever thought about making your own?  Or thought of the possibility of applying the same method to help kids learn a topic in your Social Studies, Science, or ELA class?  Maybe if you turned a passage from classic literature or a creative writing class into a Mad Lib exercise, your kids might just have enough fun that the learnin' sticks.

Its pretty easy to make your own with a Google Form.  This tutorial, along with the Autocrat AddOn for Google Sheets can help you make it happen.  Just watch!

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I have never done Mad Libs so I don't know how to use this but English, Social Studies and History teachers might find it useful to watch the video.

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Control Alt Achieve: Language Arts Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings

Control Alt Achieve: Language Arts Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Graphic organizers are a powerful tools for language arts. Students can use them to plan an essay, compare and contrast characters, detail the sequence of a story, explore the meanings of a word, and much more.

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The author has kindly given us access to some useful templates for language arts teachers.  They are pretty simple but they save teachers time, so worth supporting. It includes an explanatory video.

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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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Google Drive - OCR - YouTube

This Google Drive video tutorial shows how to use optical character recognition (OCR). Turn pictures and pdf’s into editable files in Google Docs.
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Very quick run-through of the process of converting documents such as pdfs or scanned documents and converting them to editable text.

The process is not full-proof but if you open the original in one window and the OCR-ed version in the other, you should find it easy to correct any minor errors.

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How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word

How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word with these four easy steps. Here are some tricks you need to know to edit Google Drive Documents in MIcrosoft Word.
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A couple of steps and you can save your Word documents to Google Drive. This post includes a video.

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How to install Google Documents Add-ons - YouTube

How to install Google Documents Add-ons
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Richard Byrne reminds us how to actually put Google Add-ons onto our menus for Docs, Sheets etc.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Google Drawings to Create Mind Maps

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Google Drawings to Create Mind Maps | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Collaboratively creating mind maps is one of the many good ways that students can use Google Drawings.

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This is one I hadn't thought of. It would be interesting to see how a group manages drawings compared to text.  Thanks Mr Byrne!

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Adding Files to Multiple Folders in Google Drive | TeachingForward

Adding Files to Multiple Folders in Google Drive | TeachingForward | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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This is handy. I have used it a few times to store a folder from a student's file in a central folder for all students in the class. It means that it doesn't disappear from the student folder.

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Chromecast and Google Slides | Slides | The Apps Show - YouTube

Did you know that you can run entire presentations from your phone? Join Debbie and John as they show how you can ditch the cables and use Google Chromecast ...
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If you have Chromecast, this could be very useful in the classroom. You can project your Googles slide from your phone to your monitor and therefore control the presentation. Also very useful is that you can have speaker notes on your phone to refer to during the presentation.

This process is still in 'beta' phase but given how cheap Chromecast is, it might be worth looking at.

Here is the Apple TV/iPhone version of the same thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icK83S1DvBM

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3 Simple Google Docs Formatting Tips - YouTube

3 simple Google Docs formatting tips. Page layout, image editing/placement, and text prediction settings.
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Richard Byrne gives us some tips on page set up (including margins), auto-correct and picture formatting (e.g. resizing, crop and placing on the page).

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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!