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10 Tips for Increased Productivity on Google Docs, by AppsCare

As the battle between Google and Microsoft intensifies Google produces new, innovative ways to be more productive within their Google Apps suite. AppsCare believe these 10 tips are most beneficial to a business wanting to improve its productivity and increase collaboration.

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Overview of Google Drive - Drive Help

Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere -- on the web, on your hard
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A series of instructions and videos from Google about Google Drive. I will leave this link here as it should be the most up to date set of instructions.

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A Very Good Tool to Create Charts from Spreadsheets and Insert Them into Google docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Very Good Tool to Create Charts from Spreadsheets and Insert Them into Google docs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Now this could be useful in Maths and Science classes when adding charts and graphs to reports.

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Two New Google Drive Updates You Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two New Google Drive Updates You Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Page numbers: now a little more flexibility!

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How to: Top tricks for collaborating in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides

How to: Top tricks for collaborating in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
From creating a shareable link to assigning editing or commenting rights to different users, you’ll probably already know the basics of sharing a file or folder in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. This tutorial aims to highlight a few little tricks you may have missed, to improve the collaboration experience.
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As usual, the headline far outweighs the content of this post but the interesting part is the suggestion about publishing Google Documents as a HTML document.  It also talks about collaboration with chat and Insert Comment.

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Wednesday Workshop - Google Drawings

Wednesday Workshop - Google Drawings | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drawings is a very under-utilized tool in Google's suite of apps.  While most people tend to think of it in terms of pretty drawings, there is so much more it can do.  Use it to create Venn ...
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The cover says it all. This is a Google Slides introduction to this very useful feature.

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Google Forms: Creating a Rubric

Google Forms: Creating a Rubric | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Forms has so many  applications for education. For students to fill out to submit data to the teacher, for the teacher to record data on observations about students, for students and teachers to monitor their progress on a task they are tracking, for self and peer evaluation and so much more. Google Forms is the magic ingredient to help your classroom go paperless. Almost anything you were collecting on paper can now be collected through a Google Form.



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Good to see an example of how to use this excellent app.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 15, 8:07 PM

Google Forms has so many  applications for education. For students to fill out to submit data to the teacher, for the teacher to record data on observations about students, for students and teachers to monitor their progress on a task they are tracking, for self and peer evaluation and so much more. Google Forms is the magic ingredient to help your classroom go paperless. Almost anything you were collecting on paper can now be collected through a Google Form.

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добавить ваше понимание ...

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The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs

The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Paperless Classroom with Google Docs by - Eric Curts Table of Contents Overview How to name documents and folders How to choose sharing options: Edit, Comment, and View How to share a document with specific people How to share a document as a link How to use folders How to create folders fo...
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A free, Google Docs document summarising how to go paperless with Google Docs. I think there are some aspects missing such as using Google Class or Doctopus to manage the documents but this is a pretty good introductory summary showing how to get the best out of the application in your classroom.

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Math Tech Tips: g(Math) updated with better image quality for expressions and gridlines on graphs.

Math Tech Tips: g(Math) updated with better image quality for expressions and gridlines on graphs. | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

The top feature request/complaint about g(Math) was the poor image quality upon scaling. Thanks to +James Petersen's tip, you can now indicate the size of the image you want which increases quality. A ninja tip would be to have a bigger size than needed and shrink the image in the Doc to get a better quality image.

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Another update for g(Math) the Google Docs app which allows you to write mathematical expressions within the document.  This feature allows you to write mathematical expressions on graphs and scale up or down the image of the expression.

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Students can now add comments to your Goobric

Students can now add comments to your Goobric | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Hard to read from this graphic but "Goobric', the rubric style marking sheet you can use on your Google Docs has added a subtle tweak allowing your students to either view their results (on the rubric) or comment on the results.

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Download our free equation editor for #chrome   #extension .  Perfect companion…

Download our free equation editor for #chrome   #extension .  Perfect companion… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Download our free equation editor for #chrome   #extension .  Perfect companion for #googledocs   - Victor Rajewski – Google+
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A new way to write maths equations.

There are a few bugs but if they can iron them out, it looks very useful.

Go here (https://player.vimeo.com/video/93175731) to see a video explaining how to use it.

 

Note: now that I have used it a little it works well but has some annoying features which have resulted in me removing it as Chrome extension.  These annoyances are to be expected because it is still in beta testing phase.  So beware.

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Drawing Special Characters in Google Docs - YouTube

Looking for a foreign language accent symbol or math symbol? Instead of searching draw it in the search box and find it easily insert it into your Google Doc...
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Excellent and quick way to add special symbols. characters and even emoticons into Google Docs.

In summary, you Insert Special Characters and then you draw them!  

Google will then use your drawing to locate the symbol, select and then add! 

Simple.  Nice find Jason Saltmarsh.

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Holy guacamole! So, I found this hot key gem today but found no mention about…

Holy guacamole! So, I found this hot key gem today but found no mention about… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Holy guacamole! So, I found this hot key gem today but found no mention about it in the community. Is this new (and awesome) for y'all too?! Hopefully… - Joel Frey – Google+
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Use Shift-Z to add files to other folders.

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25 Google Drive Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard Before

25 Google Drive Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard Before | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Recently I moved over from Dropbox to Google Drive and found a few unexpected benefits. At first I had a little trouble managing the space since the 1TB on my
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Neat set of tips for Google Drive. Nothing new at this stage but just another chance to summarise some useful techniques.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, January 20, 4:54 PM

I can't live without Google Drive.  I especially love that I can access it from my phone when I am visiting sites.

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5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting | Edudemic

5 Ways Google Tools Can Make Education More Exciting | Edudemic | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Whether or not you've been using Google tools in your classroom for years or just now started to consider their potential, a little inspiration never hurts.
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Some good ideas for using Google apps in the classroom including collaborative drawing (!) using Google Drawing.  That would be interesting.

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7 Great Google Forms Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Great Google Forms Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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More add-ons to help with Google forms including stored lists of items for the form, and one that acts as a sign-on sheet.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Speech to Text in Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: Speech to Text in Google Documents | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A limited start to speech recognition in Google Docs. However, it might be useful for students who struggle with writing.

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15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own

15 FREE Google Drawings graphic organizers — and how to make your own | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Using Google Drawings to create graphic organizers can help students gather their thoughts and customize to their needs.
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Here are a list of Google Drawing graphic organisers.

Click on the link, make a copy of the document and, voila, you get access to organisers such as KWL, Fishbone planner and Flow Chart.

Thanks a lot Matt Miller from "Ditch That Textbook".

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Search for Publicly Shared Google Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Search for Publicly Shared Google Docs, Slides, and Spreadsheets | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Clear instructions.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 18, 9:20 AM

Everyone needs to know these tips.  You can find amazing products/presentations online that people are willing to share.

Tammy Thomas's curator insight, February 21, 10:45 AM

Aikin,

 

Here is a wonderful time saver for searching...  It is the best way to search for lesson plans  & more with publicly shared Docs. Just type site:docs.google.com "Example Topic" into Google Search. 

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g(Math) Speech to Math!!!

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Wow. Now, not only do you have the language of maths, you can now translate that language on the screen!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms Add-ons for Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Suggested add ins for Goigle Drive applications.
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No mention of Doctopus. :-(
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Tammy Thomas's curator insight, February 21, 10:58 AM

Add-ons :).... Let me know if you need help..

 

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Google Drawings CHEAT SHEET for Teachers and Students!

Google Drawings CHEAT SHEET for Teachers and Students! | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
As Requested, Here is a Cheat Sheet for Google Drawings! Google Drawings is very powerful, yet under-utilized tool! This Google Drawings Cheat Sheet will help new and experienced users learn how to...
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A relatively new feature of Google Drive, Google drawings is becoming more useful as time passes.  This could be handy as a reference sheet for both teachers and students.

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Google Drive Quick Sheet

Google Drive Quick Sheet | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Quick guide to getting started with using Google Drive. Please feel free to utilize this resource with students and teachers in trainings on Google Drive. Please do not republish this graphic to yo...
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Printable quick guide to using Google Drive by Alice Keeler.

Superb.

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New Docs add-on to help create and view keyword lists.

Use for whole class or…

New Docs add-on to help create and view keyword lists.<br/><br/>Use for whole class or… | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
New Docs add-on to help create and view keyword lists.

Use for whole class or to differentiate.

Keywords has both the create and view options in the Doc… - jason peel – Google+
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This looks interesting.

You can create a glossary of key terms for a document that you or your class are using.

It will reside on the side bar and be visible as you read the document.

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Speech Recognition App for Google Chrome - YouTube

Type without the keyboard, get the Dictation app at https://dictation.io You can use your Google Chrome browser as a speech recognition software. It's mostly...
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Looks eerily simple but it might be a worthwhile alternative for those students who don't like typing.

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10 Tips To Do More With Your PDF Files On Google Drive

10 Tips To Do More With Your PDF Files On Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Drive has come a long way from being an online-only, document viewer and editor. From managing your files to collaborating on Docs, Drive is a full-functioning office suite. What many people don't realize is its capability to do far more than only view PDFs.

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Some interesting things to do with and to create PDF files on Google Drive. It includes things like converting photos to PDF and annotating using an Chrome into an annotation app.

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Tammy Thomas's curator insight, February 21, 11:21 AM

Oh, my... I love this!!  We have tons of pdf files that we can use in Google Drive..

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5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides | Technology and Learning @insidehighered

5 Reasons to Replace PowerPoint with Google Slides | Technology and Learning @insidehighered | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

How long have you been using PowerPoint? How familiar is PowerPoint for putting together our presentations, talks, and classes that we automatically default to this Microsoft Application. I give lots of talks, and I always use PowerPoint. Now I’m thinking of making the switch from PowerPoint to Google Slides.

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Five reasons to make the change. The biggest one for me is the first - it's built for collaboration. I have successfully used this with groups of senior students and got some really good results.

No more, "My partner is away so I can't do any work today" or "I left it home. Can I do it tomorrow?"

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