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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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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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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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Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math)

Create graphs and complex math equations directly from the Google Docs sidebar with g(Math) | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you're looking for the easiest method of inserting math equations and graphs into your Google Docs, here is the solution for you.
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A nice summary of how to use the g(Math) add-on in Google Docs.

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Math Teachers: Add g(Math) to Google Forms!

Math Teachers: Add g(Math) to Google Forms! | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
g(Math) is a great add-on for Google Docs. If you do not have it, go get it! g(Math) is now available as an add-on for Google Forms too. To get g(Math) for Forms, open Google Drive and create a new...
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Takes you through using g(Maths) and Google Forms to create questions and quizzes for your Maths classes.

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Copy a Google Form

Copy a Google Form | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you have created a Google Form it can be tricky to allow others to make a copy of your Google Form. If you have created a Google Form to collect attendance, as a daily warm up or a formative ass...
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How to give others a copy of your form. Essentiall you put it in a view-only folder and share the folder. Then others can use the "Make a copy" option to create their own. Alice Keeler has more details.

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Create Maps Directly from Google Drive | Drive Bunny

Create Maps Directly from Google Drive | Drive Bunny | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Create your own maps for measurements, adding layers and sharing with others.

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Lesson 1 - Explore Cultural Resourcess

Lesson 1 - Explore Cultural Resourcess | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

If you’re new to the Training Center, watch this overview video (or read the transcript) to get started.

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Looking for training about Google tools?  Go here for Beginners and Intermediate training by Google themselves.

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3 Reasons You Should Check Out Google Drawings - Synergyse Training for Google Apps

Google Drawings is one of my favorite Google Apps and, in my opinion, one of the most underutilized.  Google Drawings is pretty much my one-stop-shop for all digital and print publications for so many reasons, but here are my top 3! Google offers you OVER 600 fonts for FREE!  You can search for specific fonts...
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More about Google Drawings including information on Fonts, layering and changing the background colour.

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Create, share, and manage custom maps from Drive

Create, share, and manage custom maps from Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Another application added to Google Drive. C'mon teachers. Let's get serious in our use of Google Maps!

Good for planning trips, checking distances, tourism oulines and even trips around the world!

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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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How to Set Up and Use Google Docs Offline

How to Set Up and Use Google Docs Offline | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
You can work on your Google Drive files offline, but only if you take a few steps before you reach an Internet-free zone.
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Although this is aimed at business, it is an important technique for students and teachers to know...if the network dies!

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Google Chrome Extensions for School Administrators, Leaders, or Anyone!

Google Chrome Extensions for School Administrators, Leaders, or Anyone! | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Going Google isn't as simple as flipping a switch. It takes careful planning and meaningful implementation for everyone in the district. I am a firm believer that implementing Google Apps (or anything else) should be led by school administrators, not the
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Another list of worthy Google Drive add-ons through Chrome. Sorry IE and Firefox users!

A couple I haven't seen before include: Black Menu (see image above) where you can access your Drive applications through a drop-down list in Chrome; Grammarly Checker plus numerous Drive application add-ons.

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Students can make Stock Portfolio with Google Sheets

Students can make Stock Portfolio with Google Sheets | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
 

I'm always amazed at how powerful Google Sheets really is!

Today, I'm going to teach you in a few simple steps how students can create a stock portfolio. (Think stock market competitions, etc.).



First, I created a new sheet with 9 columns headings that I bolded
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Could be useful for Business Maths or Business Education teachers. Worth a try.

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How To Use Google Docs For Blogging And Marketing

How To Use Google Docs For Blogging And Marketing | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to use Google Docs, including no-distraction writing, writing offline, and it's free. Here's how to use Google Docs for blogging.
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A blogger's summary of why you should use Google Docs.  Need to persuade people to use Google Docs? This might help.

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Google Docs is easy to use. You can also have all your team members work on a document. You can add restriction for the file etc. When you  are going for paperless office, you can use Google Docs to work with your remote team.

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The 6 Most Popular Google Docs Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 6 Most Popular Google Docs Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

In today’s post we are sharing with you a set of handy document templates created and provided for free download by the folks in Google Docs. These are the six most popular and most downloaded templates in Google Docs Template Gallery (in Students & Teachers category). As a teacher, you can re-appropriate the content of the docs to suit your teaching purposes.

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A useful list of templates including: student reports, class notes, syllabuses and lesson plans.

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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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Whilst not 100 ways to use Google Drive in the classroom necessarily it is another good summary of some of the uses and features of Drive and other Apps.

 

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Using Google Drive to Collaborate With English Learners Online (And One Cool Audio Trick) - YouTube

http://www.teachingeslonline.com/google-drive-collaboration/ ← Click here to read the post on this subject. In the video, I show you three practical ways tha...
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Nice introductory video showing how to collaborate and interact with English learners for feedback and specific corrections.

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How to Prevent Users from Downloading, Printing, or Copying Your Google Drive Files

How to Prevent Users from Downloading, Printing, or Copying Your Google Drive Files | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drive now lets you protect your sensitive files
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How to make it a little bit harder for people to copy your work without your permission.

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View and manage file versions - Drive Help

View and manage file versions - Drive Help | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
You can view, delete, and download previous versions of Google and non-Google files.
Google file
Open a Google file (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Drawings).
In the toolbar at the top, click File.
Se
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Step-by-step process of updating the files without changing the link to the file.

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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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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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Designing With Google - YouTube

Designing With Google - YouTube | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
This collection of videos is all about using Google's Drive apps such as Drawings, Slides, and Docs to create great looking artwork and designs for printing,...
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Some useful videos to use with Slides, Drawings and Docs.

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Google Docs now supports more image types when converting Microsoft Office files

Google Docs now supports more image types when converting Microsoft Office files | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google has announced today that it is expanding the types of images it supports when converting Microsoft Office files to Google Docs. Previously, supported image file types included JPEG, PNG, EMF...
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Better conversion of documents to and from Google Drive.

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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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Google Docs: Mark As Graded

Google Docs: Mark As Graded | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
When assessing student work done in Google Docs it can be a challenge to know which student documents you have looked at and which ones you still need to look over. When looking in my Google Drive ...
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Alice Keeler has invented a way of indicating the status of a student's piece of work.

She's looking for testers, so have a go and feedback to her @alicekeeler  to tell her what you think.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Resources

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Resources | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

This resource is an example of weaving multimedia powered digital tools together to provide students with flexible learning paths to personalize learning. The collection of resources serves as an example of how educators can design learning experiences guided by Digital Differentiation to support all learners.

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Wow. A truckload of resources on how to use Google Drive. All organised using Thinglink.  Susan Oxnevad is very clever.

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bookmarked, TY
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Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs - Docs editors Help

Keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs - Docs editors Help | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Below, you'll find a list of keyboard shortcuts for Google Docs.
You might also want to use access keys to navigate the application menus with your keyboard:
Open the menu that you'd like to naviga
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We've seen this before but here is Google's collection of short-cuts.

Interestingly, it includes short cuts for the PC, Mac, iOS, Android and Chrome OS.

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