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Two Reflective Teachers: Using Google Drive for Book Clubs

Two Reflective Teachers: Using Google Drive for Book Clubs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Since we have been embracing Google Drive this year in our classroom and trying to use it in as many ways as possible, I decided to try using it for book clubs too.

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This is a good example of the power of many students editing one document.

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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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Tim Southerland's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:15 AM

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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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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The Impossible to Fail Quiz in the New Google Forms

The Impossible to Fail Quiz in the New Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
After Chris Aviles introduced me to the Impossible to Fail Quiz at EdCamp New Jersey, I liked it so much I used it with my students and created a tutorial to show other teachers how to make it. This quiz is a great strategy to deliver precise remediation to students who need multiple opportunities to learn. However,…
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I'm not sure I fully follow the process but the ideas sounds great! If a student gets a question wrong, they are directed to watch a relevant video and then they can re-try the question - until they get it right! Not a good way to learn something new but useful for revision.

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Great Ways to Use Google Drive Slides | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Great Ways to Use Google Drive Slides | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Here are the Slides I shared to demonstrate Great Ways to use Google Drive for Student-Driven Learning Projects. The interactive image with resources can be explored on the Google tab at the top of this blog.

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Susan Oxnevad's examples of how to use Google Slides is presented here in...slide format. Some great ideas include: using it to create templates, digital notes, mind mapping and many others.

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Buga Moreno's curator insight, February 6, 11:25 AM

Interactive, usefull, fun, in one word: awesome!

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4 Ways to Keep Your Writing Error-Free in Google Docs, Gmail, and Beyond | The Gooru

4 Ways to Keep Your Writing Error-Free in Google Docs, Gmail, and Beyond | The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Great writing equates to great business. Error-free writing is extremely important when you’re closing a deal or even greeting someone via email. When you’re working on a Google Sheet, spelling is important to check before you send off inventory requests ..more ›
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This post focuses mainly on the Chrome extension called 'Grammarly' which is a spell and grammar checker for Google Docs. According to the author, it can also check for plagiarism - a useful addition for both teachers and students.  The post includes a number of 'how-to' videos.

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3 Google Resources for Student Centered Writing by @shfarnsworth

3 Google Resources for Student Centered Writing by @shfarnsworth | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

In a student-centered writing classroom, students may be in various stages in the writing process. To combat all of the organizational issues that may arise, it is important to equip students with not only the resources to aid in their endeavors, but also strategies to use when they find themselves with a plethora of information but little to no organization.

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Wow. I'm not a language arts teacher but I know it is still my responsibility to help develop student literacy. It is always fascinating to see how language arts teachers (or in this case, an English teacher) go about scaffolding student work.

Here is a really good example of using the power of online applications to not only enhance student writing but to help students organise themselves.

I particularly liked using Google Drawing for "Hexagonal Thinking", illustrated above, to help students in the pre-writing stage.  Students can get ideas down, rearrange and colour them to show how ideas are connected and then use it to start the research phase of their writing.

Thank you very much Shaelynn Farnsworth, a guest blogger at the Alice Keeler site.

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Nancy Johnson's curator insight, February 12, 9:25 AM

Great ideas to help students with their writing. I really like text, me, so. It is a simple, but powerful strategy to get more out of students's writing.

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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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Free Technology for Teachers: New Commenting Options in Google Slides, Sheets, Docs Mobile Apps

Free Technology for Teachers: New Commenting Options in Google Slides, Sheets, Docs Mobile Apps | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

If you have run updates on your iPad or Android tablet in the last 24 hours you might have noticed some new commenting options in Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets. If you haven't run updates, you will want to after learning about the new commenting features.

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Adding comments using your iPad or Android device now becomes easier, especially if you want to target a comment to a particular user.

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Google Forms: Quick Start Guide

Google Forms: Quick Start Guide | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Quick guide to getting started with using Google Forms. Please feel free to utilize this resource with students and teachers in trainings on Google Forms. 

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Really good introduction to using Google Forms from scratch.

Go here for the pdf version: http://goo.gl/yB956a

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, February 3, 7:47 AM

I love GOOGLE FORMS

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Google Docs: Use Snagit to Leave Audio/Visual Feedback

Google Docs: Use Snagit to Leave Audio/Visual Feedback | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

One of my favorite EdTech tools is Snagit. I use both the desktop version and the free Chrome extension. The Chrome extension is a great way to leave students audio and visual feedback. Snagit allo…

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Slightly complicated way to give visual AND aural feedback to students using Snagit and Google Docs.  Then benefits are that you can show what you are focusing on when you give the feedback. Worth a try.

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Google Forms: Using Summary of Responses Repeatedly

Google Forms: Using Summary of Responses Repeatedly | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If you use Google Forms as formative assessment quizzes, Forms automagically creates summary charts for you. However, the charts are the cumulation of all the times the form has been filled out. I …
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Alice Keeler summarises how to use the results of Google Forms and how to delete past results so that you can reuse the Form.

Seriously, do what you can to follow Alice. (e.g. @AliceKeeler on twitter). She is a Google Apps dynamo.

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Steve Borley's curator insight, January 28, 3:35 PM

Here's a good reminder to teachers to make use of Google Forms for creating tests. 

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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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Free 'Clickers' for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students

Free 'Clickers' for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Using Google Forms as a free alternative to clickers, I am able to get a real-time assessment of student learning and attitudes. 
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One higher ed lecturer's journey to using Google Forms with his class.  He explores how easy it is to gather data and share the results of the data with students. He also briefly discusses using Forms to gauge student understanding of key ideas.

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Unleash the Power of Google Drawings - Synergyse

Unleash the Power of Google Drawings - Synergyse | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drawings is a powerful tool that can be used to create graphic organizers, mind-maps, and more. Make your documents more dynamic with Drawings.
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Three useful tips for using Google Drawings with students. The one illustrated above is a step-by-step method for inserting a diagram into a document.

The other useful technique is this. Create a template using Google Drawing and then force students to make a copy of the diagram file by changing the last four letters of the file name! I never knew that!

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Teaching Math with Google #Googlemath

Teaching Math with Google #Googlemath | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
You can absolutely teach math with Google Apps. Google Apps helps to support a shift to Common Core thinking and collaboration. As a high school math teacher I used Google Apps with my students. I …
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Since feedback in education is so important, Alice gives some insight into how Maths teachers can do this using Google Apps. Students can use the equation and drawing tools for geometry and algebra questions.

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10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know

10 Google Docs Hacks Every Teacher Should Know | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius. Google Docs is a popular word processing tool because it allows ready access to your documents and files from any internet connected device. It permits users to readily share documents and easily collaborate on materials. If you are already familiar with Google Docs, try out these…
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Not sure about the headline but still a worthwhile list of 'hacks' to use with Google Docs.  They include: typing with your voice, using the equation bar and attaching a Doc to a gmail email.

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Google Forms - How do they work?

Google Forms - How do they work? | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Forms is one of the simpliest tools to use to collect data and information but as they are connected to a spreadsheet (Google Sheet) they can be very powerful in terms of data analysis. There are numerous uses for Google Forms but common ones are: Collecting feedback - questionnaire Signing up to an event Data entry…
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A fairly basic introduction to Google Forms. Useful if you have never used this application.

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Google Apps Learning Center – All the training you need, in one place

Google Apps Learning Center – All the training you need, in one place | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Get the most out of Google Apps at work or school with guides, tips, customer examples, and other training resources.
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For those of you who haven't found it yet, here is the Google Training Centre for apps found in Google Drive. It includes links to suggested uses, training videos and tips.

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Google Drive

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Beginner's guide to using Google Drive   Below are a selection of posts which will help you start using Google Drive with confidence. They assume no knowledge of Google Apps and also don't assume you know too much about using computers either. I recommend reading them in order, as they start off with the very…
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A good list of introductory links to Google Drive. It includes the menus, moving files and information on folders.  A good area to start if you are new to the Drive.

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Easier Commenting in Google Docs | Drive Bunny

Easier Commenting in Google Docs | Drive Bunny | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google’s latest update makes it simpler to comment on your own or your colleagues’ Docs, Sheets, and Slides files on both the web and mobile platforms.

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Hard to see here but that black rectangle on the right appears because the text has been highlighted on the left.  Clicking on the black rectangle allows you to add a comment. Nice touch.

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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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Sullivan students present original play

Sullivan students present original play | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
SULLIVAN -- Summer McClain began listing all the different groups involved with Sullivan High School Mirror Images' original production, "Invisible," and Jon Taylor, sitting behind her, nodded emphatically.
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An interesting description of how students at a school collaborated, using Google Docs, to write a play for the school community. It does not say how they did it, but it is an example of the power of collaborative writing made possible by software such as 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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Control Alt Achieve: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Assessments with Google Forms

Control Alt Achieve: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Assessments with Google Forms | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Forms is an easy but powerful tool for teachers to create online assessments for their students. And with the help of the Flubaroo add-on, the quizzes can be graded automatically as well.

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I think the headline is a little humble but the article outlines the benefits of using Google Forms which include giving students more feedback, being able to collaborate with other teachers and being able to use Multimedia.

The article includes links to two hour-long videos by Eric Curts on how to use Forms.

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Tom Lademann's curator insight, January 27, 10:42 AM

Great collection of resources - very detailed and thorough 

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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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Google Classroom: Feedback Faster with Chrome Extension Open Side by Side

Google Classroom: Feedback Faster with Chrome Extension Open Side by Side | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Add this Chrome Extension to enable you to view one website right next to another. Good for marking student work or even just viewing their work to see where they are at.My mantra is “Feedback Faster.” The faster we can provide students feedback, the more impact it has on their learning. What I love about Google Classroom is that I have access to studen…
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Add this Chrome Extension to enable you to view one website right next to another. Good for marking student work or even just viewing their work to see where they are at.

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