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The Best 10 Google Docs Tips For Teachers As They Go Back To School

The Best 10 Google Docs Tips For Teachers As They Go Back To School | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Back-to-school time is underway, and I’m sure you teachers are already balancing your lives, your classroom, and your pesky administrations. What could make life just a little bit easier for you? Google Docs, my dear educator friend.

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Nice set of suggestions for teachers using Google Docs.

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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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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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Show up, don’t set up—Google Slides supports Chromecast and AirPlay

Show up, don’t set up—Google Slides supports Chromecast and AirPlay | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Slides helps you tell beautiful, meaningful stories. But sometimes, presenting these stories can be a hassle, especially when wires, cables and connectors are needed. 

Now it’s even easier to share your presentations on big screens—whether you’re in a school board meeting, in charge of the slideshow at your best friend’s wedding or pitching your dream business idea. 

With just your phone or tablet and the Slides app, you can present easily to any screen with Chromecast or AirPlay. So you can say goodbye to wires and set-up stress

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This might be a very useful addition to your arsenal as a teacher. You can present information in the classroom without having to be near the computer. Or better still, students can present information from their own devices straight to the screen.

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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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Keep up the great work Alice!

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The Guide Google Apps for the iPad [infographic] - Updated! (31 Apps!)

The Guide Google Apps for the iPad [infographic] - Updated! (31 Apps!) | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!

The infographic embedded below details the most useful Google a
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Impressive infographic on why teachers should use various Google Products including Google Drive Apps.

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Google Forms to create auto correcting quizzes

Google Forms to create auto correcting quizzes | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Let me show you step by step how to use Google Forms to create Auto correcting quizzes or assignments that will engage e-learners on your course
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A step-by-step guide for using Flubaroo to correct student quizzes. Worth at least having a look.

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Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet

Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The magic of Google Forms is the ability to view all of your Form data in a spreadsheet. I use Google Forms a considerable amount in my classroom. Google Forms basically allows me to be paperless. ...
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Alice Keeler shows how to use that wonderful formula called "ImportRange" to import information from multiple forms onto one master spreadsheet.

Not for the fainthearted but worth it if you are willing to persist.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Apps in a Math Classroom | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

I often find that math teachers are reluctant to use Google Docs in a math classroom, but Google Apps has completely transformed the way I teach. I will share some of my best practices and tips to get you started. 

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Some really good ideas about how to use Google applications in a Maths class. They include: collaborative challenge problems using Doctopus, sharing screenshots or photos of their work through Google Docs and pre- and post- assessment using Google Forms.

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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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ajouter votre perspicacité ...

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12 Free Add-ons That Take Docs And Sheets To The Next Level | The Gooru

12 Free Add-ons That Take Docs And Sheets To The Next Level | The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Add-ons are third party plugins that take your Google Apps usage to the next level. There are countless add-ons to choose from and it can be overwhelming to filter through them all (…) Read more
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A summary (with screenshots) of 12 useful Google Sheets and Docs add-ons.  They include: a Thesaurus, Consistency Checker; OpenArt (free-to-use images) and Using Spreadsheet data to Create Custom Maps.

The Gooru is someone worth following.

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Google Forms for E-Learning Educators

Google Forms for E-Learning Educators | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google forms for E-learning Educators offer's a solution to collect information about their course as well as keeping an eye on learner performance.
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Four uses for Google forms in Education. They include: enrollments; creating quizzes, getting feedback and marketing!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Creating Narrated Slideshows with Google Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: Creating Narrated Slideshows with Google Tools | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Over the past several months I’ve often been asked by teachers for presentation options beyond PowerPoint. They wanted something that can be shared beyond the classroom, but that isn’t as involved as a full video project. To meet this need, I outlined a process (and made some tutorials) to make simple narrated slideshows using Google Tools. They are like presentations that present themselves.

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Some good insights into using Google Drive and some add-ons to create narrated slide shows with students.

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Google Forms: Create a Formative Assessment Quiz

Google Forms: Create a Formative Assessment Quiz | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The purpose of formative assessment is not to put a grade in the gradebook. When we are teaching we want to collect evidence and data as to how the students are understanding the material. We then ...
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Fantastically detailed 'how-to' from Alice Keeler about how to use Google Forms. If you have never used it, this is the post to read.

She then describes how to use it for formative assessment.

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How To Digitize Your Receipts Archive For Cloud

How To Digitize Your Receipts Archive For Cloud | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Make use of any of these three applications to get rid of the hassle of managing receipts.
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This is a function of Google Drive that should be used by teachers more often. Not just for receipts, but for student work that is not electronic.

Scanning with Google Drive on your iPhone or Android could be a way of collecting material from your students and storing it electronically.

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Super Quiz - Google Sheets add-on

Super Quiz - Google Sheets add-on | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Super Quiz adds brilliant functionality and assessment tools to a quiz made with Google Forms.
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Might be worth a try if you are looking for added functionality to Google Forms and Sheets.

It's a Google Chrome add-on so it won't work with IE or Firefox (I think).

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3 Things to Wrap Up Google Classroom for the Summer

3 Things to Wrap Up Google Classroom for the Summer | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Now that it is the end of the school year, what do you do with your Google Classroom? 1) Clean Up Google Drive Google Classroom creates a "Classroom" folder in Google Drive. Within the Classroom fo...
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Good luck to North American teachers finishing the year off. Here is a list of things to do at the end of the year with Google Classroom. If you don't use it, some of the ideas are still worth pursuing e.g. archiving old files.

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