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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features

Offline Use Is One Of Many New Google Spreadsheets Features | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Earlier today Google Spreadsheets received a slew of updates. The most notable of these updates is the option to use Google Spreadsheets offline.
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Updates for Google Spreadsheets.  Filtered views and coloured sheet tabs look the most interesting.

 

Freetech4teachers is a blog worth following for this sort of information.

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Collaborative and Public Writing Techniques for Google Docs by Charlotte Frost and Jesse Stommel » PhD2Published

Collaborative and Public Writing Techniques for Google Docs by Charlotte Frost and Jesse Stommel » PhD2Published | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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From the website:

"In this session we’re going to: Use a Google Doc to show how we work together and discuss what works for us Describe and give examples of public writing. Show which parts of a Google Doc we use for what. Address some of the difficulties we encounter as we work in this way. Demo all of this in a meta-sort of way, so you can watch it unfold before your very eyes. (And hopefully film this demo so you have something to look at and refer to afterward) - See more at: http://www.phd2published.com/2013/11/27/collaborative-and-public-writing-techniques-for-google-docs-by-charlotte-frost-and-jesse-stommel/#sthash.f2RiBDj3.dpuf";

 

A fairly detailed account of how Google Docs is used in a University course.

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G-learning: 7 ways of using Google Drive with a classroom PC and projector

G-learning: 7 ways of using Google Drive with a classroom PC and projector | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Creating Navigation in a Google Document in 6 Steps

Creating Navigation in a Google Document in 6 Steps | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
I was helping Catlin Tucker with some presentation tips and together we came up with a nifty way to use a Google Doc instead of a Presentation. Sometimes a text document will work better than a sli...
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G-learning: How to make a digital advent calendar with Google Drive and QR-codes

G-learning: How to make a digital advent calendar with Google Drive and QR-codes | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A nice example of how to use QR codes with Google Drive.  Don't forget to have a look at using Google to create shorter URLs AND QR codes at the same time!

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16 secrets of Google Drive | Macworld

16 secrets of Google Drive | Macworld | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Drive is a souped-up productivity machine with lots of features you may not have even noticed. Here are 16 you shouldn't miss.
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A good collection of ideas for using Google Drive.  Worth perusing and picking up a useful hint or two.

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Create QR Codes & Short Links Using Google Drive

How to create QR Codes & Short URL's to Google Drive Files. Get more great tech tips for fire instructors at http://www.flippedfiretraining.com
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The creation of QR codes is not new but, interestingly this site uses Google URL shortener.  THAT site will generate the QR code for you but also store analytical statistics on the link - how often it is used, who refers to it, what countries the users are from.

 

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Use Google Drive to Keep Your Online Class Schedule Up-to-Date – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Use Google Drive to Keep Your Online Class Schedule Up-to-Date – ProfHacker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Although aimed at Higher Ed, the idea of using Google Docs to write your class schedule and then embedding it basically anywhere is a good idea.  This makes it easier to update.

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You can now save Gmail attachments to Google Drive

You can now save Gmail attachments to Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Gmail users no longer need to download files
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Should be easier to save photos and other attachments. Even, (gulp) Word files!

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Publish Your Google Docs to the Web

Publish Your Google Docs to the Web | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
When you share a link to a Google Doc with someone it very likely is in the editing mode look. The viewer will see the WYSIWYG toolbar, the margins and other things that give you the impression tha...
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How to publish your Google Docs documents online.  It includes how to generate a link or an embed code.

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Google Drive For iOS Updated With Multiple Logins And iOS 7 Support | Cult of Mac

Google Drive For iOS Updated With Multiple Logins And iOS 7 Support | Cult of Mac | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

  Google released an update for its Google Drive iOS app this morning that finally adds iOS 7 support to the could storage app. The Google Drive update

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This works for Windows based computers as well and is very handy if you want to view your personal and work emails easily.

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Creating Mind Maps in Google Draw

Creating Mind Maps in Google Draw | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Why use Google Draw rather than other mind mapping tools? Google Draw is collaborative and is in my Google Drive with the rest of my files, thus easy to find. Teachers can also insert comments on a...
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Could be very useful IF the collaborate part works as well as it does in Google Docs.

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Google Drive Workflow - Google Drive

Google Drive Workflow - Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Second of three sites showing how to manage student work in Google Docs.

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Google Drive Updated With 3 New Features

Google Drive Updated With 3 New Features | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google (GOOG) has updated its Google Drive app for speed and efficiency, and now allows Android users to interact with documents differently.
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I haven't seen the changes yet but they don't look like they are major.  Will keep y'all posted...

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Synergyse Blog: Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education

Synergyse Blog: Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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A list of 10 scripts that can be used with Google Drive.  It includes well-known ones such as Flubaroo and Doctopus but others that I have yet to explore such as autoCrat to give student's individualised feedback.

You need to be confident with scripts though.

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Trick for Handling a Lengthy Google Doc

Trick for Handling a Lengthy Google Doc | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
As part of my doctoral studies I am finding myself writing papers that are multiple pages in length. I find I need to be at different parts of the document at the same time. Such as the section I a...
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Hmmmm...interesting way of handling long documents.  Simply have multiple copies of the document open and scroll down to the other part you need to see or work on.  The example given is add information at one point, and adding the a bibliographic entry at another.

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Keyboard Shortcuts in Google Drive

Keyboard Shortcuts in Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Graphic created in Google Draw. Access the poster here.
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Well, here are some shortcuts...

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Sharing a Folder in Google Drive

Sharing a Folder in Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
One might argue you do not need folders if you use Google Drive. The search box at the top of drive searches not only the document title but also the body of the document (and does an OCR scan to s...
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A good summary of how to share folders with students and parents.

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Ladybug's Teacher Files: Color-Coding Google Docs Folders

Ladybug's Teacher Files: Color-Coding Google Docs Folders | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Just a quick (and nice looking) explanation for how to colour your folders...

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Online Vocabulary Notebook: Google Docs

Online Vocabulary Notebook: Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do you keep your vocabulary notebook updated and around you all the time?
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This is a fairly simple use of Google Docs but it might be worth thinking about. As a Maths teacher, I am constantly reminding students about the meaning of key terms.  

Getting them to keep a vocabulary list of Maths terms might help and certainly is something they can refer to each year they are at school.

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Realtime Board 2

Collaborative online whiteboard!
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This is about Realtime Board - an online zoomable white board. The connection with Google Drive is that you can save all your boards to Google Drive.

You can share boards with students.

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The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers

The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Best Thing To Ever Happen To Google Drive For Teachers
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Interesting third party application.  It allows to post voice comments on student work, for example.  And it's table friendly. Pity the year is coming to an end here in Oz. Won't have much of a chance to try it.

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How Schools Use Google Docs - Boarding School Blog

How Schools Use Google Docs - Boarding School Blog | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
A quick look at how some schools are using Google Docs to facilitate learning, while helping everyone stay connected on and off campus.
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Neat summary of how some schools are using Google Drive.

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Google Slides now lets you work with others with real-time text cursors

Google Slides now lets you work with others with real-time text cursors | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Slides today received an update that adds real-time text cursors as well as multiple improvements to themes and layouts. The former is the biggest addition, as it makes it easier ...
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I haven't used them yet but the real-time cursors works well in Google Docs so this, at least, will be a useful feature in Presentations.

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I Teach English to Great Kids...A Blog: How do you organize your Google Drive?

I Teach English to Great Kids...A Blog: How do you organize your Google Drive? | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

One of the first questions teachers new to Google Drive always ask me is, how do you organize your files.  I've gone through several different ways before figuring out what works best for me.  Here are some options. I teach high school, so I have a number of different sections and sometimes more than one course to teach. I also teach a graduate class and have a few other projects going on.

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The third of three websites on how to manage student work in Google Drive.

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