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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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Google Form Updates Help With Student Accountability

Google Form Updates Help With Student Accountability | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Forms is a great way for teachers to gather data about learning or create exit tickets or provide feedback. The possibilities are limitless. Aside from being really easy to create, forms allows us to collect data in an efficient way with the help of the students. We no longer have to walk around with a clipboard all of the time, trying to record what students to tell us. Instead we can put the onus on students to participate in the experience.
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This post by a teacher-user of Google Forms is worth a look simply because she outlines the advantages of the new version of Forms. This could be handy if you want some information for teachers (or students) who are interested in using Forms.
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This post by a teacher-user of Google Forms is worth a look simply because she outlines the advantages of the new version of Forms. This could be handy if you want some information for teachers (or students) who are interested in using Forms.
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Google Sheets – Formulas & functions are your friends!

Google Sheets – Formulas & functions are your friends! | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Cells may be the building blocks of a spreadsheet but functions and formulas are the power behind it. They are there to help you with the hard work of calculations and avoiding having to do things manually. Whether it's a simple addition formula to highly complicated logical and mathematical functions, there are hundreds of functions to choose from and…
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If you are curious about using a spreadsheet, this introductory post by Baz Roberts might be worth a look. He shows how using formulae can make complex tasks much simpler and manageable.
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A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources

A student-created digital textbook: Their process and resources | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Garth Holman and his students weren't happy with their history textbooks. So they made their own. And they were much better. See what they did.
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Although using Google Docs was only a minor part of the process, I am sure it could be used to create collaborative chapters in a student-led creation of a text book that might be useful in a class. I am thinking of older students creating a common revision document or a practical report template. My emphasis would be that students should be very critical of what goes into such a document. 
Anyway, although not directly relevant to this topic, it has got me thinking about using Google Docs in a much more collaborative way in the classroom
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G-learning: Marking students’ work - transitioning from Word to Google Docs

G-learning: Marking students’ work - transitioning from Word to Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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One teacher's transition from using Word documents with students and now editing them  in Google Docs. Smart move. Office 365 is woeful in comparison!
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One teacher's transition from using Word documents with students and now editing them  in Google Docs. Smart move. Office 365 is woeful in comparison!
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3 tips and tools for saving web content to Google Drive

3 tips and tools for saving web content to Google Drive | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
With a little ingenuity, Drive can be a repository for all the articles, images, and other content you find online.
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The focus in this article is on how to save a web page to Google Drive. This is a useful feature if you want to capture the whole web page for student use.
It suggests that it might be useful to use the "Save to Google Drive" extension for particular aspects of the page such as images. I haven't used this extension so do so at your own risk.
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EdTechThatWorks's curator insight, March 17, 1:13 PM
The focus in this article is on how to save a web page to Google Drive. This is a useful feature if you want to capture the whole web page for student use.
It suggests that it might be useful to use the "Save to Google Drive" extension for particular aspects of the page such as images. I haven't used this extension so do so at your own risk.
Aida TICS UMH's curator insight, March 22, 7:46 PM
The focus in this article is on how to save a web page to Google Drive. This is a useful feature if you want to capture the whole web page for student use.
It suggests that it might be useful to use the "Save to Google Drive" extension for particular aspects of the page such as images. I haven't used this extension so do so at your own risk.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Slides Features New Users Often Ask About

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Slides Features New Users Often Ask About | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne shares answers to three common questions about Google Slides. He includes information about downloading a show to use offline, inserting videos and how you add animations.
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Become a Google Slides Artist With These 7 Tricks - The Gooru

Become a Google Slides Artist With These 7 Tricks - The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
If there’s one conclusion you’ll reach after reading this article, it’s that Google Slides has some tricks up its sleeve. The graphic designer behind the 2016 State of Cloud IT presentation shared her top tricks in Google Slides. The 2016 State of Cloud IT ..more ›
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Marvellous summary of some Google slides tricks to make editing and enhancing your presentations just that little bit easier. 
It includes adding masks, quickly changing fonts and colours and adjusting the master slide. A useful link to keep in your list.
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Marvellous summary of some Google slides tricks to make editing and enhancing your presentations just that little bit easier. 
It includes adding masks, quickly changing fonts and colours and adjusting the master slide. A useful link to keep in your list.
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How to work offline with Google Drive files - TechRepublic

How to work offline with Google Drive files - TechRepublic | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The mystery of how to work offline with Google Drive files is revealed in this tutorial for desktop, laptop, and mobile users.
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A neat set of instructions on how to use Google Drive offline. It does involve setting up syncing with your files and you need to be prepared to do this before starting.  The instructions are easy to read and this might be a useful thing to do if you find yourself offline frequently.
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Google Docs Voice Typing Command List (expanded)

Google Docs Voice Typing Command List (expanded) | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Google Docs recently added Voice Typing tool provides a voice recognition tool for word processing within Google Chrome. This is a great new feature in Google Docs that requires no training and little set up. Voice Typing can be turned on in Google Docs under the Tools menu: Using my computer's microphone resulted in good speech recognition when using Voice…
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More information about Voice Commands to uses with Google Docs. This post includes a video summarising how to use it plus a link to the list of voice commands for formatting text, adding tables and moving around your document.
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What's New in Apps - Recap of February 2016

What's New in Apps - Recap of February 2016 | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Featured Launch: New Google Forms New Google Forms now the default option, with several new features: Form Add-ons and Google Apps Script now supported View individual responses from the editor Use Templates from the Google Forms home screen Get notified for every form response Track re...
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A summary of the updates for Google Apps in February. Not all apply to teachers and students but it is worth having a look.
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The Google Drive Daily

The Google Drive Daily | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Google Drive Daily, by GAPC: A summary of the best resources available for educators using Google Drive Apps in the classroom.
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A list of the most recent posts about Google Drive.
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A list of the most recent posts about Google Drive.
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A list of the most recent posts about Google Drive.
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Tips for Using Google Apps for Education to Create Digital Portfolios - Daily Genius

Tips for Using Google Apps for Education to Create Digital Portfolios - Daily Genius | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Using Google Apps for Education is a great way for your students to curate digital portfolios of their work. Avra Robinson teaches us how to get started. 
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This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
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This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
AnnaB's curator insight, March 9, 7:54 AM
This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
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This is a fairly detailed walk through of how to students can create a digital portfolio.
As the author states: "A digital portfolio is a collection of artifacts of learning that demonstrate growth, acquisition of skills or knowledge, and student creativity over time."
The author takes you through the process and even has an example template to try.
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Making Google Slides Interactive

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Ann Llewellyn takes us through the process of making a 'choose your own adventure' AND an interactive quiz using Google Slides! You teachers are so clever!
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Ann Llewellyn takes us through the process of making a 'choose your own adventure' AND an interactive quiz using Google Slides! You teachers are so clever!
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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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Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
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Laurence Alricm's curator insight, March 21, 9:44 AM
Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
Aida TICS UMH's curator insight, March 22, 7:42 PM
Again, the headline is overblown but this does contain a useful set of information about using Google Drive to it's fullest extent..
It includes a list of shortcuts; information about productivity tools (e.g. reference tools); ways to collaborate (e.g. inviting people to collaborate); files and file management; editing and searching; and finally specifics about particular applications.
This is a smorgasbord of information about Google Drive and it's applications and so could be a useful site to tag.
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Google Slides: JigSaw Activity Template - Teacher Tech

Google Slides: JigSaw Activity Template - Teacher Tech | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Teacher Tech is a website created by Alice Keeler on educational topics such as Google Classroom, Google Apps, 3D printing, coding, common core, and teaching in the 21st century.
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A step-by-step approach to using Google Slides with jigsaw groups. 
I would go a step further. I would set up basic groups and assign each member a number e.g from 1-5.  Then all the people labelled '1" would join together to become an expert group, as Alice says, on chapter 1 of a text book.  This group collaborates to create a single Google slides presentation.
THEN they return back to their basic group, and, in turn, present the findings of the expert group.
I've seen this work really well when students are required to understand complex ideas.
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How to collaborate like a pro with Google Docs

How to collaborate like a pro with Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
With Google Docs, you can easily organize group projects and collaborate with partners on multiple documents. Here's how to do it like a pro.
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A nice introductory article showing the benefits of collaborating using Google Docs and Drive. It includes: checking to see who has made changes; making comments v making suggested edits; creating a folder hierarchy when doing a particular task. Worth while pointing this article to those new to the applications who are keen on collaborating with others.
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HAXUAN2's curator insight, March 20, 3:53 AM
A nice introductory article showing the benefits of collaborating using Google Docs and Drive. It includes: checking to see who has made changes; making comments v making suggested edits; creating a folder hierarchy when doing a particular task. Worth while pointing this article to those new to the applications who are keen on collaborating with others.
HAXUAN2's curator insight, March 20, 4:00 AM
This article has really taught me a lot more functions of Google Docs, hence making it more efficient  when using it for group project and ICT lessons in various subjects.
Mike Lewis's curator insight, March 20, 7:30 AM
A nice introductory article showing the benefits of collaborating using Google Docs and Drive. It includes: checking to see who has made changes; making comments v making suggested edits; creating a folder hierarchy when doing a particular task. Worth while pointing this article to those new to the applications who are keen on collaborating with others.
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Get Google Forms Data in an Email Message

Get Google Forms Data in an Email Message | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
When a user submits a Google Form, you can have all the entered form data sent in a email message to one or more recipients and also send a copy to the form respondent.
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Wow. Although this is a long post with lots of steps, the end result might just be worth it. When users make a Google Form submission, you can get a summary of the results in an email. It does entail you adding the add-on described in the post. Depending on how confident you are, you can modify what exactly is reported to you in the email (you can see an example in the diagram above). Haven't tried it myself but can't wait.
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Google To Add Expiration Feature To Docs & Other Apps | Androidheadlines.com

Google To Add Expiration Feature To Docs & Other Apps | Androidheadlines.com | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google's collection of work apps which includes Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive, provide users with a great alternative to using services from Microsoft, a
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Interesting. 
Often, when I set due dates for assignments, I like to remove editing rights for students on that date.  Usually I set a time as well and this has led to almost 100% completion of assignments.
Hopefully, this new feature will make this process a lot easier.
Note that it will be progressively rolled out over the next few months.
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Using Google Drawings to Annotate

Using Google Drawings to Annotate | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Our school and department focuses pretty heavily on analyzing documents using DBQs. We spend time teaching our students to annotate and take notes on sources using a variety of analysis strategies. This year I decided keep the strategies but change the tool, instead of working on paper with pencils and highlighters, students annotated a map…
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Here is a good post about using google drawings to help with annotating and analysing historical maps.  As the author states, this helps students create a clean-looking responses and something that is easily shared.  This process could be useful for any subject. For example, I have asked students to analyse images in Science for exactly the same reason.  Images (and graphs) are good sources of information but need to critiqued as much as text.  Kudos, Mr Kauf.
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Here is a good post about using google drawings to help with annotating and analysing historical maps.  As the author states, this helps students create a clean-looking responses and something that is easily shared.  This process could be useful for any subject. For example, I have asked students to analyse images in Science for exactly the same reason.  Images (and graphs) are good sources of information but need to critiqued as much as text.  Kudos, Mr Kauf.
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The Google Drive Daily

The Google Drive Daily | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Google Drive Daily, by GAPC: A summary of the best resources available for educators using Google Drive Apps in the classroom.
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Latest update of this newsletter. Remember this is a weekly summary not daily, despite the name!
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Google Makes it Easier to Navigate Long Docs

Google Makes it Easier to Navigate Long Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Now you can quickly jump from section to section, without having to scroll through pages and pages.
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Great for lengthy documents, this tool is not yet available for everyone (including me) but it is something I would like to trial sooner rather than later. I write lengthy curriculum documents for my school and sometimes have two windows open in different parts so that I can get a overview of the whole document.  This outline view means that I can quickly go to different parts of a document and help make that document more coherent.
The same would be true for student work. The outline can be created by the application or by the user thus making it easier for students to use. Students could also be shown how to create an outline first and then they can easily fill in the gaps.  
It looks like it could be a very powerful addition to our work in schools.
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Google Docs Files Can Now Be Exported as EPUB Publications | TheTechNews

Google Docs Files Can Now Be Exported as EPUB Publications | TheTechNews | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
A little, yet helpful, update of Google Docs will now allow you to export your important docs as .epub files – a standout amongst the most well-known open formats for eBooks. The fundamental point of preference with EPUB over PDFs or other document formats is its capacity to rapidly and consequently adjust text for various …
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This could be good for reading documents in the classroom. Epub is the format used by Kindle and a lot of other readers.
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This could be good for reading documents in the classroom. Epub is the format used by Kindle and a lot of other readers.
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This could be good for reading documents in the classroom. Epub is the format used by Kindle and a lot of other readers.
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This could be good for reading documents in the classroom. Epub is the format used by Kindle and a lot of other readers.
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The 8 Best Chrome Extensions As Chosen By Teachers - The Gooru

The 8 Best Chrome Extensions As Chosen By Teachers - The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
1. You’re one click away from sharing that awesome webpage   Shareable content is in style. Whether you want to share that YouTube video your friend must see, a Buzzfeed article that describes your feelings perfectly, or an insightful article ..more ›
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Some excellent Chrome extensions are available for teachers to use with their classes. The Gooru gives us a summary of them including ones to check grammar and syntax, quickly create short URLs and share items quickly with your students.
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Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, March 8, 2:47 PM
Some excellent Chrome extensions are available for teachers to use with their classes. The Gooru gives us a summary of them including ones to check grammar and syntax, quickly create short URLs and share items quickly with your students.
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How to Insert Special Characters in Google Docs, Slides and Drawings - The Gooru

How to Insert Special Characters in Google Docs, Slides and Drawings - The Gooru | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Click here to watch this video on YouTube Have you ever wanted to insert a special character but couldn’t remember the name of the symbol? In Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings, here’s a great way to jog your memory. In ..more ›
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A quick video from the Gooru on how to insert special characters just by drawing it!
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A quick video from the Gooru on how to insert special characters just by drawing it!
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7 Google Tricks to Learn During Spring Break! | Shake Up Learning

7 Google Tricks to Learn During Spring Break! | Shake Up Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
  Pinterest 7 Google Tricks to Try During Spring Break! Who’s ready for Spring Break? I know I am! Spring Break is a great time to relax, vacation, spend time with loved ones and recharge. It is also a great time to sharpen your saw! So I have put together this quick list of Google tricks …
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Kasey Bell reminds us of the new updates for Google Forms and Docs. She sets them out well and gives good examples. Of interest to teachers is the example image above where you can see who has responded to each form. Useful for roll calls, or giving quick quizzes in the classroom.
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