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4 Ways to Help Student Writers Improve

4 Ways to Help Student Writers Improve | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
As teachers, we often bemoan the fact that “students can’t write anymore” and blame it on everything from texting and social media to the lack of grammar instruction and absence of vocabulary books. The truth is probably closer to the sentiment of David Labaree: “Learning to write is extraordinarily difficult, and teaching people how to write is just as hard.”

Teaching writing is a process—over time and with the right guidance and support our students can grow into better writers. We may feel frustrated that their final pieces aren’t polished to perfection, but if we look closely, within those imperfect final drafts are flickers of insight and bits of mastery.

We need to celebrate these small victories, and be patient as our students gradually master the myriad of skills involved in becoming a writer.

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Peergrade - engaging student peer review

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Learn by giving feedback! Peergrade is a free online platform to facilitate peer feedback sessions with students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 17, 11:41 PM

Looks like a promising way to manage peer feedback using rubrics. Might be a great time saver for teachers seeking to manage thoughtful evaluations of writing projects in large classes, Clever!

Jean Marrapodi's curator insight, May 18, 11:21 AM
I wonder how this could be used in corporate. The model works well with Coursera. This is a way to get work products to assess skills without the teacher doing all the grading. I found I learned just as much, if not more, when I did my peer reviews. 
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Google Templates for Students (Updated)

Google Templates for Students (Updated) | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
Looking for a template to get your students started on a project? We’ve found some great Google Docs and Slides templates to use as they are or change up to match your classroom.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 21, 2:59 PM

Something for everybody:

Templates are organized under the following headings:

Cross-curricular resources

Elementary Templates

English/Language Arts

Mathematics

Templates for Science/Social Studies

bostmag's curator insight, March 24, 7:37 PM

Something for everybody:

Templates are organized under the following headings:

Cross-curricular resources

Elementary Templates

English/Language Arts

Mathematics

Templates for Science/Social Studies

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Essential add-ons for Google Sheets: Workflows, advanced find and replace, mail merge

Essential add-ons for Google Sheets: Workflows, advanced find and replace, mail merge | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
Try these tools to help manage document approvals, find hidden data, personalize bulk emails, and more.

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Jennifer Lowton's curator insight, July 8, 2015 12:51 PM

My favorite add-ons for Sheets

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Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials

Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers: Google Tutorials | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Google Tutorials

This page contains tutorials for using Google tools. The tutorials that I've created you are welcome to use in your own blog, website, or professional development session. Before using the tutorials created by others, please contact their creators.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 2014 5:27 PM

Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

Joann David's curator insight, September 26, 2014 4:20 PM

Always good to bookmark a great resource for technology tutorials. Great tips to explore.

Elizabeth Hartley's curator insight, August 4, 2015 6:56 PM

Great tutorials just a keyword search away. (Better still, just click and you are there. 

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3 useful iOS accessibility tools for any mobile worker | TechRepublic

3 useful iOS accessibility tools for any mobile worker | TechRepublic | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Apple has proved that operating system manufacturers can build useful accessibility tools right into their platforms, which makes the lives of its users much better. OS X and iOS are no exception. For example, Apple is shipping some of the best accessibility tools for their users in the form of VoiceOver, screen magnification, and many more. In this article, I'll highlight three utilities in iOS that can benefit almost any user, regardless of his or her ability. Continue reading, and learn how to get the most out of the built-in accessibility features of iOS.


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How to Use Google News to Find Primary Sources

The Google News archive is a great place to find primary sources. This short tutorial shows students how the archive works.

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Sharing Files With Mac and iPad - New York Times

Sharing Files With Mac and iPad - New York Times | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
Sharing Files With Mac and iPad New York Times If you do not want to use iCloud, the Pages app can export files as Microsoft Word documents and save them to several other online cloud services that have iPad apps, including Dropbox, Evernote and...
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14 Handy Tips on How to Better Use Google Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

14 Handy Tips on How to Better Use Google Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Med Kharbach: 

 

This is the fifth guide I created in a series of several posts on how to tap into the educational potential of Google services. Today's topic is Google Images. This is probably among those most used services in education. Teachers and students use images for a variety of learning and teaching reasons. However, before  including images in any classroom project, students need to learn about copyright issues.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 23, 2013 4:51 PM

Excellent tips on how to search Google Images, including how to filter for Creative Commons licensed images. 

Heather Perkinson's curator insight, April 24, 2013 5:45 AM

Don't miss the other Google App guides created by this author:

Simple Visual Guide on How to Refine Google Search9 Steps to Create Posters Using Google Docs8 Things Every Teacher should Able to Do with Google Docs Teacher's Guide to Search for Apps Using Google4 YouTube Services Teachers should Know about
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More Free Google Search Tools You Might Not Be Using So Much

More Free Google Search Tools You Might Not Be Using So Much | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
The Googleplex must be a busy place indeed. There is always something happening around Google. Take their flagship product, Google Search for example.
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Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium -- THE Journal

Online Common Core Test Items Released by Smarter Balanced Consortium -- THE Journal | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

By Dian Schaffhauser

10/10/12


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium released a sizable sampling of online assessment items, giving teachers, educational leaders, and members of the public an early look at what kinds of items and tasks will appear on the high-stakes tests that are due to debut in the 2014-2015 school year. Smarter Balanced is one of two consortia issued grants from the United States Department of Education to develop an assessment system that aligns with the Common Core State Standards.

 

The other consortium, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), shared its samples in August.


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Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

Pics4Learning | Free photos for education | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
Thousands of copyright free and copyright friendly images and photos for teachers and students.

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Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs--Internet--Tools & Tips for Multimedia Designers--Planet of the Web

Google docs allows teachers or anyone to create forms for quizes, polls and tests quickly and easily. The results of the tests are stored in an Google Spreadsheet that can be programmed to quickly calculate your test results.

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#Assessing #Maker #Education #Projects - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

#Assessing #Maker #Education #Projects - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
As maker education infiltrates more formal educational settings, there’s been and will continue to be efforts to include assessment as part of its implementation. It is important, though, to keep in mind the characteristics of maker education and the role assessment has within it.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 10, 4:13 PM

What to make something happen? Consider UW-Stout's 100% online course: 

EDUC 660: Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

https://wwwcs.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm

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As maker education infiltrates more formal educational settings, there’s been and will continue to be efforts to include assessment as part of its implementation. It is important, though, to keep in mind the characteristics of maker education and the role assessment has within it.
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Fun Ideas That Keep Kids Learning Even After School's Out | #Coding: #LEARNingByDoing with #FUN

Fun Ideas That Keep Kids Learning Even After School's Out | #Coding: #LEARNingByDoing with #FUN | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Learning to Code


So, you like video games? Do you know that actual humans make video games with some type of computer code? It's true. But even better, kids can write programs too. It might seem scary to get started, but it's really not too bad. If you want to get started, I am going to recommend code.org. There are plenty of learning guides that are appropriate for a variety of ages. Oh, and it's free and online.

Even the lowest level activities are very complete—they even include ideas about functions and debugging. It's the best way to get a general idea of computer programming before moving on to a particular language.

If you want to be more creative with your programming, there is also Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). Scratch is a graphical (and free) programming language that focuses on the control of animated sprites. It's pretty easy to pick up and it's built so that you can share programs and modify others.

Finally, there is one more set of coding activities—physical programming. Physical programming takes some type of code but adds onto it some actual object that the code can control. If that sounds awesome, it's only because it is. There are two physical programming platforms that I have worked with before—Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Although these devices are not free, they aren't super expensive either. Both platforms have tons of great projects that kids (or adults) can work on.

 

Example: https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/ and https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=ARDUINO

 


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Learning to Code


So, you like video games? Do you know that actual humans make video games with some type of computer code? It's true. But even better, kids can write programs too. It might seem scary to get started, but it's really not too bad. If you want to get started, I am going to recommend code.org. There are plenty of learning guides that are appropriate for a variety of ages. Oh, and it's free and online.

Even the lowest level activities are very complete—they even include ideas about functions and debugging. It's the best way to get a general idea of computer programming before moving on to a particular language.

If you want to be more creative with your programming, there is also Scratch (scratch.mit.edu). Scratch is a graphical (and free) programming language that focuses on the control of animated sprites. It's pretty easy to pick up and it's built so that you can share programs and modify others.

Finally, there is one more set of coding activities—physical programming. Physical programming takes some type of code but adds onto it some actual object that the code can control. If that sounds awesome, it's only because it is. There are two physical programming platforms that I have worked with before—Raspberry Pi and Arduino. Although these devices are not free, they aren't super expensive either. Both platforms have tons of great projects that kids (or adults) can work on.

 

Example: https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/ and https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=ARDUINO

 

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Joyce Valenza Says: New Google Voice Typing & Transcription works!

Joyce Valenza Says: New Google Voice Typing & Transcription works! | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

From the NeverEnding Search by Joyce Valenza: "

Google introduced a voice typing feature that resembles a dictation app.

 

It’s free.  It works in the Chrome browser. And it is available in an array of 40 languages!

 

My test below reveals that it is also pretty darn accurate and pretty darn sweet.  (Sure, I talked a little slower that usual and sure, I will need to  edit a bit.)"


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 5, 2015 5:00 PM

Joyce Valenza provides several videos to demonstrate this new feature. Since we include Closed Captioning and transcript creation in our EDUC 760 E-Learning For Educators course, I need to get on top of this technology quickly! ~ Dennis

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 12, 2015 12:41 PM

 

I tested this out and while it's not quite as sophisticated as Dragon. it does a pretty fair job. Plus, it's free!!! I tested this out and while it's not quite as sophisticated as Dragon. it does a pretty fair job. Plus, it's free!!! 

Reshmi_Insomreadniac's curator insight, September 16, 2015 8:36 AM

I'm interested in knowing about the transcription option

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Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic | PBL | eSkills

Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic | PBL | eSkills | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
The Using Google Tools in Project-Based Learning Infographic presents how teachers can use google apps in project-based learning to streamline learning.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=PBL

 


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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, June 23, 2015 6:02 AM

Aplicaciones de Google en el aprendizaje basado en proyectos. Infografia útil y clarificadora!

Lee Hall's curator insight, June 23, 2015 10:30 AM

More reasons to use Google apps for education with your students. 

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Accessibility tools for Chrome and Google Apps users | TechRepublic

Accessibility tools for Chrome and Google Apps users | TechRepublic | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Google's self-driving cars get the headlines -- and they should, because self-driving cars may save lives and significantly increase passenger safety. The cars offer freedom and mobility for people unable to drive, such as people who are blind or low-vision. Unfortunately, the cars remain an experimental project, not a mass market product (as of the time of this writing).

 

Yet there are Google tools available now to help blind or low-vision people use the web and Google Apps. These tools include customized settings, keyboard shortcuts, and browser plug-ins. (If you're using a Google Apps account, an Administrator may need to configure a few settings to allow access to some of the following options.)


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Docs Demo: Masters Edition

Docs Demo: Masters Edition | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
Google Documents allow you to collaborate with anyone in real time. See what it’s like by joining up with some famous authors to create a masterpiece. Give it a try.

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Jennifer Lowton's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:33 PM

Awesome tool to collaborate with "Master Authors" to get writing with Google Docs.

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12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
You probably already have a Google Drive account. Why not figure out the best ways teachers are using Google Drive in education right now?

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Alison Rostetter's curator insight, October 27, 2013 12:03 PM

I've tried the quiz and sharing documents.  Very nice.  It's a good site to be able to use although I didn't know there was so many other ways it could be used.

Cindy Rogers's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:37 AM

I'm only doing a couple of these... Time to step it up.

Training in Business's curator insight, November 5, 2013 5:03 AM

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education

 

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Wizard Tool for Searching

Wizard Tool for Searching | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic!


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 7:43 PM

Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

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Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

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MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials

MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it
A list of online resources used to compliment Google Docs workshop given by MaryFran Lynch.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 17, 2013 5:05 AM

Check it out...

 

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Check it out...

 

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Google Docs New Integrated Research Tool | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

Google Docs has many useful features for helping students develop writing skills. When I recently opened a Google Document to plan a teacher training on Using Google Docs to Facilitate a Writing Workshop I was pleasantly surprised to find a new and powerful integrated research feature which couldn't be easier to use. Just pull down the Tools menu, click on Research and search for information in the research pane that appears on the right side of the screen. Users never have to leave the page.


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TileMill | Fast and beautiful maps

TileMill | Fast and beautiful maps | Google Tools To Support Educators | Scoop.it

 

Design beautiful maps...

 

Make beautiful interactive maps


Whether you're a journalist, web designer, researcher, or seasoned cartographer, TileMill is the design studio you need to create stunning interactive maps.

 

TileMill is an open source project by MapBox...

 

Read more:

http://mapbox.com/tilemill/

 


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The Google Yourself Challenge

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Just how much information about you is online? Google yourself to find out and reconsider what details should be kept private and off the Internet.

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