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Interested in monitoring student work? Give feedback regularly? Reduce student excuses? Try Google Drive!
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4 add-ons that make Google Docs a more powerful word processor

4 add-ons that make Google Docs a more powerful word processor | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
These Google Docs add-ons give you handy features like table of contents, envelope and Avery label printing, and case formatting.
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The four add-ons are listed above.

None of them are new but are worth a reminder.

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Google Forms: Submitting Drawings

Google Forms: Submitting Drawings | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
In Google Forms you may want to ask students a question that requires a visual answer. Google Forms limits student responses to text submissions. Google Drawings allow students to draw and model th…
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Finally something for Art teachers!

Students can submit a Google Drawing (or sketch for Maths, say) using Google Forms.

It takes a little bit of 'trickery' to set it up but Alice takes you through the process in her usual clear manner.

Amazingly, you can get small (or medium) size thumbnail views of the images students submit if students send you the right link.

Brilliant!

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Google Slides: Animate Items Together

Google Slides: Animate Items Together | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Google Slides is a presentation tool in the collaboration suite of Google Docs and Drive. Like in other presentation tools you can animate the elements on the slide. If you select multiple items at…
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A useful introduction to some animation tricks in Google Slides. The post also shows you the new layout for Slides.

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4 Great New Google Docs Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great New Google Docs Templates for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

A few months ago, we shared with you six popular Google Docs templates to use in your instruction but those were in the old template gallery. Now that the new Docs template gallery is released, there are way more practical templates to use for different educational purposes. We have spent sometime browsing through the collection there and picked out for you the ones below.

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The templates include brochures and newsletters and even lesson plans, all of which you can modify to suit your needs.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Math Add ons for Google Docs

Free Technology for Teachers: 4 Math Add ons for Google Docs | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google. You can add any of these features to a Google Doc by selecting Add-ons → Get Add-ons

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More Google Docs goodness for Maths teachers. 

This post discusses g(Math) for creating Maths expressions; calculator; a graphing add-on and a formula editor.

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Tech Thursday: Speaking to your computer Part 2: Free speech recognition with Google Docs | Dyslexia Action

Tech Thursday: Speaking to your computer Part 2: Free speech recognition with Google Docs | Dyslexia Action | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
In the second part of a series on speaking to your computer we will look at a free option using Google Docs.
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Excellent article on the pros and cons of using Voice Typing in Google Docs.  It demonstrates how to use it (although the recording example didn't capture the voice as it was dictating) and thoroughly examines some of the shortcomings.

Well worth a read.

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Instructional Fluency: 10 Tips About Google Forms for Learning

Instructional Fluency: 10 Tips About Google Forms for Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

One of the things teachers do best is collecting evidence. We survey students about their knowledge and use the results to provide feedback to students as well as make adjustments to instruction.

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A useful introduction to Google Forms for teachers.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Two Must Have Google Sheets Templates for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Two Must Have Google Sheets Templates for Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Grade Book and Attendance add ons for Google Sheets.Google has recently revamped its template galleries for Docs, Sheets and Slides and introduced some handy pre-designed templates to use with students in class. The galleries are still a work-in progress and feature only a limited set of templates but more will be released in the upcoming weeks. We spent sometime sifting through the Sheets gallery and picked out these two beautiful templates for you to use in your daily teaching. You can customize the templates and change the values to include yours.

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Grade Book and Attendance add ons for Google Sheets.

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How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word

How to Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Add Google Drive to Microsoft Word with these four easy steps. Here are some tricks you need to know to edit Google Drive Documents in MIcrosoft Word.
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A couple of steps and you can save your Word documents to Google Drive. This post includes a video.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 9 Google Apps Productivity Tools & Tips for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: 9 Google Apps Productivity Tools & Tips for Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

The one thing that every teacher wants more of, besides salary, is time. I can't give you more time in the day. What I can do is point you to some tools and techniques for completing routine tasks more efficiently.

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A great list of add-ons for various Google applications including sending emails from Sheets, grading applications and room scheduling add-ons. It includes a number of demonstration videos by the author.

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GAFE-friendly Tools to Teach Evidence-based Writing | Imagine Easy Solutions

GAFE-friendly Tools to Teach Evidence-based Writing | Imagine Easy Solutions | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
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Send this to your Social Studies/Social Sciences teachers. Discusses the use of Kaizena add-on and the Research.

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Updates | Forms | The Apps Show - YouTube

Many of you already use Forms to gather feedback on products or services. Now Forms has an all new look, with faster access to the information you want and w...

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Forms has changed significantly and it looks it bit more intuitive. It is worth working your way through this video as the layout has changed significantly. More themes as well!

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New Template Gallery for Google Drive | Drive Bunny

New Template Gallery for Google Drive | Drive Bunny | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Some time ago I posted about templates, and how to use them in Google Drive. Google has now introduced a new template gallery for the desktop versions of Docs, Sheets and Slides, offering a new interface design and lots of new template designs

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A quick post by Drive Bunny on how to get access to the new Template Gallery for Docs, Sheets and Slides.

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Online Rubric - Community - Google+

Online Rubric - Community - Google+ | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

A G+ Community for the Google Spreadsheet Online Rubric add-on.

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This is an online rubric that is an Chrome add-on for Google Sheets.

This is the blurb from the Chrome Store: "

Create and send customizable rubrics and scores to students by email for any assignment. Use Online Rubric for any assignment, including presentations, performance, and participation grades, and send grades to your students without the hassle and waste of paper and copiers.

 

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Google Drive - OCR - YouTube

This Google Drive video tutorial shows how to use optical character recognition (OCR). Turn pictures and pdf’s into editable files in Google Docs.
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Very quick run-through of the process of converting documents such as pdfs or scanned documents and converting them to editable text.

The process is not full-proof but if you open the original in one window and the OCR-ed version in the other, you should find it easy to correct any minor errors.

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Making Posters & Other Large Documents With Google Slides

Making Posters & Other Large Documents With Google Slides | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
I have posted before about my love of Google Slides as a desktop publishing tool.  I often use it for handbook creation, newsletters, and more.  Recently, I’ve been using it to make larger files like board games and posters.  I’ve had several requests for how to do this, particularly the printing aspect of it, so here’s a quick and dirty tutorial for you!
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Excellent tutorial for making only posters and game boards using Google Slides. Just choose a larger page size and then print your design to pdf using the 'poster' option.

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Google Classroom: 9 Tips For Attaching Google Drive Files

Google Classroom: 9 Tips For Attaching Google Drive Files | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
Adding files to Google Classroom is not the same as searching for files in Google Drive. Here are some tips to help you maximize your efficiency with attaching Google Drive files to Google Classroo…
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Nine tips on setting up files and folders and searching for them more efficiently by Alice Keeler

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5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
I taught high school math for 14 years. My last years I went paperless. There are many digital tools that support teaching math and Google Docs is one of them. If your school has Google Apps for Ed…
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Some ideas for using Google Docs in Maths classes including Inserting Draws to show concepts (as in the diagram above); submitting snapshots of work and taking screenshots of maths websites they have been using.

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Google Forms

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An interesting resource from NC State University. It is a slide presentation introducing Google Forms. Although directed at students at NC University it still has a number of useful links embedded in the slides.

 
go.ncsu.edu/classmate Google Forms Please log into your Gmail account and open go.ncsu.edu/classmate go.ncsu.edu/forms-training *
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An interesting resource from NC State University. It is a slide presentation introducing Google Forms. Although directed at students at NC University it still has a number of useful links embedded in the slides.

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Use Google Slides as a Desktop Publisher - edTECHify

Use Google Slides as a Desktop Publisher - edTECHify | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

"I want my students to take my template, fill it out, submit it to me but leave the layout of the document in tact.  How can I accomplish this?"

Ever since teachers have begun using Google Classroom, I've heard this question more than any other.  I hear it most often in my own district as students are moving from using Pages on their MacBooks to using Google Docs on their Chromebooks.  Students and teachers alike have been accustomed to using the "not-really-a-word-processing-software" (Pages) as a way to create/fillout digital worksheets.

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A workaround for Google Slides making it a Desktop Publishing solution.

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6 Google Drive Settings Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Google Drive Settings Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Google Drive has plenty of amazing features to enhance your work on Docs, Sheets and Slides. However, sometimes you need to dig a little bit deeper to uncover them. For instance, today we are sharing with you some important tips you can access and manage through Google Drive settings. Working on these settings will enable you to : convert uploaded files to Google files, manage apps connected to your Drive, change the way your files are displayed in your Drive, change your Drive’s language, and offline syncing of your files. All of these features can be accessed by clicking from Drive’s homepage  by  clicking on the settings icon  in the top right.

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Pretty much covered above. More of a reminder for experienced users.

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Free Technology for Teachers: An Introduction to Google Forms for Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: An Introduction to Google Forms for Teachers | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

Using Google Forms can be the solution to many problems that teachers have. I've used Forms for years to save time in delivering and grading short quizzes. Forms are also great for conducting surveys, keeping track of items borrowed from your classroom, and to gather contact information from parents. If you haven't tried Google Forms, I created the following videos just for you.

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Two useful videos to use if you are trying to introduce forms to your colleagues.

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25 Cool Hacks for Google Docs in the Classroom

25 Cool Hacks for Google Docs in the Classroom | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it
25 ways Google docs can make tasks in the classroom easier and more fun.
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I am not sure these are 'hacks' but there are some very good ideas on how to use Google Docs. For example, number 13 (The in-box form) gets students to submit links to their work onto a form. This means the teacher will have a list of student work and have easy access through the links!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets for Educators | Imagine Easy Solutions

A Beginner’s Guide to Google Sheets for Educators | Imagine Easy Solutions | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

One application that sometimes gets overlooked, though, is Google Sheets. Yeah, we know, spreadsheets aren’t the most fun or fascinating tool to play with, but there are powerful possibilities for using Google Sheets in education.

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Although this article starts out more like a 'how to use Google Sheets' introductory post, near the end the author has a list of suggestions on how to use this app in the classroom. The how-to part is well done with lots of clear examples including how to collaborate, how to organise files and how to use Google Forms with Sheets.

A reasonably good post that could be used to introduce Sheets to your school.

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7 Great Chromebook and Google Drive Apps for Editing Photos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Great Chromebook and Google Drive Apps for Editing Photos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Using Google Drive in the classroom | Scoop.it

In response to a couple of requests we received from our readers here in EdTech & mLearning, we went ahead and curated for you this collection comprising some of the best photo editing tools in Chrome web store. Most of these apps work perfectly on Chromebooks and some of them are also integrated with Google Drive allowing you to easily edit and save photos directly to your Drive account. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: editing photos, cropping, resizing, adding effects, adjusting contrast, rotating, removing unwanted parts, adding frames and many more.

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A great list of photo editing apps, SOME of which are integrated with Google Drive.

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Jennifer Colin's curator insight, October 23, 2015 10:10 PM

This article made me very excited because we offer a Digital Photography class and recently obtained a Chromebook cart for use in our high school.  This article discusses several free apps that contain a plethora of fantastic tools for editing photos. I will definitely be passing this on to our technology teacher who currently has a Digital Photography class.  As we cannot afford programs such as Photoshop, these apps will offer many of the same features.