Google docs has transformed the writing instruction of the classes I teach. Prior to our school’s adoption of Google Aps, I gave significant feedback on the margins of student papers. I also used the comment boxes in Pages or MSWord when my students began to hand in their papers electronically via email. I liked the freedom that the infinite space of the comment box gave me. This space enabled me to rework students sentences and to specifically and directly target individual words and sentences. It did take a bit longer as I found myself giving more feedback, but ultimately I liked the improvements I saw in my students writing as a result of the increase in comments I was able to given them.
Over the last few months I have had the good fortune to introduce many educators to using Google Drive to help their students meet Common Core Standards in English Language Arts. All of those introductions have come in the form of in-person workshops. After many requests for this and after much planning I am now offering Google Drive and the Common Core as a three hour webinar series. While the webinar series is not free it is significantly less than cost of flying me to your school for the day.
Cloud storage of files is one of my favorite aspects of the modern Internet. Cloud storage services make it easy to access all of my important files from any computer and most mobile devices. And for students cloud storage eliminates the I forgot my flashdrive excuse for not having an assignment ready for class.
The potential problem with cloud storage, and any other online service for that matter, is having your account compromised. One way to make it more difficult for your account to be compromised is to enable two-step authentication.
Two-step authentication for a Google account requires entering a verification code that Google sends to your cell phone. Click here for directions or watch this video to learn more.
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So you are looking fog Google best apps for iOS ? Well you landed in the right place. I have just finished compiling and reviewing a bunch of Google apps that you can use on your iPad. All of these apps work perfectly well and can have some educational value as well.
Of course this list is not exhaustive but we have focused our attention only on the most important ones for us as teachers and educators. If you think we have missed any app that should be included in this list then please make sure you share it with us in the comment form below.
See on http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/10/a-list-of-great-google-apps-for-your.html
With seemingly endless tools, uses, and resources, Google is a virtual powerhouse for all things learning. Of course, Google’s even better if you know how to step beyond the simple search box and take advantage of everything the search giant has to offer. That’s why we’re highlighting 52 different tricks that you can use this back-to-school season, whether you’re heading off to college or getting started on your online degree.
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Last year all of the students in our school district received Google Docs accounts and I was kept quite busy all year getting students up and running and then finding innovative ways to use the tools for learning. Upon reflection,if I got the opportunity to do it all over again there are three things I would make sure to do at the start of the year to kick off Google Docs.
1. Encourage Teachers to Create an In Box with a Google Form
One of the challenges of using Google Docs with a class full of students is in managing all those Google Docs. While it’s fairly easy for students to learn to share their work with you, the clutter that ends up in your email box can be overwhelming. Last year I was thrilled to discover an awesome idea from John Miller that utilizes a Google Form as an Assignment Tracker. The idea is innovative, efficient and simple. Here’s how John’s invention works:
See the full story: http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/2012/08/back-to-school-with-google-docs.html#
Why Integrate Map Making into Curriculum?
- It’s fun and engaging!
- Creates ties between content and place
- Maps are interactive and easy to update
- Maps can be great assessment tools
Good Content for Map Making
- You have information or data that is place-based.
- You want to show
- information that varies depending on location.
- distribution of something over an area.
- a path or route of travel.
What Can Be Included in a Map
- Photos and Images
Examples of Maps
Examples from QUEST
Back in 2009, we published 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School. But in nearly three years, Google has developed new products, discontinued a few, and offered new features, and more people have found great ways to save time with Google. So we’ve gone and found even more great tips for saving time with Google, and this time around, the list has made it all the way to 181 different tricks. Explore our collection of tricks to find new, faster ways to search, read email, manage your time, and more.
Learn everything you could hope to learn about Google’s browser. It’s all outlined in “Browsing at Warp Speed: Your Guide to Chrome!”. This free manual, from author Lachlan Roy, covers the basics of using Google Chrome and also outlines more than a few advanced tricks.
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Fred Delventhal said……
“This is a simple script housed in a google sheet that allows teachers to create handouts for their classroom, shares the student appropriately and organizes the handouts in a collection. It can be used to create sheets as well as docs.
Today as I was reading my mail I came across a great resource about 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students as featured in Online Colleges website. After reviewing these secrets which took me so much time, I surprisingly realised that I have missed several of them.Yes budies Google Docs will always continue to take you aback by its hidden treasures that only few people get to know and experience. As educators and teachers I do want you to discover the full potential of this great tool and also share it with you students.
The folks at onlinecolleges.net have gathered these 52 secrets from different online resources. This means that you will be directed to different web pages each time you want to learn about a secret.Anyway, I have checked all the links , they are valid and working properly.
Edudemic has also posted a great article that I want you to read about 50 Little Known Ways Google Docs Can Help in Education.
Click on this link to read the original post
Here are the 52 secrets of the Google Docs :
Google Docs is one of my favorite resources for myself, other teachers, and students. I use it constantly and when I share it with other teachers, friends, or my students, they are usually impressed and start using it too.
There are tons of features and functions in Google Docs that make using it extremely useful and effective as an educational tool. The fact that it’s free, online, and collaborative make it great for students. Word Processing, Presentations, Forms, Drawings, and Spreadsheets. Google keeps adding more features too.
I have had a bunch of folks ask me about this very topic and low & behold, my friend, Wesley Fryer, has a great tutorial on how to set up your calendar and make it work with Google calendar too.
Unlike the previous version of MobileMe, Apple’s new iCloud service does not appear to provide a direct way to share a “read-only” webpage or embeddable version of a calendar. In this post, I’ll share how to use the free web service 30boxes to publish a combined iCloud Calendar and Google Calendar. This can be handy if you want to publicly or privately share your calendars from iCloud and Google Calendar with other folks on a webpage.
Although Google+ is not yet available for under 18s, there are still a number of ways you can harness it for learning in and out of school. Here are a few ideas we have seen from teachers:
(1) Universities- Tking or teaching university classes? Visit the new Google+ community page for universities: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/universities/
(2) Lesson resources- Looking for a lesson starter? An image to illustrate a difficult concept? Current events? Within Google+ you can now search public posts and web results. For example type [supply demand] into the bar and find news articles bringing the concept to life, images, etc.
(3) Guest speakers- Looking for a guest speaker but can’t afford to bring them to your class or Career Day? Consider having them join via a Hangout, projecting them into your class.
(4) Holidays- Looking for easy ways to edit and create images for the holidays? Within Google+ Photos you can choose “Edit” and then “Creative Kit” to access fun editing tools. Add a Christmas hat, a birthday present, and other fun edits
The Google Science Fair is in its second year in partnership with CERN, LEGO, National Geographic and Scientific American. The competition is open to students between the ages of 13 – 18 from all over the world. Students will have the opportunity to compete for over $100,000 in scholarship funds, an expedition to the Galapagos, life changing experiences at CERN, Google and LEGO and a new Science in Action Award courtesy of Scientific American. This year we also have some great educator resources to help you bring the Science Fair into your classroom and encourage your students to explore their scientific passion. Visit www.google.com/sciencefair for more information.
We launched 3 new Google resources we launched today for educators and education-enthusiasts:
(1) A newly-improved website, google.com/edu, which is a one-stop-shop for Google in Education.
(2) A Google in Education Google+ page, which has news, tips, and discussions http://goo.gl/G42c3.
(3) A booklet, “Google in Education: A New and Open World for Learning,” which describes how people are using Google’s education resources – google.com/edu/about.html .
Doodle 4 Google invites K-12 students to express the theme–”If I could travel in time, I’d visit…”–as creatively as possible using Google’s logo as their canvas. This year’s winner, along with having his or her doodle featured on our homepage for a day, will take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for their school. And as an added bonus, the winning Doodle will be featured on a special edition of Crayola’s 64 box! We hope you’ll get everyone in on the fun (but please — just one doodle per child!). All submissions must be postmarked by March 20th and received by March 23rd so there’s not a moment to wait! Check out www.google.com/doodle4google for more details.
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