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6 ways Google Hangouts can make any teacher’s life better. As the calendar year changes over, I’ve thought about my most game-changing technology over the last 365 days.

6 ways Google Hangouts can make any teacher’s life better

I’m thinking about the one I’ve picked up that’s made the most difference. It has to be Google Hangouts, Google’s “video chat but so much more” tool. Google Hangouts often makes me think of the movie “Back to the Future 2″, where protagonist Marty McFly travels — coincidentally — to the far-off year 2015. One of the greatest innovations in the movie’s vision of the future, to a 9-year-old version of me, was the video phone.

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom. If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my weekly newsletter.

80+ Google Forms for the Classroom

Thanks for visiting! Google Forms is a great tool for the classroom and this post from 2008 has always proven popular on my blog. I hope you continue to be inspired by the ideas here. I have created example forms for each of the different topics, follow the links in each of the ten sections. Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet. The magic of Google Forms is the ability to view all of your Form data in a spreadsheet.

Multiple Google Forms to One Spreadsheet

I use Google Forms a considerable amount in my classroom. Google Forms basically allows me to be paperless. Any data I need to collect, including student work, I utilize a Google Form. Google Forms: Create a Quiz from a Question Bank. Google Forms is a survey tool, not a quiz generator.

Google Forms: Create a Quiz from a Question Bank

Many teachers utilize Google Forms for formative assessment since they are easy to administrate and the data is easily accessible in a Google spreadsheet. Using the Add-On Flubaroo will automatically grade the multiple choice questions and provide the student with their score. Google Forms allows you to scramble the answer choices and the questions, but it does not allow you to pull questions from a question bank. This is a work around to allow you to create dynamic quizzes. Opinion: Computers can't replace real teachers. Wendy Kopp says research shows kids with an effective elementary school teacher are more likely to achieve later in life. Wendy Kopp: Even Steve Jobs realized computers couldn't solves societal problems She says in education, teachers make the difference when kids excel against the odds A article presented idea that kids could learn mainly with computers She says research shows kids with one effective grade school teacher achieve on many levels Editor's note: Wendy Kopp is CEO of Teach for All, a global network of independent organizations dedicated to expanding educational opportunity, and founder and board chairwoman of Teach for America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in high-needs schools.

(CNN) -- Tech visionary Steve Jobs understood better than anyone the impulse to believe that technology can solve our most complex societal problems. "Unfortunately it just ain't so," he said. 5 Creative Ways to use Google Slides. Dare I say it: PowerPoint?

5 Creative Ways to use Google Slides

PowerPoint has become a dreaded word in my circle of teachers. Though PowerPoint was once the highlight of the Office Suite, Google Slides has become more than just a replacement for the 1990s hit. The difference can be find in these five implementations. The Future of Learning Chrome Apps Perfect for the Chromebook Classroom. Awesome Chrome Features You Probably Aren’t Using. Written by Aaron Svoboda When I became a Google Certified Teacher, my daily production was still done primarily in Microsoft Office.

Awesome Chrome Features You Probably Aren’t Using

I made the decision, at that time, that all of my new productivity would be done in Drive. I would still use the old Office documents, if needed, but create new in Drive. And I haven’t looked back! Now, only 3 years later, all of my productivity, with the exception of video creation and editing, is done in Google Drive. My computer doesn’t have near the issues that some of my colleagues experience because, for the majority of the day, the only application I have running is the Chrome web browser.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 11 Steps to Create A Google Plus Community for your Class. 6 services to make music on your Chromebook. Digital music editing tools have always been large, often unstable pieces of software that can cost in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

6 services to make music on your Chromebook

But all of that is changing with the power of Chrome and HTML5. These emerging tools give you the power and control of traditional production software within the convenience of your browser. Apps in action - Google Apps Learning Center v4. Snagit For Chrome and Why I Should Use it More. It happened quickly.

Snagit For Chrome and Why I Should Use it More

Scoring Guides. Few Amazing Ways Teachers and Schools are Using Google Hangout. Create Instructional Videos on Your Chromebook With Clarisketch. Ed Tech Resources. New Feature in Google Docs- Creating Automated Lists. September 20, 2014 Google has recently released a new handy update to Google Docs to make it easier for Docs' users to create automated lists.

New Feature in Google Docs- Creating Automated Lists

What this new feature does is that it detects the type of list you want to create and it automatically provides it for you. For instance, let's say you want to create a numbered list. If you type in number one for the first line, it automatically creates a numbered list for the rest of your data and the same applies to other list genres. A Wonderful Chart of Educational Web Tools to Use in Class. September 22, 2014 Here is a wonderful chart featuring a plethora of diverse tools arranged according to the task they are to perform.

A Wonderful Chart of Educational Web Tools to Use in Class

From web tools to create digital quizzes to note taking and brainstorming tools, this chart is definitely a must have. The only inconvenience I see in it is that the web tools mentioned are not hyperlinked so you need to Google them yourself to access them. Don't Miss These Google Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching Digital Citizenship. September 25 , 2014Google Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum is a great resource from Google to help teachers educate their students on the importance of digital citizenship and the different ways and strategies to use to keep themselves safe while using the net.

This work is a fruit of a partnership between Google security team and experts from iKeepsafe and it provides some interesting lesson plans that teachers can use in their classrooms. The purpose of these lessons are to : Enable students to think critically Properly evaluate online sourcesHelp students understand how to protect themselves from online threats ( e.g bullies and scammers).think before they shareBe good digital citizens. 4 of The Best Android Apps for Flipped Classrooms. September 25, 2014 I have been receiving several requests to feature a list of the best Android apps for flipped classrooms. I know I have repeatedly featured here different iPad apps for creating flipped lesson videos but the thing with Android is that I am not really a huge fan of it for the simple reason that its app store is lacking several powerful apps that are indispensable to us in education.

Even when I was working on today's list I was really disappointed that apps such as Educreations, ShowMe, Knowmia are not available for Android users. Alternatives to Free Time at the End of Class. My first year of teaching, I would often end my lesson, check for understanding, have students fill out an exit ticket, review the homework assignment, breathe a sigh of relief, glance up at the clock, and develop immediate diarrhea upon realizing that I had a whole 10 minutes of class left. You see, I walk this weird, confusing line of being a teacher who hates giving students “free time” but also hates giving students busy work, so it was really hard for me to figure out what to do on the spot. This still happens every once in a while, but now, instead of succumbing to physical and emotional panic, I simply choose one of my weapons out of my Mildly-Academic-Things-You-Can-Do-With-10-Minutes-Left-of-Class Arsenal, which today I will be sharing with you.

(Disclaimer: A good teacher would tell you, “Keep lecturing. Create another exit ticket. Post higher-level thinking questions on the board and have students write down their answers silently and in complete sentences.” They Haven’t Done the Reading. Again. Browse the Pedagogy Unbound archives or join our new teaching group. If you believe the research, on any given day, something like 70 percent of our students come to class having not done the assigned reading. Printable Posters Classroom Technology WeAreTeachers Troxell. How to Set Expiration Dates for Shared Google Drive Folders.

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. “More is better.” From the number of gigs in a cellular data plan to the horsepower in a pickup truck, this mantra is ubiquitous in American culture. When it comes to college students, the belief that more is better may underlie their widely-held view that laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performance. Laptops do in fact allow students to do more, like engage in online activities and demonstrations, collaborate more easily on papers and projects, access information from the internet, and take more notes.

Indeed, because students can type significantly faster than they can write, those who use laptops in the classroom tend to take more notes than those who write out their notes by hand. Moreover, when students take notes using laptops they tend to take notes verbatim, writing down every last word uttered by their professor. What drives this paradoxical finding? To evaluate this theory, Mueller and Oppenheimer assessed the content of notes taken by hand versus laptop. Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others. Amazing Facts about How Technology is Transforming Education. March 22, 2014 The educational landscape is witnessing a transformational revolution fuelled by recent developments in the digital world and wide internet access. With this new revolution key players in education are being assigned new roles that set them off from those traditional stereotypes that permeated the teaching/learning pedagogy and practice of the previous centuries.

ISTE 2013 survey, whose results are featured in the visual below, brings to the surface some interesting stats and facts about the role of technology in the transformation of education. Khan Academy. The Best Google Docs Features You're Probably Not Using.