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10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes

10 Google Slides activities to add awesome to classes
Google Slides lets students collaborate and display ideas effectively. Create animation, story books, video galleries and more. (Flickr / college.library) At one point, creating a PowerPoint presentation to show to the class was cutting-edge classroom technology. Those days are gone, and now, online presentations enable so much more for students. Google Slides, the Google Apps solution to PowerPoint, opens this classroom staple up to vast possibilities. Here are some ideas to harness the Google Slides greatness in your classroom. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. For notifications of new Ditch That Textbook content and helpful links: like Ditch That Textbook on Facebookfollow @jmattmiller on Twitterfollow Ditch That Textbook on Pinterestjoin the Ditch That Textbook community on Google+, andfollow +MattMiller16 on Google+! Interested in having Matt present at your event or school? Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events: Related January 6, 2016 In "Ed Tech" October 2, 2014

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4 Must Have YouTube Chrome Apps for Teachers April 28, 2016 YouTube is absolutely an excellent resource of educational video content to use with students in class (if it’s not blocked in your school). However, YouTube ’s experience can sometimes be student-unfriendly. YouTube videos are usually embedded within a distractive environment that disperses the viewers focus and divides their attention. Annoying ads, recommended videos, suggested playlists are three examples of distractive elements you would normally find on a typical YouTube page. Also, the comment section under videos can sometimes include obscene, hateful and inappropriate language that we don’t want our students to see. To this end, and to help you make the best of YouTube in your instruction, we are sharing with you four awesome Chrome extensions to use in class.

Google releases guide to help schools integrate its technology into classrooms Google today released what it calls “a guide to activating technology in schools” as part of its education efforts. Intended to assist teachers and IT administrators, Google says the new guide based on what other schools processes provides schools with the following frameworks to bring the web into the classroom. The guide is organized by a “5-step approach to deploying a digital education solution”:

What can you do on a Chromebook? Pretty much everything. Chromebooks are getting more and more popular in education, the workplace and at home. They are very useful and capable, but I still hear "but they are only a web browser" "they can't do much" etc. when in reality, they can do pretty much everything. UPDATE: They also work offline, contrary to popular belief: Tips and Resources for Using Chromebooks offline

5 Ways to Use Google Slides in the Classroom When I was a classroom teacher, I used PowerPoint for a few different things — I created presentations, my students created presentations, and I also created tutorials or personalized learning activities for my students. PowerPoint was limited in what it could do. I loved all the features PowerPoint had, but it was missing the aspect of collaboration, and the ease of individualized viewing and sharing. For instance, with tutorials, if I wanted all my students to complete an activity, I’d put the presentation on a computer, and then they’d all have to take turns doing the activity. When my school started using Google Apps, at first I was resistant, but once I realized the power of collaboration through Google Slides, I was sold.

20+ Google Chrome Extensions for Students and Content Discovery Whether you are a student or just a common knowledge seeker like me, you must be looking for add-ons which empower you gain the information others don’t have. As inspector gadget defined it brilliantly: “knowledge is power!” So today I’ve brought you some of the most exciting Google Chrome extensions designed to give you that power. If you are a student who wants to do well in studies, you must have these extensions installed in your browser. Even if you are not, I suggest you check them out, I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

3 Powerful QR Code Generator Apps for Chrome Users April 15, 2015 Looking for some powerful QR Code generators to use on your Chrome? The list below has you covered. These are basically some of the most popular QR Code generator apps out there. Tips to Using Google Keep in Education Google Keep, Google's easy to use note taking app, is a great resource for students and teachers. Here are some of the features: • Easily, quickly, Create notes, lists, and audio notes• Add photos to any note• Hide and show checkboxes to turn notes into checkable lists• View and create notes from homescreen and lockscreen widgets• Selectable color for notes• Safely sync notes to Google Drive and other devices• Notes can also be used from I use Evernote for most things, but also use Keep for quick notes on the go and for shopping lists, along with voice notes, and then I can share the notes to other apps, or just access them as needed. It's quicker than Evernote, but has less features.

An Easy and Quick Way to Grade Quizzes on Google Drive Using Super Quiz Tool February 22, 2015 Super Quiz is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that allows teachers to add some amazing functionalities to the quizzes they create through Google Forms. For instance, when you create a quiz, you only need to complete it once with an answer key and all future submissions will be automatically graded according to the answers you provided. Another important feature of Super Quiz is that it enables you to get a break down of class understanding and a list of incorrect students' answers for each question in case you want to stage an intervention. Also, “By filling out a few cells of information, you can also generate personalized differentiated written feedback emailed to students as soon as they submit a response. No need to monitor and ‘re-grade’ - just set-up and go!You can split your quiz in up to 4 different topics, and provide specific feedback on each.

5 Ideas for Using Google Presentations with Students (*Bonus Videos Included) I love using Google presentations! I use Power Point or Keynote when I present, but the collaboration feature and ability to easily publish Google presentations to the web make it my presentation tool of choice when working with students. That said, students need to know how to begin a Google presentation. I love creating video tutorials for my students walking them through new routines online. I record short screencasts of online procedures, especially if students are completing work outside of class. I use Quicktime on my Mac or Screencast-O-Matic on a PC to do my screen recordings, then I upload them to my YouTube channel!

Chromebooks And Google Apps Chromebooks and Google Apps Chromebook Resources Transitioning from other computersChromebook Keyboard shortcutsChromeBook TourChromebook Help CenterChromebook User Guide The Google Chromebook in the Classroom (Large list of resources)100 Best Chromebook Tips, Tricks, and TimesaversChromebooks: A Resource Guide for TeachersChromebook Proficiency Checklist Elementary ResourcesSecondary Resources 3 Powerful Map Extensions to Use with Students in Class March , 2016 Below are three very good map tools you can use with students in class. These are Chrome extensions that empower you with a bunch of excellent features to create, edit and customize your maps the way you want. Some of these features include: create stylized Google Maps to share with your students in image, GPZ or PDF format, measure the distances between areas in a map using Free Maps Ruler, create mapped routes with permalinks to track on your mobile device using GPS.

Google Drive for iOS now lets you upload files from other apps and cloud services Following up on a recent Google Drive update which brought out support for Touch ID fingerprint verification and iPhone 6 resolutions along with a brand new Share extension to access cloud files in almost any iOS 8 app, today the search giant Google announced that it’s now possible to send files to your Drive from other iPhone and iPad applications that have advertised their storage extension system-wide. And in addition to the usual slew of bug fixes and performance improvements, the refreshed Drive client for iOS now makes it possible to view and share custom maps through the company’s My Maps feature. The app would previously support uploading photos and videos only from the iOS Camera roll, making it difficult to, say, upload a file from Dropbox without resorting to a tedious, multi-step procedure involving multiple apps.

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