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6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom

6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom
Presentations look much sharper with the right slide template and eye-catching photos. These tools will improve your slide shows and more. (Flickr / Danny Sullivan) When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: 1. Options for slide templates are scarce (and the ones in Google’s directory aren’t very good). 2. Thankfully, I’ve come across some solutions in the last couple days. These sites, as well as a few others, will help upgrade what you do in class if you and your students utilize Google Apps frequently. 1. A Creative Commons photo added through Photos for Class. 2. 3. Play geographical trivia in Google Maps using Smarty Pins. 4. Bonus — Want to do more with Google Maps? 5. 6. 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+!

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4 Great Google Drive Tools to Make The Best of Your PDFs March 1, 2016 Here is a collection of some very good add-ons to use on Google Drive to edit and share PDFs. Some of the things you can do with these tools include: merge several documents into a single PDF, split or extract pages into one PDF, convert PDFs to images, compress and reduce the size of your PDFs and many more. All of these add-ons are web based and do not require any software installation. You simply add the Chrome extension to your browser and start experimenting with it right away. Give them a try and see what works for you. Enjoy.

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