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Using a Writing Journal

Using a Writing Journal
I received a tweet from a teacher wanting to have his students create writing journals and then submit them through Classroom. Here is a suggestion for how to create the writing journals. Create a template in Google Docs. Add a table of contents to the doc. In Google Drive create a template for the students to use as their Writing Journal. At the top of the document create a title. Title the writing journal something like “Writing Journal for: ” giving the student room to type their name in the title. Below the title, you will want to insert a Table of Contents. Choose from the most used tags It is really important to teach students about using headings. Type something like “Journal Entry #1” below the table of contents. Refresh Table of Contents The table of contents does not refresh automatically. The headings in the document that as set as Heading 1 in the toolbar will automatically appear in the table of contents. Press enter a few times after the “Journal Entry #1” header. Like this:

10 Google Tools That Make Your Life Easier | Learn2Earn Blog By Maria Sellers Google has a wealth of tools, but finding those tools that work specifically for a teacher requires some thought and research. As an eLearning Specialist, it’s my job to be a digital detective and find what’s truly worth the time and consideration of a teacher. I’ve developed this list of must-have Google tools based on the following criteria: Does it perform a task that used to demand a lot of my time? Add these tools to your arsenal of teacher apps and programs—they may just make your life a little easier. 1. Google Keep is my new found treasure. 2. Traditional quizzes and assessments pose two problems: they take a lot of time to grade and don’t make it easy to analyze and assess the data for later use, which administrators want teachers to do. Luckily, creating assessments with Google Forms is easy and can include one question or one hundred questions, depending upon your needs. 3. The solution, Flubaroo, arrived many years ago, but was still a complicated tool. 4. 5. 6.

The Ultimate Guide to Books for Reluctant Readers Ages 12 to 13 While we at the Riot are taking this lovely summer week off to rest (translation: read by the pool/ocean/on our couches), we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several months. Enjoy our highlight reel, and we’ll be back with new stuff on Wednesday, July 8th. This post originally ran May 26, 2015. Here in New York City, I’ve observed a distinct mood change around the schoolyards. While some of us welcome summer (more relaxed schedules, wearing tank tops, going to the beach), others dread it (kids are not in school, family reunions, it’s hot!). Here at Book Riot we’ve had a lot of questions come in about this very topic, especially among kids ages twelve to thirteen. Book Suggestions After a school year full of analyzing texts, drawing sentence diagrams, and writing persuasive first paragraphs, kids need books that will draw them in and keep them interested. Fiction: The Blackwell Pages series by K.L. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper: Melody is not like most people. Oh.

Google Doc Tip: Find Revision History If you are using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides or Draw you will notice next to the menu options is a message letting you know that your document is saved in Google Drive. This message is a hyperlink that will launch revision history. Revision history lets you see who made what changes when. It also allows you to revert back to an old version if you are not liking the current changes. Like this: Like Loading... Google Drive: Select Multiple Files In the new Google Drive you single click a file to reveal toolbar options and to utilize the info pane to find out information about the file. (1) Click on the file (2) Reveal toolbar options such as link to file, share file, preview file, trash file, locate the folder it is in and more options to copy the file and more. (3) Notice on the right hand side of the toolbar is an i in a circle to reveal the info pane which will (4) tell you which folder the file is in. In the new Google Drive the checkboxes on the side of the file names are gone. In order to select multiple files click once on the first file you wish to select. Hold down the SHIFT key when you click on the last file. To choose selected files hold down the CONTROL key instead (Command key on a Mac). Like this: Like Loading... | Understand what you read Google Drive: désactivez le téléchargement et la copie Vous partagez régulièrement des documents depuis Google Documents? Google vous offre dorénavant plus de contrôle lorsque vous invitez des collaborateurs. Il est possible de verrouiller certaines fonctions comme le téléchargement, l’impression ou la copie d’un document partagé. Ces nouveaux paramètres de partage permettent d’avoir une politique de distribution plus serrée sur certains documents. Jusqu’à présent, les utilisateurs de Google Drive qui désiraient restreindre les droits sur un document avaient uniquement accès au mode de partage lecture seule. Les personnes qui ont accès à un document en lecture seule peuvent copier, télécharger et imprimer le document partagé. Pour désactiver le téléchargement, l’impression et la copie d’un fichier partagé, rendez-vous sur la fenêtre de partage et appuyez sur le bouton “Avancé”. Ces nouveaux paramètres de partages sont uniquement accessibles depuis Google Docs, Sheets et Slides. Benoit Descary Via : Google Apps Updates blog Image via pandadoc

Create a Shared Folder An integral part of my classroom is peer feedback. While Google Classroom makes it very easy to create and collect assignments, making student work accessible to other students is more difficult. Here is a possible work around to help you get students collaborating together. Each time you create an assignment a folder is automatically generated in the teachers Google Drive. Set the due date to be the last day of school. On the 2nd tab in Google Classroom is the option for “Students.” Instead of sending the email you only want to copy the email addresses. Control C to copy the email addresses. While you can go to your Google Drive, open the Google Classroom folder, open the class folder, locate the Shared File… Google Classroom makes it easy to connect directly to the folder you just created. In the Google Classroom stream click on the assignment title to open the assignment details. Leave the setting as “Can Edit.” Students will find this folder under “Incoming” in Google Drive. Like this:

How ‘Deprogramming’ Kids From How to ‘Do School’ Could Improve Learning One day, Adam Holman decided he was fed up with trying to cram knowledge into the brains of the high school students he taught. They weren’t grasping the physics he was teaching at the level he knew they were capable of, so he decided to change up his teaching style. It wasn’t that his students didn’t care about achieving — he taught at high performing, affluent schools where students knew they needed high grades to get into good colleges. They argued for every point to make sure their grades were as high as possible, but were they learning? “I felt I had to remove all the barriers I could on my end before I could ask my kids to meet me halfway,” Holman said. The first thing he did was move to standards-based grading. “The kids realized this made sense,” Holman said. “It turned my students into classmates and collaborators because I didn’t have a system in place to deny the collaboration,” Holman said. Holman didn’t just change his grading policies. “Students clearly learned in Mr.

Resources to learn how to use Google Classroom on iPad as teacher or student Google Published on February 21st, 2015 | by Mark Anderson There’s lots of talk on how Google Classroom is changing the landscape of learning in and out of the Classroom, but how do you use it? To help with that, and particularly those teachers who have just an iPad to work with in their classroom, I’ve created a series of screencasts which demonstrate how you as teacher can organise your electronic classroom in Google Classroom within Google Chrome. There are a number of screencasts in there too which showcase how students can use Google Classroom App on their iPads to complete, submit and respond to work and feedback they have completed and received. I hope you find them useful. Tags: #iPad, ADE2015, classroom, Google, Google Classroom, learning About the Author Mark Anderson Mark Anderson is a former assistant headteacher, an award winning blogger and education technology expert, keynote speaker, best-selling author of 'Perfect ICT Every Lesson' and independent consultant.