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12 ways to use Google Classroom’s newest features

12 ways to use Google Classroom’s newest features
Google has released some great new features for Classroom. But what can we do with them? Here are some ideas. (Sketch by Matt Miller) In fall of 2014, Google released Classroom to anxiously awaiting teachers. In a year’s time, those teachers put Classroom to work, with students turning in more than 70 million assignments. Google released a handful of useful updates to Classroom recently and some others in the last few months that let teachers and students do even more fantastic learning. It’s nice to see these updates, but I’ve found it often leaves teachers wondering, “What can I do with those changes?” Good question! Prefer to see how to put these ideas into action? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Over the summer, Google released several other new features that teachers may have missed. 9. 10. 11. 12. Related 10 things you might not know about Google Classroom December 17, 2015 In "Ed Tech" Ditch That Textbook's Best of 2015 2015 was a whirlwind year full of change. December 31, 2015 March 3, 2016

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5 YouTube Videos to Help You Get Started with Linux Getting started with Linux isn’t as tough as it might initially seem, but it’s very easy for me to sit here and type that while you’re sweating over whether to choose Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian etc., and trying to work out how to migrate your data across. And that’s before you even consider the learning curve of a new OS. Well, apart from the good news that Ubuntu and Mint are pretty much interchangeable for beginners, and use a mouse driven user interface not a million miles from Windows and Mac OS X, the problem with data migration is pretty much a non-issue. While we’ve given you several guides in the past to help you to migrate to Linux, reading through a list of steps and believing some random guy behind a keyboard isn’t quite the same as seeing it with your own eyes. So, let’s do that: we’ll show you five videos that demonstrate how easy it is for a Windows user to get started with Linux. Install Linux on Your PC

Teacher inspiration “True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis 7 Free PowerPoint Alternatives for All Your Presentation Needs Microsoft PowerPoint is fantastic. There’s a reason why it’s the standard presentation tool used in schools and businesses all across the country: it’s good, it’s easy, it works, and it has a bunch of nifty features that make presentations simple. But there are also reasons why you might not want to use it, the main reason being that you probably shouldn’t buy Microsoft Office these days. It’d be smarter to get an Office 365 subscription instead, but that will still cost you. Why shell out cash when free alternatives exist?

Review of 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom If you are using Google Classroom you need this book. Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller have done a fantastic job creating a user friendly text that will help teachers make the most out of their Google Classroom access. 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom Leveraging their long experience with Google Apps for Education (GAFE) Alice and Libbi not only explain the functionality of Classroom, but also the teacher moves that will allow you to give feedback sooner, monitor group collaborations, collaborate with colleagues, have virtual office hours, and much more. This book is not just "what Classroom does," but, "here are some ways you can take advantage of these possibilities." The book is neither grade level or subject specific.

lifehack Today, you can learn practically anything online — from mathematics, coding, speaking new languages, and almost anything else you can think of. Dozens of online tutoring sites have educated millions of students around the world for a fraction of the cost of college courses. The key to maximizing this accessibility of information is not just choosing which topic you want to learn about, but which online tutoring sites provide the best learning experience. We’ve narrowed down the sites to the best of the best, each with a different focus and value proposition (such as focus on age, language, higher education, etc.). Here are six of the best and most useful online tutoring sites to boost your learning and take your knowledge to the next level.

Tips for Creating Wow-Worthy Learning Spaces "Look at your learning space with 21st-century eyes: Does it work for what we know about learning today, or just for what we knew about learning in the past?” -The Third Teacher Does your classroom mirror the rectilinear seating arrangement popular in Sumerian classrooms, circa 2000 BCE? How to Use Google Forms to Create an Interactive Workflow Google Forms is the office workflow interface you didn’t know you needed. Google Forms isn’t just another simple survey tool. In its most simple form, it’s a free data collection tool. With a little know-how, you can unleash the combined power within Google Forms, Google Sheets, and Add-ons to create some powerful workflows to help you get more done in the office. Things You Can Do With Google Forms Out of the box, Google Forms allows you to collect data and store each response as a row in a spreadsheet.

The Best Ways to Use Google In the Classroom Maybe you’re using Google for your personal email or to look someone up, but have you considered the many ways you can use this web search engine in the classroom? Since was first registered as a domain name in 1997, it has become a ubiquitous source of information. And that’s not all. Google also provides an ever-growing list of tools that can make your and your students’ day easier and more interesting. Image from Flickr via Tomas de Aquino Use Google to Find ANYTHING Want to Learn Web Design? 7 YouTube Channels to Get You Started YouTube has channels that cover every conceivable topic. Whether you want to watch the latest movie releases or learn a new trade or skill, you can be sure to find what you need on the web’s biggest video library. As blogs continue in their popularity, one skill that a lot of people are interested in is web design. Having a strong and memorable homepage is a vital part of any individual’s or company’s branding — after all, it’s normally the first port of call for people who want to contact you, learn about you, or request your services. Unsurprisingly, YouTube has thousands of videos and channels for web design beginners, and what’s great is that it’s a skill you can learn at any age. Here we look at some of the best ones to get you started.

Is Your Professional Development a Waste of Time? UserID: iCustID: IsLogged: false 10 Epic Tools Busy Teachers Need to Be Aware of Robert A. Heinlein once said, “Progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” And he was right. Our desire to do nothing is a moving force to create the variety of devices to make our lives less hectic. However, if it concerns our hard daily work, why don’t we make it a bit easier? Modern world makes teachers keep up with times and follow the latest trends. Add a Class Hashtag You may already have a class hashtag to post some of the amazing things your class is doing to Twitter. Suggestion to use that hashtag or create a hashtag to use with Google Classroom also. When sending an email to students from Google Classroom the email include the hashtag in the subject line. This allows students to filter the messages in their Gmail. From an assignment in Google Classroom you can checkbox students you wish to send an email to and click the “EMAIL” button. This creates a blank email to the selected students.

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Essential Habits of an Excellent Educator You are what you do every day. Simply put, the habits of an excellent educator are that they have positive habits, and students are usually the central focus. When I become intentional about my own habits, I level up my performance. The Power of Habit says that habits power excellence. Taking this to heart, I’ve used apps like 30/30 to build routines until they are automatic.