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20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class

20 ways Google MyMaps can enhance lessons in any class
Maps cross all content areas and grade levels. By creating custom MyMaps, students can see the content they’ve studied in a new light. (Public domain image via Pixabay) Maps are a fundamental part of everyday life. Even if we don’t pull paper maps out of our car glove compartments anymore, we still rely on GPS and digital directions. Without maps, we’re lost. With maps, we can clearly see how widespread or concentrated our data and content is. Maps touch practically every content area and grade level. MyMaps, a somewhat unnoticed app in the Google Apps suite, lets students create their own highly customized maps to share with others and display. Below is an example — a MyMaps map I created with everywhere I’ve presented this year (as of the publication of this post) … The connections to curriculum are innumerable. Want to see it in action? Wondering how you might use this in your class? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Related May 23, 2016 In "Ed Tech"

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Customize Google's App Launcher Google's navigation menu is still not customizable. The app launcher interface allows Google to add many cool features like reordering apps, removing them or adding new ones, but for now they're not available. Carlos Jeurissen released a Chrome extension that lets you customize the app launcher. You can select from a very long list of Google services, including Google Scholar, Google Play Music, Google Keep, Chrome Web Store. You can also reorder the services or remove the Google products you don't use often. The upgraded launcher has up to 5 columns and as many rows as you want, but I suggest to pick less than 20 services.

Google Domics Comics! Comics in the classroom are awesome. Students (and teachers) can utilize comics to explain about any learning concept. There are also a ton of great tools for creating comics online! Google Classroom Today we're launching an integration with Google Classroom, so that you can use the Classroom Share button to send out Quizizz games. How does it work? Just begin a Live or Homework game as you normally would. On the page where you get the game code, you'll now see a Classroom Share button.

Here Is A Good Tool for Creating Interactive Maps November 6, 2015 Mapme is an interesting web tool that allows you to create interactive maps to share with others. You can add as much content to your map as you want. For instance, you can create a map displaying locations you will visit in your next field trip with your students or design a map featuring historical locations and events in your school community. Mapme is ideal for showcasing mapped content in an interactive format. Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files We know that businesses today don’t operate in isolation; employees work not only with one another, but with third-party vendors, clients, customers, and other businesses as well—and often on a temporary basis. To keep your organization’s information safe in these situations, we’re introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides. For instance, imagine your business hires an outside contractor for a project lasting three months. To complete the job, that contractor needs to view a spreadsheet containing the contact information of your employees.

Google Sheets 101: The Beginner's Guide to Online Spreadsheets Humans are great at processing images, making connections between words and concepts, and remembering obscure trivia. But we're bad—really bad—at mentally processing and storing accurate, easy-to-use data sets. We invented Data Tables—more commonly known today as spreadsheets—to organize arrays of information that our brains can't recall. Some Excellent Interactive Map Games to Use with Students in Class March 20, 2016 Map games can be a great way to help students develop their geo-literacy. Students get to engage with learning activities specifically designed to challenge their geography knowledge and extend their understanding of the world. In the list below we are sharing with you some very good resources where you can access educational map games to use with students in class.

Two Wonderful Google Sheets Features for Teachers October 23, 2015 Below is an excellent video tutorial from Google for Work in which John and Debbie explain how to use the new Google Sheets features. As you probably know, Google has recently added a number of powerful new functionalities to Sheets allowing users to do more with their spreadsheets. Two main features are reviewed in this tutorial: Explore and Templates. 10 tips to use Google Classroom effectively and efficiently Google Classroom can be even more powerful with a few tips and strategies to make it efficient and effective. Google Classroom streamlines the management of student work — announcing, assigning, collecting, grading, giving feedback and returning. It has certainly saved many teachers hours of work. Without a solid workflow and some strategy, grading digital work can be cumbersome.

Here Is A great Interactive Tool to Teach Students How to Read A Map March 17, 2016 Here is a great educational tool we came across today as we were working on the list of social studies websites for elementary students. Reading a Map is an interactive web tool provided by the National Park Service that helps students develop their reading map skills. Students get to learn how to read different data on the map, identify major types of maps and navigate their ways through the typography of a map. The tool is free to use and does not require any software installation or registration.

5 Excellent Google Presentation Templates for Teachers November 4, 2015 The latest update to Google Drive has brought about some interesting performance-enhancing features one of which is the new templates gallery for Slides, Sheets and Docs. The gallery comprises a verity of pre-designed templates arranged into different categories such as Work, Education, and Personal. These templates are a good way to get you started creating a file with a specific purpose, ‘for example a resume in Docs, a budget plan in Sheets, or a project proposal in Slides, you can quickly get started by using a template.’ Here is how to find and use templates in each of the Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens: 1- On a computer, open the home screen for the type of template you want: