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Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas

Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas
Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! Take Google Docs, for example. I have been using Google Docs for a couple of years, yet I had no idea how much I could actually do with docs personally or with my students. So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Forms Use forms to: – Collect student data & get to know them better Spreadsheets 1. 2.

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Spreadsheets/Forms - Integrating iPads & Google Tools 4 Teachers Google offers a spreadsheet as part of its office tool suite. A spreadsheet helps you organize data in columns and rows and can generate graphs using the data. Google Spreadsheet has the added features of being stored online to allow access from any online computer.

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative website offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up.

10 Great Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers Prezi A fantastic tool to liven up presentations, Prezi does away with traditional, crowded slides by allowing you to zoom in and out, so you can create an entire presentation on one slide and guide your audience through it step-by-step. Zoom in to the details, but zoom out to show how your ideas fit together as a whole. Edmodo Edmodo turns your classroom into an online community by providing you with a secure online social learning environment. Imagine Facebook for the classroom and you’re almost there.

GoogleDocs and Collaboration in the Classroom Last month, I taught a course on professional writing. (I know, right? I’m having a very decadent summer, thank you very much.) Basic Search Education Lesson Plans - GoogleWebSearchEducation Web search can be a remarkable research tool for students - and we've heard from educators that they could use some help to teach better search skills in their classroom. The following Search Education lessons were developed by Google Certified Teachers and the Search Education team to help you do just that. The lessons are short, modular and not specific to any discipline so you can mix and match to what best fits the needs of your classroom. Must Have Chrome Apps for The New School Year August 20, 2015 You probably are already working on your digital toolkit making it ready for the start of a new school year. Part of your preparation will definitely consist of making decision on the kind of web applications and mobil apps you will be incorporating in your teaching. This means that you need to have a fairly decent knowledge of educational web tools out there and the potentialities they can offer to your instruction. To this end and to help you make informed decisions about the technology to use in your class, we went ahead and did some digging into our archive and curated this collection comprising some of the best educational Chrome apps out there.

ePortfolios - Overview - ePortfolios with GoogleApps What is an ePortfolio? An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning. Evidence may include writing samples, photos, videos, research projects, observations by mentors and peers, and/or reflective thinking. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio. (Adapted from Philippa Butler’s “Review of the Literature on Portfolios and Eportfolios” (2006), page 2.) Some help to get you started flipping your classroom #flipclass #edchat #mathchat « techieMusings After Valerie Strauss’ article in The Washington Post featuring my class: “The Flip: Turning a classroom upside down”, I got a lot of positive tweets, emails, facebook messages, etc! And I also got quite a few questions from interested teachers who weren’t quite sure where to begin… I wanted to share a bit of an email exchange with a fellow AP Calculus teacher (her blog has some really nice reflections) because her questions were spot-on and I thought our exchange might be helpful to others. Her questions are in red and my response in blue: I was intrigued when I read about your experience with flipping. Thanks!

Join Google Teacher Academy Google Teacher Academy ( GTA ) is a free professional development experience designed to help educators from all around the world to get connected with each other and educate them on the best ways to integrate innovative technologies in their education. Participants , when accepted, will have the chance to attend a two-day training during which they will get in touch with Google's inhouse trainers and get hands-on experience with Google's free products and tools. Applications now are open till the 4th of October and here is how you can apply : 52 Tips And Tricks For Google Docs In The Classroom Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance – a must for students in online colleges for online marketing, for instance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability. We’ve discovered 52 great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student, with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive. 52 Tips And Tricks For Google Docs In The Classroom Access your documents from anywhere: Whether you’re in your dorm room or the school library, you can access your Google Docs. This is a cross-post from onlinecolleges.net

4 Math Add ons for Google Docs This is a guest post from Jennfer Carey (@TeacherJenCarey) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site. Google Docs is a popular word processing tool. However, many people don’t realize that there are 4 great add-ons for Math that allow teachers and students to harness the power of Google. About the 'Calendar Address' - Google Calendar Help A 'Calendar Address' is the public address for your calendar. When you make your calendar public, others can view it in one of these formats: XML or iCalendar - People can view a read-only version of your calendar from other applications. They can use this address to subscribe to your calendar feed in Google Calendar, access your calendar from feed readers (like Google Reader) as well as products that support the iCalendar format (like Apple's iCal). HTML - Others can view a read-only version of your calendar without signing in to Google Calendar, by accessing it directly in their browser window.

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