50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. 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 50+ great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student, with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive. Access your documents from anywhere: Whether you’re in your dorm room or the school library, you can access your Google Docs.
Google Docs for Teachers and Classrooms This post presents Google Docs use in the Classroom. Google Docs is excellent collaboration tool for teachers, school development and classroom use. Basicly its about collaborative planning and writing, sharing information, working simultaneously with other students or teachers, and in my opinion it should be used on every school. I use Google Docs nowdays in writing project plans when network of schools apply funding for projects. Using Google Docs 101 from Josh Stumpenhorst @stumpteacher Google Docs in the Classroom by Melanie Wiscount Google Docs in Classroom Google Docs in Classroom
Create a teacher site using Google Sites in five steps Google Sites is possibly the easiest way to quickly share information online. This platform also makes collaboration a simple and natural part of the process of creating a website, making Google Sites an ideal fit for any classroom, PLC, administration team, or grade level partnerships. Getting started with Google Sites is a breeze, and you can have a fully functioning site going in just minutes. I have worked with many teachers on setting up their own classroom portals with Google Sites. If your district or building does not have an installation of Google Sites, you can create your own page by going to sites.google.com. Step 1: Create your site and set your sharing settings The first step in the process is to create your site. The only setting in the creation process you cannot change later is the URL of your site. Be especially careful to set up your sharing settings correctly. View the video tutorial below for a step-by-step explanation of the process. Step 2: Make your welcome page
Khan Academy Student Created Videos: Google Slides and Screencasting This week I am hosting some guest bloggers. This is a guest post from Jonathan Brubaker. Right place at the right time. The place was Edcamp Palm Springs. The time was a session on video in the classroom led by Jessica Pack. Since my students have Chromebooks, I decided to use Google Slides to design content and screencasting extensions to record video. One of the first projects my students completed was a screencast of a Google Slide presentation. Next, I had my students create a Public Service Announcement after a unit on brain research. Finally, my 8th grade students had to create a children’s book for a performance task after completing a unit on Frederick Douglas. In the future, I would like students to create tutorials on how to use common web tools as a resource for other students. I am middle school teacher in Beaumont, CA. @mrjbrubaker
Searching Google: 38 tips to get better results Recently passing the 1 billion user mark, Google has come a long way since it was first founded back in 1998 and has become a byword for internet searches. But, beyond chucking a couple of words into the main search box, do you really know how to get the best out of it? We've done some research and put together a few tips on how to get Google to do even more of the work for you. The basics If you've got no intention of spending hours studying the ins and outs of every search option on Google then don't worry. Spelling - Even if you're not the world's best speller, it doesn't matter as clever old Google will do the hard work for you. Web history - For many keen users of the Internet, the idea of anyone having access to their seach history may well be enough to bring them out in a cold sweat and cause them to hit the 'delete history' option at the first available opportunity. If in doubt, keep in general - As with many things in life, the best advice is to keep things simple. Fast Facts
Coolest Google Docs Demo Ever. Google Docs is one of those things that we tend to use daily but don’t get the full experience. I know that I personally don’t use all of its capabilities, especially when it comes to collaboration. I end up using it like a flat Word document. Google has pushed out a pretty cool demo, which invites you to collaborate with some of the greatest writers of all time. A “famous writer” will start typing and then it’s your turn. Once you’ve finished your collaborative masterpiece, you can then share it with whomever you like. The Future Of Education [Publication] Creating Narrated Slideshows with Google Tools This week I am hosting some guest bloggers. This is a guest post from Mike Petty. Last fall our high school purchased Chromebooks and the new principal set high expectations for more project-based learning and technology integration in all subjects. As the instructional technology coordinator for the district, this was great news for me! Over the past several months I’ve often been asked by teachers for presentation options beyond PowerPoint. The process uses Google Slides and WeVideo and can be completed using Chromebooks or laptops. Here is an example of one of these narrated slideshows. And here are the steps, each with a video tutorial showing the process. Step 1: Create your slideshow in Google Slides and download each one to your device. After using this process with several classes I’ve learned a few tips. It helps greatly if the teacher works through the entire process first.
10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using Today's post is about a great work that has been done by our colleague Tom Barret. He has created awesome example forms for different topics. He has also made all these forms available for us to download and use with our students. To download any of the forms below, make sure to visit Tom's original post. 1- Get to Know your Class Use this form to collect information about your students such as their likes, dislikes, club affiliations, and many more. 2- Emotion Graph This is a form ideal for use by students when studying linear narrative both written or visual. 3- Spelling Test As its name suggests , this form is great for use inside the classroom to test students spelling. 4- Comprehension Questions This is a form that test students understanding of a text or anything thing else you want to test. 5- Weekly Reading Record This is a form where students can provide data about their reading. 6- Maths Data Handling 7- Guided Reading Record 8- Prior Learning Assessment 9- Library Book Review
Google Apps for Education: Tips & Tricks Leveraging Web 2.0 tools like Google Apps is a powerful learning strategy in the 21st Century. But how do you choose the right tool that will enhance classroom learning and not be an afterthought or add on? We’ve put together some best practices for Google Apps for Education. Collaborate Students, colleagues, and professionals can share ideas, give feedback, produce meaningful products and more! Share Documents can be made private, public or shared with just a few peopleGoogle accounts aren’t required for everyone to collaborateInformation is stored in the cloud and can be accessed 24/7 Use the Templates App Free templates include teacher and student planning tools, evaluations, rubrics, newsletters and more! Use the search feature Quickly find current and older docs with the Google Doc search engineSearch for documents by titles, authors, etc. Organize Create folders to organize all of your documentsOrganize folders by topic, class, student, etc.Color code folders Enjoy this?
The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class This probably sounds familiar: You are with a group of friends arguing about some piece of trivia or historical fact. Someone says, "Wait, let me look this up on Wikipedia," and proceeds to read the information out loud to the whole group, thus resolving the argument. Don’t dismiss this as a trivial occasion. It represents a learning moment, or more precisely, a microlearning moment, and it foreshadows a much larger transformation—to what I call socialstructed learning. Socialstructed learning is an aggregation of microlearning experiences drawn from a rich ecology of content and driven not by grades but by social and intrinsic rewards. Think of a simple augmented reality app on your iPhone such as Yelp Monocle. This is exactly what a project from USC and UCLA called HyperCities is doing: layering historical information on the actual city terrain. So look beyond MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) in thinking about the future education.