Google Drive and Docs for Teachers 2012 How To Use Google Docs Offline Earlier this year Google enabled support for using Google Documents offline if you use Chrome and have the Google Drive Chrome app installed. When Google made that announcement I wrote some directions for enabling offline docs. Today, someone suggested sharing those directions again. To enable Google Docs for offline use, sign into your account and click the sprocket icon in the upper-right corner. Step 1: In your Google Drive account open the "more" menu. Step 2: Select "enable offline docs." A Note for Google Apps for Education Users If you are using Google Docs within a Google Apps for Education domain your domain administrator will have to enable the option for users to use Google Docs offline.
Google Earth Lessons Lesson Organization: Google Earth How To's - Learn how to do the basics so you are comfortable teaching with Google Earth Student Controlled - Where the student controls Google Earth. Suitable for labs, mini-labs, home school, etc. Teacher Controlled - Suitable for Lectures, Presentations, whole class discussions, etc. Mini-Lessons - Lesson starters for looking at various topics Icon Legend Found or developed a Lesson that uses Google Earth? Google Earth How-to's: -Google Earth 101 A complete on-line course for teachers created by Quentin DSouza. The following series of video lessons were developed by Richard Treves at www.kokae.com NOTES: Please note Copyright Restrictions within demos. - Flying with Google Earth -Examines the controls used to get around in Google Earth - Using Placemarks - Looks at what a placemark is and how they can be used - GE Tips - General tips on using Google Earth - Overlays - Shows how to lay pictures over the ground in Google Earth (30Mb) Student Controlled Lessons
8 Great Free Technology Posters to Hang in your Classroom So you want to start your next school year with a great new look for your classroom ?.A look that will be technology enhanced ? Well, we have suggestions for you: Technology posters . Posters are a great way to catch students attention and stimulate their learning drive . When used on the classroom wall for everyone to look at whenever they are at your class, then you can have better chances that students will grasp what those posters communicate to them. Yesterday as I was working on Teachers Definitive Guide To Google Search Skills I stumbled upon a great resource full of posters that teachers can use in their classroom. make sure you share with your colleagues 1- Google Scholar Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 2- Google Book Search Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 3- Google Search Tips Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 4- Google Quiz Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 5- Google Web Search Here is PDF Format Here is Print Format 6- Google Quiz Answers 7- Google Earth
How to Open and Edit Word Files in Google Drive This morning I received an email from a friend of mine who needed some help opening a Word (Docx) file in Google Drive. Google recently made a slight change to how this is done. And since it threw off my friend who is a fairly savvy Google Drive user I thought that there are probably others who have or will have the same question. To open a Word (Docx) file in Google Drive after it has been uploaded to your account click the check box next to the file name. Option 1: Option 2: If you don't want to go through the process outlined above for every Word file uploaded to your Google Drive account you can enable automatic conversion of documents. Enabling automatic conversion on upload:
Student Sign in Sheet with Mail Merge One thing I like to do to start class is to have students fill out a Google Form. I use this to take attendance, ask survey questions to see where students are at on a project or how they feel about class policies, warm up questions and I always ask for “comments, questions, concerns” to help me get a pulse for where everyone is at. At the beginning of class I have a roster of who is there (I can use this to randomly call on students). I install the valmerge script on the spreadsheet so that I can send individualized feedback to students based on their warm up responses and in particular the comments feedback they gave me. With the effort of one and a half emails I am able to send a personalized email to every student in the class. Step 1: Make a copy of this spreadsheet: File->Make a copy. Step 2: Go to and create a Google Form. First NameLast NameStudent ID Number (SID)Comments/Questions/ConcernsAny quiz or survey questions Like this:
In schools, all you need is web Posted by Vidya Nagarajan, Product Manager, Chromebooks for Education (Cross-posted from the Official Google Blog.) While students in the northern hemisphere say goodbye to each other and another school year, we’re in sunny San Diego meeting with thousands of educators and administrators at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. While on break from teaching, these folks are here to teach others how they’re bringing innovation into their classrooms—a lot of which centers around the web. While the web was developed well before today’s students were born, it’s come a long way even since a year ago. Today you can access the web on any device, use the web offline and take advantage of amazing graphics. It’s been really amazing to see how the web is impacting schools. Students at East Leyden High School work together on their Chromebooks.
Provide Tech Help Remotely Through Chrome Remote Desktop This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. Yesterday, I received an email with a question about how to remotely help students and teachers with the Chrome browser and with Chromebooks. If you want to share your desktop just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access your computer. To access and control another person's computer you just need to enter the access code that they provide to you. Applications for Education The Chrome Remote Desktop app could be very helpful in aiding teachers and students when they get stuck trying to accomplish a task on their computers.
How To Use Google Docs Offline Earlier this year Google enabled support for using Google Documents offline if you use Chrome and have the Google Drive Chrome app installed. When Google made that announcement I wrote some directions for enabling offline docs. Today, someone suggested sharing those directions again. So I've rewritten the directions and included some screen captures of the process. To enable Google Docs for offline use, sign into your account and click the sprocket icon in the upper-right corner. Step 1: In your Google Drive account open the "more" menu. Step 2: Select "enable offline docs." A Note for Google Apps for Education Users If you are using Google Docs within a Google Apps for Education domain your domain administrator will have to enable the option for users to use Google Docs offline.
How To Unlock Google Drive's App Potential For Music, Image Editing, And More For the past seven years, the Obama White House has made it a priority to spread entrepreneurship around the world, culminating this past week with the U.S.-sponsored Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. In an exclusive interview with Fast Company, conducted over email, Secretary of State John Kerry talks about how spreading entrepreneurship helps the U.S. achieve its foreign policy goals and which global hubs Americans should keep an eye on. Fast Company: One doesn’t usually associate "entrepreneurship" with the State Department and U.S. diplomacy: What’s the connection? Secretary Kerry: Economic policy and foreign policy are two sides of the same coin. How does spreading entrepreneurship overseas help the U.S. become more secure? Entrepreneurship is an engine for shared prosperity and hope that helps bring stability to people and nations around the globe. First, let me point to one of the outcomes from the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya.
Create Videos Online With WeVideo for Google Drive This week I'm taking a few days off to ski, play with my dogs, visit with friends and family, and generally recharge my batteries. If you're on vacation this week too, I hope that you're having a great vacation. While I'm away I'm rerunning the most popular posts of the year. For the last six months I've been sharing WeVideo with anyone who has come to me searching for a good online video creation tool. Tale Of The Tape: Chromebook Pixel Vs. Surface Pro Vs. MacBook Air Google hasn’t always been known for making breathtaking hardware, but today’s announcement of the Chromebook Pixel — arguably one of the best-looking laptops ever made, if nothing else — means that may no longer be the case. Still, you can’t be blamed for being wary of shelling out a decent chunk of money on Google’s first foray into laptops, let alone a Chromebook of all things, so here’s a preliminary look at how the Chromebook Pixel stacks up against two prominent rivals in the computing space: the stock version of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air and Microsoft’s Surface Pro. *Note that we compared the base MBA and the surface Pro with upgraded storage, to establish a better baseline in terms of comparing more similar price points and spec load-outs. Versus the 13-inch MacBook Air Compared to the base 13-inch MacBook Air, Google’s Pixel has a lot of similarities. The Chromebook Pixel is very much aimed at the same market as the MacBook Air, with Google stressing that it’s an upscale device.