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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher
While Apple products (*cough* iPad *cough*) are known for their integration in classrooms, Google’s offerings give up little here. In fact, the sheer diversity of Google products might make them a more natural fit in the classroom in lieu of the iPad’s gravity. Below we’ve listed 25 ways teachers can get started using Google in the classroom. Let us know on our Google+ page if we’ve missed anything. Google In The Classroom: 25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. UPDATE: Google+ user (and sometimes TeachThought contributor) Kellie Ady offered 5 more, shown below. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. UPDATE: TeachThought Reader Nicole Naditz just sent us 5 more. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36.

Hangout Toolbox This page will show you how to use the Hangout Toolbox. To install this Hangout application/extension you have to load it once via the following link: By clicking this link it will open up a new Hangout and ask for permission to load the application/extension. Once you've granted access the application will load. From there on you can find the app either in the top bar of the Hangout or under "Add App" -> "Recent" When you open up the app/extension you will see an acordion menu on the left. Lower Third The Lower Third app allows you to display a lower third (graphical bar with your name on it) as an overlay on your video. If you want to build a complete custom overlay, create a transparent PNG with the size 640x360 pixel. If you want to save your lower thirds or custom overlays, type in a name under "presets" and hit save while the lower third or custom overlay is active. Volume Control Meme-Face De-Face allows you to show meme, rage or custom faces as an overlay.

40 Ways to Use Google Apps in Education Google provides an abundance of apps that can be used for educational purposes. It has a section called Google Apps for Education where it provides the teaching workforce with a multitude of Google services to use in schools and classrooms. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been continuously reviewing these apps for the last couple of years , click HERE to access this section to . Today, I am sharing with you a GREAT presentation created by Becky Evans on 40 ways to use Google Apps in Education. The tools included in this presentation target increasing teacher's efficiency, student engagement, and school-wide collaboration. Here is the outline of this presentation Google docs : Google Forms How to submit answers in a form and see resultsAdminister assessmentsSurvey your students interestsCollect observation feedbackSubmit reading records onlineKeep track of discipline referralsAutomatically grade forms with Flubarro Google Calendar Gmail Google Groups Google Talk Google Sites

Top 50+ Academic Blogs for Teachers and Educators If you are an academic or interested in the world of academia the blogs below will be of tremendous help for you. As a teacher and post graduate student myself, I spend an enormous amount of time reading articles from these blogs. I have learned a lot from them particularly regarding my thesis. I am not sure who initiated this list in Google Docs but the work is in progress and if you have other suggestions, feel free to share them. Blogs on Academic Blogging Other advice on Blogging:

19 handy Google tricks that you weren’t aware of After covering everything that Google Search has to offer, you can easily forge that search only forms one small part of the Google behemoth. With so many different features and clients available, it’s very easy to use the basic features for each and leave it at that. However, if you delve a little deeper, there are many tricks hidden away that will help improve your experience. Gmail Use Filtered Search Gmail’s search bar is very handy for finding that message you got months ago, but most people don’t realise how easy it is to access advanced search. Activate Starring Feature Sometimes you will come across important messages, but the only way you can mark them is with the yellow tab or star icon. Cut Down Text In Email Replies The annoying thing about email threads is that if the messages are long and numerous, it’s very easy for the context to get lost among the many paragraphs of text. Keyboard Shortcuts Sign Out Remotely Emphasise Important Words In Gchat Activate Gmail Remotely Google Maps

Effectively Maximizing Teacher Leaders at the Elementary Level (Artwork by Leslie Carroll) “No one person can do it alone…” This statement is especially accurate in a school. Donna Johnson, assistant principal, and I recognized this truth prior to beginning our tenure as Memorial School’s administrative team five years ago. The formulation of a dedicated group of teacher leaders set a tone and expectation for collaboration heading into our first year, and I firmly believe that this group, as a whole, has been the instrumental driving force for change within our school. During the summer of 2008, I reached out to various members on each grade level team to see who would be interested in fulfilling the responsibilities of “team leader.” The first step we took together was to attend a Professional Learning Communities at Work conference with the DuFours in Boston. Our team leader group has evolved since that time five years ago, but there are many things that have stayed constant. We meet every two weeks prior to school.

30 astuces pour Google Chrome Dans la famille des navigateurs web, Google Chrome est vite devenu une référence : pour s’en rendre compte, il suffit de se pencher sur l’évolution des parts de marché des différents browsers. Si les instituts statistiques ne sont pas tous d’accords sur les chiffres, ils reconnaissent tout de même globalement l’envolée du navigateur depuis ses débuts. Selon StatCounter, il serait même le browser le plus utilisé, avec 36% de parts de marché. Sur le blog, Google Chrome est en tout cas largement plébiscité, puisque vous êtes environ 40% à l’utiliser ! Il faut dire que l’outil est très puissant, affichant correctement la plupart des sites en un temps record. Mais ce n’est pas tout : de nombreuses astuces existent pour améliorer le navigateur. Gagner en productivité avec Google Chrome Les raccourcis clavier Comme à peu près tous les services Google, Chrome dispose de ses propres raccourcis clavier. Synchroniser ses données sur Google Chrome Naviguer entre les onglets avec le clavier Angry Birds

Google Hangouts as Edtech: Connecting, Sharing and Learning Since I started in education, I have been trying to find ways to connect students' learning beyond the classroom walls. Initially, the task presented many hurdles. Infrastructure was limited, devices were bulky and slow, and the access was not quite available. In order to connect students with the outside world, a permission slip and a school bus were needed. Today, many of those hurdles have been overcome, and connecting students beyond the classroom is a viable option. Hangouts, the social media feature of the Google+ platform, are online spaces offering teachers and students a great forum to connect with one or many participants and engage in a real-time dialogue. Reasons to Hang Out One of many reasons I like Google Hangouts is for the ability to broadcast a talk live and then archive that broadcast. Possibilities and Opportunities I see many opportunities for students and teachers using Google Hangouts in the classroom.

10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers Below is a list of some important educational web tools I have handpicked for you from a variety of blogs and websites. As you know by now, the purpose behind such round-ups is to update teachers and educators with the latest releases in the world of educational technology. Our Educational Web Tools page is growing bigger and bigger and now features hundreds of web tools that are all, in a way or another, relevant to us in education. Here are the titles I have for you today: 1- MixedInk MixedInk is an online collaborative learning platform that is designed to improve students writing outcomes. 2- Tutorsbox An online whiteboard application that lets you use your computer and tablet to give live tutoring classes to your students 3- Snap Snap is a visual, drag-and-drop programming language that teaches students programming Digital Explorer engages young people in global issues for a better future. 5- Sketch Toy 6- PDF Compressor 7- Tab Glue 8- Archify

Gmail+1 = Student Email Addresses to Register for Online Services The Gmail+1"hack" isn't a new trick and I can't remember when I first tried it, but it still works and it still provides a solution to a problem that a lot of teachers run into when they want their students to use a new web tool. Let's say there's a new service that I want my students to use but my students don't have email addresses that they can use to register for that service. In that case I can quickly generate Gmail addresses for my students by using the Gmail+1 hack. Here's how the Gmail+1 hack works: 1. Disclaimers: 1. The Touch-Screen Generation - Hanna Rosin On a chilly day last spring, a few dozen developers of children’s apps for phones and tablets gathered at an old beach resort in Monterey, California, to show off their games. One developer, a self-described “visionary for puzzles” who looked like a skateboarder-recently-turned-dad, displayed a jacked-up, interactive game called Puzzingo, intended for toddlers and inspired by his own son’s desire to build and smash. Two 30‑something women were eagerly seeking feedback for an app called Knock Knock Family, aimed at 1-to-4-year-olds. “We want to make sure it’s easy enough for babies to understand,” one explained. The gathering was organized by Warren Buckleitner, a longtime reviewer of interactive children’s media who likes to bring together developers, researchers, and interest groups—and often plenty of kids, some still in diapers. What, really, would Maria Montessori have made of this scene? She was a former Montessori teacher and a mother of four. “They don’t play all that much.”

Un Chrome aux mille facettes Les internautes qui partagent souvent des liens le savent, les adresses de certaines pages peuvent parfois être longues, très longues. Si ces liens peuvent être pratiques dans le cadre d’un partage sur une messagerie instantanée, dans un mail ou sur un réseau social, ils le sont bien moins dans une signature de mail ou pire, sur un document. Dès lors, il peut être pratique, et esthétique, de passer par un raccourcisseur d’URL. Verdict : simple d’utilisation et bien intégrée, l’extension s’avère très pratique. Note : 5/5

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.

30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers Editor’s Note: We often look at the qualities and characteristics of good teaching and learning, including the recent following pieces: How A Good Teacher Becomes Great What You Owe Your Students Ten Secrets To Surviving As A Teacher The Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment How To Be A Mediocre Teacher So it made sense to take a look at the characteristics of a successful educator, which Julie DuNeen does below. 25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently by Julie DuNeen If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. What students take away from a successful education usually centers on a personal connection with a teacher who instilled passion and inspiration for their subject. Are teachers reaching their students? 1. How do you know if you are driving the right way when you are traveling somewhere new? 2. We can’t all be blessed with “epic” workdays all the time. 3. 4. 5.

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. After clicking the check box you have two options. 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: