5 Ways To Google Presentations Not As Presentations If you’re a user of Google Drive, then no doubt you have also heard of and likely used Google Presentations (Google’s version of PowerPoint). It’s a great tool to create slick presentations in the cloud, especially after its most recent overhaul. However, Google Presentations is also a handy tool for doing some great projects with your students that have nothing to do with public speaking. Here are some fun exercises you can try in your classes. Visual Note/Flash Cards Imagery is a powerful tool in all subjects. Visually Outline a Project Presentation slides are a great way to engage in pre-writing exercises. Create Visual Prompts & Virtual Discussion If you’ve ever used Voicethread then you’re familiar with the idea of providing students with a visual prompt and then allowing them to discuss the image. Create a Repository of Images with Citation Citing images properly is a key skill in the 21st century. Digital WorkBooks This project is primarily geared towards elementary students.
One Stop Resource for Google Docs If you’re a Google Docs user, curious about Google Docs, work with Google Docs with students, and especially if you’re looking for help understanding all of the features of Google Docs, then you’ve got to bookmark MaryFran’s Google Docs Tutorials. Created as a Google Site (of course), this is a huge collection of resources, tutorials, videos, … all devoted to helping the visitor understand the ins and outs of working with Google Docs. That’s really the best description I can think of to describe this site. Navigation and use is as simple and powerful as Google Docs itself. Just select a topic of interest from the left side navigation menu and read on. Google Docs users – make sure that you bookmark this resource. Powered by Qumana Like this: Like Loading... Related OTR Links 12/16/2011 Main Page - Math Lesson and Unit Plans page divided by grade level and strand. In "Links" OTR Links 04/09/2012 OTR Links for 07/10/2011 In "Computers"
10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google Docs Since Google officially changed Google Docs name to Google Drive and a number of updates have been introduced to improve its overall performance. One very recent update is an increase of cloud storage capacity to 15GB usable across Gmail, Drive, and Google Plus. It is quite obvious that Google is trying to outsmart its immediate competitor Dropbox and I think Google is successful in its strategy so far. To make Google Drive stand out from the crowd, Google opened it to apps developers and allowed users to select from a wide variety of web apps to integrate into their Google Drive accounts. I have curated for you some interesting apps that are integrated into Google Drive and which you can install right from your Google Drive interface. This is how o install any of the apps below into your Google drive : Head over to your Google Drive, click on create, then click on " connect more apps", then type in its name in the search pane and click on " connect " 1- WeVideo 2- PicMonkey 4- Lucid Chart
11 Essentials for Excellent Digital Portfolios A portfolio for learning is often a short-term capstone project that will be assessed summatively. At the end of the year, students put selections of their work into a portfolio so a teacher can assess their learning. This is often a showcase portfolio, or a sample of students’ best work. A portfolio as learning typically has an extended timeframe. On blending elements of positivism and constructivism, Barrett says, “In order to approach a balanced solution, we must envision a solution that makes it easy for students to maintain their own digital archive of work, where they can capture a large number of examples and add their reflections and notes in an ongoing way.” The answer can be found in using different portions of the portfolio for different purposes, or in having students keep separate portfolios. 2. Adding to the portfolio should be easy. Personal website: My older students select from Weebly, Webs, Wix, or Google Sites to build their personal portfolio website. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
5 Ways to Make Professional Looking Google Documents The Gooru recently posted “4 Tips for Making Professional Looking Google Documents.” Here are a few more tips for using Google Docs for professional looking documents. Using the “Table” menu insert a table to organize the content on the page. Right click on the table to choose “Table properties…” Choose a table border of zero to erase the table lines. This applies to the entire table. Cell background color only applies to the cells in the table that are highlighted. It is recommended to not use more than 3 fonts in a document. From the Google Fonts website you can find fonts that pair well together. This will bring up a window with additional information about the font. In the Google Doc, choose “More fonts” at the bottom of the font list to search add additional Google fonts to your font choices. When you paste from one source to another the formatting can become a little wonky. Highlight the text that has formatting you want to reproduce. Looking at a huge block of text is mind numbing.
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Timeline Timeline allows students to create a graphical representation of an event or process by displaying items sequentially along a line. Timelines can be organized by time of day, date, or event, and the tool allows users to create a label with short or long descriptive text. Adding an image for each label makes a timeline more visually appealing. Add, drag, and rearrange items as needed. Saving capability allows students to return to their work and make revisions, and they can share their final work via e-mail. For additional ideas on how to use this tool outside of the classroom, see Timeline in the Parent & Afterschool Resources section. Related Classroom & Professional Development Resources back to top Grades 11 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson A Blast from the Past with Nuclear Chemistry Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Timelines and Texts: Motivating Students to Read Nonfiction Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Organizing & Summarizing Graphic Map Plot Diagram Timeline
CristinaSkyBox: ePortfolios for Creative Learners I have been participating on a MOOC on Visual Literacies, and because of that, my memory has been jolted back to the need for learners to have their own spaces for their art, photography, digital design and more. There are the blogging options, as well as other types of ePortfolios, but why not introduce learners to portfolios designed more specifically for graphic and artistic work? imcreator (also known as XPRS) is a website which is designed for creatives (among others). Steps are simple, as you can see from the video below: Another option is PortfolioBox. PortfolioBox builds websites for people who create and who would like to have a portfolio of their photography, videos and artistic work. Students can develop pages or a whole site to their art. Last, but definitely not least, is Dropr - a space where you can can drop a whole range of different kinds of files, follow streams of others' work. What ePortfolios do you use for creative arts? Further Suggestions:
100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom 100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom by onlineuniversities.com Students and educators have a wealth of learning and productivity tools available to them online. Google offers some of the highest-quality resources on the web to meet all your study and teaching needs, and all you need to access them is an internet connection. The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. Ed note: This is an older post, so some of these features or links may be out of date. Keyboard Shortcuts Navigate your documents and screen a lot faster when you use these keyboard shortcuts for formatting and more. Productivity Hacks These hacks will make your Google Docs experience even more efficient and streamlined. Features & Tools Make use of features and tools like Docs Translation or CSS Editing to customize your docs and make them work for you. Collaboration Files, Folders and Filters Organization
Teacher's Guide on The Use of Google Sites in The Classroom Google Sites is a great tool for creating webpages . "It is in fact a wiki, blog,portfolio, all rolled into one easy to use package". Google Sites brings together all of the other great Google services in that it allows users to embed Google Docs, Calendar, YouTube, Picasa albums, and much more. Why use Google Sites in The Classroom ? Here are some of the pertinent reasons why you should consider using Google sites with your students : 1- Using Google Site to Create A Classroom Website 2- How to Create A Class Calendar 3- Webinar on Google Sites for your Classroom Examples of great Google Sites from schools and educators 1- A Study of Politics for the digital generation At this site you’ll find links and lessons to help your students participate and learn about American political elections with online tools from Google. 2- World History An example how a teacher uses a Google Site with his history class. 3- Gone Google A website with listings of lesson ideas that incorporate Google tools.
Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning Making learning interactive has always been difficult for educators. Students rarely want to collaborate and get involved in discussions, because most of them are afraid of making mistakes and saying something wrong. Luckily for all of us, the emergence of technology used in classrooms has made educators able of making the learning process interactive. Blending the traditional textbooks with innovative web tools that inspire collaboration will be the wisest thing you’ve ever done for your students. The goal of project-based learning is to enable your students to put the things they have learned into practice and develop valuable skills through the project development. By implementing the usage of digital tools into the classroom, the students will get engaged and interested into each other’s opinions. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Thumbnail image via 123rf.com
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