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12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education

12 Effective Ways To Use Google Drive In Education
Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized. I’ve had a post about how to effectively use Google Drive in education on the back burner for several months. It’s been sitting as a ‘draft’ and is now finally ready for primetime. That’s because I stumbled across a fabulous new visual guide put together by Susan Oxnevad on Glogster. From building a self-grading quiz (yep, it can do that) to simply reducing the amount of paper used in your classroom, there are plenty of reasons to start considering using Google Drive for your classroom needs. The other big way I’d recommend trying out Google Drive would be for mind maps. Google Drive is also compatible with Microsoft Office products so fear not.

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Varsity Tutors Debuts Free Test Question Site Assessment | News Varsity Tutors Debuts Free Test Question Site By Dian Schaffhauser11/07/13 Varsity Tutors, a providor of private tutoring to students online, has launched a new, free service with the intention of becoming the "Khan Academy" of practice tests. The company has introduced a Web-based assessment system intended to replace other forms of educational content such as SAT or ACT preparation books or online subscriptions to assessment materials. Varsity Learning Tools, as it's called, makes hundreds of free practice tests available in 95 subjects.

Google Story Builder EdTech Published on November 2nd, 2013 | by Mark Anderson Launched some time ago now, Google Story Builder allows you (or even better, your students) to create short movies or video stories in a Google Docs style environment… Great if your students already use Google Apps for Edu. You can choose different characters, story and music and when you’re done there are a number of different sharing options. 7 Ways To Make A Google Map Using Google Spreadsheet Data If you maintain a lot of data in Google Spreadsheet, you’ve probably at least once thought, “Hey, I should be able to get all those locations and quickly plot them in a Google Map”. Well, you can of course. But doing this is not quite as obvious as you might expect. With Google writing both the spreadsheet and the map-making software, there should be several easy ways to do this. You’d expect to see a File > Export as Map option or a File > Download as KML. But no, there’s nothing like that.

Follett Welcome to the Follett Challenge hub of innovation! Discover, Learn, and Share. Powered by Read Article View Post Follett ChallengeThe video recording of today's Follett Challenge announcement is now live at... View Post Follett ChallengeSorry for the delay! Here is the video announcement of this year's... Tablets in Schools: What Could Go Wrong? With the consumer market for mobile devices hurtling toward saturation, tech companies are falling back on the old adage: Get ‘em while they’re young. And if you’re looking for young people, there’s no better place to find them than in schools. Amazon (AMZN) said on Thursday that it had acquired TenMarks, a company that makes math apps that comply with standards for the Common Core curriculum, which has been adopted by a majority of U.S. states. TenMarks says its products are already in use at tens of thousands of schools. The deal allows Amazon to load up its Kindles with exclusive content.

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7 Android Apps To Help Tell a Story Students love to tell stories. Students love to create stories. There are loads of great Android apps that allow students to capture images and video and do things like make movies, annotate what they capture, and add in their voice. Check out these great apps that allow students to create stories on the go: This is How to Create Rubrics Using Google Form After the recent updates Google brought to its productivity suite in Google Drive things have become way more interesting there. With a slick design and the introduction of new templates your Docs and Presentations will definitely have that new refreshing feel. I have been tinkering around with some of these features and I will very soon share with you a visual guide on the how to use the new features. Google Forms has also been revamped with a set of great updates such as the ability to insert images in Forms, you can also now integrate YouTube videos into your forms. And today I am sharing with you how to create your own rubric using Google Form.

Digital Citizenship Flashcards Another academic year is here and with it comes new clothes, lessons, and of course, new technologies. But are your child's digital citizenship skills back-to-school ready? If not, don't worry. To help them make the grade, download these flashcards to help them boost their online know-how.

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