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Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You?

Google Docs: Which Workflow Works for You?
On Twitter this week I was asked how I manage Google docs with so many students. I realized there are several different answers to this question. I wanted to share a few different workflow options for managing Google documents when you go paperless with your students. #1 Students Create & Share Docs The first option is having your students create a document for each assignment and share that document with you. 1. 2. 3. Caution: If students share their Google documents with you before naming it properly, they will appear on your inbox as an “Untitled document.” 4. 5. Benefits: This mirrors the way most Google documents are shared in life beyond the classroom. Challenges: You need to create labels in your Gmail to organize the email notifications that are sent to you each time a student shares a document. #2 gClassFolders gClassFolders is a script that can be installed on a Google spreadsheet to create shared folders for your students. #3 Students Submit Their Documents Via a Google Form 1. Related:  Google Apps For Educations GAFEGoogle docs

Not Just Group Work -- Productive Group Work! We know that group work can be instructionally effective, but only if it is productive. We don't just want busywork when students work in groups -- we want learning! Work doesn't always create learning, an idea that many teachers still struggle with. These teachers make the assumption that even with a clear task, group work will be productive. Conversely, many teachers assume that when building classroom culture, group work will be productive as well. Actually, multiple factors lead to effective and productive group work, but all must be in place to make it happen. Clear Intention The purpose of group work needs to be clear not only to the students, but also to the teacher. Heterogeneous vs. Similar to clear intention, heterogeneous and homogeneous grouping must be intentional in choice. The Importance of Structure As explained in the video about PBL, structured collaboration is key. Scaffolding Culture How are you building a culture of collaboration in your classroom?

Form+ - Create easy forms; easily 10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try If you use Google Chrome as your go-to web browser, you may have seen a little icon for the ‘Store’ (like what you see on the right) when you attempt to open a new tab. Never clicked that? Only clicked that once or twice but never took the plunge into the wild world of the Chrome Web Store? In an effort to help you truly surface the best Google Chrome extensions for teachers of all stripes, I thought it might be useful to showcase some of my favorites. I’m a recent Google Chrome convert. What a pain. I had used the bookmark importer on Firefox many times in the past but it just wouldn’t work this time. In any case, my new foray into Google Chrome has let me explore the Chrome Web Store and truly test out some awesome web tools that aren’t available anywhere else. ClassDojo ClassDojo is an award-winning behavior management tool that helps teachers improve student behavior in class using realtime feedback. LearnBoost GoAnimate Voice Comments My Study Life SlideGo Presentation Blendspace

Myslíte si, že jste mistr v hledání na Google, ale tyto finty neznáte Hledání informací na webu je jedna z nejčastějších on-line činností Čechů. Přesto většina lidí vyhledává metodou pokus-omyl. A obvykle ani nevědí, že by to šlo jinak. Vývojáři nejpoužívanějšího vyhledávače Google to samozřejmě vědí a přidávají stovky funkci a kritérií, které umožňují dát chytré odpovědi i na hloupé, chybně zadané a nepřesné dotazy. "V roce 2006 jsme se tedy přesunuli do fáze, kdy vyhledávač jistým způsobem chápe význam slov, a začali jsme pracovat na vyhledávači, který chápe uživatelův záměr," vysvětlil nám viceprezident Googlu Amit Singhal, který má vyhledávání na starost. Google vám prostě výsledky přizpůsobí. Jenže všechny tyto chytré personalizace a funkce mají i stinnou stránku. FiltryVyberte si přesně, co hledáte Asi nejužitečnější jsou rychlé filtry; stačí pár kliknutí a z výsledků vyhledávání vyberete pouze to, co vás zajímá. Nejčastěji mezi Vyhledávacími nástroji nejspíše využijete omezení času, například pokud hledáte pouze aktuální informace.

An Excellent New Feature for Google Docs July 1, 2014 A few days ago Google released a few interesting updates to its Drive applications. One important update that I want to share with you today is called "Suggested Edits". This new feature is great for collaborative work on Google Docs. Before, when you share a Google document with your collaborators and grant them the editing rights they can edit anything in it. But with "Suggested Edits" you, as the owner of the document, can control this editing process by allowing collaborators to make only suggestions which you can either accept or reject. This new feature is not available on Google Docs for mobile. Here is how you can enable "Suggested Edits" in your Google Docs : 1- Open the document. 2- In the top-right corner, make sure you are in Suggesting mode 3-To suggest an edit to existing text, highlight the text you want to change and type the suggested edit. Owners of the documents will receive an email with your suggestions and be able to accept or reject them.

Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning Voiceover: How will today’s children function in a dangerous world? What means will they use to carve the future? Will they be equipped to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems? Teacher: When you think about traditional learning you think of a student sitting in a classroom and being talked at. Teacher: Now I imagine a lot of you are still thinking... Teacher: They are supposed to be a sponge. Peggy Ertmer: So there are a lot of different ways to approach PBL, a lot of different ways to implement it, but really it all boils down to five essential keys: real-world connection, core to learning, structured collaboration, student driven, and multifaceted assessment. Student: One of the problems in the ocean is that with the higher amount of CO2 calcifying organisms are decreasing and we’re testing to see how well life in the ocean lives without calcifying organisms. Student: --four by eight feet. Peggy Ertmer: So the second commonality is the PBL unit provides academic rigor. Student: Yes.

How To Create Polls Using Google Docs and Publish Results as Graphs Google Docs can be used for conducting surveys and polls. The survey can be embedded on your website or the link to the survey can be shared directly with the persons you are surveying using email, Facebook, Twitter or any other mean. There are several services that let you conduct polls, but using Google Docs for your surveying needs has certain advantages. It’s free. Below is a poll created using Google Docs. And here is the result of the poll. Above 51 This tutorial will show you how to create similar polls for your own blog or website. How to Create a Poll or Survey Using Google Docs Open Google Docs and create a new Form. After naming your form title, add your question and then under question type select multiple choice, or checkboxes or ‘choose from a list’ – anyone will do. Save the poll by clicking on the Save button on the top-right. The link at the bottom of the page that says “You can view the published form here” will take you directly to the form or poll. How to Publish Results

5 Tips for Using Google Apps on an iPad Kasey Bell is an instructional technology consultant with a Master’s degree in Educational Technology, and more than ten years in the field of education. Kasey will be presenting the session “Ooey Gooey Google! Google Apps for the iPad” at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference this November in Raleigh, NC. Follow Kasey Bell’s blog, Shake Up Learning, for more great Google tips and edtech resources. Google and Apple are two very different ecosystems. When iPads were first introduced, they did not play nicely with Google Apps. 1. Go figure! 2. If you are like me, I downloaded the Google Search app ages ago and forgot about it. The Google Search App integrates with Google Now cards. The second reason you should give this app another go: “Okay, Google!” Note: “Okay, Google,” can also be enabled in Google Chrome on the desktop. 3. Native iPad apps may not be the best app for the job. 4. 5. Google+ is currently the fastest growing social network. About Kasey Bell

Blog: Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education Get Google Apps News & Tips Today’s guest blog post is contributed by Andrew Stillman, he is a 15-year veteran STEM and outdoor educator and Senior Systems Developer at New Visions for Public Schools, where he supports 76 NYC secondary schools in the use of Google Apps for Education and other sustainable technologies. His goal is to foster efficient, high-capacity urban schools through the development of automation and system-building tools that allow educators to solve their own systems and workflow challenges. Andrew is also the author and collaborator of numerous popular Google Apps Scripts for educators that are featured in this post. Google Apps Scripts are an invaluable tool that enable educators to extend and automate functionality inside of Google Apps for Education. We will explain how the top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education can enhance teacher workflow and student learning experience. Top 10 Google Apps Scripts for Education 1. 2.