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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A New Excellent Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A New Excellent Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students
June 16, 2014 I don't want you to miss this wonderful resource on how to be a Google Drive master. This is basically a Google Doc that features a plethora of video tutorials and activities related to each tool in Google Drive. The main objectives of this guide is to help teachers and students leverage the power of Google Drive tool in education. It provides them with video tutorials covering each of the Drive applications ( Google Doc, Presentation, Drawing, and Google Forms ) and with each of these videos is an attached activity that should be completed to show mastery of the topic under discussion. I have spent sometime going through these tutorials and activities and I found them really helpful. All thanks go back to Vicki Davis through whom I learned about this resource ( by the way Vicki has recently published a new book entitled " Reinventing Writing: The 9 Tools That Are Changing Writing, Teaching, and Learning Forever"

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How to add music to your Google Slides presentation Music is a great way to liven up your presentations and keep your audience engaged. Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, however, Google Sheets doesn’t include support for audio files. But with the following workarounds, you can add a soundtrack to any slide for a more dramatic deck. Add a link to an online music file Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work Getty Images New Hampshire is the first state to change its education policies to credit high school students — and soon elementary and middle school students, too — for progressing based on what they’ve mastered, not the number of hours they spend in school. Known as a competency-based system, the idea is to define the core skills and concepts students should master and only move them forward once they’ve achieved mastery of every competency rather than their “seat time.” In traditional schools, students progress if their average grade is high enough, which may leave room for holes in their understanding of concepts they’ll need in future classes. In the most alternative application of a competency-based system, age-based grade levels would disappear and students would move through concepts at their own pace, regardless of age or grade.

AppsGoneFree Add stylish text to your favorite photos with Fonta. The app is ideal for anyone that wants to tell a story with their photos. Why we picked this? Fonta has a ridiculous amount of text options, allowing you to stand out from the crowd. A Very Useful Tool to Create Educational Animated Videos on Google Drive December 21, 2014 PowToon is a very powerful web app which you can use on Google Drive to create beautiful animated videos and presentations. PowToon provides you with all the necessary animation tools you’ll need to immediately begin creating your own professional-looking animated explainer videos and animated presentations. It has an easy to use interface with pre-designed templates and a variety of style libraries to choose from.

A Must Have Resource of TED Talks for Your Class June 17, 2014 TED is a a great video resource I have often recommended and featured in several of my posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. TED talks are both informative and inspirational and there are a variety of ways to integrate them in your teaching. For instance, you can use them with your students to enhance their oral and communicational skills through sparking discussions around particular topics. They are also a good way for students to practice their self-expression abilities and learn how to craft cogent arguments and express their opinions.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 New EdTech Tools for Teachers September 9, 2015 In this month's 'New Educational Web Tools' series, we are sharing with you this selection of interesting web tools and apps we have been curating over the last few weeks. The purpose is to keep you updated about the latest in the EdTech world and introduce you to some useful applications that might be of an added value to your teaching. Enjoy ‘Made with Code is an initiative to champion creativity, girls, and code, all at once. The movement is designed to do three things: To inspire girls by celebrating women and girls who are using code to do great things; to engage girls to try coding through introductory projects and resources; and to sustain their interest by creating alliances and community around girls and coding.’

Chalkup- A Wonderful Google Drive Tool for Teachers February 6, 2015 I just learned through an email from Justin Chando about this interesting update to Chalkup. The folks in Chalkup have finally made the move to Google Drive and created a seamless integration of Chalkup with Google Drive. Chalkup is a great web tool that allows teachers to create classes and share different study materials on a message board that students can access in real-time. Chalkup lets you post discussion prompts, add comments to discussions, distribute announcements and assignments and view files.

Google Tutorials Upload Twitter Richard Byrne Loading... 20 Great Rubrics for Integrating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy in Your Teaching June 15, 2014 I have always been inspired by the great work of Andrew Church. This guy has been one of my authority sources for everything related to Bloom's digital taxonomy. Andrew provided a detailed account of how teachers can align the thinking levels of Bloom's original taxonomy with the different digital tools.

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 6 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on The New Google Forms September 14, 2015 As you know, Google has recently revamped several of its Drive services including Google Forms. This latter has particularly been redesigned to incorporate several of the features that were missing in the old form. We have already written a step by step guide to help teachers learn more about the different functionalities offered by the new Forms. The Comprehensive Google Drive Guide for Teachers and Students January 26, 2014 Google Drive is one of the fundamental tools in our digital toolkits as teachers and educators. Whether you want to compose a document, create a presentation, design a sheet, or share a beautiful drawing you made, Google Drive provides you with the tools to do that on any device and anywhere you are with an internet connection . Given this huge importance of Google Drive for teachers, I have created an entire section here packed full of tips, tricks, ideas, and third party tools to enable you to better tap into the full educational potential of this platform. Today, I am sharing with you a treasure trove of practical guides on how to use each tool in Google Drive. This is the same list I have been using to create guides I share with you here in this blog. All the guides below are created and shared by Google help centre.

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