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Useful Google in Education posts this week #66

Have Students Create Infographics Using Google Draw - Teacher Tech

There are other tools out there to create Infographics, but there are some distinct advantages to using Google.

I use Google for almost everything so using Google Draw keeps all of my documents right in Google Drive. No having to track down which program or where the file is at.
If I need to make changes or edits it is easy to just pull up the infographic in Google Drive and edit, any embeds are automatically updated.
Collaboration! Students can collaborate together on the same infographic at the same time. Teacher can be shared on the infographic as well.
Embedding. Go to File->Publish to the Web and start publishing. Grab the embed code and embed it into your website.
Free and easy to download as image file or PDF. Some services charge money for this.

Introducing Spaces, a tool for small group sharing

Google says, "We wanted to build a better group sharing experience, so we made a new app called Spaces that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic.
With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in."

Primarily Google: K-2 Google Forms!

What can our littlest learners do with Google Forms? There are so many options!
Forms are a great way to get primary students started with important technology skills such as text entry, check box questions, drop down menus, and submitting content. Even with our youngest students, Google Forms can be used for many purposeful tasks:
Formative Assessment
Exit Ticket
Question of the Day
Collect data
Crowdsource info for collaborative map or word cloud projects

Teacher Squeaks: Experimental: Shared Google Slides with Grade 1s

Our Grade 1s were lucky enough to be my new guinea pigs - we created class Number Books using Google Slides! The exciting thing about this activity was that we were able to work in a collaborative environment, our Grade 1s have never done this before. Google Slides was a great first step for them into shared workspaces.

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

Your students probably already use these tools to write papers or create presentations, but they could be doing other projects you may not have thought of. Continue Reading →

Google Sheets: Pixel Art Template - Teacher Tech

Use this Google Sheets Pixel art template to allow students to model their understanding. Using the template students type numbers 0 to 9 into any cell and that cell is filled in with a color.

Google Classroom in Transitional Kindergarten - Teacher Tech

Google Classroom can be used with any age students, including transitional Kindergarten. Google Classroom allows for teachers to easily engage students of all ages with digital tools. Sometimes I am asked if Google Classroom can be used when teaching young kids. YES! There are many Kinder and 1st grade teachers using Google Classroom with their students. Consistently using the same tool to pass out and collect makes the process of using digital resources easier for students and teachers.

You're Doing it Wrong! How to Manage Multiple Google Accounts

The video tutorial shows the wrong way to toggle between Google accounts, how to fix it, and how to toggle between your Google accounts the right way--using Google Chrome.

10 Tricks to Make Yourself a Google Drive Master

Think you know Google’s online productivity suite back to front? Whether you’ve been using Google Drive for five minutes or five years, there’s always more to learn, and in that spirit we present 10 valuable tips and tricks for mastering the service.

20 Important URLs That Every Google User Should Know

Google is much more than a search engine. Google offers dozens of interesting services in Google URLs. Know more and learn more.