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#99 Useful Google in education posts this week

After looking through all the Google posts that were shared to various subscriptions recently, these are a selection that look useful for teachers

Google Released A New Citation Feature in Google Docs to Help You Easily Cite Your Sources

December 5, 2016
Google announced today the release of a new important feature to Explore in Google Docs. A citation feature has been added to Explore allowing users to easily cite their sources with the click of a button. This is especially useful for students working on writing projects (e,g research papers), citations are added as footnotes and students have the option to change citation formats (choose between MLA, APA, and Chicago Styles). However, note here that this feature is only available for Explore in Google Docs in the web and it will take from one to 3 days  to be visible to all users.  Here is how you can use citations in Docs Explore:

1- Open a Google document
2- Click on Explore at the bottom right
3- To add a citation from the web, hover over the search result and click Cite as footnote Cite as footnote. To set the citation style as MLA, APA, or Chicago, click More More.

Teachers Visual Guide to The New Google Forms

December 14, 2016
We have recently started featuring our most popular posts of 2016.  Today's post is on the new Google Forms' guide we published a few months ago. The guide, which is based on instructions and insights from Docs Help center, walks teachers through the process of setting up, editing and sharing forms using the new Google Forms platform. More specifically, the visual covers the following how-tos:

Google Tone : A Practical Tool for Broadcasting Web Content to Multiple Computers

December 23, 2016
Google Tone is a cool tool that allows users to broadcast any URL to other computers within earshot. All you need is to be logged in to your Google account and to have Google Tone extension installed on other computers. Once installed and connected to the Internet, you can right away start sharing URLs of any web page including : YouTube videos, documents, pictures, blog posts, products, news stories and even search results. Any computer within earshot will receive these URLs.

‘To receive a URL with Google Tone, Chrome needs to keep your microphone on. Google Tone may not work in loud spaces, over a distance, with a poor Internet connection, or on computers without a microphone or with a microphone incapable of detecting sound broadcast by Google Tone.’

Watch the video below to learn more about Google Tone

10 Basic Google Classroom Tasks Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do

January , 2017
In today's post we are revisiting one of our popular infographics in 2016. The visual features 10 important tasks teachers should be able to do on Classroom. These include: invite students to join a class, manage multiple classes, invite co-teachers to a class; create or modify an assignment, create an announcement, quick exit tickets and polling, create a class resource page, grade and return an assignment, set class permissions’ and transfer grades to Google Sheets or to a CSV file. The content of this inforgaphic is based on instructions provided by Google Classroom Help. Feel free to download, print, and share the visual the way you want provided you credit our blog as the source.

8 Important Tips on How to Create Engaging Assignments in Google Classroom

January 1, 2017
Happy new year everybody. Our team is wishing you a year full of joy, happiness and love. Our first post for this year is on Google Classroom. We are revisiting a poster we have created a few months ago about one important feature in Classroom which is : assignment. The visual features 8 important tips on how to create engaging assignment on Google Classroom. These include: how to create an assignment from scratch, change an assignment due date and time, add materials to an assignment, control how students interact with an  attachment, post an assignment to multiple classes, schedule or save a draft assignment, edit an assignment and delete an assignment.

The content of this visual is based on instructions provided by Classroom Help

Create Apps Easily with App Maker | The G Suite Show

Kevin recently joins the G Suite Show and wants to get to know all of the different teams we work with. With the help of App Maker (

Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the New Google Earth

See how to run Google Lit Trips on Chromebooks with the new Google Earth and make stories come alive.

15 Ways for Students to Use Google Keep [infographic] | Shake Up Learning

Google Keep is a robust G Suite tool that can help teachers and students create and share notes, lists, and reminders. Help Students Get Organized, Track Progress, Take Notes, and more with Google Keep! Google Keep is a robust G Suite tool that can help teachers and students create and share notes, lists, and reminders. There are so many possibilities that I decided to put together this post and infographic with ideas for how Google Keep can …

Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools

With all the Google tools out there, it's easy for some to slip through the cracks. Here are some lesser-known Google tools that can have an impact.

Differentiate Assignments with Google Classroom - Teacher Tech

A new feature makes it easier to assign different things to different students. This allows you to provide challenges for students who are ready to move forward or give students who are into Pokemon a math assignment that uses their game data. Differentiate assignments in Google Classroom. Instead of assigning to all students, select which students will receive an assignment or resources.