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#98 Useful Google 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

Ten Frames Activity in Google Sheets - Teacher Tech

Use Google Sheets spreadsheets with students as young as four to use ten frames and write formulas to check their work. Math and conceptual understanding.

4 Hidden Features of Google Classroom

Over the past two years, Google Classroom has become a popular learning platform for many teachers using G Suite for Education.  With its ability to seamlessly integrate G Suite tools such as Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Gmail, and Google Calendar, Google Classroom creates an efficient workflow for teachers and students by organizing assignments and class content in an easy-to-navigate online environment. While Google Classroom provides many great affordances, three in particular can save teachers and students much time and also increase workflow efficiency. So, let’s take advantage of these exciting features!

Google Slides for Animation

I learned:
​It takes more Slides than you think. In the places where the animation appears choppy, I moved my car too far, adjusted the rotation too much, or shrank the image too far to make the animation look smooth.
You have to think ahead. I had to figure out a way for my car to drive behind the tree; to do this, I copied the background image, cropped it to the edge of the tree, then layered it on top of itself. If you watch carefully, you can see the tree move as my car travels behind it - oops!
Autoplay or manual? If you don't mind clicking or holding your arrow key down to advance the slides by hand, then you can control the speed of your animation all you want. If, however, you want it to play automatically, there are a few steps in this process.

Google AutoDraw Eight Ways

Google recently announced the release of AutoDraw which, according to The Keyword, is is a "new web-based tool that pairs machine learning with drawings created by talented artists to help you draw." The tool is the both the evolution and inverse of Quick, Draw!, the A.I. guessing game. In Quick, Draw! we helped crowd source…

Google Slides Digital Interactive Notebooks

A digital interactive notebook is very similar to the traditional interactive notebook created with spril or copstions books and known for their flaps. Digital Interactive notebooks have a 21st century twist and can be just as dynamic and hands on as their paper cousins.

Using ScreenCastify as a Feedback and Reflection Tool

On Twitter, recently, I read about teachers (@alicekeeler, for instance) who used a Chrome extension, ScreenCastify, to provide feedback to students. I’m writing to report that I’m trying it out, too. As you can see from the example below, I record myself talking while I’m scrolling through the student’s work.

I’m able to speak specifically about things that I see and how I react to them; I think I’m also able to be a little more human in my presentation. Tone and specificity mean a lot. And we all know that learners do better if they feel that they have been heard, understood, and taken seriously.

Google Keep CHEAT SHEET for Teachers and Students - FREE DOWNLOAD | Shake Up Learning

Learn All About Google Keep with this Google Keep Cheat Sheet! Hooray! I have a brand new Google Keep Cheat Sheet for Teachers and Students! Use this cheat sheet to find all of the awesome features of this amazing digital tool. (Now, say it three times fast: Google Keep Cheat Sheet!) What is Google Keep? …

Exploring ‘Explore’: How Google works for you and your students

I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. If we can eliminate some of the mindless procedural stuff, we can spend quality time on learning. Google’s got your back. Within the last year, they created the Explore tool. The Explore tool can reduce the time you and your students lose doing mundane tasks. That means more time for learning!

Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides

Students can create stop motion animation movies with Google Slides to tell stories and show understanding.