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Updated by Fiona Beal on Aug 26, 2017
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#107 Useful Google in education links this week

Posts for teachers in the classroom

How to Add Backgrounds in Google Docs: A Workaround

I’ve been using Google Docs for quite a while. I love Google Docs. It’s easy to use. I can collaborate with any other “Googler” without being in the same room. I can create and share grocery lists with my husband. (Ok, this may not be vital, but it is great for me!) If you want to create a colorful and vibrant flyer or poster using Microsoft Word, then you simply insert a background image and adjust the object transparency. It’s also easy to manipulate the size and position of the image on the page.
This is not the case if you’re using Google Docs.
Here’s my workaround for adding backgrounds in Google Docs…complete with screenshots!
Here’s the trick…USE GOOGLE SLIDES!
Open a Google Slides presentation.
Access “File” then “Page Setup.”

Pixel Art Activities for any Subject with Google Sheets

Great ideas Eric! I was just telling students about pixels and a game I played as a child, Pitfall. ha! we thought it was amazing!

You're So Random (with Google Tools)

What a great comprehensive list of tools! I really appreciate all those ideas. I knew some of the Google ones, but it was a good reminder, and I'll definitely share that with teachers.I used to do Promethean board training for my district and one of the most popular flipcharts we'd direct people to were the random name pickers, because they were always really cute. (Like the one that looked like different characters from Toy Story, or the pitcher of lemonade and ice cubes. You "stirred" the ice cubes with students' names and then pulled out a random one :-))

18 Updates to Google Tools That You Might Have Missed This Summer

The middle of August is almost here which means that many have returned for the start of the new school year. And those who haven't started will be starting soon. During the summer Google added bunch of new features to Google Classroom, Google Forms, and other tools that teachers and students use throughout the year. I counted eighteen updates. Here they are:

Class Tech Tips: 4 Reasons I’m Excited for Book Creator on Chrome

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10 ways Google is making Classroom and Forms easier for teachers this school year

This year, Google is sending teachers back to school with updates designed to help them do what they do best—teach. Today, Google is excited to announce 10 updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms designed to make teachers’ lives easier this school year. We’ve seen educators do incredible things with G Suite for Education tools: creatively teach classroom material, collaborate with students, and design innovative assignments to achieve meaningful outcomes. Classroom is a useful tool for teachers, and since it launched three years ago, students have submitted more than 1 billion assignments. This year, we’re sending teachers back to school with updates designed to help them do what they do best—teach. Today, we’re announcing 10 updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms to help teachers save time and stay organized.

10 Chrome Extensions to Support Student Learning - TeachTechPlay

Installing extensions to Google Chrome adds amazing functionality to the browser. This allows users to personalise Chrome to suit their needs.
The Chrome Web Store has thousands of extensions on offer for you to customise the browser. To help support students to become familiar with extensions, admins can ‘Force Install’ a small selection via student Organisational Units in the Admin Console. This results in students logging into their account and automatically having access to these selected extensions.
Here are 10 Chrome extensions that I recommend to support student learning;

Introduction to WriQ

WriQ from Texthelp gives educators a complete picture of each student’s journey as an increasingly confident writer. This free add-on for Google Docs automatically checks students’ writing for spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors and measures age-appropriate use of sentence length, vocabulary, and correct and incorrect word sequences. It even includes rubrics!

Five Ways to Turn Up the Power of Google Sheets in the Classroom

Google Sheets can be much more than a simple spreadsheet application. Turn up the power of Sheets with these five add-on’s found in the Chrome App Store.


Here you can find templates that Christine Pinto has created or generated through collaboration with others.