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#109 Useful Google in Education links this week

Posts about using Google applications in the classroom

How to add a folder of photos to a Google presentation QUICKLY...using the DriveSlides extension

This blog has been created to provide a source of professional development in integrating technology into the day-to-day classroom experience for teachers in South Africa especially those who have joined SchoolNet SA as a member. This free membership will add you to our mailing list so that we can keep you informed of opportunities and events you might be interested in. Please visit our SchoolNetSA website for more details Please also 'like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Schoolnetsa. Please contact Fiona Beal (Technology Integration Facilitator) with any queries at: fiona(at) The posts on the blog are written by Fiona Beal from SchoolNet

A report back on the Google Educator Group (GEG) meeting at Grove Primary in August

On Saturday morning 27th August we had a most enjoyable GEG gathering at Grove Primary, run by the two central GEG leaders, Peter Schutte and Che Marnwick, both from Wynberg Girls High School. Google Educator Groups (GEGs) are communities of educators who learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their learners through technology solutions. The groups around the world have local teacher leaders who arrange meetings, such as Peter and Che. After tea and fun at the photobooth we settled down to the fun icebreakers and the presentations of the day.

How To Password Protect ANY File in Google Drive

Password Protect ANY Google Drive Document or file today with this simple workaround and create your own Breakout EDU challenges. To add security when sharin...

How to Use Google Sheets in the K-12 Classroom

Nothing turns data into information like a spreadsheet. We as teachers understand that, which is why spreadsheets are a fundamental tool to critically analyze any data that includes numbers. There are many options (Numbers, Excel, and Open Office to name just a few), but arguably the most popular is Google Sheets. If you’re using Google Classroom or G Suite, you already have it. That means there’s no separate log-in required, no unique password for students to forget, and no special install required to push it out to students. It’s right there, as part of the education package.

3 Chrome Extensions that Make Google Classroom Even More Awesome! | Shake Up Learning

As a lot of us are gearing up for the start of school and beginning to set up our classes in Google Classroom, I thought it was a great time to share three Google Chrome extensions that can make your experience better for you and your students.

Hyperdocs in Elementary - TechNotes Blog - TCEA

Looking for a way to organize content for student learning, collaboration, and creation? Try a hyperdoc with Google Docs.

Hyperdoc Library

Binder of grade/subject level hyperdocs for classroom use

10 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on Google Classroom

August 29, 2017
Here is a handy infographic we have been working on over the last few days.  The visual features 10 of what we believe are basic things every teacher should be able to do on Google Classroom. Instructions included are only for Classroom on the web, check out Google Classroom Help to learn more about how to use these features on mobile devices. We hope you like the infographic and share with your colleagues.  You can also republish it on your blog or website as long as you credit us as the source. Enjoy

1- Invite students to join a class

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Google Certified Trainer Application | Shake Up Learning

Becoming a Google Certified Trainer requires a lot of knowledge, skill, and experience, and completing all of the application requirements can be daunting!

An Easy Way to Convert PDFs to Microsoft Word Documents Using Google Drive

May 28, 2017
There are different ways to convert PDF files to Word documents. A quick search in Google brings up a number of web tools some of which are free. We tried out  some of these tools and found them just a waste of time. The most reliable way to convert PDFs to Word or to any other file format is Adobe Acrobat Pro version (costs around $24).But there is also a free and easy way to do your file conversion through Google Drive. This hack only works with PDF files that are not too large. Also, diagrams and tables embedded in PDFs do not turn out good in the converted version. Other than that, this Google Drive functionality is a good alternative to many conversion tools out there. Below is a step-by-step guide to show you how to convert PDFs to Word documents using Google Drive

1- Upload the PDF into your Google Drive.
2- In Google Drive, right click on the PDF file and select ‘Open with’ then click on ‘Google Docs’.