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#112 Useful Google in Education posts this week

Posts about using Google applications in your classroom

5 Ways to Kick Start Reflection in Your Classroom

As educators, our job is to help students make meaning of concepts and ideas. We want our students to construct knowledge, to be creators of their learning, not just consumers that parrot information. In the end, we want the experiences in our classroom to inspire curiosity and a love of learning that will last a lifetime. reflective practice, is an important shift that should be a top goal in a learner – centered classroom. It is not an easy process, so it often gets overlooked as teachers rush to cover content in an already overcrowded curriculum. The truth is, this step is probably left out for two reasons. First, it is not easy to get students who have never been asked to reflect on their learning, to do it well. Second, most teachers have not been taught to academically reflect and thus don’t know where to begin teaching the process with to their own students.

4 Easy Steps to Keep Digital Writing Organized in Google Drive

Are you using Google Apps for Education with your students? If you are, or you do a lot of digital writing with your students, this is the post for you! Before I went paperless in my classroom, I used twin pocket folders to keep my student's writing organized. My first version was one folder with one pocket labeled "Drafts" and the other "Published". After a couple of years I felt they needed one more pocket, so I expertly taped two folders together so they would have four pockets. AMAZING right? Okay, okay....not rocket science but SUPER functional! One pocket was labeled, "Brainstorming" where students would keep their writing ideas booklets. Beside that was "drafts", where the writing pieces they were working on would go. The third pocket was for "Editing and Revising". So the pieces that they were getting ready to publish would go here. Then the final pocket was for "published" pieces. After several years of doing this, I found actual four pocket folders. Who knew? Okay, probably a lot of people, but I was super proud of myself for thinking of this clearly genius idea! So several more years pass and here I am in a mostly paperless classroom.
This is a super simple way to keep your students writing organized in their Google Drive.

Math Tools for Chrome - TechNotes Blog - TCEA

This blog will showcase some of the many powerful math tools that your students (and you!) can use with the Chrome browser. Are you a Chrome browser user? If so, you aren’t alone. You and your students may be among the 54.8% of web surfers using the Google Chrome browser. That equates to approximately thirty million students in U.S. schools. While tools like Microsoft OneNote, which features an equation editor and graphing tools, work great on Windows, what about Chrome browser alternatives on touch-screen Chromebooks? Here are some math tools that you will want to blend into your Chrome-based math instruction.

Using Google Sheets to Track Student Progress

A teacher came to me last week looking for a way to quickly see the changes in her weekly student assessment data. She had been scoring each quiz, giving feedback to students, then calculating the percentage increase/decrease for each student by hand. Clearly, the answer here is a spreadsheet. (Thanks, Alice Keeler, for burning that into my brain.) The Google Sheet I created for her calculates the student's percent change from one week to the next, then highlights increases in green and decreases in red. It's a simple way to see how students are doing without having to bust out the calculator every Friday afternoon.

20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom [infographic] | Shake Up Learning

Google has opened up Google Classroom to users outside of G Suite for Education. Users with a personal Google account can now both join and create classes. This opens so many doors for teachers, students, and parents to connect, collaborate and learn. I have created this handy infographic with 20 New Ways to Use Google Classroom that goes beyond just the idea of using it for our everyday classrooms. I have also included details for each of the twenty ways in this blog post. Keep reading! I hope this will inspire you to think of other new ways to use Google Classroom.

Create your own Lit Trips (and more) for Google Earth

Recently I shared a blog post on how to use Google Lit Trips in the new web-based Google Earth. Lit Trips are a great way to put students in a story, helping them see where the events took place, and bring the story to life. In addition to just using Lit Trips, you (and your students) can also create your own tours for Google Earth. This can be a powerful learning tool, or a way for students to collect and share what they have read. Of course, beyond just Lit Trips, students can create Google Earth tours for any subject including documenting the key locations and details in a historical battle, visiting different biomes, a tour of geometric architecture, and more.

Choose a Random Winner Template Walkthrough

This video walks you through how to use Alice Keeler's Choose a Random person Google Form template. This accompanies a blog post that you can find here - https://goo.gl/fb/oIU8GX

24 Google Doc Hacks and Add-ons to Make Your Life Easier | GetVoIP

Twenty years ago, collaborating with people in real-time over the internet seemed unfathomable. Now we do it every day with the click of a button. Google Docs is a powerful tool that makes working with people both near and far a breeze, but do you know how to use it to its full capacity? Go beyond just sharing docs and leaving comments with these 24 Google Doc hacks and add-ons.

15 Google Classroom Features You Will Love

Google Classroom has so many new features that help teachers save time and energy. I love how much more control users have over the posts as well as the new organizational features, such as the addition of Topics.Lots of updates have been made since the launch in 2014. Some features are more helpful than others, and I get excited about the little things that save time and reduce stress for teachers and students. From the start, Google Classroom has been a instructional facilitator. Here's what I'm talking about.

Amazing Mobile Features of Google Classroom

Most Google-using educators already know that Google Classroom is a great tool for managing class assignments, collaboration, discussions and more. However, as much as you may think you know about Classroom, there are several awesome features for you and your students that you may not be aware of. In addition to the normal web-based version of Classroom, there is also a Google Classroom mobile app. Many times when we think of mobile app, we think of a simpler, watered-down version of the full program. However, that is not always the case, and certainly is not true for Classroom. In fact, there are several awesome tools and features that can only be accessed if you and your students are using the mobile version of Classroom. Five of these features include:

  • list text hereDigital handwriting
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  • list text hereNotifications To learn all of these powerful mobile features, see below for my recorded video training, detailed written directions, links, and other resources. See how you and your students can take Classroom to the next level with mobile!