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#115 Useful Google in Education posts this week

Posts about using Google in the classroom

Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) Using Google Docs

Differentiate with Learning Menus Using Google Docs! I love learning menus, and it is one of my favorite ways to incorporate choice and differentiate learning. What are Learning Menus? Learning menus or choice boards are a form of differentiated learning that give students a menu or choice of learning activities.

Creating Comic Strips with Google Slides

Learn how to create comic strips using Google Slides.

23 GSuite Ideas to Excite Your Students about Learning with Eric Curts @coolcatteacher

Eric Curts @ericcurts  teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. With ideas for Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Drawings for all subjects and ages, you’ll want to scroll down and follow the links in our enhanced show notes.


Lessons Learned from a Google Expeditions Pilot

Below are 8 Tips for a Google Expeditions Pilot from Heather Kilgore, an Instructional Technology Coordinator for Commerce ISD in Commerce, Texas, where she shares the lessons learned from their Google Expeditions pilot program. As we all begin to find ways to bring Google Expeditions, Google Cardboard, and other virtual reality experiences to our classrooms, I thought it was important to share this first-hand experience with you. The first time we try anything, we always learn a lot of lessons!
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Mercury Reader Chrome Extension

Mercury Reader is a Chrome extension that makes websites and articles easier for students to read. This extension strips away ads which can be distraction and it pulls the information from an article into one simple and easy to read document. Images will still appear in the new version and hyperlinks will still work just as they did in the original article. Mercury Reader allows the user to change the size of the text, adjust the font, and select either a light or dark theme. There is also an option to send the text to a Kindle.

Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts for Teachers

October 16, 2017
Google Drive is one of a Swiss Army knife comprising some of the best productivity tools to use in your instruction. Besides being a cloud based storage system where you can save and access all of your digital content, it also embeds handy applications enabling you to write documents, design presentations, create spreadsheets, and make beautiful drawings. It offers several collaborative features to enhance team work and facilitate collaboration on joint projects. Our Google Drive section here in EdTech and mLearning provides you with the necessary resources to help you tap into the educational potential of Google Drive, check it out learn more.

The purpose of our post today is to share with you this updated chart featuring some interesting keyboard shortcuts for Google Drive on the web.  You can access the full list from this page or you can display it in your Google Drive by pressing on Ctrl + / (Chrome OS, Windows) or ⌘ + / (Mac).

Click on the image below to access to the full list.

#TechTipTuesday - Google Maps. Plan your next out of this world trip, today.

In an recent update to Google Maps you can now explore planets and many other amazing things floating out in space. Simply direct your web browser to the following link:,-87.4912982,23011087m/data=!3m1!1e3 And being exploring the space beyond our atmosphere. You can also just direct yourself to and then choose the "Satellite" view and then begin zooming out. When you get our outside of Earth zoom just a bit further to check out all of the other options of things to see in outer space.

Creating student constructed quizzes using Google Forms

A video overview on how I use Google Forms to create student constructed quizzes. This is a response to an question from a colleague that wanted to know how I do this in my classes.

Google Masters For Kids of All Ages: Badges, Skills and More

Lee Ann Yonker helped start the #MiniGoogleMasters movement in her school in K-3rd grade, demonstrating littles can be tech-savvy too! Now having moved to 5th grade, Mrs. Yonker is continuing her tech encouragement with the #MakingGoogleMasters. We talk about what students of all ages can do. She also shares her micro-credential badging approach that has her fifth graders excited to learn.

4 Must-Have Google Classroom Skills for Teachers | Shake Up Learning

Google Classroom is quite a robust platform for teachers and students to communicate, collaborate, and manage assignments digitally. Google is continually updating and giving us new features that make it an even more powerful tool. Whether you are new to Google Classroom, or a savvy expert, there is always something new to discover. Here are four things you must know about Google Classroom assignments.