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#120 Google in Education posts this week

Posts about using Google apps in the classroom

Here Is How to Create Your Own Maps Using Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

October 31, 2017
The integration of Google Maps with Google Drive made it super easy for anyone to create and share maps with others. The process is simple and does not require any software installation. Using My Maps in Drive will enable you to design your own customized maps where you can add places, draw lines, add markers and layers, add directions, measure distances and areas and many more. Once your map is ready you can then print it, export it to KML, or embed it on your site using a generated embed code. This post shows how to create or open a map
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Book Creator for Chrome - Product Review, Tips and Tricks for Classroom Teachers

Book Creator has long been a favorite tool for iPads. Now, Book Creator for Chrome is here for every classroom to publish books. Right now, my students are creating books about their heroes. We’ve been using Joseph Campbell’s model of “the hero’s journey” in our class, and each of my students will be creating a six-page book on his or her hero. They’ll be adding photographs, videos, audio and text about their hero. Standards: I’m using this project as a summary of all the graphic design lessons that I’ve taught my students, everything from color to fonts. I’m expecting them to use these principles in their books, but I’m also hoping that they’ll create a great keepsake commemorating why their hero is so special to them. Many of my students have chosen to write about their parents or grandparents, so the results could (and should) be outstanding.

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda: Google Slides Tip: Title Your Slides to Create a Handy Table of Contents (And How to Add Ti...

Here's how to add a title to a slide, after you've already done your slide show.
1. Click on the slide you want to change. (If you want to change several slides, command click or right click on all slides. And for all slides, select all.)
2. Go to Slide --> Apply layout.
3. Select any layout that has a title box.
4. The title box will appear on the slide(s).
5. Type in title. Adjust as desired. (You can even hide the title if you want.)
6. Done!

YouTube Hacks: 10 Secret YouTube Tricks to Learn - Freemake

Find out top YouTube tips & tricks: how to stream live, delete history, get rid of ads, download restricted clips or share certain time URL. Best hacks of 2017!

5 Ways to Use EquatIO mathspace - EdTechTeam

Texthelp has done it again!  They’ve launched the EquatIO mathspace at, a web-based tool that allows math learners to work freely in a digital space with equations, shapes, and freehand drawings.  Here are my top 5 ways to use EquatIO mathspace in the classroom.

Control Alt Achieve: Creative Google Slides Uses for Students

We all know Google Slides is an excellent multimedia presentation tool. But it can be so much more than that. There are many non-traditional ways students can use Google Slides for learning, creating, and expressing their understanding. I recently had the privilege and pleasure of joining Thomas Rup and Eric Lawson for a YouTube Live event to discuss "Souped-Up Slides". Thomas is the Network Administrator and Eric is the Director of Technology & Libraries for the York School Department in York, Maine. Together they are "The Blended EdTech Guys" and they create and share educational technology videos that are just as funny as they are informative. See below for the recorded video where we talk about loads of creative ways students can use Google Slides, as well as other tech topics that came up in the process. You will also find links to all of the resources discussed.

Control Alt Achieve: Create Cloze Reading Activities with Google Sheets and Other Tools

A "Cloze Test" is a reading activity where a student is given a reading passage with certain words removed. Sometimes the student is also provided with a word bank, listing the missing words, while other times they are not. The task is for the student to fill in the missing words. This is a great activity to help the student develop reading comprehension skills. It is necessary for the student to read the passage carefully and consider the context to try to determine what words would best fill in the blanks. This also helps develop and assess the student's understanding of parts of speech and vocabulary.

Control Alt Achieve: Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides

I have always been a giant fan of stop motion animation. As a child I grew up on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Year Without a Santa Claus". In more recent years I have enjoyed "The Nightmare Before Christmas", "Fantastic Mr. Fox", and "Kubo and the Two Strings". As much as I enjoy watching stop motion movies, it can also be fun to create your own. With technology there are many programs and apps to make the process much easier, so that anyone can make a stop motion animation. One easy tool to use for this is Google Slides. Many times we think of Slides as just a program for creating multimedia presentations. However, with just a few tricks you and your students can actually use Google Slides to make stop motion movies.

Using Google Slides for Peer to Peer Feedback – i ❤ edu

Today, I want to share with you a template on using Google Slides to store all student responses and encourage peer to peer feedback. View the Slide Deck below:

10 Amazing Google Geo Tools for Your Classroom | Shake Up Learning

I had the privilege of attending the Google Geo Institute (#CAGTI17) with approximately 90 other educators from around the world last week to learn more about Google’s Geo Tools! I loved using maps with my students and used Google Earth, but my head was spinning with all of the ideas about how we can use the geo tools to help students learn about new places, solve problems, and tell stories!