Thursday, June 11, 2015

Using GMail, Google Drive, Widgets, Apps & Other Technology in your Classroom - Hart District ROP - 6/11/2015

Please take my quiz.

Today we are going to learn tips and tricks for these great tools!
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive, including:
    • Google Docs
    • Google Sheets
    • Google Slides
    • Google Forms
    • Organizing files and folders in Google Drive
  • Kahoot!
  • Flubaroo
  • Notability
  • Pinterest in the classroom
  • Remind
  • URL shorteners (TinyURL, bitly, ShoutKey)
Helpful Resources

Advanced Google Drive - Hart District Teacher Summer Institute - 6/11/2015

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Here are some of the many amazing advanced features you can do with Google Drive that we may discuss today. Many of the features we talk about today work best--or are only available--by using the Google Chrome web browser. If you are using Google Drive regularly, I strongly urge you to use Chrome--it's the best browser out there.


So now it's time for Google Drive to "reveal its secrets . . ."

  1. Offline editing - you and your students are not bound by an internet connection. By enabling offline editing, you can work on a file on any device and sync it when you have an internet connection again
  2. Revision History - go back in time on any document, and "reveal the secrets" of any document, spreadsheet, or slide
  3. Batch upload of files - taking the leap of faith with Google Docs/Google Drive
  4. Back up Google Drive files - you can store local versions of files on your computer all the time, and you can use Google Takeout to completely close out an account and transfer data from one Google account to another
  5. Google Drive for Desktop - Download the free app for your computer, and you can have customized access to files locally. Those files will then sync to the cloud.
  6. Use Google Docs to create a quick and dirty "website" - Use Publish to the Web to make any Google Doc a website. Great for announcing election results, dance courts, etc. Here's an example I created for the SAT program.
  7. Save as PDF - Google Docs easily exports to PDF format for printing. If it's not exporting quite right in "Save as . . ." simply use the Print feature to make your PDF appear exactly as it would on paper
  8. Email collaborators feature - an easy way to stay in touch with your team
  9. Use the STAR to create a tickler file - for files you want to have access to more easily, especially on mobile
  10. Google Drawing - the unsung hero of Google Drive
  11. Editing and Suggesting modes - newer feature of Google Docs allows you to turn your changes into suggestions for someone else
  12. Comment Only access - protective of your stuff? Use Comment Only to give collaborators a voice, but you still have the final say
  13. Column workaround - Google Docs doesn't have the column feature of MS Word (yet). Use Tables for a quick and easy workaround, and then make the table border disappear
  14. CONCATENATE function - this feature in Google Sheets (yeah, you can also do it in Microsoft Excel) is awesome when used in conjunction with Infinite Campus 
  15. Common folders and sharing - rather than sharing files individually with students, create a common shared folder that 
  16. Go farther with Google Apps for Education - Hey, this is what we have in the Hart District! Google gives you unlimited space for Drive and Gmail, and your whole school/district is "speaking the same language"
  17. Go EVEN farther with Google Classroom - create your own ecosystem where you can create assignments and send announcements out to one class, all classes, specific small groups (officers, clubs, etc)
  18. Perhaps one of my favorite features of Google Drive . . . Google Forms

Getting Started with Google Drive - Hart District Teacher Summer Institute - 6/11/2015

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All the tips I share with you today work best in the Google Chrome web browser. Some of them will only work in Google Chrome.

By the end of our time today, I want to inspire you to:
  • Ditch the G: Drive forever
  • Never send another email attachment ever again
  • Only use Microsoft Office when ABSOLUTELY necessary
  • Use Google Drive to collaborate with your students
Cloud Technology
  • Creating your work in one place and saving to the Cloud
  • Access anywhere you have an Internet connection
  • Access on a desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone
Types of files we can create, edit, print, upload, and/or download
  • Google Docs is like Microsoft Word - Cheat Sheet from Kasey Bell HERE
  • Google Sheets is like Microsoft Excel
  • Google Slides is like Microsoft PowerPoint - Cheat Sheet from Kasey Bell HERE
  • Google Forms is like nothing Microsoft offers! - Cheat Sheet from Casey Bell HERE
  • Google Drive for iOS - Ron's cheat sheet HERE
  • It’s not EXACTLY Office, but it's 95% of everything I need
It gets even better!
  • It's time to take the leap of faith - upload your whole digital life to Google Drive this summer
  • Never send attachments again
  • Auto-save and revision history
  • Sharing files
  • View-only access
  • Edit access
  • Publishing to the web
  • Working simultaneously - collaborate with other educators and students
  • Chatting within a document
  • Tracking changes
  • It helps manage your time, and you can take on more valuable work
Taking it to the next level
  • All your ASB, yearbook, drama applications can now be created using form
  • Student of the Month/Character Counts nomination form
  • Adding and manipulating images is easy, and gets easier all the time!
  • Convert PDF files to word documents
  • Great for personal use (birthday lists, holiday lists, …)
  • Spell check
  • And Google Docs continues to add new features all the time!
Security
  • Eliminates floppy disks, USB/flash drives, CD drives
  • Greater security, no virus risk
  • You don’t know where that student’s flash drive has been!
Using Google Docs with your students
  • Equity for all students - need to make sure all students have access
  • Students sharing documents with the teacher, teacher can post comments
  • Why Google Docs beats posting to a blog - the Kimball High School story
Six Features That Make Google Drive Awesome - from one of my favorite Canadians, Steve Dotto

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Blogging for Everyone in your Classroom! - 6/9-11/2015

By the end of this session, teachers will:
  • Have started their own blog using Blogger
  • Have posted ONE photo and a caption from their phone or iPad
  • Feel confident enough to have their students start to create content on Blogger, too!

How I got started blogging with students and why I love it!
  • Here was the agenda from our FIRST DAY we started blogging in the classroom
Here are some examples of student blogs:


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Form Up! with Google Forms - #CADA2015

UPDATE--I got the map to work!
Goals for today:
  • Understand what a Google Form is and the real power that Google Forms have (nothing like it on any other platform I've seen)
  • Take a SURVEY using Google Forms (and show you something pretty cool at the end if we have 5 minutes left) - you can see those survey results HERE
  • Show you 77 different ways that my friends and I are using Google Forms in education


Steve Dotto is a pretty cool Canadian, and has lots of great tech tips to share! Here is his tutorial on creating Google Forms



Here's me talking about Creating an Assessment in Google Forms



And then me again showing how to grade that assessment using Flubaroo


The add-ons that I may talk about today, but may not have time to show you are:

Flubaroo - for grading quizzes and tests
Autocrat - it's like mail merge for Google Drive
Doctopus - gather up contact information from your students and then Doctopus emails out a template document to each of them for them to individually edit (a feature that is now so much easier using Google Classroom
Choice Eliminator - make a list of options and have each option disappear as it's chosen; great for interview times, parent conference times, project topics, potluck items, etc.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Advanced Google Drive at CADA 2015 - 2/25/2015


Here are some of the many amazing things you can do with Google Drive that we're going to talk about today. Many of the features we talk about today work best--or are only available--by using the Google Chrome web browser. If you are using Google Drive regularly, I strongly urge you to use Chrome--it's the best browser out there.

So now it's time for Google Drive to "reveal its secrets . . ."

  1. Offline editing - you and your students are not bound by an internet connection. By enabling offline editing, you can work on a file on any device and sync it when you have an internet connection again
  2. Revision History - go back in time on any document, and "reveal the secrets" of any document, spreadsheet, or slide
  3. Batch upload of files - taking the leap of faith with Google Docs/Google Drive
  4. Back up Google Drive files - you can store local versions of files on your computer all the time, and you can use Google Takeout to completely close out an account and transfer data from one Google account to another
  5. Google Drive for Desktop - Download the free app for your computer, and you can have customized access to files locally. Those files will then sync to the cloud.
  6. Use Google Docs to create a quick and dirty "website" - Use Publish to the Web to make any Google Doc a website. Great for announcing election results, dance courts, etc.
  7. Save as PDF - Google Docs easily exports to PDF format for printing. If it's not exporting quite right in "Save as . . ." simply use the Print feature to make your PDF appear exactly as it would on paper
  8. Email collaborators feature - an easy way to stay in touch with your team
  9. Use the STAR to create a tickler file - for files you want to have access to more easily, especially on mobile
  10. Google Drawing - the unsung hero of Google Drive
  11. Editing and Suggesting modes - newer feature of Google Docs allows you to turn your changes into suggestions for someone else
  12. Comment Only access - protective of your stuff? Use Comment Only to give collaborators a voice, but you still have the final say
  13. Column workaround - Google Docs doesn't have the column feature of MS Word (yet). Use Tables for a quick and easy workaround, and then make the table border disappear
  14. Create a Digital File Cabinet - use Google Drive to share view-only access to files for your classroom or for your entire school
  15. Common folders and sharing - rather than sharing files individually with students, create a common shared folder that 
  16. Go farther with Google Apps for Education - Google gives you unlimited space for Drive and Gmail, and your whole school/district is "speaking the same language"
  17. Go EVEN farther with Google Classroom - create your own ecosystem where you can create assignments and send announcements out to one class, all classes, specific small groups (officers, clubs, etc)