Tag Archives: GAFE

PDF to Google Doc Conversion

• You can now convert a PDF to a Google Doc right in Google Drive in order to make changes to the document
• The file conversion is good for simple small PDFs but bad for large PDFs with images, tables and other complex formatting
• The following guide shows you how to upload PDFs into Google Drive and convert them using step-by-step instructions and screenshots

PDF to Google Doc Conversion Guide

Create Choose Your Own Adventure Stories using Google Slides

This lesson and guide shows teachers and students how to create “Choose Your Own Adventure” books in Google Slides

• These stories can be interesting, fun and challenging for students
• Students will need to plan out their stories because of the somewhat complex nature of “choose their own adventure” stories
• Use the following planning slides in this resource to help students prepare. They can be shown on a projector, shared through Google Classroom or photocopied.
• These stories can also be created in Groups. Each member of the group could be responsible to write one adventure. All members could work on the story at the same time using Google Slides.
• After they are finished preparing, use the instructions in this resource to show students how they will create their stories in Google Slides

Using Google Slides…
• This lesson will show you how to add links in Google Slides to create your stories
• Readers of your book will click on the links to be taken on different adventures
• The links will take your reader to a different slide in your Google Slide story

Choose Your Own Adventure Stories using Google Slides

AutoDraw New Google Drawing Tool Uses Artificial Intelligence

Google recently launched this new drawing tool that pairs machine learning with drawings from artists to help students create images quickly. It is really simple to use and fun for all ages.

“Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI) that provides computers with the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed. Machine learning focuses on the development of computer programs that can change when exposed to new data.” (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/machine-learning)

“Fast Drawing For Everyone”

www.autoDraw.com

Google Photos

GOOGLE PHOTOS

Teachers and students can manage all of their photos in one place and access from a desktop or any mobile device (Android, iPad or iPhone)

• One home for all of your photos
• Easy to find
• Auto-upload from any device
• Automatically organized and searchable
• Edit easily and share however you want
• Free storage
• Your photos are searchable by the places and things in them. No tagging required.
• Pool photos with friends and family

OPTIONS

Assistant Options
A. Album
B. Shared Album
C. Collage
D. Animation

Image Options
A. Colour Filter
B. Basic Adjustments
C. Crop & Rotate
D. Aspect Ratio
E. More (Save Copy/Copy Edits)

Go to photos.google.com to get started

Google Cast for Education

  • Google Cast for Education is a free Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom.
  • It carries video and audio, has built in controls for teachers and works seamlessly with Google Classroom
  • The Cast for Education app runs on the teacher’s computer that’s connected to the classroom projector
  • Teachers receive calls through the Cast for Education app and students share their screens
  • Cast for Education allows you to turn your computer into a wireless projector for screen sharing from another device
  • Just install the app, give your device a name, and invite students to cast

Source

https://support.google.com/edu/castforedu/?hl=en#7041156

3 More Great Add-Ons for Google Drive

#1.  CheckItOut

• Use CheckItOut to keep track of digital devices, textbooks and other classroom items
• CheckItOut is an add-on for Google Drive Forms
• This add-on will create one question in Forms for items that are Checked-out and another question that are Checked-in
• When someone fills out the form, selected items will be moved between the two questions

#2.  Word Cloud Generator

This Google Drive add-on generates a downloadable word cloud of your documents

Some new advanced options…
1. Control over number of words
2. Prettifying the cloud
3. Dropping words
4. Word count table

#3.  Lucidchart

• This online diagram application makes it easy to sketch and share professional flowchart diagrams.
• Create a Free Account and make Basic Diagrams (up to 60 objects per document)
• Invite an unlimited number of collaborators
• Lucidchart is another add-on for Google Drive

Google Sites (Create Websites) New Version

  • Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share websites
  • No technical programming skills are required
  • Collaborate with others to create and refine sites, just like other Google Docs
  • It’s surprisingly easy to make a high-quality website

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TOPICS

  • Accessing Google Sites
  • Use the insert menu to add content to your site
  • Move content, change the size and crop images
  • Organize the site, drag the content to where you want it
  • Upload video and images
  • Change the theme and banner to modify the look of the website
  • Create and name new pages
  • Preview, share and publish the site

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Use Google Sites in just about any classroom or course of instruction. Website development could be incorporated into a variety of courses to demonstrate knowledge of course content. Teachers may also wish to use Google Sites to create a school website for their classes or departments.

Google Drawings as a Bonus Activity

I offered students the opportunity for bonus marks if they create a character/picture using shapes in Google Drawings.  I was really impressed with what they were able to create.  Here are a few student exemplars…

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This is a fun activity that allows students to learn more about Google Drive Drawings while creating an amusing picture.

• Once students are done completing one of my Google Draw activities (Holiday Picture, Dinosaur, Minion, Pokemon etc.), they can create a picture of their choice.
• This resource some examples of what students created for this activity
• Note: these examples do not include step-by-step instructions like my other Google Draw activities.

Google Drawings Bonus Activity

Google Drive Education Templates

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• Google has developed a series of Education Templates to use with Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms
• Teachers and Students can use these layouts to help them quickly create beautiful educational documents
• The screenshots below show what some of the templates look like and where and how to access them in Google Docs
Doc Templates
• Essay, Report, Book Report, Class Notes, Lesson Plans

Form Templates
• Worksheet, Exit Ticket, Course Evaluation, Assessment

Sheet Templates
• Attendance, Grade Book

Slide Templates
• Lesson Plan, Book Report, Field Trip, Science Project, Science Fair, Student Certificate

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