Tag Archives: Google Apps

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

New Team Drives within Google Drive

Team Drives is a new feature in Google Drive…

• Team Drives are work spaces with easier sharing rules to keep members on the same page
• Create a shared workspace where team members automatically have access to files and folders in the team drive
• Customize it to match your teams personality
• Many teachers use Google Docs to help students collaborate on group projects
• Use Team Drives for larger group projects where students may be working with several different Google Docs at the same time

Sharing within Google Drive

Collaborators within Google Drive

  • I often have students put together a Google Slide presentation for their group projects
  • One person from the group will open a Google Slide presentation
  • That person will then invite the other members of the group to collaborate
  • All members of the group can work on the same Google Slide from different devices
  • They will each see changes made by their group members in real time

Protecting your Work

  • If you are concerned about someone copying your work and submitting it as their own, then share your work in PDF format
  • This is the only secure way to protect work if you do not want people to be able to edit it
  • It is very important to know that recipients can always make a copy of “view only” files and just edit as they wish
  • Google Docs were designed to allow people to collaborate and edit shared documents. It was not created to “protect” products.

Google Spaces – New App For Sharing

  • Google Spaces is a new app for small group sharing
  • Spaces helps you get a group together quickly to share things about any topic and instantly start conversations
  • Invite classmates any way you like with a quick link
  • Teachers and students can use Google Spaces to share ideas and learn from one another
  • Students can use it to collaborate on projects, complete homework and prepare for tests

Source

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.social.spaces&hl=en

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Google Transformation Center

  • The Transformation Center is a hub of resources to help education leaders improve all aspects of their schools
  • A collection of ideas, stories, templates and guides from schools so that leaders can learn from each other
  • Find examples from real schools that are implementing the 7 Elements of Transformation
  • Submit your ideas to help the community of school leaders

7 Elements of Transformation

  1. Professional Development– Effective professional development and coaching
  2. Culture – Foster a culture of innovation and learn from failure and success
  3. Technology – Find, test and implement the right technology tools
  4. Funding & Sustainability – School leaders create a sustainable budget
  5. Community Engagement – Ensure school partners are able to support the school
  6. Learning – Develop curriculum and assessment that puts the student at the center
  7. Vision – Create a clear vision, all members work toward shared goals

To find out more about Google’s Transformation Center, click on the link below…

Google Transformation Center

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

Google Timer

 

• Timers are a great classroom tool to break up the day/period into blocks of time to help focus students
• Stopwatches can also be used to time a response to a problem or question
• Google Timer and Google Stopwatch are quick and easy to access

Opportunities to use a Class Timer and Stopwatch

• End of an activity
• Beginning of a new activity
• Switching between activities
• End of the day/beginning of the day
• During an indoor recess, snack or lunch break
• Cleaning up a work area
• Solving a problem
• Responding to a question

Click on the link below to download a free guide to using Google Timer…

Google Timer Guide

 

 

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