Tag Archives: Google Apps

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