This week I redesigned the Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheets) and Slides (presentations) lessons in this bundle. New screenshots and step-by-step instructions were added for each program. If you have already purchased it, you can download the free updates under your “my purchases” tab. This bundle also contains instructions and activities for Forms (quizzes and surveys), Drawings (desktop publishing/pictures) and Drive Add-ons. Here is a link to the resource…
Google Drive Lessons & Activities Bundle
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”
- 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
- 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
• 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…
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…
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.