Tag Archives: Docs

10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017

10 google apps tips for 2017

10 Google Apps Tricks to Learn for 2017 1. Force a Copy When I create templates I like to share the templates in a way that prompts the user to create a copy. Notice if you go to alicekeeler.com/poo that it does not take you directly to the document but rather asks you to copy it […]

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Google Classroom: Pull Student Paragraphs and Give Feedback

google classroom pull student responses

Google Classroom: Pull Student Paragraphs and Give Feedback I like to joke that the “Make a copy for each student” option is really the “Make a giant pile of paperwork for yourself” option. When you ask students to use the “Create” button and create a Google Doc or you give them a template on a […]

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Insert Drawings into Google Apps

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Insert Drawings into Google Apps I live for collaboration and feedback conversations instead of comments. This is what I love about using G Suite with Google Apps. Instead of scribbling comments onto a kids paper that they probably do not get a lot of learning out of, switching to inserting comments in a Google Docs, […]

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HyperDocs – Add the 4 C’s

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HyperDocs Are More Than A Digital Worksheet Guest blog post by Lisa Highfill HyperDocs are digital lessons that you give to students for engaging, inquiry-based learning; but beware, they can easily be a digital worksheet depending on the lesson design and content you include. It is important to remember that when exploring HyperDocs online, often […]

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Google Docs: Not Research Tool… Explore!

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Use the Explore Tool to Research Google announced several updates yesterday. One is that Google Apps will now be known as G Suite. If you have been a Google Sheets user, the Explore tool in Google Sheets now comes to Docs and Slides. Like in Sheets, the Explore tool can be found in the bottom-right […]

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Columns: You Asked, You Got It

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Columns in Google Docs Google just announced that you can now do two or three column layouts in Google Docs. I think this is one of the questions that I receive most often when I’m working with teachers on using Google apps, so this is a welcome new feature! Format Menu You can enable columns […]

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Google Docs: Find Document Details

Document Details New menu item in Google Docs (which includes Sheets, Slides, and Drawings) allows you to see when a document was created and what folder it is in. Folder Icon I find it very helpful to click on the folder icon next to the document title. This shows me what folder that document is […]

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Poof! Paper Handouts are Digital

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No More Paper Handouts While at an event recently the speaker handed out a paper handout. After her presentation, some of the audience members were asking if the handout was available digitally. Using Google Keep I was able to digitize the handout and distribute it through Google Classroom in seconds. Google Keep I am a […]

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Google Docs are Better Than PDF Comments

Google Docs Comments

Google Docs are Better Than PDF Comments I have made it no secret that I am not a fan of annotating PDF’s. What makes using Google Apps great is the focus on collaboration. PDF’s are not collaborative, not real time, no revision history, lack engagement, and are oftentimes a direct substitute for paper. Technology should […]

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Google Classroom: Use Someone Else’s Template

Use Other Teachers Templates

Attach Other Teacher’s Templates in Google Classroom This job is too hard to go it alone. As Harry Wong said… “Steal Steal Steal.” Many teachers create activities in Google Docs that you can just grab and go! If you want to customize the template you will need to create a copy of the Google Doc. […]

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Essential Google Docs Skill: Anyone With The Link Can View

Essential skill share google docs

Share Google Docs By default Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, Slides and Drawings) are private. If you share the link to a Google Drive document with someone they will not be able to view the document. Google Classroom automatically solves the sharing problem. Classroom explicitly shares docs with your students when attached. If you want parents […]

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Google Docs: Highlight Text with Your Voice

Highlight text with your voice

Voice Typing in Google Docs Highlighting text in a Google Doc can be a little cumbersome. The Google Doc voice typing feature is not only magical, it allows you to edit your document with voice commands. Voice Typing Use the Tools menu to activate voice typing. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Control Shift […]

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Comments Invite Conversations

Comments invite Conversations annotate PDF

Move Beyond MarkUp It is well known that I abhor writing on PDF’s. It is not that engaging of an activity and it is not better than using paper. So why not annotate on top of student work to provide feedback? Annotating on top of student work is exactly what we did when we had […]

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Google Docs do NOT Count Against Your Google Drive Storage

Free Storage in Google Drive

If you are a Google Apps for Education (GAfE) user, you have UNLIMITED Google Drive storage. However your personal Gmail account does not. Google Apps for Work users are also not unlimited (unless they upgrade to that service.) Free for Schools Just to reiterate, schools have unlimited storage so put a lot of videos into […]

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11 Tips When You’re New to Google Apps for Education

Getting Started with Google Apps

Essential Getting Started with Google Apps Google Apps for Education (GAfE) encompasses several products. Typically this starts with a branded Gmail account, specific to your school district. If email is turned off the account sign in appears to be an email address on the schools domain, but is used only for accessing other Google products. […]

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