New Google Form Math Support!!!

This is a math support created by using Google Form and Google Slides. The object of this Google Form Support is to help the student with understanding the process for solving a specific type of math problem.

It also provides valuable assessment information beyond grading. The Google Form collects information which can lead to finding new strategies for helping the student to further understand the math process.

I believe supports such as this provide an academic environment for boosting a students esteem. Google APPS for Education provides many different ways to assess and support the mastery of academic skills.

Please Come Back Soon!

Next post will be about how to create the support.

Just Snip and Run…

When creating instructional tutorials sometimes a snippet tool comes in handy. This is a very easy task when working with my computer where the Google Drive APP is installed on my local drive. However this isn’t always the case! This is when Google Chrome extensions work their magic!!! I discovered using the Save to Google Drive Extension in conjunction with the Awesome Screenshot Extension makes it relatively easy to snip an area save it right into a Chrome Browser’s Google Drive Folder.

Directions for Snip and Run

  1. Install  Save to Google Drive  and Awesome Screenshot Extensions in the         Chrome Browser
  2. Click on Awesome Screenshot
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  3. Select a screen capture preference
    • Visible part of screen – delayed capture
    • Selected area
    • Entire Page
    • Upload image
    • Desktop
  4. Click on Capture
    • Capture
  5. Annotate Image and click Done
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  6. Right Click & Select Save to Drive
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Ways to Use in Classroom

  1. Creating Teacher Tutorials
  2. Image for both Teacher and Student’s presentations
  3. Students created directions
  4. Student snip and annotate for projects
  5. Annotated images for worksheets

What to do? Can’t Read Google Drive Language…

The other day while supporting in the Google Drive Help Forum  I noticed users asking how to set their Google Drive Language back to English. One user in particular said, “How can I change this back if I can’t read the language?” Thanks to screencasting animation it was easy to support the user. Having one’s Google Drive in a Foreign Language may be difficult for some users. On the other hand what about the Student Learning a Foreign Language? It might be an interesting challenge for the students to take.

Official Directions to Change Google Drive Language

  1. Go to drive.google.com.
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Choose one of Language
    • Language: Change your preferred language for all Google products.

Google Drive settings carry over to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides home screens automatically.

Visual Directions to Change Google Drive Language

  1. Go to drive.google.com
  2. Click the Settings Gear
  3. Followed by clicking the first selection in the list
  4. A new window will pop open
  5. Click the link in the third section
  6. In the next window click the edit pencil
  7. In search type english
  8. Select English scroll down to the bottom and click the word on the left

Smashing Extension Fab Timesavers!!!

While collaborating with a group of math teachers I discovered the “Power” of  “Smashing” these two Chrome Extensions. Chrome Save to Drive Extension does exactly what its name states. It allows the user to save screenshots and images from the Chrome Browser directly to Google Drive. The second extension is Awesome Screenshot which allows the user to capture and annotate snippets before saving as an image file. I find combining these two extensions can save a lot of time for both Teachers and Students when creating lessons and projects.

Color Your Life with Filters and Labels…

This year one of my goals is to take control of the thousands of emails in my inbox.  I’m not the most organized person in the world but thanks to Google this is no longer a problem. I love how filters automate where my email is filed. It also allows me to bypass the inbox and file the messages into colored labels. Labels are similar to folders. This makes it easier for me to keep track of all my email. I can understand how this is going to be a big timesaver! It is a great relief to open the inbox and quickly find important email without having to scroll through tons of email! Just love features like this where I can find what I’m looking for within the count of 1-2-3!!!

How to Create Filters

  • Open an email in your Gmail Inbox
  • Click the More Down Arrow
  • Select Filter Messages like this

Google gmail select filter messages

  • Fill in which filters you’d like to use
    • NOTE: There is even a filter to exclude conversations
  • Click Create Filter in the lower right corner

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  • Select how you would like to filter the email
    • My Favorites:
      • Skip the inbox  and Apply Labels ~this allows the user to file the email

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  • Email will now be filtered to a label
    • Note the numbers next to my labels
      • These are email I still need to read

Add a Pop of Color to the Labels

  • Click the down Arrow to the left of the label
  • Select a Color

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It’s as easy as 1-2-3!!!

 

 

4 Google Doc Tips to Simplify Life

Teachers and Students tend to create and curate everyday. Thank you Google for building some helpful tools into Google Docs, Slides, Forms, Sheets and Drawings. They make using Google Docs a pleasurable experience. Following is a listing of some of my favorite Google Doc Features:

  • Use Insert Equations for fractions, math symbols and etc…

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  • Need a quick outline of a Google Doc
    • Click help in the Google Doc tool bar
    • Type Outline
      • Look what appears like magic

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  • Need an image?
    • Use the research tool
      • Let’s user drag image right into the doc

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  • Need a symbol and don’t know what its called?
    • Add a Text Box
    • Click Insert Special Character
    • Draw the symbol

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Layering Google Calendar for Classroom Website

Thanks to Google Calendar it is so easy to maintain and share calendars with individuals or the “Whole Wide World.” If you are a teacher with a classroom website or blog you might find Google Calendar  a handy tool. All the edits you make to a Class event or Homework Calendar is edited in “Real Time”. Your changes sync synchronously with the website calendar. If you use a Google Calendar for lesson planning you can save time by making a duplicate of the event  and adding it to the classroom Calendar.

One of the beauties of a Google Calendar is it’s layering feature. This means the teacher can layer more than one calendar on top of one another to compare daily events throughout the district, or different content areas. A layered calendar can be embed into a website. It is easy to maintain a homework calendar, layered with a classroom event calendar for the public to see. These individual calendars are housed as separate calendars under the MyCalendar section of Google Calendars.

Direction for Embedding a Google Calendar

NOTE: Each Calendars layer needs to be shared as public
Please follow these directions:
  1. On a computer, open Google Calendar
  2. Click the down arrow to the right of the calendar
  3. Select Share this Calendar
  4. Click the Calendar Details Tab
  5. Scroll down to Embed this Calendar Section
  6. Click Customize to change color, size, along with other options
    • This is located above embed code
  7. Scroll down to the Calendars to Display Section
  8. Select the Calendars you would like to layer
  9. Go to the top of the page and click update HTML Button
  10. Copy and paste the code into the website