Set an Expiration Date & Poof Files Disappears

There may be times a teacher may want to limit the sharing of a Google Docs, Slides, Drawings, or Sheets.  This is when the expiration setting comes in handy. Set a date and “poof” the file magically disappears from the student’s drive.

How to Set Google File Expiration Time

  1. Open Google Drive
  2. Click the Doc
  3. Select Share
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Click Dropdown Arrow next to file settings
  6. Select Set Expiration
  7. Choose 7 days, 30 Days or Custom Range
  8. Click Save Changes
  9. Click  Done  button

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When Might this Tool be Used?

  1. To close out a Google Document or Slides Assessment
  2. Projects used for Finals
  3. Special Assessment

 

 

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Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slide

Recently this question was asked in the Google Doc Help Forum, “Can I insert a Chart from Google Forms into a Google Slides Presentation?” I started thinking about this question realized both students and teachers could benefit from the below directions. Adding data to a student project or classroom presentation makes it more engaging to the audience.

There are several steps to follow for inserting a Google Forms Graph into a Google Slides Presentation. It isn’t hard to do and the benefits are well worth it!

How to Insert Google Forms Chart into a Google Slides

First please link the Google Forms to a Spreadsheet:
  1. Open a form in Google Forms.
  2. At the top, click RESPONSES.
  3. Below, click More More.
  4. Select Response Destination
  5. Choose Create New Spreadsheet
Next insert the type of chart you want from the data collected into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Select the cells with data you want to include in your chart. Note: To make labels on your chart, add a header row or column to your data.
  3. Click Insert > Chart.
  4. In the “Recommendations” tab, choose a chart style. For more options, click Chart types.
  5. To edit your chart, click Customization.
  6. To create the chart, click Insert.
Or use the explore tool to drag a chart into the spreadsheet
  1. Open a spreadsheet in Google Sheets.
  2. Click the Column with Data
  3. Click Explore Lower right corner
  4. Drag the Chart to the Sheet
  5. Click the Chart’s Down arrow to Move to a new sheet in the spreadsheet

Last Step: Insert Chart into Google Slide Presentation

  1. Open a  Google Slides Presentation
  2. Select Layout choose blank
  3. Go to Insert and Select Chart
  4. Click from Sheets
  5. Choose Sheet and Click Select
  6. Select the Chart 
  7. Click Import

Students Whiteboarding w/Google Keep

Thanks to the “Winter Holiday Season” I finally had some downtime to explore more Google Products.  I have used Google Keep to create shopping lists and share quick synchronized notes. However I will confess underestimating the “Power” of the Google Keep APP to provide an interactive white boarding experience for students. Have you ever though about using Google Keep for screen-casting?

Screen-casting can be used to assess students knowledge of content. This is how this Googlicious idea works. The student will use the Google Keep’s Drawing Feature  to explain content while being recorded with a Chrome Browser Screencast extension such as Screencastify. The Screencastify is a perfect extension to combined with Google Keep. Screencastify allows the user to save the video right to Google Drive. I love when two powerful tools can be smashed together to provide one awesome learning experience.

 

Learning Vocabulary w/Google Drawings

How do you get students to internalize learning vocabulary words? This was a discussion I had with a colleague. Sometimes the simplest activity with a “techno twist” can be the one which engages students with active learning. My colleague came up with the idea of having students create a crossword puzzle and sharing this with their friends as a vocabulary study tool. This idea inspired the use of a Google Drawing  in conjunction with  the Discover Education Criss Cross Puzzlemaker.

Using a crossword generator makes this project easier for the students to learn how to design a crossword puzzle. The students simply input the vocabulary words and the definitions into the crossword generator. Once the crossword puzzle is created a screenshot of the puzzle is captured and inserted into a Google Drawing. This provides the skeleton for creating an interactive crossword classmates can try solving. The crossword project supports critical thinking skills, using creativity, and basic technology skills.

Steps for Creating the Crossword Puzzle

  1. Click for Discover Education Criss Cross Puzzlemaker
  2. Enter a Title for the Crossword puzzle
  3. Enter the Words and Definitions
  4. Click Create Puzzle

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 Insert Crossword into Google Drawings

  1. Open Google Drawings
  2. Click Insert Image
  3. Choose image to Upload
  4. Click Select
  5. Crop & resize image
  6. Insert Table

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