No Task is Too Small for Google Calendar

Create a Google Calendar Task and it will appear off to the righthand side of Calendar and Gmail Inbox. This is a perfect way to create and maintain to-do lists for both Teachers and Students.  It is an easy way to keep organization of school projects, and assignments along with staying on top of events.

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Google Blogger in Classroom: Let Me Count the Ways…

Blogger is one of the overlooked features within the Google APP for Education (GAfE)  Accounts. I found when mentioning GAfE to other educators they immediately associate the account with Google Drive, GMAIL, Calendar, Docs, Slides, Forms and Sheets. However there are many more components then these. Today I’m going to focus on one of the overlooked and hardly mentioned components. This is using Google Blogger to create blogs.

Did you say how can creating a blog make a difference in education? Well let me count the ways….

Integrating Google Blogger for the Classroom

  1. Create a Classroom Newsletter to share with parents
    • Include the students as creators in this activity
    • Great school to home connection
  2. Host a student help blog for different content areas
    • Students can create tutorials to share math tips & tricks
    • Embed screencasts instead of writing
  3. Make a classroom gallery to showcase student projects!
    • Another great way to make a school to home connection!!!
    • Have students upload the images or videos
    • Let students be responsible for answering questions
      • That is pertaining to their own project
      • Make the blog active as possible
  4. Do you students research famous people, inventors or ?
    • Let them use a blog for their presentation
    • Students transform into the biographical character
    • Student introduces them self as the character
    • Other students ask questions
      • Student answer questions based on their research
    • Blog can remain private
      • Students can use their school logon
      • Restrict blog invites to classroom community
  5. Replace a teachers website with a blog
    • Easy to maintain
    • All posts are archived in date order
    • Embed worksheets
    • Add a calendar
    • Insert video
  6. Students can use a blog as a virtual binder
    • Provides organization

These are just a few ideas for getting started using blogger in the classroom!

Can You Think of More Ways for Using Blogger???

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Yes! Google Docs Comments Print

When a teacher works with a family without internet access or a digital device then one must resort to printing. If a student works on a collaborative project and doesn’t have internet at home. What do they do? Easy answer they print the document so they can see the other students comments and ideas. All you have to do is download the Google Doc as a Microsoft Word .docx or OpenDocument Format .odt  and then print. If you don’t have Microsoft Word or OpenOffice no problem! Just download the Google Doc as a Webpage .html and then print. The last way will print the comments as a footer at the bottom of the page under the text.

Have You Used an Image In a Google Chrome Search?

Yes! One can use an image to do a Google Search. This is one easy way to narrow down information when doing a research project. I’ve seen students roam to images first when presented with research. If students find images appealing then why not let them use an image to find the information they are looking for? This is a simple tool teachers can take advantage of for speeding up finding informative results. Why not “Kill Two Birds with One Stone?” Students can find a picture for their project along with research information to create the project.

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Creating Mind Maps with Google Drawing

Throughout a students career the focus on planning becomes a foundation to successful outcomes. One way students are taught to plan writing or a project idea is by using a Mind Map. A mind map helps the student to focus on the topic by creating a web of sub topics. Google Drawing APP is one easy way to create mind maps.

Once a student creates a Google Drawing mind map it can be inserted into a Google Doc or Slide to further grow their imagination. The student can easily scroll back to the mind map for guidance with what their writing.

How to Create a Google Drawing Mind Map