Hidden Goodie: Google Doc Outline

Recently an outline appeared magically on the left hand side of a Google Doc I was creating. I’m finding this more useful then a table of contents especially while doing research. The outline allows the user to easily find topics within a Google Doc by simply clicking on the topic within the generated list.  When clicked the doc locates and jumps to the section. If a doc is created by using headings it generates a logical outline. This speeds up finding the information listed in one’s research project.

Creating Google Doc Outline

  1. Click on Help
  2. Type Outline
  3. Outline Window
    • Opens to the left side of Doc

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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 Forms a Magical Tool

Imagine a student who does poorly on assessments all of sudden turning it around. Could it be possible for this child to receive 100% all the time? Why of course they can! Especially if the assessment is focused upon mastery. Imagine how this could bolster a student’s esteem. A Google Form just may be the magical tool you’re looking for!

Google Forms Magical Tool for Math

The magical force hidden within this Google Math Form is “All Students Finish with a Passing Grade.”  How can this be done? This Google Form provides more than one  opportunity to provide the answer. If a student answers a question wrong the next page leads to a repeat of the question with a visual, video or interactive support. After viewing the support the student has a second chance at answering the question. You can try it out here:

TIP: Answer the first question wrong!

The beauty of this tool is even thought the student has the opportunity to achieve 100% all the time it still provides valuable assessment information.

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Create an Interactive Review Game

The idea of a review game was inspired after seeing a printable game board for studying math facts.  Immediately  the idea popped into my head for using a Google Slide as an interactive game board. I wanted the interactive game board to be more than just another rote memorization task. This can be challenging if the students aren’t experienced with using Google Slides.

I decided to create a basic game board template for the students to edit. This idea snowballed into a combined interactive tutorial & game template. While creating the Google Slide Interactive Activity I created a list of OBJECTIVES. I wanted the review game to be more than just another way of integrating  technology.


  1. Support learning content
  2. Provide a study support
  3. Hone student’s tech skills
  4. Differentiated for independent learning

The Interactive Review Game 


All It Takes Is 30 Minutes…

After seeing this Tweet from Karly Moura it started me thinking about the time restraints placed upon teaching.Screen Shot 2016-01-01 at 12.13.33 PM.png

If I could whip up a creation using Google Drawing within a 30 minute time frame then why can’t students?  Nurture.jpg

Until today I never thought about Google Drawing as an assessment tool.

I have heard over the years how difficult it is to provide “FUN” learning lessons due to the demands of Common Core and etc… Perhaps an innovative creative project using Google Drawing can help remedy this and bring the “Fun” back to learning.

Google Drawing Lesson Ideas

  • Vocabulary Words
    1. Student provides a picture describe the words
    2. Vocabulary word & definition is incorporated with the image
  • Poetry
    1. Students pick out a background image
    2. Have students create a poem based upon the image
  • Create a Meme about Lesson
    1. Student will summarize the lesson
      • Picks a background image
      • Creates a witty statement
  • Math Help Cards
    1. Student types a math problem
    2. Provides images, tips or tricks to solve problem