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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Teaching Students Collaboration Skills Using Google Photos

When students collaborate together creating a group project planning is a key to success. Generally there are rubrics or step by step directions to follow for supporting students with gathering information. It is not unusual for one student to pick out the image and persuades the others to use it with no real discussion. If it is a TRUE collaborative project built to have students communicate with each other then shouldn’t they discuss the images too?

Why not have the students create a GooglePhotos Album to use as a repository for images to be used in the group project? Each student would be responsible to submit one picture to the GooglePhotos Album, and write a short sentence about the picture.

Lifecycle Google Photo Album Sample

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Why Use This?

  1. Supports student collaboration
    • Students can share reasons for image use
    • Comment area can be used to discuss the purpose of the image
  2. Opportunity for students to practice “Digital Citizenship Skills”
  3. Provides a shared receptacle for images
  4. Every student contributes input
  5. Images are shared in an organized easy to understand manner

Incognito Browser What Does It Do?

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Incognito Browser is a useful research tool for a student or teacher. This is because the browser doesn’t retain history about the user. What does this mean? It means when you enter search words in the omnibus (search window)  the answer returned is non-biased. It is not based on your past internet searches. This means a teacher or student doing research for a project receives websites returns which represent both sides of a story.

Google Doc Related Topic Search Simplifies Task

When researching a topic I tend to start with a list of related words. I discovered when one creates a Google Doc list it’s easy to do a “Related Topic Search”. This is done by using the research tool built into a Google Doc. The related topic search analyses the list of words and provides informational links to common topics. Once one clicks on a topic of choice they are provided with a variety of research resources.

After clicking on Pyramids of Giza I was provided with web-links to this information:

  1. Maps
  2. Basic Stats
  3. Images
  4. Top website resources

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NEW Google Forms Makes Data Evaluation Easier

Recently a colleague asked, “How is everyone easily evaluating their Google Form Data?” This is when I noticed one of the “Big” differences between the old & new Google forms. The New Google Forms makes data evaluation easier both within the form and linked data collection spreadsheet.

In the Forms edit mode it allows the creator to see a quick view of group summary responses. It also allows the teacher to view individual responses for further analysis.

GOOGLE FORM DATA ANALYSIS

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When a Teacher links the Google Form to a spreadsheet for data collection this provides the ability to view the data with a variety of graphs. The New Google Spreadsheet makes this very easy to do. All the analysis information lies under the tips of one’s fingers. The teacher simply clicks on the plus sign in the lower right hand corner of the spreadsheet. This will open a window with a variety of graphs suitable for the data collected. Thanks to both Google Forms and Spreadsheets Teachers are able to quickly access and view assessment information in ways which weren’t possible before.

GOOGLE SPREADSHEET DATA ANALYSIS

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