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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6 Google Search Tricks for the Classroom

I don’t know any educator or person who doesn’t like to save time! These SIX Google Search Tricks are quick ways to access some valuable tools and resources for the classroom.


  • 1 – TYPE: PDF: or PPT: before search term
    • Fast way to find worksheets & presentation

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  • – TYPE: Countdown Timer
    • Opens a Countdown Time & Stopwatch
      • Type Countdown 5 Min & timer starts instantly

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  • 3 – TYPE: Define: followed by word
    • Dictionary entry appears
      • Synonyms & translator appear in entry
      • Entry has reading ability for word pronunciation


  • 4– TYPE: Convert Length
    • Provides a conversion Table
      • Conversion Table Includes:
        • Area
        • Data Transfer Rate
        • Digital Storage
        • Energy
        • Frequency
        • Fuel Economy
        • Mass
        • Plane Angle
        • Pressure
        • Speed
        • Temperature
        • Time
        • Volume


  • 5 – TYPE: Roll a Die
    • Provides a virtual die which rolls

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  • 6 – TYPE: FLIP a COIN
    • Provides a virtual Coin to flip

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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 


What Google Drawings Page Setup Should I Use for Creating Interactives?

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Google Drawing provides 3 standard sizes and a multitude of custom choices to pick from when choosing a page setup of an Interactive Manipulative.

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  1. The standard 4:3 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 7.5 inches.
  2. Widescreen 16:9 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 5.625 inches
  3. Widescreen 16:10 is equivalent to a width of 10 inches and a height of 6.25 inches.
  4. When in custom view you have the four measurement forms of inches, centimeter, points or pixels to choice from.
    1. Inches are the standard unit of measurement used by Americans.
    2. Centimeters are the standard unit of measurement used by most countries.
    3. Points are a printers measurement term based upon typography measurements.
    4. Pixels are the resolution measurement term for photographs.
  5. Use the form of measurement your most familiar with when choosing page settings.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Page setup

  • Are you going to be printing the Google Drawing or strictly using it as an interactive manipulative?
  • If printing it is easiest to stay within a standard size paper setting such as 8.5 inches by 11 inches or smaller.
    • Remember the only thing which prints is anything placed within the work area.
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      • Anything outside of the work area will not print
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    • Choosing which size to use really depends on personal preference and if one is using the drawing to print or as an interactive manipulative.
    • At the beginning of this post is an example of a custom size interactive manipulative where anything laying outside of the work area will not print. However it is suitable for a learning interactive (hyperdoc) Manipulative.