In Google Drive, there is a setting called Quick Access. This setting provides quick access to frequently used files. It is one of those personal timesaving features. Thanks to quick access teachers and students will have up to four regularly used files right under their fingertips.
One of the questions I often hear is, “How can students annotate math notes without a whiteboard?” My answer is, “When using Google APPS it’s not a problem!” There is a hidden gem called Google Keep housed in Docs, Slides, Drawings, and Sheets. Google Keep provides a whiteboard where students can draw and write fluidly with one finger or a stylus. When the student finishes white-boarding all they have to do is drag the image onto the file. The Keep image allows the student to provide supporting details.
Open Keep Whiteboard
- Click Open in New Tab Icon
- Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing
Annotate with Color
- Open Keep Drawing
- Double Click a Pen
- Select Color and Pen Tip Size
- Start Drawing
Drag Image onto a Google File
- Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
- Click Keep Icon
- Located on Right-side
- Drag Keep Image onto file
When using a Google Doc Table as a graphic organizer add some pizazz to jumpstart the thinking process. It may help a child or adult process a specific task faster. Color filling the cells supports the writer with keeping track of where to type. Why not try simple tips such as this to save some precious time throughout one’s day?
How to Color Fill a Cell
- Open Google Docs
- In Doc Click the Cell you want Colored
- In Toolbar Click Paint Bucket
- Select the Color for the Cell
NOTE: Once the color is clicked the cell becomes filled with color.
While watching a child struggling to write a story the following thought hit me! Show the child how to make a simple graphic organizer using a single column table in Google Docs. Creating a simple table gave the student the tool they needed for proceeding to write independently.
Turn a Table Into a Graphic Organizer
- Open a Google Doc
- Click Insert
- Select Table
- Insert 1 column by 4 rows
- Label each row
- remember to support your claim
The “New Google Calendar” user interface (UI) offers quite a few helpful updates such as brightness control for past events. You might be thinking, “Why is it important to dim the color of past events?” In the world of education this is one of those “No Brainer” answers in support of visual learners. If a students maintains a Google Calendar as a schedule for school assignments and events it supports them with visually keeping track of daily activities. When a student is absent or behind and notices an event appears a brighter or pastel color this sets a signal off to check the event. The new calendar also offers both notification and reminder tools. When all three calendar tools are used together this becomes a powerful support for helping students keep track of everyday school activities.
How to Reduce Google Calendar Event Brightness
- Open Google Calendar
- Click Gear Icon (upper right corner)
- Select Settings
- Scroll Down to View Options Section
- Uncheck “Reduce the brightness of past events”
- Click Settings Back Arrow