Annotating with Doc Files & Keep

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 Keep

  • Click Open in New Tab Icon

Open in New Tab

  • Select Pencil Icon to Open New Drawing

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Annotate with Color

  1. Open Keep Drawing
  2. Double Click a Pen
  3. Select Color and Pen Tip Size
  4. Start Drawing

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Drag Image onto a Google File

  1. Open Google Docs, Drawings, Slides or Sheets
  2. Click Keep Icon 
    1. Located on Right-side
  3. Drag Keep Image onto file

Drag image

 

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Add a Little Pizazz…

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.

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Its the “Simple Things that Count”

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
    • Title
    • Introduction
    • Details
      • remember to support your claim
    • Conclusion

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Why Dim Google Calendar Past Events???

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.

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How to Reduce Google Calendar Event Brightness

  1. Open Google Calendar
  2. Click Gear Icon (upper right corner)
  3. Select Settings
  4. Scroll Down to View Options Section
  5. Uncheck “Reduce the brightness of past events”
  6. Click Settings Back Arrow

Using Forms as a Motivational Tool…

I never met a student who truly didn’t care about receiving a “Good Grade”. This post is about supporting the students who  are struggling and have difficulty internalizing grades.  Have you ever noticed these students tend to be the ones who are motivated by achieving high game scores? If the student learns to internalize grades like they do game scores would they be motivated to improve?

Google Forms and Sheets visually provides the ability for a student to see the slightest upward grade movement. If grades keep moving upward in little leap and bounds the student may view this as a positive change. Using a Google Form to graph a series of grades may help with self-internalization. If the student views a constant upward movement could this become a “magical key” to “unlocking doors” and boosting esteem?

Creating a Student
Visual Grading Tool

Using Google Forms and Sheets

Following are the steps for creating a Google Forms and linking a Sheet for student internalization of Grades.

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Directions: Creating the Form

Form title

  • Click Dropdown Arrow Left of Multiple Choice
  • Select Date
  • Click Untitled Question Area
    • Type DATE

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  • Click Plus Sign to Add Question Type

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  • Click Dropdown Arrow Right of Multiple Choice

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  • Select Short Answer
  • Type Content Area Grades in “Question Field”

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Directions: Linking Sheet

  • Open the Form
  • Click Responses Tab
  • Click Green Favicon to Link Sheet
  • Select Create a New Spreadsheet or Select Existing Spreadsheet

NOTE:
Selecting Existing Spreadsheet Adds the data on a new sheet in an existing spreadsheet.

Directions: Use Explore for Chart

  • Open the Sheet
  • Click Explore
  • An Analysis Chart (graph) is automatically generated from the data
  • Add to Sheet by Clicking Graph Favicon

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NOTE:
Chart maybe added to the spreadsheet or inserted into another Google File