Google Supports Autonomous Student Research

When it comes to students doing research Google Docs is one of the best tools around. Google Docs has many hidden features for supporting all different learning styles. It offers voice typing for the student who has difficulty expressing themselves with pen & paper. Another feature I really like is the Research Tool! This allows the student to do research right within the document without having to open a million browser tabs or windows.

The research tool provides the student with the ability to simply drag diagrams, clipart, and links right into a document. The student can easily cite resources in several different formats: MLA, Chicago and APA.

No need to worry about image usage rights when the researcher selects, “Free to use, share or modify even commercially” in the filter image results section of the Research Tool. The Google Docs Research Tool supports research by minimizing frustration to create a report which respects the owners rights.

Google Docs Research Tool Introduction

Using Research Tool

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Using Google Slides to View Multiple Slides as One Sheet

After creating the Google Slides Index Cards template I became frustrated! It seemed rather cumbersome to scroll down and read each slide to determine a logical order. What I was looking for was the easiest way a student could read the cards on one screen. I knew it would be easier for the students to confirm the index research cards were in a logical order if it was on one sheet. When out of the blue it dawned on me to use the print preview. This allows the user to view the slides several times up on one page.

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THIS IS HOW TO USE THE PRINT PREVIEW:

  • Go to file
  • Scroll down to print settings and preview
  • When 1 slide without notes is clicked a dropdown list will open
  • This will give you several different choices for viewing the slides as a handout
  • Click the handout with the slides per page you prefer to view

Index cards view multiple times up

CLICK HERE IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN A COPY OF THE GOOGLE SLIDES INDEX TEMPLATE