Google sheets can be a valuable tool for Maintaining Student’s Agendas

Here is a list of some reasons why I feel a Google Sheet Agenda is Practical for Students and Teachers to use.
  1. Sheets can be embed into a webpage (it automatically updates with every change)
  2. It can be published as a webpage (w/Auto Updates)
  3. Double click the date column and a calendar pops up. Then double click the date to see what happens (TIMESAVER for Some Students). Just might be a motivator for the young person who likes using gadgets.
  4. Positive reinforcement for maintaining schedules. Due to my K-12 Experience I noticed many students are challenged with using hardcopy agendas to maintain their schedules. This is an important organizational skill for the child’s future.
  5. Add a speech to text APP and the student may accomplish a task they avoided in the past.
  6. The agenda can be modified for the younger student.
  7. Graphics can be added to support the visual learner.

Avoid Copyright Issues by Empowering Students to be Creative

Lately I’ve noticed two topics mentioned over and over in my Twitter feed as well as in some educational articles. It seems both copyright issues and how to engage students with being creative are hot topics. Sorry for this old cliche but, “Why not kill two birds with one stone?

Understanding copyrights along with the Teacher’s Act and Fair Use is complicated due to the internet and public sharing. The question keeps arising what is meant by “Within the Four Walls of a Classroom”? In this post I’m not going to talk about the issue itself. Instead I’m going to suggest supporting the students creative thinking skills by showing them how to use Google Drawing to create clipart. This way one can avoid the whole copyright issue by supporting the students creativity.

  • Go to Google Drive
    • Click New
    • Scroll down to more
    • Then click on Google Drawings

Open Google Drawing-2

  • Layer shapes to Create Images
    • Insert a shape
    • Change the color
    • Adjust the border
    • Create a second shape
    • Move to back

Create clipart

  • Keep repeating above steps until the clipart is finished

THIS IS MY COMPLETED GOOGLE DRAWINGS CLIPART 

Create Clip Art Creativity

  • Download Google Drawing as a png or jpeg to use clip art with computer or web based programs

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 11.27.22 AM

TIPS:

  • You can use the Scribble Tool to draw freehand style

Screen Shot 2015-08-01 at 11.10.30 AM

  • Don’t forget about using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D or CMD+D for duplicating shapes

CTRL + D