Nov 01

Looking back at Marie Curie’s radical discovery: How the Mother of Modern Physics might have used Google Apps

By: Erzsi Sousa

goog“Consider what Marie Curie accomplished in the face of adversity and with few resources. Despite being refused a place at the French Academy of Sciences and almost denied her first Nobel Prize for being a woman, she continued her work undeterred, securing a second Nobel Prize in Chemistry and developing methods for treating cancer with radiation therapy. To celebrate her, we explore how she might have worked in a different time — by using some of the tools we use today.
The radioactivity in Curie’s lab was so strong that it harmed her health — archivists today still use protective gear to handle her papers. Instead of carrying these radioactive documents, Curie could have kept them in the cloud with Google Drive, allowing for easy access whenever and wherever she needed them, without risking her well-being. Drive’s organization features could also have helped her organize her files and notes in folders, easily distinguishable by color and category.” To read further please click here:

Oct 31

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive

By: Jackie Myers

parentts“There are plenty of adaptive and personalized learning tools along with online homework and assessment engines. And just about everything a student needs can be found inside a learning management system. So if students and teachers are doing everything online, why hasn’t parent communication made its way there as well?Parents are just as consumed with technology as their children. If you’re having a challenge reaching parents, it might be because your methods are outdated. Consider trying a little technology to encourage parent engagement. You can start with something simple like using the various apps in Google Drive.” To read further please click here:

Oct 27

Google Classroom Essentials Infographic

By: Alice Keeler
Google_edu-300x229“This Google Classroom essentials infographic shows some of the key items in Google Classroom. There is a lot more features this does not cover, including the student perspective. Check out the student guide to Google Classroom. I also have over 90 blog posts on Google Classroom at feel free to use this graphic with schools, teachers, students and in trainings. Please do not publish the graphic publicly” To read further please click here:

Oct 22

Google Classroom: Locate Documents for Multiple Classes

By: Alice Keeler

“In Google Classroom when you create an assignment where students submit work a folder is created in Google Drive. If you assign the same assignment to multiple sections, a folder will be created for each section. Folder structure

A feature of Google Classroom that I really like is that all the work students submit through Google Classroom are neatly organized into a folder in Google Drive. I can go straight to Google Drive to review student work and provide feedback. With multiple class sections that is multiple folders I need to open.

Search Google Drive

The easiest way to find all of the folders for an assignment is to use the Google Drive search features.”To read further please click here:

Sep 26

Google unveils its Evernote-like Keep service for the iPhone and iPad

By:Brent Dirks

goog“Google has introduced yet another handy productivity app for iPhone and iPad users.

The company’s Keep service can be described as similar to Evernote. The main draw of the app is its ability to act as a note-taking hub. You can capture, edit, share, and collaborate on your notes using a number of devices. Along with written notes, you can add lists, photos, and audio.

To make sense of all the notes, you can organize and search them using different labels and colors.

Users can also take advantage of the interesting feature that will remind them about a note when at a specific place or time. For example, you can choose to pull up your shopping list when you enter a grocery store.

Google Keep is a universal app designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and iPad/iPad mini and can be downloaded now on the App Store for free.

You can also access the service on the Web here or directly from the Chrome Web browser on your Mac or PC.” To read further please click here:

Sep 24

A Step By Step Guide On How to Create Assignments in Google Classroom

By: Med Kharbach

googless“Google Classroom allows you to easily create, share and collect assignments with your students paperlessly. Being integrated with other services such as Gmail, Drive and Google Docs, Classroom provides teachers with an intuitive platform preeminently geared towards enhancing the assignment flow between teachers and students.

As a teacher, you have access to several features related to your assignments. You can, for example, use the same assignment in different classes. You can also choose whether you want your students to work on individual copies of the assignment or work on the same copy. Moreover, Classroom lets you share individualized feedback with your students and track how they are  faring on their assignments.
Here is an illustrative visual from Google Class help page explaining the assignment flow between teachers and students:” To read further please click here:

Sep 22

Google Classroom: Link to Other Google Classes

By: Alice Keeler

goog“One thing I love about Google Classroom is that it is not rostered. I can create a Google Classroom class for any purpose. After school club, collaboration groups for my students, differentiated spaces, special projects, challenge activities, remediation resources, etc…

          Class Within a Class

There are many good reasons to have multiple Google Classroom classes within a single class. For example if I teach high school algebra I can create an additional Google Classroom class for

  • Practice resources. Skills such as common denominator can be challenging for some algebra students, but is not part of the Algebra curriculum. Provide videos, digital practice quizzes and other resources to help support students with pre requisite skills.
  • Problem of the week. I might want to create a Google Classroom class to allow students to explore challenging problems. Since the problems are optional I would not want to put them in my regular class as if it were an assignment.
  • Differentiated project groups. If students are working in groups on real world problems that demonstrate “persevering in problem solving.” The projects require students to add to it and work over it a long period of time. A separate class might be the way to organize that.”To read further please click here:
Sep 06

Google Docs and Classroom: your school year sidekicks

By: Ritcha Ranjan

google docs“School’s in! As you settle into your classes and start to juggle soccer practice, club meetings and homework, we’re here to help. We’ve been spending the summer “break” creating new tools to help you save time, collaborate with classmates and create your best work—all for free.

Schoolwork, minus the work 

Writing papers is now a lot easier with the Research tool in Docs for Android. You can search Google without leaving Docs, and once you find the quotes, facts or images you’re looking for, you can add them to your document with just a couple taps. That means less time switching between apps, and more time perfecting your thesis statement.” To read further please click here:

Aug 28

12 ways to use Google Classroom’s newest features

By:Matt Miller

google classroomIn fall of 2014, Google released Classroom to anxiously awaiting teachers. In a year’s time, those teachers put Classroom to work, with students turning in more than 70 million assignments.

Google released a handful of useful updates to Classroom recently andsome others in the last few monthsthat let teachers and students do even more fantastic learning.

It’s nice to see these updates, but I’ve found it often leaves teachers wondering, “What can I do with those changes?”

Good question! Here are 12 ideas for the classroom that these changes have made possible. As you read these, I’d love it if you thought about ways you or other teachers are using Classroom. Post those ideas as a comment at the end of the article!

Prefer to see how to put these ideas into action? Check out the interactive YouTube videos I created to accompany this post. Click on the embedded video below or here to see a list of all 12 ideas. Then click on the one you want to watch to be taken directly to a short video (about 80 seconds).” To read further please click here:

Aug 25

Google Classroom: Add Other Documents to Class Folder

By: Alice Keeler

google classroom“I added collaborative notes documents to Google Classroom as “Students can edit file.” I did not want to push out a copy of the document to each student since the students are working in groups. This means that the collaborative document does NOT show up in the Google Classroom class folder for the student.


You can use my template to create a document that adds files to the students Google Classroom class folder or you can edit the script yourself.” To read further please lick here:

Jul 13

Google Classroom: Change the Class Code

By: Alice Keeler

googless“To have students join my Google Classroom I project the stream from my class onto the board. I zoom in (Control +) to show the class code. Students are directed to go to and login. After clicking the plus button at the top right, they choose “Join class” and enter my class code.

Change the Code

Click on the arrow to the right of the class code and you have the option to reset the code. I keep choosing “Reset” until the code looks easy. I do not want any zeros, L’s, 5’s, o’s, 1’s since they can be confused for a different number or letter. Sometimes I luck out and the class code almost makes a word. Try resetting your class code until it is something you like. It is kinda fun to try out!”” To read further please click here:

Jul 11

Are you signing up for Google’s Computational Thinking course for Educators?


google classroom“Google are going all in on coding and computer science in an effort to improve the learning opportunities for teachers and students.  On July 15 they will begin running a free course for educators to train them in how to use ‘computational thinking.’ in the classroom.  The course is open to all educators and there is a set time frame allocated to complete the course.I have enrolled and would encourage others to do the same.  The course will be broken into five different modules exploring

  • Introducing  Computational Thinking
  • Exploring Algorithms
  • Finding Patterns
  • Developing Algorithms
  • Applying Computational Thinking”

To read further please click here:


Jul 09

Using Google Classroom with an LMS

By: Alice Keeler

google classrooms“Google Classroom is a great companion for classes that are using an LMS. Examples of popular LMS’s: Schoology, Edmodo, Haiku, Canvas, Moodle or Blackboard. Google Classroom and your LMS are not mutually exclusive. There are great reasons to use both.

A Different Role

When teachers use Google Classroom and an LMS, Google Classroom takes on a different role. Rather than using Google Classroom as the place to list assignment directions and announcements, the LMS is used for this. The LMS is used to organize the class, make announcements, have discussions, embed videos, design lessons, etc… Students start with the LMS and work within the LMS.

Google Drive Management

The role Google Classroom takes on is Google Drive Management. Google Classroom solves the problem of sharing permissions for documents and makes the interaction of Google Docs between teacher and student significantly easier.Anything in the class that involves distributing and collecting Google Docs goes through Google Classroom.” To read further please click here:

Jul 02

35 More Ways to Use Google Classroom

By: Alice Keeler

google classroom“Back when I had only had a list of 35 ways to use Google Classroom I submitted a poster session proposal to ISTE. Since then the list has grown and you can now purchase “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” on Amazon. For my poster session I have come up with anadditional 35 ways you can use Google Classroom. (I guess that brings me up to 85). Here is a YouTube playlist with a short description of those 35 additional ways to use Google Classroom.

  1. Create a Blended Classroom
  2. Organize Collaborative Files
  3. Distribute Handouts
  4. Digitally Collect Analog Work
  5. Share Solutions to Assignments
  6. Highlight Student Exemplars
  7. Provide Differentiation
  8. Response to Intervention (RTI)
  9. Stop Lecturing
  10. Stop Giving Directions”

To read further please click here:

Jun 27

Google’s new courses help teachers seeking to integrate its services into the classroom

By:Tom Maxwell

google edu“Google wants schools to take advantage of its Apps for Education suite of productivity tools and services, but it also recognizes that proper professional development is essential to enabling educators and transforming education. The company today announced the release of a free training platform that provides interactive lessons with a focus on how to successfully complete real classroom tasks and objectives using Google products.

The new platform is called Google for Education Training Center and builds upon a recent survey by the American Federation of Teachers which found that 71% of educators and administrators surveyed cited “adoption of new initiatives without proper training or professional development” as a primary source of stress in their work lives. The new tools are supposed to help teachers apply Google’s tools in the classroom and beyond.” To read further please click here:

Jun 24

Google Classroom: Writing Assignment Directions

By: Alice Keeler

google edu“One thing I love about Google Classroom is it’s simplicity. Almost any teacher can be up and running with a blended classroom in 30 minutes. However, Google Classroom is not a learning management system (LMS). You are not able to reuse classes and parents can not view the stream of assignments. When creating assignments the directions space is not a rich text editor. This means you can not bold text, change font size, insert images or embed video.

Google Doc

I recommend you create your directions in a Google Doc and attach it as the first asset in Google Classroom. This has many advantages.


Directions created in a Google Doc can be inserted into any Google Classroom assignment. They can be used semester after semester.” To read further please click here:

Jun 13

Google Classroom: Add a Co-Teacher

By: Alice Keeler

goog“There are many reasons to have more than one teacher assigned to a Google Classroom class. Teachers who teach the same subject or grade level tend to collaborate together. Adding each other as co-teacher in Google Classroom helps to have more consistency amongst classes. Using Google Classroom for professional learning, PLC’s, or department collaboration it is likely more than one teacher will be responsible for posting content to the class.

Since Google Classroom is not rostered teachers can use Google Classroom for Response to Intervention (RTI). Based on assessment results students would be asked to join a Google Classroom that has assignments and instructions geared toward the student at their level. Each teacher in the grade level or subject area can be responsible for one of the RTI groups. This allows teachers to teach students who are not even in their class.”To read further please click here:

May 27

Google Forms: Reusing Them Next Year

By:Alice Keeler

google classroom“Hopefully, you have figured out by now that Google Forms is the best thing since sliced bread. If you are trying to be paperless, Google Forms is a must have. Not only are you paperless but all of your information is typed and in a single location. No more shuffling or losing papers. The data from the Google Form goes to a Google spreadsheet. Once your information is in a spreadsheet the things you can do with it are nearly limitless. How many times have you dug through a stack of papers to find one kid’s name only to confirm that it is missing. Instead use Control F (Find) on the spreadsheet and know in seconds if the student submitted answers or not.
Next Year
Now that you have made all of these awesome Google Forms and spreadsheets this year, how do you get ready for next year? Do not remake all of your forms, you can reuse them!You can find all of your Google Forms by going to Google Drive ( and doing a search to locate all of my Forms that I edited this year.” To read further please click here:

May 21

7 Things Every School IT Department Should Do Before Next School Year


google classrooms“Summer is almost here and, along with the enthusiastic sounds of students heading off for summer vacation, you need to prepare your Google Apps domain for the upcoming school year.

This can be a complicated process involving multiple systems and processes. But don’t worry, from adding new teachers to Google Classroom to automatically blocking inappropriate emails, we’ve got you covered.

This is our list of 7 things we believe every school’s IT department should take care of as part of their preparation for the new school year.
1. Add Teachers In Google Classroom”

To read further please click here:


May 04

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

By:TeachThought Staff

google classroom“Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology.It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. It may not be as forward-thinking as we’d like here at TeachThought, but Google Classroom excels in providing solutions for a broad swath of teachers who have a variety of expertise and comfort level with education technology. It also uses Google’s familiar template that many teachers have used for years. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now.

So below are (at least) 60 thing you can do with Google Classroom. We’ll be updating this list as new ideas come in, the platform changes, and we learn more about its subtleties on our own.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

  1. When an assignment, lesson, or unit doesn’t work, add your own comments–or have students add their own feedback), then tag it or save it to a different folder for revision.
  2. Align curriculum with other teachers.
  3. Share data with professional learning community.
  4. Keep samples of exemplar writing for planning.
  5. Tag your curriculum.

To read further please click here:

Apr 24

Google Classroom gets some new features that we’ve been asking for

By: David Andrade

google classroomGoogle Classroom is Google’s learning management system, allowing teachers and students to share assignments and communicate online.
It is easy to use and works great, but there were some features teachers were asking for. Well, Google listened!
Google has just announced some new features:
1. Invite another teacher to your class- teachers who co-teach, or want special ed teachers to have access to course work, etc can be invited to join the class as a teacher. Multiple teachers can now work together in the same class. The additional teacher(s) can create assignments and announcements, view and grade student submissions, participate in comments on the class stream, invite students to the class, and receive email notifications related to the class”To read further please click here:

Apr 22

How to Create Your Own Ebook Using Google Slides

By: James Scherer

google slides“Step 1: Decide on a Topic

You want to create something your prospective clients want to read. The best way to do this (I’ve found) is to create something your current clients want to read. After all, they’ve got to be pretty similar, and one of those groups you already have the contact details of.

Send an email, something like:

“Hey [First Name], James Scherer here from Wishpond. I’m just reaching out because I’ve been thinking about creating an ebook, and I’m wondering if there’s a subject you’ve been dying to learn more about?

Feel free to choose from these five options, or reply to this email with your topic.”

In order to add a poll to your Mailchimp mailout simply put your ebook subject ideas within the survey merge tags, which look like *|SURVEY: [your subject idea]|*.

Alternatively, place a poll on your blog or most trafficked page. In order to do this with WordPress, check out several poll plugins, or if you use Blogger, here’s a simple how-to guide.

Step 2: Write Blog Articles

This might sound a bit counter-intuitive. Why would I write blog articles when I want to write an ebook?Silly reader, don’t you know an ebook is just a massive, somewhat visual blog article?To be more specific, an ebook is a comprehensive look at a subject. The reason it’s valuable is because it’s downloadable, complete and easily referred-to.” To read further please click here:

Apr 21

Avoiding “Just Google it!” with your students

By: Richard Bluford

imagesCAF1CB64“In a recent staff meeting we kicked off our first professional development season, which focuses on learning engagements. One aim of the plenary was to begin to get teachers thinking about how they use technology in the classroom. The cartoon clip below was used as a conversation starter to get teachers to think about how they use technology with student inquiry.

The purpose was to understand that simply asking our students to “just Google it” is not great practice. Discussion centered on that we often refer to students as being ‘digital natives’ but while our students may have grown up with today’s technology, many of them do not know how to use it effectively, particularly for academic purposes. While evidence appears inconclusive about whether school libraries are in decline, owing to the online alternatives, my discussions with students indicate that in some classes they never use the library for research purposes. If this is the case with some classes, how well are teachers guiding students when conducting online inquiry?

Our responsibility, when asking students to inquire or perform any form of online research, is to teach them how to use the technology both efficiently and effectively. So, what do we need in schools to make this happen?

There are two key starting points:

1. Developing the skills for both students and teachers to search effectively on the web

Some teachers need training in understanding how search engines work and the different search engines available for use, their advantages and disadvantages” To read further please click here:

how they use technology in the classroom. The cartoon clip… …

Apr 21

Google Classroom: Who Deleted Student Answers?!

By: Alice Keeler

google classroom“Collaborative documents bring a world of possibilities and a new set of potential problems. Intuitively students do not know the social norms for how to work on a document at the same time. It is likely that when students are first exposed to a collaborative document that they accidentally or intentionally delete the work of other students.
Google Classroom
Google Classroom allows you to easily distribute collaborative documents to students. When attaching a file in Google Classroom choose “Students can edit file.” This expressly shares the document with only the students in the class and gives them editing access. Students will access the document from the stream, allowing all students in the class to edit the document at the same time.” To read further please click here:

Apr 14

60 Ways Math Teachers Can Use Google Classroom

google classroomBy: Alice Keeler

“I have been asked by math teachers how they can use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is great for any subject area, especially math! Earlier I had posted on 5 ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math. This builds on those ideas with a list of 60 ways Google Classroom can be used by Math teachers.

  1. Create a blended classroom: Google Classroom is the perfect tool to transform a traditional class into a blended model.
  2. Go paperless: There are many ways that Google Classroom can support a paperless classroom. Stop standing at the copy machine and use Google Classroom instead.
  3. Distribute handouts: It is easy to attach files that are either in Google Drive or on the computer. Attach handouts to an announcement or assignment to allow students to easily access.
  4. Collect homework: The homework collection process can take many instructional minutes. Eliminate this by having students submit their work in Google Classroom.
  5. Return work: Passing student work back in Google Classroom is as simple as checking
  6. Use equation editor: Attach Google text documents to assignments. Google Docs has an equation editor built in. Directions and questions can include equations made with the equation editor. Students can respond using the equation editor.” To read further please click here:
Mar 25

Everything you never knew about using Google in the classroom

By:Stephen Noonoo

google classroom“Did you know you can see all your copy/paste history in Chrome in a click? Bookmark all your browser tabs at once? Create choose your own adventures in Google Slides?

More than half a dozen Google Certified Teachers recently descended on Palm Springs to share their favorite tips, tricks, add-ons, and extensions during a packed session at the Annual CUE 2015 conference. Each presenter shared a micro-presentation honing in on their top ways for teachers and students to make the most out of the Google ecosystem.” To read further please click here:

Mar 20

The Best 4 Google Drive Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Diagrams

By:Med Kharbach

googledriv“Looking for some good mind mapping and brainstorming tools? Below are 4 of the best tools we would recommend for you. All of these tools are integrated with Google Drive which means that you can easily create, edit and share your mind maps and diagrams right from your Drive.Also, these tools support real-time collaboration, a feature ideal for students group work. Different participants can work on the same mind map with the ability to see each others edits as they happen.” To read further please click here:

Mar 10

Use FilterRoster on your Google Forms for Individual Student Spreadsheets

by: Alice Keeler

goog“This is a webinar that is a result of @edtechchic exclaiming on Twitter how much she loves the Google Sheets formula =importrange(). I told her that if she loved that she might like my script I wrote that creates and individual spreadsheet for each student based on filtered data from a Google Form. The process uses an =importrange() for each spreadsheet! Planned on a Google Hangout so I could show her the process and accidentally invited over 900 people in my circles (oops). So we made a webinar out of it” To read further please click here:


Mar 01

Google Classroom: Assignment List

By: Alice Keeler

google classroom“Google Classroom lists out the assignments for teachers and students. This makes it easier for teachers to provide feedback to students and for students to make sure they are getting their work completed.
The assignments list shows all of the assignments from all classes. You can filter down to a single class if you prefer. Click on the assignment title to open the assignment grading page. Click on the number of students done to see a list of those students and their assignment. Click on the number of students not done to see a list of the students who have not submitted their assignment. The 3 dots on the right hand side does not let you edit the assignment like you can in the stream. Instead this allows you to mark the assignment as reviewed. Those assignments are then visible on the “REVIEWED” tab.” To read further please click here:

Feb 26

Google Classroom: Students Need Side by Side Windows

By: Alice Keeler

goog“A teacher was telling me that her students were asking for a printed version of the Google Classroom directions. No printing is needed if students resize the windows on their computer to have Google Classroom directions on one side of the screen and their work on the other side. If students are using Google Chrome there are many Chrome extensions that might be helpful for students to create side by side windows. If students are not able to install Chrome extensions the Google Apps domain admin can push the extensions out to the student accounts.
Tab Resize
Tab Resize allows students to manage multiple websites at once. Clicking the Chrome extension gives the student options to split the browser at that tab and to arrange the layout of the windows next to each other vertically or horizontally.”To read further please click here: