Feb 24

Chrome Extension – Gradebook Split

By: Alice Keeler

chrome3“The Chrome Extension Gradebook Split automatically places your students digital work on the left of your screen and opens up your gradebook on the right hand side of the screen.


When grading student work that is digital, the challenge can be efficiently entering feedback and scores into the gradebook. The trick to entering feedback and scores into the online gradebook is to have 2 windows side by side. Student work on the left, your gradebook on the right. I commissioned a programmer to create a Chrome extension specifically for teachers. Clicking the extension launches your gradebook in a window on the right hand side of your screen.”To read further please click here:

Jan 28

Google Classroom: Use This Image for Students Turning in Work

By:Alice Keeler

Google_edu-300x229“In Google Classroom when you attach a Google Document to a lesson set where every student gets a copy the student does not see the thumbnail image of the document. The student needs to click on “OPEN” to view the attached Google Document. Note that in Google Classroom the copy of the document is not made until students click on “OPEN” and click on the attached file.
Attach an Image
I have created an image that I attach with each Google Classroom assignment to remind students to click on “OPEN” and either “MARK AS DONE” or “TURN IN.” I have saved the images in my Google Drive so I simply click on the Google Drive logo when attaching files in a Google Classroom assignment and insert the image.” To read further please click here: http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/01/26/google-classroom-use-this-image-for-students-turning-in-work/

Jan 21

12 Ways Teachers Can use Google Classroom

By: Med Kharbach

google classroom“Google Classroom which is only six months old has managed to host over 30 million assignments turned in by teachers and students. This is a big sign that the tool is being widely endorsed within the education community particularly in the States. With this increasing popularity of Google Classroom, Google recently released some new updates to enhance its performance and make it more mobile friendly. The major update is the release of Google Classroom apps for both iPad and Android .

For those of you who are not familiar with google Classroom, here are some of the things you can do with this platform:

  1- Teachers can use Google Classroom to create and collect assignments paperlessly.” To read further please click here:http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/01/12-ways-teachers-can-use-google.html
Jan 19

Google Forms: Creating a Rubric

By: Alice Keeler

google forms“Google Forms has so many  applications for education. For students to fill out to submit data to the teacher, for the teacher to record data on observations about students, for students and teachers to monitor their progress on a task they are tracking, for self and peer evaluation and so much more. Google Forms is the magic ingredient to help your classroom go paperless. Almost anything you were collecting on paper can now be collected through a Google Form.
Google Forms are great for using as a rubric. It allows you to quickly assess each student against the rubric and have all of the results in one spreadsheet for you to analyze.
Self and Peer Evaluation
I am big into self and peer evaluation where students fill out the rubric for their own work or that of their peers. A little math: 30 students evaluating 30 students is 900 pieces of paper!! I do not want to collect and look through and organize 900 pieces of paper. Using a Google Form those 900 lines of data are neatly organized in a spreadsheet.” To read further please click here:

Jan 18

Lesson Plan ideas for Google Apps for Education

By: google.com

google edu“I am a huge Google user. I know how to use Google’s apps and Chromebooks and use them all the time. But, there are times when I’d like some ideas for using Google’s apps in the classroom that will help my students learn subject matter and how to use some of these apps.

Google Apps for Education has a lesson plan page that has tons of lesson plans, from educators, using Google’s apps. It’s a great place to find some ideas to teach content and Google app use.You can search the lesson plans by Google app, subject, or grade level. There are some really great lesson plans here.With so many schools using Google Apps and/or Chromebooks, this is an excellent resource to share.”To read further please click here:

Jan 15

Google’s new Classroom mobile app helps connect teachers and students

By:John Callaham

google edu“Google has launched a new mobile app as part of its previously-announced Classroom education service. The app, available for the iPhone and iPad, offers features designed to help both students and teachers.

The app lets students add photos to their assignments and share images and files from other apps. Google states:” To read further please click here:


Jan 09

How To Use Google Drive To Collaborate

By: Martin Laetsch

googleee“Do you and your team collaborate on documents and spreadsheets? Are you constantly sending emails back and forth with Microsoft Office documents attached? That can be a clunky process, especially when it comes to collaboration. It’s easy to lose track of which version of the document that you’re viewing is, and it’s easy to miss changes that were made by a co-worker or teammate.

For a long time, there hasn’t been any alternative to Office, which has been the de facto software suite in almost every business. That’s all changed, though. Google Drive was released in 2007, and at first, it wasn’t much of a competitor to Office. However, after years of improvements, it’s now becoming a serious challenger.

One of the main reasons businesses are starting to use Drive is its robust collaboration features. Drive gives you and your team the ability to work on documents together in real time. That means no more attaching files to emails and sending them back and forth. No more trying to figure out which document version is the correct one. You and your team can simply enter the document (or access it from a link) and make any changes that are needed.” To read further please click here: http://www.business2community.com/brandviews/act-on/use-google-drive-collaborate-01115557


Jan 03

Google Sheets: Copy a Template for Each Student

By: Alice Keeler

google sheets“As a teacher, I use collaborative spreadsheets with students to  have everyone in my class participate on the same document at the same time. Spreadsheets allow me to create multiple tabs to give each student their own sheet to work on within the same document. This gives me one document to open and assess.

Previously I had posted a script I wrote (RosterTab) that generates a new blank tab for each student by naming a tab in the spreadsheet for each student on the roster. Giving students a blank sheet to organize their responses or calculations is very useful, however sometimes students need to respond to specific prompts or have their work organized in a specific way.” To read further please click here:  http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2015/01/02/google-sheets-copy-a-template-for-each-student/


This spreadsheet template allows you to create a graphic organizer, rubric or other template sheet to easily make multiple copies of the template. The script in the spreadsheet takes a roster of your students and assigns each student to a copy of the template by listing their name on the spreadsheet tab.

Nov 29

Create Surveys and Graded Quizzes with Google Drive

By:Teach Amazing

goog“Using Google apps such as Google Forms and Google Sheets (spreadsheet similar to Microsoft Excel) is free and easy. These tools combine to provide and excellent way to receive feedback and even distribute self-graded quizzes.

As of the date of this post, Google has updated the look of Google Drive and moved things around. So, even if you have done this before make sure you read this post to find out where everything is.

Step 1: Access Google Drive

Step 2: Create a Google Form

  • To create a new form, which can be used as a survey or a quiz, click New > More > Google Forms.”

To read further please click here:  http://teachamazing.com/create-surveys-and-graded-quizzes-with-google-drive/

Nov 27

Google Classroom: Indicate Templates Attached

By: Alice Keeler

google classroomsGoogle Classroom is a great way to share resources, assignment directions and Google Docs templates with students. One issue with Google Classroom is that attached templates are visible in the assignment submission side of Classroom, but not on the students visible stream. When creating a description in Google Classroom for an assignment it is recommended that you also describe what resources the students will be accessing through Classroom and also to mention if there is a template provided.

Building Lesson Sets

When building a lesson set in Google Classroom you can attach a variety of file types. When the student views the assignment in their stream they will see the YouTube videos you linked, any URL links you provided and any documents that the students can view or edit.” To read further please click here:http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/11/25/google-classroom-indicate-templates-attached/

Nov 25

Google Classroom: Office Hours or Video Tutoring

By:Alice Keeler

google classroom“If you are using Google Classroom you may want to consider adding a permalink to a Google Hangout (GHO) onto the “About” section of Google Classroom. This creates a permanent video call that you can use for office hours, to schedule informal meetings with students or for having tutoring hours.
In Google Classroom there are 3 sections: STREAM, STUDENTS, and ABOUT. The 3rd section allows you to post information about the class in general along with materials such as the syllabus, link to the classroom or school website, office hours and tutoring.” To read further please click here:  http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/11/07/google-classroom-office-hours-or-video-tutoring/

Nov 23

Google Forms: Daily Sign In

By:Alice Keeler

google forms“Each class I ask my students to fill out a Google Form to check into class. I also ask the students to provide a link to their digital portfolio where they post all of their work and I ask them for “Comments/Questions/Concerns/Compliments” so I can respond to them personally. Recently I have added a rating scale of their comfort level in the class. This has really helped me to better target the students “To read further please click here:http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/11/22/daily-sign-in-identifying-struggling-students/

Nov 11

Add the Same File to Multiple Folders in Google Drive without Copying

By:Amit Agarwal

googledriv“mail works around tags (or labels) and any email message can belong to one or more tags. Google Drive however uses folders instead of tags and thus any file, or folder, can have exactly one parent folder. For instance, if you have uploaded a presentation file in FolderA, it can’t simultaneously exist in FolderB. Right?

Not really. You will be pleasantly surprised to know, at least I was, that Google Drive does allow you to place any file inside one or more folders without you having to create multiple copies of that file. This makes organization easier and if you edit this file inside one folder, all the other instances are updated as well since they are essentially pointing to the same file.”To read further please click here:

Nov 05

Google Slides: Whole Class Presentation

By:Alice Keeler

goog“Google Slides is one of my favorite products to use with my class. If I share the presentation with the class they are all able to add a slide to the same presentation.” To read further please click here:

resentation with the class they are all able to add a slide to the same presentation. …


Oct 28

Google Drive in the 3rd Grade Classroom


google drive“Our district went Google this year and I’ve been wanting to take advantage of all the ways Google Drive allows for collaboration and creation.  So a few weeks ago we jumped in. I set up a doc and shared it with various groups of kids to work on.  Everyone signed in at once and it was a chaotic disaster.  I realized that I had forgotten one of the most important things I’ve learned as a 3rd grade teacher when it comes to new tools–that a shared experience is the best way for kids to see what is possible.  Instead of just sending kids off to explore a tool that they know nothing about, using the tools in shared experience can often give them a vision for what is possible.  So this week, we used Google Docs in two ways.”To read further please click here:  http://readingyear.blogspot.com/2014/10/google-drive-in-3rd-grade-classroom.html

Oct 09

Google Classroom Deployment: Advice from David Malone

By: David Malone

google edu“Getting Started

To begin using Classroom, the Google Apps for Education (GAFE) administrator for your domain may be required to take a few steps.

Domain Requirements for Google Apps for Education:

  • Google Groups must be active for at least one user. This group needs an owner willing to monitor it for correct membership and/or to fix membership issues.
  • Classroom must be turned on as a service for ALL users within your domain wanting to use this tool. It cannot be turned on for just teachers or just students.” To read further please click here:
Sep 29

Google Classroom: Numbering Assignments

By:Alice Keeler

google classroom“Previously I had blogged on assignment naming conventions for Google Classroom. The more I use Google Classroom the more I am liking numbering my assignments. I have numbered my assignments for years. When attempting to enter grades into the gradebook it is easy to find where to input assignment #012, it is next to #011. No more scrolling through and overlooking an assignment. Numbering assignments also makes student conversations about work significantly easier. “Joe, you are missing assignments #013, #027 and #067.” It is easier to jot this on a piece of paper and solves some confusion problems about which assignment we are talking about exactly.

Google Classroom

When you make an assignment in Google Classroom it automatically creates a folder in your Google Drive with the same name.” To read further please click here:  http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/09/27/google-classroom-numbering-assignments/

Sep 16

Using Google Classroom to Differentiate Assignments

By:Alice Keeler

google classroom“What is nice about a digital environment is the ability to differentiate. Google Classroom allows you to build a set of resources for a single assignment. This makes it possible to offer students choices as to how they access the information or how the student would like to address the assignment.” To read further please click here:

Aug 31

Create Contact Groups to Share Google Docs With

By:Alice Keeler

google drive“f you are using Google Drive you may have had reason to want to share a document with a group of people. I suggest creating a folder and sharing the folder with the group of people, but there are reasons you would just like to have a contact group.
Go to http://google.com/contacts to see your contact list. It will show you your circles as well.New Group.On the left hand side towards the bottom is the option to create a “New Group…” Click on this option.” To read further please click here:

Aug 27

Google Classroom: First Impressions

By:Konrad M. Lawson

google classrooms“The new learning management system (LMS) offered to Google Apps for Education users has recently become fully available: Google Classroom. In its current early incarnation, the option may be attractive for instructors who are not currently using an LMS and want to give one a try, but only if they are already using the Google Apps for Education or have a registered domain that they can configure for its use.

Once Google Classroom app has been added to your account and a class has been setup, the interface is a familiar clean Google environment allowing the posting of updates and files into a class stream, the invitation of students directly or via a class code, and the creation of class assignments with deadlines, attachments, and an interface for monitoring student progress and posting grades. Stream updates, assignments, and student submissions can all have comments added to them. Feedback on “returned” and graded assignments can be provided in an added note, but I did not see any option to return an attached document (an annotated PDF of the submitted file, for example).”http://chronicle.com/blogs/profhacker/google-classroom-first-impressions/57939

Aug 25

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

By: Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

google educationGoogle’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain View based company granted access to Google Classroom to a select few individuals in July. I was fortunate enough to be one of these early adopters/testers of Google Classroom, and I can honestly say that I am impressed by its simplicity, and its ability to seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Sheets,Drive, Gmail, and more in order to provide a wonderful and highly productive user experience.”To read further please click here:  http://www.edudemic.com/3-different-things-can-google-classroom/


Aug 20

Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers

By:Med Kharbach

goog“On the occasion of the first back-to-school week, I compiled this list of excellent resources to help teachers make the best of Google Drive in their classrooms. I firmly believe that Google Drive is one of the elemental web tools with huge educational potential that every teacher should be able to tap into. However, the thing with so many of Google’s services is that their power and usefulness lies in their hidden features. The resources below cover some of these features.” To read further please click here:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/excellent-google-drive-resources-for.html

Aug 16

This is How to Grade Students Work on Google Drive

By:Med Kharbach

google drives“Goobric is an interesting Chrome extension that allows teachers to easily grade students work by using rubrics. Goobric helps you grade any work that is created and delivered through one of Google Drive’s services ( documents, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Folders, etc). Up to now, Goobric supports only works created via the Doctopus Scriptwhich is a “a tool for differentiating, grouping, distributing and managing student projects in google Drive.  Doctopus is available from any Google Spreadsheet from the Tools menu-just search the Script Gallery.” To read further please click here:

Aug 09

The Easiest Way to Host your Website on Google Drive

By: Amit Agarwal

googledriv“This video tutorial explains how you can easily host websites on Google Drive with one click. Also learn to publish Drive website under a custom web domain.

If you are looking for a place to quickly host your websites but don’t have access to any web server, Google Drive is a great alternative. You can use Google Drive to host basic websites or even complex JavaScript based web apps. You may publish any kind of static content* on your website including HTML pages, images, CSS, icons, audio and video files.

Google Drives serves your website over HTTPS and thus can be be used for hosting custom Facebook Pages since Facebook requires that custom pages are only served over secure HTTP.” To read further please click here:  http://www.labnol.org/internet/host-website-on-google-drive/28178/
Aug 04

Create an eBook with Google Slides

By:Kevin Brookhouser

google slides“After sending out the Admin Training Week eBook, a lot of you expressed interest in how we were able to put something like that together. Google Slides can be an incredibly simple and easy tool for creating eBooks, and this video shows you a couple of tips to get started.

The first thing you’ll notice is the dimensions of Google Slides don’t match up with the format of a conventional eBook. So you’ll first need to change these dimensions to fit your needs. Check out that tip and how you can turn your eBook into a downloadable PDF in this video!”  To read further please click here: http://www.googlegooru.com/create-an-ebook-with-google-slides/

Aug 03

12 Things You Should Do on Your Personal Google+ Account Right Now

By: Neil Patel

googlepluss“Like it or not, Google+ is becoming more important in the digital marketing landscape. Google+ is not just a Facebook redux. Instead, it comprises a huge part of the social milieu of your online existence. Google+ has subtly creeped into your emailing, browsing, article writing, creating Google+ business pages, and a variety of other activities across the web.

I think it’s more important than ever before for digital marketers to embrace the potential of Google+, and use it to its full advantage. Google+ at 540 million users now trails Facebook (1 billion users) as the second-largest social network, but its impact extends far beyond social sharing and interaction.

If you’ve been delaying, skeptical, or plain disgruntled with Google+, don’t worry. I’m going to share 12 tactical things that you can do to bring your Google+ existence to a new level. Even if you’re an early adopter with frequent posting habits, I think you’ll find this article helpful.

I’ll start off with a few of the basics, and then get into some more advanced tips.” To read further please click here:

Aug 01

A First Look at Google Classroom

By:Fraser Speirs

google“I recently gained access to the first version of Google Classroom, Google’s classroom management system for schools.

The obvious comparison in my mind is the comparison with iTunes U as the other first-party classroom management platform. It’s interesting to look at where both of these platforms are today.

Obviously iTunes U is a far more mature product, having had nearly three years in production to gain all of its refinements. Google Classroom is a brand new 1.0 product, so bear that in mind as we go through this.” To read further please click here:  http://www.speirs.org/blog/2014/7/31/a-first-look-at-google-classroom

Jul 31

This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive

By: Med Kharbach

google drive“This week’s tip for teachers is about creating videos in Google Drive. As you know, since the  time Google made it possible to integrate third party apps into Google Drive, there appeared a wide variety of excellent applications that are deemed to enhance the overall performance of your Drive . One of the essential apps that I think every teacher should connect with Google Drive is called WeVideo.

WeVideo allows you to easily create and share videos and short animations. Using WeVideo app with Google Drive will enable you to create videos right from your Drive. The video below will walk you through the entire process of how to do it. ” To read further please click here:

Google Drive, there appeared a wide variety of excellent applications that… …


Jul 28

Google Sites: Creating a Blog Style Page

By:Alice Keeler

googlesites“There are many things I like about Google Sites website creator. One of the best features is the ability to create multiple blog style pages. The advantage is to be able to have multiple courses, such as algebra and geometry, in one website.

Blog Style

A blog style webpage allows you to post an “article” everyday but not lose the previous content. When you post a new blog, the previous blog article goes below the new article. For teaching this is really important. I post the daily agenda on a blog style page. For students who were absent or need to look something up from previous days they only need to scroll down to find the previous content.” To read further please click here:  http://www.alicekeeler.com/teachertech/2014/07/26/google-sites-creating-a-blog-style-page/

Jul 24

Google Docs: 3 incredibly useful tools for edits and revisions

By:Alex Campbell

googdocs“When you’re collaborating on a document, sometimes you’d just like to make a suggestion to the original author without altering the words. Often, you have to type in comments in all-caps or between asterisks and hope that the you or the author remembers to remove them later.

There’s a better way to type in possible changes. On the far-right side of the toolbar underneath the Comments button, click Editing. A drop-down will appear with the options to enter Suggesting or Viewing mode.” To read further please click here;