Ten of the Best Virtual Field Trips | Global Digital Citizen Foundation
The benefits of virtual field trips are well known: They’re inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip. But researching which virtual field trips are best can prove labor-intensive, and many resources are out-of-date.
To help educators save time, we’ve chosen these 10 virtual field trips based on their relevancy, depth and quality of resources, and potential for student excitement.
A 1:1 Teacher’s Take On How Students Really Act Online | Global Digital Citizen Foundation
In our inaugural year of a 1:1 program, this was the single greatest take-away in the classroom. Students crave a classroom without walls. They research, curate, dig, and explore with unmatched intensity when they believe feedback will come from beyond. They made movies, produced PSA’s (Public Service Announcements), back channeled, and published – incessantly seeking validation.
10 Things Every Teacher Should be able to do on Google Docs | Indiana Jen
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:
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Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking | Global Digital Citizen Foundation
When it comes to creativity, one of our biggest concerns is usually how we can be more creative, or how to come up with better ideas. Research in this area is all over the place, but [Gregory Ciotti] has gathered some of the most practical studies out there to help you utilize specific techniques that can boost your creativity.
All of these studies are useful for everyday creativity in daily life, so try a few out for yourself and see which ones work best for you.u
10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs – Edudemic
“Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:”
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
Google recently introduced add-ons for Docs and Sheets. Add-ons give you extra functionality to make Docs and/or Sheets even better. You can access add-ons by opening a new Doc or Sheet and from the Add-ons menu select Get add-ons. A new window will open up with a range of different add-ons to browse; you can install the add-on directly from here or click the item to learn more.
One of the most useful add-ons available is Easybib bibliography creator – copy and paste in a URL or search for a book or journal and EasyBib will gather up the bibliographic details ready to create a reference list in one of three styles to insert into a document – it couldn’t be easier! I have successfully used EasyBib in creating a reference list for for a university assignment. If we encourage our students to use a tool like this then there is no excuse for not referencing properly.
Other useful add-ons for teachers and students alike include:
- Open Clipart – choose from more than 50,000 free clipart images to add to documents
- Thesaurus (Docs)
- Gliffy diagrams (Docs)
- VexTab Music notation (Docs): Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
- g(Math) (Docs)- Create graphs and write complex math directly in your Google Doc
- Template gallery (Sheets) – Save time by using professionally designed spreadsheet templates
- Doctopus (Sheets) – this one deserves a Bytes post of its own (coming soon!) – An octopus for docs! Teacher-built tool for scaffolding, managing, organizing, and assessing student projects in Google Drive
- Styles (Sheets) – Now you can quickly add style to your spreadsheet by highlighting cells and choosing a style from the style viewer
Add-ons are relatively new so no doubt the clever people at Google and other third-party developers are working on more – stay tuned!
There are a wealth of resources available to inspire and assist you in using the applications that make up Google Drive, lots of them are from teachers sharing their experiences and ideas for classroom use.
Here are three of my favourites:
1. This Glogster: Google Docs for Learning was created by Susan Oxenvad. (Check out www.glogster.com if you would like to find out how to make one of these interactive posters).
2. Google Docs, Sheets and Presentations might not have all the functionality of Word, Excel or Powerpoint (but lets face it, who even uses 20% of that functionality?) but the key thing that makes it so worthwhile is the potential for collaboration. Here are 20 great ideas to get started with:
20 Collaborative Google Apps activities for schools
3. In this article Keith Hamon describes the process he uses for teaching writing; how his students create and share their Google doc with him from the beginning of the task so that he can monitor and advise as they are writing. As he says:
Because I have access to their documents so early, I learn much more about my students’ writing and the issues that they need to overcome. This positions me for better teaching. It positions the students for better learning. That’s a win-win.
Teaching writing with Google Docs
Have you used Google Drive with your students? Will you try one of these ideas?
I’d love to hear your feedback on any experience you have using Google Drive in the classroom and share some success stories. Please share in the comments.
An oldie but a goodie!
This sweet romantic tale demonstrates just a little of the power of collaboration that is an intrinsic part of Google Docs/Drive. Next week Bytes will look further into the power and applications of Google Drive – new enhancements have just been added, watch this space!