Trainings Galore!

Last week was FETC, and this week it’s Google Apps for Education training with John Sowash!  Sweet!  What a great way to end the first month of 2015!

I’ll start by saying that I use Google apps a lot.  I use it almost exclusively when it comes to documents for my students.  Even so, this training has been very cool.  Over the course of two days, we’ve explored the ins and outs of Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Presentations, Sites, Chrome Browser, and more.  There have been several smaller things that I’ve learned, that I didn’t know were possible!  Here are a couple of them:

Add a File to Multiple Folders

[av_one_half first]As a teacher, there are some files that I really want to put in multiple places. For example, I teach English. If I’m teaching literary elements, I’ll create a Google Doc with definitions and examples. I’ll refer to the terms in multiple units, so figuring out where to put it in my Drive is a conundrum.  No more!  With the file open, I select File>Move to Folder and then hold down Shift while clicking in order to select multiple folders.  Done!  When I update the file, they’re all updated!  It’s beautiful.[/av_one_half]

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Google Draw!

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[av_one_half]I have never used Google Draw before because I never really knew what the point was. Today I got to play around with it a little bit and discovered that it can actually become a little bit like a poor man’s smartboard.  You can create activities with images that your students can manipulate (like the Jelly Bean sorting activity pictured).  It’s also possible to do mindmapping. Or you could have students organize information (as a mindmap, categories, etc.).  Pretty cool stuff![/av_one_half]

 There’s More!

There’s so, so many more ways that Google Apps for Education can make life easier for teachers and students.  Over the next few weeks I hope to add some more things that I think are especially useful.  How do you use Google Apps for Education?  Feel free to share your ideas and tips in the comments.


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