Tech Tip Tuesday – Google Hacks for Remote Learning

Interesting times we are living in, aren’t they?

Teachers everywhere are scrambling to provide online content for their students. On top of that, they are preparing for what may be an online start in the fall. In this tech tip, I’m going to show you a Google hack with Slides that you can use to make your presentations more interactive for your students.

Animations Help to Isolate Ideas

I always use animations in my google slides. I feel like doing so helps me emphasize the most important parts of a lesson. It also avoids the “head-down-madly-copying” syndrome. I want students to interact with the content and each other!

So sharing a Google Slide presentation as a lesson is problematic. In edit mode, my presentations are basically just pretty google docs with pictures. In a remote learning environment, I feel like my students lose too much if I just share my slides and tell them it’s the content.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Tame Your Google Drive

If your google drive is anything like mine, it fills up fast. Really fast. Scrolling through my drive is a sure-fire way to increase my anxiety. Since that’s uncomfortable, I avoid it like the plague.

But when you need to find something, you need to find it.

That’s where the advanced search features of my Google Drive have become my go-to in just about every situation.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Drag-and-Drop Google Slides

As an ed tech coach, I often get asked about how to create a document that students can type in without messing up the information the teacher has created. For instance, in a fill-in-the-blank plus word bank style exit ticket. Or, a graphic organizer that won’t get messed up when students try to add content.

There are several products that can accomplish this, but by far my favorite because of its simplicity is google slides.

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Google for Education Teacher Center

Google for Education has a fabulous site for teachers that want to improve their skills using GSuite apps. You can find it here: Teacher Center. Chock full of training resources for not only improving your skill with every GSuite tool, but also for support in using those tools in your classroom with students.

There is an entire series on the “First Day” with Docs, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Expeditions, and Jamboard. It has tools, tips, and tricks written by teachers for teachers.

Already using GSuite tools with your students? Get Google Certified and get the training and support you need to do so right here: Google Teacher Center Certifications. There is support for Educator Level 1 and Level 2, Certified Trainer, Certified Innovator, even G Suite Certification for your students!

Looking for lesson ideas and inspiration? Take a look at the Resources section in the teacher center. Have a great lesson you want to share? You can submit it here, too! You can filter by Category, Author, Theme, Product, Audience, Subject Area, and Language to find exactly what you are looking for!

Take a look – I’m sure you’ll find something to use in your classroom!


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Tech Tip Tuesday: Using a Google Form for Collecting Work and Giving Quick & Easy Feedback

Google Forms are great for exit tickets, quick assessments, surveys, and even differentiation. It’s probably my favorite GSuite app because of its potential to help teachers and schools be more efficient.

The end of the semester is looming and teachers are looking for ways to collect student work done outside of their LMS – like student portfolios. Google Forms might very well be the answer!

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