Google Tips

Presented by Alice Keeler

Submitted by Laura Guest

“Alice Keeler holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator.” (ASTE Conference Brochure)

I attended several of her sessions; one was not enough! She had standing room only and they had to place “guards” at the door to assure those that had preregistered could find a seat. She moves at the speed of light.

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When she is generating a code for students to join a classroom or if it is a bitly or goo.gl link she regenerates it until it does not contain zeros or the letters “o, I or l” because it is too hard to tell what they are. She recommends starting a new class every six weeks and labeling it with the year. You should never save an entire year’s worth of assignments and expect to simply open and reuse it the next year!

To quickly create new Google files use slides.google.com/create, doc.google.com/create etc. Type the name of the document and WTRL W will close the tab. This is handy if you are in Google Classroom and need to attach an assignment template for the students that had not already been created.

Alice learned to code to create many of her own extensions for Google documents and Google Classroom. She also pays expert programmers to create more complex ones. You can download them from her store found at alicekeeler.com/webstore. One of them creates a Screenshot and saves it to your Google Drive immediately allowing you to share it quickly. Another called, Drive20, will open the first 20 files in the folder you’re in. Sort the file with the newest edited on the bottom. This will allow you to open student work quickly, grade it or make comments, save it and when you run it again, it will open the next 20 because the ones you edited are on the bottom of the file list. One that I know I will use right away is DriveSlides. It allows you to create a Google Slide out of a drive folder of images. I often take pictures of students doing an activity such as reading to live slugs after I read, how to teach a slug to read. This would allow me to quickly make a slide show and be able to show it the next week during check out!

Another way to grade paragraphs that students typed in individual Google Doc is to use her pulltheparagraph add-on. It will pull all of the students work into a Google Sheet, allow you to read and comment on their work and then push out your feedback by placing it at the top of their document http://alicekeeler.com/2016/12/05/google-classroom-pull-student-paragraphs-give-feedback/ “This Add-on script allows you to grab what students wrote into a Google Doc and put all of the responses into a spreadsheet. This allows you to save time from opening each Google Doc individually. Note this only works with text documents, not Sheets or Slides”

She is the author of two books, 50 things you can do with Google Classroom and 50 things to go further with with Google Classroom: a student-centered approach.

She recommended using Flubaroo is a free tool that helps you quickly grade multiple-choice or fill-in-blank assignments. The only suggestion that cost money was purchasing (educational price) SnagIt from techsmith.com. “Snagit software gives you the complete tool for screen capture and video recording on Windows and Mac. Combine traditional screenshots, video recording, image editing, and file sharing. It’s fast and easy to visually explain anything on your screen.”

Alice Keeler, http://alicekeeler.com/

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