Navigating your Google Doc is easy using bookmarks and hyperlinking the text, but Google Docs has an even easier way to do this for longer documents with multiple sections.
Just add a table of contents from the bottom of the "Insert" menu.
Then when you add a section heading within your text, highlight it and hold cmd+alt+1 to create a big heading for that section. Use 2 or 3 instead of 1 for smaller headings. All headings are automatically hyperlinked in the table of contents.
You can refresh the table of contents by clicking within it and then clicking the refresh arrow.
Google Docs even indents the smaller headings for you, giving your document a more professional feel.
Google Classroom allows teachers to post announcements, assignments and questions. All 3 are great resources for teachers. Today I'm going to look at using questions.
Questions can be marked just like an assignment, and could be used as starter activities or homework. You can enable students to edit their questions if you wish, as well as permitting them to view their classmates' answers.
Firstly, click the + button in the bottom right and select "Create a question".
This box then appears. Put your question into the "Title of question" box, and add a description if necessary then click on the due date.
The due date and time options allow you to control when Google Classroom marks something as late. This is useful if you want them to complete a starter activity by 15mins into class - you just set the date and time accordingly. For homework, you may just want to use the date. You can also turn the due date off completely.
Also in the "create a question" box, you can attach files from your computer or drive, or even attach a YouTube video link or standard web link. This may be a resource you want your student to respond to, such as a paragraph of text in a doc or a video from YouTube. Next to this is a drop down list of your classes, this lets you choose to post to multiple classes at one time - a great timesaver!
Once you're ready, click "Ask". A box will appear asking if students can see each others' answers and whether they can edit. Set this as you wish - for discussion I suggest allowing them to see each others answers, for formative assessment I suggest not.
Your question will appear like this in the stream. At first the number "Done" will be 0, but this will update as student answer the question. You can also add comments below to assist students or share relevant material.
The student view looks like this. In this example, we can see that the student can choose to view the answers their classmates have given. They also see a tick showing they've answered it.
Back in the teacher view, click on the question title in the stream, and Classroom takes you to this page. Here you can filter for "done" and "not done", see the answers students have given, grade the question (you can change the maximum mark to anything from 1-100 points, or have it unmarked), and provide private feedback to each student by clicking on their name
So you can see, Google Classroom Questions is a powerful way to have students respond to questions or content as starters, plenary or homework tasks!
The 'Capture, Explain and Send Screenshots' extension is available from the Chrome Web Store. Like other screenshots extensions, it allows you to screenshot a selection of a page, the visible part of a page or the entire webpage. This extension, however, allows you to also annotate those screenshots before deciding to download them or save them to your Google Drive.
While it's annotation tools don't live up to the likes of Skitch, the ease of doing this all within Chrome makes it a good contender for some quick pointers on a screenshot as can be seen below. The save to Google Drive feature required installing a second extension by the developer - Checker Plus for Google Drive - and in hindsight, perhaps it would be better to limit the amount of extensions that can access my Google Drive account.
In terms of usability, it was ok. It did the job, the text sits in a white box above whatever you're annotating over, which is not great unless it's a white background, but like I said, for the ease of being able to save direct to Drive, you may make do. It had some extra features like blurring parts of an image, but this required an upgrade. It does also stamp the URL of the page you took the snapshot at the top and bottom of the image, so unless you have a white border each side, it ends up obscuring text and images you were trying to capture.
The Awesome Screenshot extension is also available in the Chrome Web Store, make sure you install the extension, not the actual app - they function differently. This also provided the options to capture various parts of the page, with added features such as delayed capture, uploading an image, and capture desktop - this last feature allows you to select a screen from an open app/window to capture and edit.
This extension also annotates and edits images, you can even resize the selection you capture before committing to capturing it! It did, however, lack the feature to save to drive. You can store you work in your Awesome Screenshot profile, download the image or copy it to clipboard.
It terms of usability, it was the better extension by far. The text wasn't boxed in white, you can blur parts of the image without upgrading, you can highlight parts of the image with a colour and the URL wasn't stamped onto the image as with the former extension. The lack of Google Drive functionality isn't the end of the world, after all you can download it to your local Google Drive folder, which will in turn sync to your cloud-based Drive.
Overall: Awesome Screenshot wins hands down due to a slicker interface and better editing functions.
Canva is a great tool for creating awesome graphics with a few clicks - check it out: https://www.canva.com/ Let's have a look at it.
Firstly you need to sign up, once you've done that, you'll be presented with this page.
Let's choose an Instagram post (square dimensions) and make a cool graphic. Click on Instagram.
This will take you to a new window with a white square and a panel of options on your left.
Scroll down the layouts until you see this surf school design.
Double click on it, it will now appear in your white square - actually it will replace it!
Double click on the text and enter "Piano Sounds" & "Classical Chillout"
Now in the search box type, "Piano".
Halfway down the search items there is a free piano image that looks like this, drag it on to your image.
Click on the image once until you see more options including: Filter, Crop and Copy. Click Filter, and choose the edge setting.
Next, drag the corners of the piano image until it fills the box. It will snap into position and look like this.
To download this image, click download and select "Image: High Quality (PNG)"
Ta da! You have a great looking pic you've created in no time at all. Now try exploring Canva further. It's great to use with students to get them to think about aspects of design, aesthetics and public domain images.
*Note, not all Canva images are free, they indicate free or paid (usually $1), which you can then pay for on download.
If you use Google Sheets to collect responses from Google Form submissions, you may end up with a lot of columns of short word answers. Wouldn't it be great if you could just have a numerical value for how many people gave a certain response? Well, you can
Using the COUNTIF formula, you can count the number of responses with a certain text value in a range. For example, if you want to count all the times "Yes" appears in column C, you would use the formula: =COUNTIF(C:C, "Yes").
The little comment box that appears above the cell indicates the value that will be returned by the formula. There you have it, quickly add up the number of text responses from a Google Form!
WARNING - double check your formulas, a wrong comma or missing "" can leave you with errors.
So you've taken a load of notes at a meeting, typed them as fast as your fingers can manage, and now you have everything in lower case - no capitals. If you want to submit some minutes or notes to a colleague, you're going to have to correct.
In comes Change Case, a Google Docs add-on that allows you to apply case formatting to a block of text. You want all caps? Sure! Capitals for first letters (Title case)? Done! Sentence case for normal prose? Easy!
Click on the "Add-On" menu and select "Get add-ons...).
Search for "Change Case", then click the blue "+ Free" button on the right hand side to add this to your Google Apps account.
Google will work away to add the add-on to your account. Afterwards, click "Add-ons" again in the menu bar, at the top will be an option for "Change Case". Hover over "Change Case" to reveal all the options for formatting text.
To apply this to a word, sentence or paragraph, just highlight what you want to change, then go back to the Change Case menu to alter as you wish.
Have you ever just wanted to have the same file or folder in two or more places in Google Drive? Well you can!
Just hold shift+z while clicking on the folder you want to make a link to. A box will come up saying, "Add to" not "move to".
You then click on the folder you want to add this too. You can link files to multiple folders in the same way.
This is powerful.
For example, you could copy a folder into multiple locations in Google Drive - say a folder for a topic into multiple class folders. When you update the folder with a new item, it will appear in all the folders - same file, not multiple instances of the file.
This will allow you to give access to the files from one folder to multiple classes through Google Classroom, while retaining the ability to place files unique to those classes in their folders. Essentially you can have one master curriculum for a Grade level mapped out, and all linked into the separate classes' folders, then when resources are added to the master folder, all the classroom folders will update automatically.
Remember to make sure the copies for students are read only, unless you want the students to edit the document as part of a task!
I know it's easy to setup a right click for mac on the track pad or on the mouse, but in case you dislike the two finger options for these and would prefer to use a key command to alter the mouse click, then here you go:
Hold CTRL + click the trackpad or mouse. That's it, it's that easy.
This brings up the context menu as it would do if you two finger clicked or used a windows mouse.
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