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Classroom Tech Blog

  • Google Tips and Tricks #7: Citing Sources

    Posted by Keith Tramper on 12/16/2016 2:30:00 PM

    Teaching students to give creative credit when they utilize a source to gain information is an important part of being a digital citizen. Thankfully Google Docs has a few nice features for making this process easier than the way that we learned it. Give them easy access to citing sources without tripping over proper citation.

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  • Google Tips and Tricks #6: Revision History

    Posted by Keith Tramper on 11/29/2016 4:30:00 PM

    Did you know you can click on “All changes saved in Drive” at the top of any Google Doc to see the Revision History of your document?

    Revision History Screenshot

    Review Major Changes

    When you click on a date/time on the right side of your screen, you’ll see all the changes made in that revision. The highlighted colors are associated with the person who made the edits. In the screenshot above you can see that Thang’s edits are highlighted in Green and mine are highlighted in Brown. The arrows at the top of the screen let you jump through the edits that have been made on the document. If you’re looking to see more minor changes, click on “Show more detailed revisions” at the bottom of the page.

    See When Changes Were Made

    Did you require that an assignment was due by Midnight on Friday? Now you can see if students had it completed by that time and what changes they may have made after the deadline. You can also see what they accomplished during their class time.

    Rollback Previous Versions

    Did someone get into your doc and screw it all up? Not only can you tell what changes were made, who made the changes and when they made them, you can go back to a point in time when it wasn’t a mess and restore it. Just click on the revision you like and choose “Restore this Version”.

    Draftback Chrome Extension

    Want to get really fancy with Revision History? Try the Draftback extension to play back all of the edits that you made on a document and get more data on how changes were made. It’s actually pretty fun!

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  • Google Tips and Tricks #5: Know Your Sharing Settings

    Posted by Keith Tramper on 11/4/2016 3:05:00 PM

    While Microsoft Word shines in building beautiful documents, Google Docs shines in its shareability. Rather than tracking down the most current version of a document, everything is kept up-to-date in one place, regardless of who’s modified it. To take full advantage of sharing in Google Docs, understanding sharing settings is key.

    Click here to get an understanding of your sharing settings.

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  • Google Tips and Tricks #4: Columns in Google Docs

    Posted by Keith Tramper on 10/28/2016 10:30:00 AM

    One common complaint about Google Docs is it’s inability to format a document columns, but now that has changed. Google recently added a columns feature so you can do just that. Simply choose Format --> Columns. Still need help? Check out the tutorial video here.

    Columns In Google Docs

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  • Google Tips and Tricks #3: Push Apps to Student Chromebooks

    Posted by Keith Tramper on 10/14/2016 1:00:00 PM

    Google Play for Education

    Google Play for Education, play.google.com/edu, gives you a store full of apps that are educator approved for student use in the classroom. It also allows you to push apps onto your students’ Chromebooks. Here’s how it works…

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