It’s Okay to Compare DOCS

A new tool, Compare Documents, is appearing from the Google Docs Tools menu. This feature makes it easier to locate changes between two documents over a period of time. Teachers may want to use this tool to see the development of a student’s writing process. Students will begin with an original file and then make a copy of the original and add revisions to the copied version. The Compare Documents tool will create a third copy. The newly generated document will show all suggested edits from both files and the name of the person who made the suggestions. read more

Email Curation with Filtering

This tip is for those of you that get a lot of email and like to keep it organized. In my position, I get a fair amount of email each day, probably around 200 per day not counting SPAM. As such it is a constant battle to stay on top of those emails and keep them organized.

In the old days, we used to drag and drop messages into folders in Outlook Web Access or any other IMAP mail client and that was a good way to keep them organized.

In a previous tech tip (The Art of Email) I shared how I now process my email each day and try and try to have zero messages in my inbox. A big part of that strategy is using a filter to move messages that I don’t need to read, to a folder where I can find them if needed. read more

New Google Classroom Features

When I opened up my Google Classroom to create a new assignment today, I noticed a couple of changes that I wanted to share with you.

First, the Assignment screen has a new layout. The title and directions are where they used to be, but now all of the options for the assignment are gathered in a sidebar on the right. 

I love how all these options are in one place so that you don’t miss any of them!

You can still assign to multiple classes and students, set a point value, due date and topic. There are a couple of new options there as well. You can now create and use Rubrics within Google Classroom. Rubrics can be scored or unscored. If a rubric is scored, students see their scores when you return their assignments. A future Tech Tip will showcase this feature. read more

Customize Your Charts in Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a great tool to use to help keep track of data, analyze numbers, make calculations, etc. One of the many features of Sheets is the fact that you can create charts to visualize your data. There are various charts you can use and you can also customize them to make certain parts stand out.  

One of my favorite charts to use (depending on what kind of data you are analyzing) is the pie chart. First, you highlight all your data and then click on the chart icon. Once your chart is created, you can begin to customize it using the customize tab in your chart editor.  read more

Workbench is not just for lesson plans!

As a Google Certified Trainer we are required each year to complete a recertification process and this year it included creating an account on a new service called Workbench. It turns out that in late 2019, Google purchased Workbench as a new tool ideally suited for educators to “discover great lessons and rework them to use in their classrooms.”

Put simply, Workbench is a platform that offers a simple way of sharing lessons with your students. Lessons can be shared via Google Classroom and are tracked in Workbook via the workbook feature.  read more

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