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Shared with Me in Google Drive

Have you wondered what the “Shared with me” item is in Google Drive? This is a repository of all folders and files that have been shared with you by others, as well as files shared with a link that you have opened.

Files in Shared with me are organized with the most recent one first. You can see the following information for each file:

  • When the file was shared with you.
  • The owner of the file.
  • The document type.

You aren’t able to organize your files in Shared with Me, so if you want to put files into folders and move them around, you need to add files to your Drive instead. To add a file, right-click on it, and then choose “Add to My Drive” read more

Check out the new creation tools in Google Earth! 🌎

Google added some new creation tools to Google Earth in late 2019. This new Projects feature allows you to create and share virtual tours that incorporate videos, photos, and text. This looks like it will replace the Tour Builder beta.

The video trailer below shows how these new features can be used.

Start by creating your project and adding locations.

Now add photos and videos.
You can add photos and videos for students to view when they visit that location. You can also add a summary about this location (or just use the information that Google provides). Then change the icon to describe your location, if you so choose. read more

FORGET THE MOVIE! Need something ENGAGING to do with your students before winter break? ❄️ ⛄

Teachers… you’ve almost made it. For most of you, this is the last week before the holiday break. Usually, this week is filled with holiday parties, concerts, watching movies, and more. It’s often hard to keep kids focused on academics this week. 

Instead of watching the same old movie with your class, how about doing a digital BreakoutEdu?

While BreakoutEdu offers a paid platform, they do have some free breakout challenges that don’t require a subscription. As part of this, there are some great holiday breakouts for all age groups. read more

FREE virtual PD – Ditch Summit 2019

A chill is in the air… houses are decorated… holiday music playing… that means one of my favorite times of year is coming!

Not the holiday season… the fourth annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is coming December 21st!

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers founded by Matt Miller, educator and author.  Digital Summit offers you nine great speakers — one new video interview released per day. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more. Teachers can generate FREE certificates for professional development credits. read more

Even More (.)New Stuff from Google

Last October, I posted a Tech Tip called A (Dot) New Way to Google in which I showcased Google’s shortcuts to start new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms. For example, simply entering docs.new into your browser’s address bar will create a new Google Doc. They are very cool timesavers!

Now Google Calendar and Google Keep have gotten into the action!

Simply go to cal.new or meeting.new to create a new Google Calendar event. Add your title, choose options and presto – new event! Super easy! read more

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