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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

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

Frame It: Creating a Video Frame in FlipGrid

For all of you who’ve caught the FlipGrid fever, you and your students will LOVE creating frames for your videos. The frames can make the video more pleasant and fun to watch. When working with students, I will ask them to create a frame to match their discussion topic or perhaps create a scene from a book BEFORE recording their video.

For example,

To create a FlipGrid frame, follow the below steps:

  • When the video screen appears, BEFORE clicking on record, create your frame using Stickers


  • The Stickers screen will appear. There are five categories of stickers in the lower part of the screen. Click on the category to change the sticker view


  • To move the sticker, place the mouse pointer inside the sticker. When arrow changes to four arrows, click and drag the sticker


  • To rotate the sticker, click and rotate the circle with the arrow.


  • To resize the sticker, click on it. Then, click and drag a circle to the desired size.


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