Have you ever heard of Google Keep? Its a little known google app that lives in your gSuite account and if you have not tried it for few months it may be worth your while to give it another look.

So what is Google Keep? If you are familiar with Evernote or even Apple’s notes app then you probably have some idea. Basically a note taking program that syncs across all your devices.

So what are some of the uses that you can put it to?
  • Save your shortened urls or QR codes
  • Take notes at a parent teacher conference.
  • Capture photos of a conference presentation.
  • Record a voice memo
  • Make a shopping list
  • Share action items with your team.

Google Keep is available in apps and as a chrome application. It works in iOS and Android as well as in your favorite browser. Give it a try and see if you find it useful. I certainly did this week.

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It is helpful to create shared files in Drive so that multiple people can view, comment, and/or edit them. It is even better to create shared folders. The difference between a shared folder versus just a shared file is that you can set the permissions to the folder to be view, comment, or edit and then anything (doc, slide show, sheet, drawing, etc) that you move into that folder will automatically assume those permissions.


To create a folder:Click on the Blue New button and select folder. read more

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By Kristie Hughes

Goodbye Research Tool, Hello Explore Tool!

You may have been familiar with the Research tool in Google, where you could search for an image or article, bring it over to your document, and the citation for the image or article would automatically plant itself at the bottom of your page.

Starting on October 13th you will notice that the Research tool is no longer available! It has been replaced with the Explore tool. The Explore tool works similarly to the research tool in that you can research on the web, but it does not add the citations at the bottom of the page. read more

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by John Mansel-Pleydell

Google Classroom will integrate with many third party websites allowing you to post assignments directly to your classroom stream from another website. Create quizzes in one website and post them as assignments in Classroom.

Casey Bell (Shake Up Learning) has posted a list of 35 sites that integrate with Google Classroom. The original post is here. http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog/20-awesome-apps-that-integrate-with-google-classroom/
The list is repeated below for your convenience.

 

1. American Museum of Natural History

(programs and educational resources)

2. cK-12

(library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications)

3. Alma

(learning management system)

4. Buncee

(presentation tool)

5. Google Cultural Institute

(collections of art, exhibits, and archives from across the globe)

6. Curiosity.com

(educational content, videos, and more)

7. Discovery Education

(educational content, videos, and more)

8. Dogo News

(news articles for kids)

9. DuoLingo

(language learning platform)

10. EdPuzzle

(interactive video lessons)

11. Edulastic

(interactive, common core assessments)

12. Flat

(music score editor for students)

13. Imagine Easy Scholar

(develop reading, writing, and critical thinking skills) 14. 

Gale Cengage Learning read more

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