Google Docs
  • GOOGLE DOC RESEARCH TOOL There is a great tool in Google Apps that makes it easy to do proper research.  One of the biggest issues that many teachers have with students who do research ... 
    Posted Oct 16, 2013, 9:48 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • VOICE COMMENTS HAS CHANGED! The company behind the Voice Comments tool for Google Docs has updated their tool to include more features and to improve others.  The tool has been greatly improved and should ... 
    Posted Nov 7, 2013, 7:02 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • ADDING VOICE COMMENTS TO A GOOGLE DOC Providing feedback on any assignment or activity is an integral part of the learning process.  In Google Docs you can easily add comments to the document but you can also ... 
    Posted Sep 4, 2013, 8:35 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • WORD VS GOOGLE DOCS VS LIBREOFFICE Ames High School is starting our 1 to 1 initiative with a major change, no more Microsoft Office products.  Instead of Word, our students will be using Google Docs or ... 
    Posted Sep 9, 2013, 9:50 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • BASICS OF GOOGLE DOCS Google Docs is much more than a digital word processor program.  It is a tool that can be used to increase collaboration, creation, communication and critical thinking.  There are features ... Posted 17 minutes ago by Patrick Donovan
Google Search
  • CREATE A CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINE USING GOOGLE Whether we are working with younger students, students with special needs or all students, sometimes we need to help them narrow or limit what they search using Google.  Setting a ... 
  • GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH AND USAGE RIGHTS Images have become such an integral part of the learning process that being able to search the vastness of the internet for images that fit our needs has been great ... Posted Jan 16, 2014, 11:00 AM by Patrick Donovan
Google Maps and Earth
  • GOOGLE CONNECTED CLASSROOMS VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS Google is constantly finding ways to assist teachers in the classroom and this is just another example of something that can really improve the learning that is already taking place ... 
  • GOOGLE MAPS ENGINE LITE The updated Google Maps tool allows you to easily create maps that contain any information you want.  You can create a map showing places you have visited, a map that ... 
    Posted Nov 12, 2013, 1:21 PM by Patrick Donovan
  • TOUR BUILDER IN GOOGLE EARTH Google just released the Google Earth Tour Builder tool to allow you to create your own tours in Google Earth.  As a science teacher I have used Google Earth in ... 
    Posted Nov 12, 2013, 8:16 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • HOW TO CREATE A GOOGLE MAP 1.  Make sure you are logged into your google account.2.  Go to maps.google.com3.  Click on “my places”4.  Click on “create map”5.  Give your map ... 
    Posted Sep 11, 2013, 1:25 PM by Patrick Donovan
YouTube
  • YOUTUBE SHARING TOOLS As much as I love YouTube as a resource, it is easy to see that sometimes there are unfavorable parts of YouTube or that the specific clip you want is ... 
  • ADDING QUESTIONS TO A YOUTUBE VIDEO There is a sort of hidden feature in YouTube where you questions to a YouTube video that you created or uploaded.  It is a beta feature but if you go ... 
  • CREATING PICTURE SLIDESHOWS USING YOUTUBE With sites like Animoto going to a more paid setup, there are not a lot of easy to use options out there for making video slideshows.  We do have access ... 
Google Hangouts
  • UPDATED GOOGLE HANGOUTS Google Hangouts has been updated.  The video below will go over the basics of Google Hangouts including how to get started and the uses for a teacher in the classroom
  • GOOGLE HANGOUT WITH STUDENTS WORKAROUND Conducting a Google Hangout with students is one way we can extend the class day beyond the 45 minutes we are given.  Teachers have had review sessions at night or ... 
    Posted Oct 31, 2013, 8:19 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • GOOGLE+ HANGOUTS Google+ Hangouts is a new tool that can really help us move things beyond our four walls.  I have used Hangouts to take part in discussions in my online Masters ... 
    Posted Sep 18, 2013, 12:15 PM by Patrick Donovan

Google Drive and Add-ons
  • EASYBIB ADD-ON FOR GOOGLE DOCS I was working on a couple of papers for my Masters classes this weekend when I decided to give the Easybib Add-On for Google Docs a try.  It allowed ... 
  • LUCIDCHART ADD-ON FOR GOOGLE DOCS What was a useful tool before is now even more useful.  Lucidchart is a concept map, venn diagram, chart creating tool that works very similarly to a Google Doc and ... 
  • UPDATED FLUBAROO WITH ADD-ONS With the addition of Add-Ons to Google Docs and Sheets, Flubaroo has been now made into an Add-On.  This is nice since it means that once you download ... 
  • UPDATED DOCTOPUS AND GCLASSFOLDERS WITH ADD-ONS With the introduction of the Add-ons into Google Docs and Sheets, we can now finally use our favorite script Doctopus with the new Google Sheets.  Not only can we ... 
  • ADD-ONS FOR GOOGLE DOCS AND SHEETS Like an unexpected birthday present, Google has introduced a new set of tools that are integrated with Google Docs and Sheets.  Some of these tools are just the updated versions ... 
  • CREATING A SHARED GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER FOR A CLASS One of the easiest ways to share a file with your students is to create a Folder in your Google Drive that is already shared with your students.  Once the ... Posted a minute ago by Patrick Donovan
  • FLUBAROO BASICS Flubaroo is another example of a great Google Script that can automate something in a Google Spreadsheet to make things easier for students and teachers.  Flubaroo can automatically grade a ... Posted a minute ago by Patrick Donovan
  • GCLASSFOLDERS SCRIPT Using Google Scripts can make working with Google Docs with your students that much more efficient and effective.  gClassFolders is a script that can automatically create shared folders with your ... 
  • VIEW ACTIVITY STREAM IN GOOGLE DRIVE COMING SOON!Google Drive is great for working together in a group or for students to turn in assignments for class.  The big issue is keeping track of when things ... Posted Jan 14, 2014, 11:35 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • BASICS OF GOOGLE DRIVE (AND APPS) Video goes over the basics when using Google Drive and Apps.
    Posted Oct 3, 2013, 7:21 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • OFFLINE ACCESS TO GOOGLE DRIVE FILES You can access your Google Drive files while offline if you follow the steps below.  The steps were posted by Google at (https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2375012?hl ... 
    Posted Sep 11, 2013, 8:23 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • GOOGLE DRIVE ON YOUR COMPUTER There is a key feature to Google Drive that not many people take advantage of.  Similar to Dropbox.com you can have a folder on your computer that contains all ... 
    Posted Sep 6, 2013, 8:29 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • CREATING STUDENT SHARED FOLDERS (WITHOUT USING SCRIPTS) If you are not comfortable using spreadsheets and running scripts to create shared folders with your students, there is another simpler way.  It helps if you do this at the ... 
    Posted Aug 23, 2013, 9:42 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • GCLASS FOLDERS - CREATING SHARED FOLDERS FOR YOUR STUDENTS Using a class roster (with student email addresses) and a simple script, you can create shared folders with your students so that they can view assignments and turn them in ... 
    Posted Aug 20, 2013, 8:40 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • DOCTOPUS AND GOOBRIC Google Apps can make use of different scripts that can automate certain processes that can make your life as a teacher a lot easier.  DOCTOPUSDoctopus is a script that ... 
    Posted Sep 12, 2013, 8:09 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • SAVE TIME = CREATE FOLDERS IN GOOGLE DRIVE If you are having your students turn in assignments and other activities through Google Drive (Docs, Presentations and Spreadsheets) you can easily get lost when hundreds of new files appear ... 
    Posted Aug 14, 2013, 1:00 PM by Patrick Donovan
Gmail
  • CREATING GROUPS IN GOOGLE APPS Creating a Group in Google Apps is an easy way to quickly communicate and share with a group of people or even a whole class.  Once the group is setup ... 
    Posted Oct 4, 2013, 11:47 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • GOOGLE VIDEO CHATS Google Video Chats are a great way to collaborate with someone or someones who are not at the same place as you.  You can easily start up a video chat ... Posted Jan 9, 2014, 9:04 AM by Patrick Donovan
Google Presentations
  • BASICS OF GOOGLE PRESENTATIONS Google Presentations is the Google version of Powerpoint and Keynote.  It is cloud based which means the files are store online and you can access it from any computer that ... 
    Posted Oct 17, 2013, 11:15 AM by Patrick Donovan

Google Forms
  • INSERTING IMAGES INTO A GOOGLE FORM There are many uses for a Google Form in the classroom setting and now we have the option of inserting images or even videos into a Google Form.  By inserting ... 
    Posted Oct 10, 2013, 7:01 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • USING A GOOGLE FORM TO SHARE WORK IN A CLASS If you want students to be able to view each other’s work during a class, there is a good number of ways to do this.  Which way works best ... 
    Posted Sep 10, 2013, 7:25 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • BASICS OF GOOGLE FORMS Google Forms is a tool that easily allows you to collect data and information.  You can quickly and easily create your form which can then be shared out in many ... Posted 14 minutes ago by Patrick Donovan
  • Password Protecting a Google Form
Google Spreadsheets
  • UPDATED GOOGLE SPREADSHEETS As many have made the transition from Office products into Google Apps, one area that has been more difficult than others for some people has been moving to Google Spreadsheets ... 
  • FILTER FUNCTION IN GOOGLE SPREADSHEETS A nice feature in Google Spreadsheets is the ability to use functions to sort or manipulate the data.  If you are using a Google Form to collect data from students ... 
    Posted Oct 24, 2013, 11:06 AM by Patrick Donovan
Google Calendar
  • SHARING A GOOGLE CALENDAR WITH STUDENTS One of the easiest ways to increase communication with students is to create a Google Calendar for your class and share it with your students.  You can embed the calendar ... 
    Posted Aug 14, 2013, 12:11 PM by Patrick Donovan
  • BASICS OF GOOGLE CALENDAR Following the trend of the other Google Apps, Google Calendar is easy to use and very easy to share out with others.  You can create a calendar, which can be ... Posted a minute ago by Patrick Donovan
Google Sites
Google Chrome
  • 3 CHROME EXTENSIONS FOR CHROME SCREENSHOTS There are many tools out there to easily capture what is on your browser screen but the power comes in being able to annotate and then share out those screenshots ... 
  • GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS PART 3 This set of Chrome Extensions will focus on those tools that are helpful when a teacher is busy grading online documents and other activities.  Each of these can help in ... 
  • GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS PART 2 Going over the second half of the Google Chrome Extensions I am currently using.  All of these get used on a regular basis or often enough that they earned their ... 
  • CHROME EXTENSIONS PART 1 Chrome Extensions can make your life simpler or allow you to do things you hadn't thought of before.  Why do things the slow way when the push of a ... 
  • GOOGLE APPS AND EXTENSIONS Google Chrome is a great web browser to use in the classroom.  It has many tools that can make life easier for both the student and the teacher.  There are ... 
    Posted Oct 16, 2013, 9:32 AM by Patrick Donovan
  • GOOGLE CHROME APPS AND EXTENSIONS The Google Chrome web browser is by far my favorite browser because of all of the tools that can make life easier for a teacher.  In some of my previous ... 
    Posted Aug 15, 2013, 6:55 AM by Patrick Donovan