Tips and Tricks

Google Classroom - End-of-the-Year Suggestions

posted Jun 6, 2017, 6:55 AM by   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 6:59 AM ]

I found a blog post and shared resource that I thought I would pass along. I have a connection on Google+, Jennifer Fischer, who posted this and she allowed me to share it here: 
"The end of the school year comes with a lot of excitement...and a lot of questions. This year, the most popular one being, "What happens to my Google Classrooms when this year is over?"  With this in mind, we have created this Classroom Closeout eBook to simplify your end-of-the-year cleanup and ease the transition into next school year."

On-demand Training for Gmail and all Google Apps from right within the app!

posted May 23, 2017, 8:06 AM by   [ updated May 23, 2017, 8:13 AM ]

New to GMail or any other Google App? Training for G Suite is a Chrome extension that offers simple and interactive training lessons to get you up and running fast with Google Apps.

• Rich, interactive training - Whether you’re in Gmail, Calendar, Sheets, Slides, or Docs, you can learn and take actions, all at the same time.

• In-App experience - Training is accessible directly within Google Apps so you don’t need to leave the application to learn how to use it.

• Available to all - Whether it’s to master Google Classroom, or the Google Apps Admin Console, Training for Google Apps is free for your entire organization." 

(Note: this text was copied from the Google Web store's description for the extension)

How to Install and use the G Suite Training Extension

Google Forms - What is it and what can you do with it?

posted May 10, 2017, 5:56 AM by   [ updated May 10, 2017, 6:02 AM ]

Google Forms is an app that works alongside Google Docs, Slides, Sheets, and all other apps in the GSuite for Education. It allows you to create questions and collect data. 

What can you do with Forms?
"Manage event registrations, whip up a quick opinion poll, collect email addresses for a newsletter, create a pop quiz, and much more.

With Google Forms, you can create and analyze surveys right in your web browser—no special software is required. Even better, multiple people can work at the same time, and every change is saved automatically."

Create a quick poll, graded quiz, exit slip, sign-up sheet, and more... Here are some great ideas for teachers:

Detailed Tutorial - Learn how to create and use your own Google Form:

The New Google Forms

WatchKnowLearn - An educational alternative to YouTube

posted Apr 20, 2017, 7:42 AM by   [ updated Apr 20, 2017, 7:52 AM ]

WatchKnowLearn is a super-directory of over 50,000 free educational
video links that are organized by subject matter.

WatchKnowLearn provides "a world-class, online domain on which educators can store, categorize, and rate the best, K-12 educational videos on the Internet today.
And to make this service FREE so teachers, parents and students everywhere may have access to those videos."

Visit to learn more and start searching!

Google Keep is now integrated with Google Docs!

posted Mar 29, 2017, 11:31 AM by   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 11:33 AM ]

What is Google Keep?
It's a great online note-taking, list-making, organization tool built into GSuite. You can use it across devices and computers, anytime, anywhere and it syncs with your Google account(s). There is even an extension to save websites right to Keep when you're browsing and want to remember important sites. 

Here are some key tips:
  • You can access Keep on its website at:
  • You should also get the mobile Keep app for Android or iOS.
  • On the website or mobile apps you can can add notes, lists, images, or hand-made drawings.
  • On the mobile app you can also record voice notes which Keep will also translate into text for you.
  • If you add an image that has text, Keep can pull the text from the image so you have an editable copy of the text.
  • You can share any of your Keep notes with others for collaboration.
What's New?
Google recently integrated Keep within Google Docs. You can now access anything you've saved in Keep right within your Google Docs.To access it when in Docs click "Tools" in the top menu bar.
Choose "Keep notepad" from the drop-down menu. This will open a panel on the right side of the screen with all of your Google Keep notes.

The new Google Sites is beautiful, easy and fun to use!

posted Feb 23, 2017, 6:50 AM by   [ updated Feb 23, 2017, 6:57 AM ]

Google has reinvented their website creation tool. It is simple and much more attractive! With a drag-and-drop interface it's fun and easy to create a teacher website or have your students create their own website for a portfolio, presentation or whatever you'd like to assign. 

Shorter Google Sites Overview

Longer Google Sites Tutorial

Chromebook Video Tutorials are Here!

posted Feb 3, 2017, 6:50 AM by   [ updated Feb 3, 2017, 6:55 AM ]

Whether you're new to using a Chromebook, or you've been using one and would like to learn new things that you can do with it, here is a playlist of video tutorials to help you. You may find out things you didn't even know were possible! Click here to view the whole playlist.

Managing Files on Your Chromebook

Differentiation in Google Classroom - It's Finally Here!!

posted Jan 25, 2017, 10:56 AM by

Teachers often need the flexibility to differentiate assignments for students based on ability, learning styles, reading level, etc. In this case, the teacher chooses the assignment for each student/group of students.

To give an assignment to individuals or groups, simply use the new drop-down menu to select the students that you wish to receive the assignment (+>Create Assignment>All Students drop-down list). Here you can select, “all students,” or just select the individual or groups of students you want to give the particular assignment to. 

Of course, this also offers teachers ways to give special assignments inside Google Classroom, like independent study, special types of make-up work, extra credit, and genius hour assignments.*

Differentiation in Classroom

Using Google Cast for Education

posted Jan 10, 2017, 5:58 AM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 6:02 AM ]

This app allows you to cast, or mirror your Chromebook’s screen onto the computer connected to your Smart Board. You might use this to mirror what you’re doing on a Chromebook for demonstration purposes, or you might do this to share a student’s work/screen with the whole class.
All teachers in Stratford have the app available to them. See below for a document showing you how to set it up and use it. Click here to view a document on how to set it up and use it with your students.

Google Cast for Education

Google Classroom Tutorials - Video Playlist

posted Jan 5, 2017, 6:18 AM by   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 6:20 AM ]

"How to Make an Assignment in Google Classroom" and other useful video tutorials to help you get the most out of Google Classroom. Click here to access the whole playlist of videos.

YouTube Video

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