Yesterday I shared something most of you already know. I love the Google. I’m getting into the idea of Keep and Tasks, my new favorite Google tools. Yesterday, you got a few of my favorite Google Search tips and tricks.
Today? Google Drive and YouTube. Read more
A week or so ago, I wrote about Google Keep, my latest new Google favorite tool. I‘ve always been a fan of the Googles. Google Earth. Docs. Maps. Tour Builder. Drive. This week, Keep. And, yes, my favorite Google tools do change weekly. That’s because there’s just too much Google goodness going on for me to keep up.
You might be the same way. You enjoy Google apps and tools but there’s so much. I spent some time last Thursday at the 2015 MACE conference, talking with teachers about Chromebook tips and tricks. And it was awesome. But I begin to notice a common theme.
Everyone had a different tip. A different trick. Some teachers know about the cool way to create a timer in Google Search. Others know that how to take screenshots on a Chromebook. Someone else shared how to add images to a Google form. But we can unintentionally get in a rut and not realize that there are some sweet little tips out there.
Of course, a quick Google search reveals more than enough lists to get you started. Some of my favorite tips? Read more
I waded into the shallow end of the Google Apps / GAFE / Chromebook pool last summer. In November, I dove off the high board as my office went all Google – mail, calendar, documents, the works.
I’ve been using Google Docs forever so it’s not like the stuff is completely foreign to me. But going all in . . . with all my stuff, emails, contacts, online? Yeah, there was an adjustment period.
But after a few months, I really am falling in love with the syncing of info and materials between all my different devices. I’ve also had a chance to start playing around with all of the different Google tools buried in my account.
My latest favorite? Google Keep. Basically Keep is Google’s version of
I’ve been toying with Google Classroom since it came out last fall. And despite a brief breakup with Google due a serious lapse on their part to send me a beta invite, I really think that Classroom has a ton of uses and potential. Teachers apparently think the same thing – 30 million assignments have been uploaded to Classroom since it came out five months ago.
Much of my conversation with teachers concerning Classroom is that Google has a habit of releasing a tool and then upgrading as time goes along. they seem to be following the same pattern with Classroom. Yesterday they released mobile versions of Classroom for both iOS and Android and made a few minor adjustments to their web-based version.
There are some pretty sweet features that make the mobile app very handy, especially from the student side. Read more
Long time readers of History Tech already know how much I love maps. They how much I love Google goodies. So they also know that Google Earth and Google Maps just might be the sweetest tools of all time.
And recent changes in Google Maps make the tool even better. They’ve created a separate map creation tool called Google My Maps that makes creating online maps easier while storing the completed maps in your Google Drive.
This fall, I’ve had the chance to work with all sorts of teachers and districts as they’ve moved deeper into the Google world. Google My Maps just adds another piece of Google goodness to the GAFE world.
With the new Google My Maps, you have the option to Read more