Great Google!

Techie Brekkie this week was presented in a different format. We had the 4 members of the ICT Team covering a slightly different aspect of Google Drive, Docs and Sheets.

Matt took control of the iPads and ran through how Google Drive works on the iPad as it differs slightly when on a tablet or mobile rather than a computer. This will be useful for both staff and students, especially when it comes to collaborating, sharing and saving work.

Toby’s group explored how Google Docs can be used to provide feedback on student work. We looked at the ‘comments’ tool as well as the ‘suggesting’ function. ‘Suggesting’ allowing teachers to do propose changes to student work which can then be ‘approved’ or ‘declined’. Finally, we looked at how teachers can view the ‘revision history’ for a document, so they can look at the progress made during different draft stages.

Megan looked at Google Sheets (similar to Microsoft’s Excel) and how to use Conditional Formatting to colour code cells and make it easier to see the data that’s being presented. You can format any data in this way but she has found it particularly useful in looking at individual answers to questions from a student activity as demonstrated in the video below:

Andrew looked at our Bell PS Google Shared docs. We discussed how find documents, create documents, and share them with staff and students within our Bell PS Domain as well as people outside our domain.

 

All of the ICT Team are more than happy to chat to you about any techie stuff so if you missed a techie brekkie and want to catch up on something, come and see us or email and make a time to chat!

 

 

How To Download & Email Google Docs As Microsoft Word Documents

It’s fabulous to see staff taking advantage of the amazing collaborative nature of Google Docs to plan and communicate online curriculum discussions. Being able to access and share documents anytime, anywhere as well as have multiple simultaneous editors all through a web browser makes Google docs a compelling tool for team collaboration. The Staff Shared Google drive has become a great hub for the sharing of understandings and knowledge across the school.

However, there are important documents that must be kept on the school cases Udrive for DEECD official record keeping/archiving. These documents need to be saved on the Udrive as a file type that can be read by official DEECD machines, which is at this stage Microsoft Word.

Below are three videos explaining how to download or email Google docs as Microsoft word documents so that they can be sent to the relevant people to archive on the Udrive.

How To Download A Google Doc As A Microsoft Word Document 

How To Email A Google Doc As A Microsoft Word Document

How To Download Google Docs As Microsoft Word Documents In Bulk

First Techie Brekkie For 2014

Now that term 1 is done and dusted and you have settled into life at Bell, its time to start the amazing Techie Brekkies. For those new to Bell, Techie Brekkies occur fortnightly (we may have some weekly when the iPads arrive due to demand). Attendance is optional not mandatory, however it is a great way to clock up professional learning time for your PD logs. Each session will be centred around a mini theme however, please feel free to bring along any queries that you might have to support your use of ICT at Bell. If you have anything that you would like to present or demonstrate at a Techie Brekkie that would be great.

Remember, no one person is more knowledgeable than a network of people. So the more people who come the more we can support our professional learning at Bell PS.

This weeks mini theme will be Google Drive and Docs; Tips, Tricks & How To. This is an amazing tool that supports the 21st Century Learning Skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity. It’s great to see so many staff and teams using it for planning etc however, are you and your students using it to support teaching and learning at Bell?  Please see flyer below for details.

Techie Breakie 08-05-2014

Catch Up With Techie Brekkie No.6

A lot was covered in Techie Brekkie No.6. See below.

How to embed a youtube video into your class blog.

 

How to embed a video from your Google Drive folder into your Global2 blog.

We also looked at using Pickmonkey and Pixlr web apps to manipulate images. You can now add apps from a select list to your Google drive apps. Having these apps connected to your Google drive means that once you have logged in to your Google Drive you can use them straight away and most of the artefacts are automatically saved into your Drive folder.

Step 1: Click Create Then Connect More Apps

Click Create Then Connect More Apps

Step 2 Choose Pixlr and or Pickmonkey

Find and choose your app

Find and choose your app

Have fun! All images will be saved into your drive or you can export them out to other places to share. Be sure to check out the Halloween features in Pickmonkey.

Forms, Collaboration, Data

Techie Brekke No.5 was all about Google Forms. After looking at them in detail I had forgotten how powerful Google Forms are. The tool itself is very easy to set up.

As you can see its a fairly easy process. Which lead to some interesting conversation about its uses for teachers and students. Some examples ideas discussed: Student surveys for students to collect data for a project, mini tests for student assessment, embedding a form into your class blog to collect data from the school community or other global collaborator. “Where ever there is a form there’s a spreadsheet” and we touched lightly on Google spreadsheets and how they interact with the accompanying Google Form. One thing missing from the ‘how to’ video above is that you can now add/embedd images to your Google form. This is great for ‘tune in’ or ‘activating prior knowledge’ activities at the beginning of a project or lesson.

Our next Techie Brekkie will be on the 12 of September. There will be a focus on the Global2 blogging tool that we use for our level blogs and will cover creating effective blog rolls, embedding video, audio, calendars and much much more!

 

 

Techie Brekkie Update No.4

Techie Breakie No.4 was all about Google Documents. Now that we have had a chance to play around with the tool and experience the collaborative power of docs,  it was now time to ‘level up’. But first there was the pressing question around using tables in Google docs. Ok, I am the first to admit… Tables don’t work as well in Docs as they do in Word. That’s one of the trade off’s when working with a web based tool. The solution? Well there isn’t one really. Its about rethinking how tables are used. So rather than nesting tables with in a table or 1 cell row on top of several columns. Table need to be rethought as separate entites. Separate Cell sitting above a three columns for example. 

Being teachers we love to colour code stuff. Doing this to a table is easy just go to. The “Table” tab and then click table properties and then click cell background

Google have made sure that Doc’s aren’t syphoned off from the rest of the web. Using the research tool you can now highlight text, go to tools, click research and inside the document it will search the web for that text. This is great for citing and finding, verifying and contrasting information.

Other things that were discussed were:

Wow all this in just 45 minutes. The next Techie Breakie we will be digging deeper into some of the other Google Apps that could be used. Such as Google Forms, Drawings and Pixlar.