The Google Classroom iOS app was updated on Feb. 6, 2018. It includes two new features for teachers as well as bug fixes and performance improvements. Now teachers can grade questions and rename their classes on iOS.
Google regularly updates its app. This is a general reminder to update your apps often to take advantage of new features
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Do you have a PDF in another language that you need to translate? Google Drive/Docs makes it very easy to translate a PDF document. You can do this in two easy steps on your computer. (It doesn’t work on a tablet or smart phone).
Step 1: Convert your file to text
- Go to http://drive.google.com on your computer.
- Upload the file from your computer (click and drag or New | File upload)
- Right-click on the file (two-finger click or ⌘-click on a Mac)
- Select Open with | Google Docs.
You can now view your converted document. Note that some of the text formatting may be lost and tables, columns, lists, endnotes, footnotes, etc. may lose their format.
Step 2: Translate a text document
- With the document open, go to Tools | Translate document in the top menu.
- Type in a name for the document and choose the language that you would like to translate to.
- Press Translate to see a new document with the translated text in a new tab.
Realize your Wish
You’ve clarified your wish for technology integration in your classroom using the WOOP process. Now you have to take steps to realize your wish. At the simplest level, keep the intention in mind as you plan your units and lessons, and find authentic opportunities to use technology that match your intention. This allows your students to develop technology skills within the context of a subject or multiple subjects. This makes the use of technology purposeful and meaningful.
It’s useful to think about what’s involved in realizing your wish. What are the parts of your wish? This is like coming up with the lines of inquiry for an essential question. The components will help you identify possible activities that align with your intention for technology integration.
Possible Activities to Purposefully Integrate Technology
Here are some examples of activities to help students select reliable sources of information online for use in each of their research papers (my wish from the WOOP process):
- conduct inquiries as a class to answer a research question
- co-construct search queries with students
- evaluate the credibility, relevance, accuracy and perspective of information, media, data and resources online
- have students practice
- have students submit their evaluation of resources used for the first few assignments, and allow peer or teacher feedback
- create citations using Explore in Google Docs (for an analysis, research paper, etc.)
- Use Google Scholar to find published research
- visit the library to learn about the school’s subscription services from the librarian (or invite the librarian to the classroom)
- Compare results on Google with those from other search engines and databases
You’ve probably noticed from the brainstormed list that the activities aren’t focusing on technology; they are using technology to meet a particular goal. Students aren’t exploring Explore in Docs in case they need it someday; they’re using it to create a citation relevant to their research.
It’s your turn. Go ahead and brainstorm a list of activities to meet your wish. Consider the outcome that you specified before and whether the activities will achieve that outcome.
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This isn’t so new, but it’s a very useful feature. If you have a large file that you want to send by email:
- Save it to Google Drive
- E-mail the copy that you’ve saved in Google Drive using Gmail.
It’s very easy to send one or more files from Google Drive, right from your email, which means you can send a combination of files from Google Drive and your desktop at the same time.
Google documents (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) must be sent as a link, and other documents like pdfs, MS Office files (not converted) and image files can either be sent as links, or as attachments. A great feature of Google Drive attachment is that Gmail ensures that the recipients have access to any files that you are sharing with them using links, and prompts you if you need to change the file permissions.
As a teacher, you probably take lots of photos of your students in the classroom. You may even have students or assistants act as photographers. It’s useful to save all those photos in one place. This lets you access the photos from any device, makes it easy for you to share photos and albums with everyone including parents, and protects your images from loss if a device breaks or becomes inaccessible. If your device is running out of space, you may also want to save your photos and videos in Google Photos so that you can delete them from your device and free up space. This is especially important if your school uses devices that only have 16 GB of space.
If your school uses G Suite, Google Photos is a good option, as it is included as an app in your G Suite account. Google Photos works on whatever devices your school may be using. To use Google Photos, you need a Google account. Then install Google Photos on your Android or iOS device, or on your Mac or Windows machine, or access Google Photos on the web. Once you have the app installed, you can setup Backup and Sync for Google Photos on your device.
Note that if you set the quality of your photos to high in Google Photos, your uploads do not count towards your available storage limits. This means that you can save an unlimited number of high quality images (up to 16 mega-pixel) and videos (up to 1080p), which is high enough quality for people who mostly access multimedia in digital formats.