Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coming Soon...Google Academy

Coming to you soon...1st EVER Google Academy for Carroll ISD staff this summer. Whether you are a teacher, paraprofessional or administrative staff, Google is an essential tool for learning. There's more to Google than just a search engine. Come and learn ways to use Google Drive, Google Chrome, Google Forms, Google Docs, and much more. Participants can register in Eduphoria (click here to register). After registration you will be given the opportunity to customize your learning.

So what can you expect when attending a Google Academy? Here are just a few things Google can do for you!

Google Chrome Tip
Add URL shortener extension to Chrome browser so you can shorten a website URL, copy the URL to a clipboard, or create a QR code of the website. Click here to download.

Google Sheets Tip
Take a Google sheet and transfer it into a set of online flash cards using Once the flashcards are published no internet is needed to access the flashcards. Once you try flashcards, also give Flippity Quiz Show and Flippity Progress Indicator a try.

Google Docs Tip
Google Docs is more than just a word processor. The research tool feature allows users to perform research within the document by using basic Google search, search for images, use the dictionary and even include a citation with a footnote in the format (MLA, APA, etc) of your choice at the bottom of the page.

Google Forms Tip
One of my favorite new features of Google Forms is the template customization. Now instead of having a standardized template, users can choose their own header, font size and style, page background, form background and more.  Click here for a tutorial.

Google Drive Tip
Did you know you can upload Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel files into Google Drive? When uploading, if you choose to convert the files to Google format you will not be charged for space used. For example, each user has 15gb of space in Drive and only files that are not Google format are charged against you. Time to start Googling!!

Don't forget to sign up for the Google Academy in Eduphoria. You will experience two days of vigorous training and challenges to learn more about implementing Google Applications in your classroom.

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