Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday Tech Tip: Google Grand Slam, Part I

As you are getting back into the swing of things at school, we would like to offer some ways to add depth to your technology lineup with some of Google's newest features.

Share Students' Screens with Google Cast for EDU

Now students can share their screens with the class wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom using Google Cast for EDU. It is a free Chrome app and works with 
Google Classroom so it’s easy to invite students. Teachers run and control the Cast for Education app, and students can share their screens using the Cast feature in Chrome. Click here to learn how it works. 

Create Quizzes in Google Forms
While we still suggest using Schoology to create a quiz when you want it graded or you want to track mastery, formative assessments and exit tickets are now easy to create using Google Forms. Go to http://forms.google.com. There you'll be able to see templates you can use to get started or create a quiz from a blank form. For those who have checked out the new Google Forms, you may be pleased to hear that you can now add pictures to the answer choices in multiple choice questions. For more info on types of questions and how to use Google Forms to create quizzes, click here.

Google Classroom Updates
Google Classroom just keeps getting better! Now, using the Classroom mobile app, teachers and students can draw on, highlight, and write notes on documents and PDFs. The video you see below from the Google for Education Blog shows how it works. Click here for step-by-step directions.

Google Slides Presenter View
When presenting using Google slides, you now have the ability to see your speaker notes and accept questions from your audience during the presentation. Click here to see how it works. To get there, go to the down arrow next to Present, as shown to the right.

Next week as part of this Google double header, we'll explore some new and/or improved Google Extensions.

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