Friday, March 27, 2015

Using Google Drive as a Course Organizer

I am creating a curriculum for an Aircraft Design course for the high school level. Since it will be shared with many other people, I decided to do the organization in Google Drive, instead of Evernote like I usually do my course organization. I have not created official "lesson plans" yet, this is just the curricular materials and order of instruction.

I started by creating a top level folder for the course and then sub folders for each unit. Inside each folder are the materials - lecture slides, links, assignments and other resources and files.

The really cool thing I did was to create a single Google Doc that has the entire course outline on it and each section/item is a link to a folder/document/file in Google Drive. All the teacher has to do is bookmark that one Doc and everything links from there. To create the links, just go to the item (folder, doc/sheet/slides, or file) in Drive, right click on it and click "get link". Since there is a heirarchy in Drive, you only have to share the top level folder to someone else and they get access to everything in that folder and subfolder.

Here are some screenshots of the Drive layout and the main file. Try it out yourself.

Course Outline File:
(the links to files and folders will not work as they are private, but this is just for example use)


Google for Education Resources

Examples of using Evernote as: teacher, student, admin
Evernote for Education Resources

- - easily create online "newspaper" - great for schools and projects

PaperLi is a free site that allows you to create an online "newspaper". You can set it to automatically collect, organize and publish content from the web, or manually create you paper. You choose online content around a specific theme, then place it into the online “newspaper,” displaying individual items as stories. The newspaper then gets its own unique link which can be shared with others.

The site can collect information from over 140 million websites. This blog has shown up on some people's Paper's too.

Easy to use:

  1. Select your sources by source or topic
  2. Customize the sources and layout
  3. Publish and share could be used for classroom/school/district newsletters, classroom projects and much more.

Here's a video about it:


How to Spot Bad Science infographic- all students need to know this

Science, in this day and age of the internet and "experts" on everything, is sometimes not all that accurate. People can take scientific data and use it in different ways and in bad ways. Sometimes the data itself is bad, sometimes its the way an argument is being presented, or the analysis of the evidence and data is flawed.

Students need to be able to look at science information and resources, think critically about them, be skeptical of it, and understand if it is good or bad science.

Andy Brunning of Chemistry site Compound Interest has put together this guide on warning signs for bad science.

spotting bad science


Google Accessibility Features and Resources

Last month, I posted an article about some of Google Chrome's accessibility features and resources. It was mainly about Chrome OS and the Chrome Browser.

Google has a great site with resources about all of the accessibility features in all of their products.
The Google Products Accessibility site has a list of 18 Google Products with details and links about it's accessibility features.

This is a great resource for teachers and students who need features to help them use these tools.


Texthelp Announces Teach for Google - free PD to help educators use Google Edu

Texthelp, a language and literacy support software company, has just announced Teach for Google, a new, online, professional development resource for educators. It is designed to help educators use Google Apps for Education to increase student achievement.

Teach for Google has short courses containging how-to videos, tips and tricks, checklists, templates and more to help teachers not only learn about Google Apps, but how to use them effectively in the classroom.

The free version has 2 courses available as well as lots of how-to's for individual Google Apps.

The Related Videos Section has how-to videos about Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms and Drawings.

You can also pay to access more courses.

Texthelp is the company behind Read&Write for Google, a very popular app used in Education.


Google for Education Resources

Google App and Chromebooks Resources - learn how to better use them

Resources to get Started With Google Apps and Chromebooks



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