100,000 Stars: A Google Chrome Experiment

The Google Data Arts Team has developed an incredible, interactive visual of the galaxy. Called 100,000 Stars, it shows the real location of over 100,000 stars in a spatially realistic setting. Viewers can zoom in and out and access information for over 87 major named stars, including our own solar system. You can read more … Continue reading 100,000 Stars: A Google Chrome Experiment

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10 Keyboard Shortcuts For Faster Google Docs

If you're like me, Google Documents are an essential part of your work day. Whether I'm collaborating on a lesson-plan with a colleague, sharing notes on a meeting with the school, or assessing student writing, Google Documents is probably my most-used website online at work! In order to move through the large number of documents … Continue reading 10 Keyboard Shortcuts For Faster Google Docs

A Google A Day: Put Students’ Searching To The Test!

"There's no right way to solve it, but there's only one right answer." I'm a little late to the party, but Google's awesome techniques of asking trivia questions that push students to use search skills and operators to find the answer has been ramped up. What used to be slideshow lesson plans (which are still … Continue reading A Google A Day: Put Students’ Searching To The Test!

Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!

A few weeks ago Google released a new chrome experiment that my students have been obsessed with playing, and I can't blame them! Spell Up is designed for Chrome, but also works with Android and iOS. Google worked with game designers and teachers to create a simple but addicting spelling game: spell words correctly and … Continue reading Google Spell-Up: The Better You Spell, The Higher Your Tower!

Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!

During my daily reading of Richard Byrne's blog, FreeTech4Teachers, I came across his amazing post on Kaizena. As an avid user of Google Documents in the classroom, especially as a means to provide immediate feedback on student's papers and writing, I was thrilled to learn that Kaizena offered the opportunity to provide audio feedback to students! … Continue reading Kaizena: Add Voice Comments To Google Docs!

10 Steps To Auto Generate QR Codes in Google Spreadsheets!

Step 1: Log into your Google Drive account. Step 2: Create a new spreadsheet. Step 3: Label Column A “Message.” Step 4: Label Column B “QR Code.” Step 5: Enter some text or URLs in column A. Step 6: In Cell B2, enter this formula (or copy and paste it.) =image("https://chart.googleapis.com/chart?chs=150x150&cht=qr&chl=" & A2) Step 7: Press Enter and a QR code … Continue reading 10 Steps To Auto Generate QR Codes in Google Spreadsheets!