Undo Send- An Excellent Gmail Feature for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

We’ve all at some point been a little trigger happy with our emails. For me, it is less about sending angry emails (though the temptation is great sometimes) but more about accidentally hitting the send button halfway through my email.

Knowing that I can now have maximum 30 seconds instead of the previous five will help me look less technologically clumsy!

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Google Calendar for the iPhone arrives on the App Store — AppAdvice

Finally! I have been waiting a long time for a google calendar app as I use it way more than the built-in calendar app on the iOS devices (I find it a bit cumbersome). However, if you are looking to download it on your iPad, make sure you look in the iPhone only section.

I will give a more detailed account once I’ve used it for a while…

The app can automatically turn information from your Gmail inbox into calendar events.

Source: appadvice.com

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5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic

After yesterday’s iPad challenge, I realized how much potential Google Drive has in terms of sharing with other apps. Although there are many issues with it (the fact that the iPad app has only a fraction of the desktop functionality being the main one) the collaboration feature, the fact that it is free, the fact that you can open and upload Google documents in many different apps, the fact that it is free, and being able to access your documents across platforms makes it invaluable for teachers and students. Oh and it is free. Did I mention that?

Here is a great article describing a few apps that are compatible with Google Drive and that would be helpful for group projects. I am especially interested in Trello. It looks like it is a nice forum for all aspects of group work and also has a free iPad app (which I have downloaded but not yet looked at). I think I heard the Yearbook teacher mention it- I am going to track her down and ask all about it. Stay Tuned!

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rAPPido review: Google Slides

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.15.26 AMFollowing the tradition of having everything be a separate app (why? Why????) Google has just released Google Slides.

So I thought I would take it for a test drive and write my review as a Google presentation.

Most of it was done on the iPad, but then I thought to check the difference between my iPad and the Desktop.

Here is the result:

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Here is the link again.

Notice how it is not embedded. Humph. I did a quick search on the internet to see if anybody else has commented on the reduced functionality of the google suite on the iPad, but not a word. I feel like a crazy person. How hard is it to ask to be able to insert an image or even a link inside your document? How is this helpful for our students who only own an iPad and not a desktop?

This is so close to being an amazing free and handy alternative to the paying apps such as Pages, and Keynote, but without the basic ability to make a visual presentation directly on the iPad, the only thing this is good for is a very quick and dirty sketch of a presentation.

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom – Edudemic

Welcome back, teachers!  I thought I would kick off a new season of iPadYouPad with an article about Google Classroom and everything it can do for you.  Create your content on the iPad, whether it be an explainer video on Explain Everything, an annotated PDF out of Notability and even a video off of iMovie and then simply upload it to google drive and share with your students!

Here is a great article, which includes a nice visual of the workflow.  I know of one teacher already who takes advantage of the Google drive/Explain everything connection to share with her students but I would like to here from anybody else who uses it. How is it working for you? Any problems you would like to highlight? benefits?

With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …

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rAPPido Review: Google Docs

Screen Shot 2014-05-16 at 8.59.29 AMI was helping a teacher this morning who was using google drive with her students. The goal was to get the students to upload photos of their artwork to a folder in Google drive so that everybody could have access. The students would then choose one of her peers’ images, download it to her iPad and comment on it, then upload the feedback to the folder. During this process, we were wondering if it wouldn’t be simpler for students to create a google doc, paste the image in it and then add it back to the folder. That way they wouldn’t really have to leave the app.

As soon as we tried to create a new document in Google drive we received this message:

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Oh yeah. Separate Google docs app. Okay then. So we downloaded the app and tried to paste an image into it. Nope. Google docs is just as minimal as it was when it was all in one place:

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Those features that you see are pretty much all you get. No hyperlinking, no adding images. No fancy formatting.

I have to admit to being a little confused by the necessity to have a separate app for document creation – it is like building a whole mall for one little coffee booth…

Still, if you want to create a google doc on your iPad, you will now have to download the new app. Maybe they are planning on making it better? Maybe more features are on their way? I am going to err on the side of optimism here and give them the benefit of the doubt.

 

Google Just Released New Standalone Apps for Docs, Sheets and Slides (Offline Features Included) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Just in case you finally got used to the lay out of Google Drive, Google is switching it up again. They now have separate apps for your documents and your spreadsheets. Apparently a google slides (which I assume is their presentation software) is on its way.

I note that there is no mention of a google forms app, which is what they really need as the forms do not work in the present Google Drive app…

One other note: at the time of the writing of this, I checked the app store to find these apps and was not successful. However I hadn’t installed the last update yet (it is going right now) and the link in the article works and will bring you to the app in the iTunes store.

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