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.

 

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

To make up for last week’s April Fool’s, here is a real article about all the amazing things you can do with Google docs via Mary-Kate. I for one, will be referring back to it for a while- after a cursory glance, I am intrigued by the ability to embed presentations as well as use Polyline for drawing.

Check it out!

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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The Hidden Power of Google Drive: Format your essays!

I came across this article yesterday while researching Google Drive and I gotta admit, I was intrigued. What? You can create a document in Google Drive and then research your specific topic? Oh and it will insert a link in your paper and immediately make a foot note in perfect MLA citation?

Well, that’s just crazy talk, right.

It turns out it isn’t. I used my google doc where I am storing ideas for the upcoming visit of Mr. Badley to try it out.

To get started, go to tools–>research:

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Then enter a search in the field that pops up on the right hand side:

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As you can see, you have many options. Because my search need wasn’t particularly scholarly ( I am looking for good activities to do with mysteries, I chose the general google search. But apparently, if you are looking for images they will only access those public domain images you are allowed to use).

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When you pass the cursor over the link you have three options. Here is the preview:

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This is how it looks when you click on insert a link:

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And the prettiest sight I have ever seen, a lovely, perfectly formatted footnote:

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I know, right?  Who the heck knew?

Of course, every rose has its thorn, as some 80s glam rock band who’s name escapes me liked to remind us. The research option is not available on the google drive app- alas much of the functionality on the desktop version is not available on the google app. Boo.

But wait! No! You can’t do it through the Google drive app, but you can access the tool through Google Chrome!

Here are a couple of screenshots of the link and then the footnote I added to my document on the iPad:

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And the footnote:

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Yay! It turns out to be just a little thorn for after all!

I tried to figure out if it would also configure a bibliography, but alas it seems to confine itself to footnotes. No  matter- by that time the battle is halfway won!