Google Drive: How to Make File Transfers even Easier

Ain’t it the truth that you learn something new everyday? Well, yesterday’s  schooling came from Ms. Schoonhoven. She was showing her colleague  how to transfer her files easily from her laptop to her iPad with no fuss no muss. This was particularly important as her colleague’s does not yet have apple TV and every time she wanted to show a document on her laptop then show an app on her iPad, she would have to disconnect her computer. Much better to have it all in one place, don’t you agree?

I thought the only way to upload agile to google drive was to go to the site, click the upload button, wait for it to download and do another one. But no! It turns out you can install Google Drive on your laptop, just the way you install dropbox or Evernote! I am going to try it right now…

1. Okay. I am in my Google drive. I am going to click on the “Install Drive for your Computer” button:

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2. I get this pop up:

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Yes please!

3. Click on the download and put Google Drive in your applications:

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4. Open your applications and open Google Drive:

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4. Sign in to your Google Drive!

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5. This is how it looks:

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Now I can treat my google drive like my dropbox, simply dragging and dropping important files I might need to use on another device.

Thanks so much Nadia, for this helpful tip!

 

 

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.

 

App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom – Edudemic

First of all, I learned a new phrase via the article below- app smashing (and no, it does not involve pounding your iPad with a meat tenderizer when it doesn’t work…) It also got me intrigued about iTunes U as a content delivery system. I would like to know if any teacher has looked in to this? Hey science teachers- I am talking to you!)

Here is a link to the iTunes U training page. I think this requires further investigation!

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Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple. Workflow is king and the easier it is …

See on www.edudemic.com

Wednesday Workshop: Moodle, Showbie and Conference notes

Just in case you missed another installation of our staff iPad Show and Tell, here is a list of links to the presentations and resources discussed!

1. MOODLE by David Pelletier

The first presentation was from David, who attended a tech conference and became enamoured with Moodle. Unbeknownst to him, he had already been using Moodle as a student – he is taking an online course on wine that uses it as a platform. It was the perfect opportunity to show us what the tool is capable of.

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2. Showbie by Nadia Schoonhoven

Nadia has been playing around with Showbie as a way to collect student assignments and give feedback. She is using the free version which means she does not have access to the built-in annotation function in the app. To get around this, she uses Showbie in conjunction with Notability to send her feedback to the students. As she mentions in her presentation, it is a great tool to help you go paperless!

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She even shared her presentation via Showbie so that I could have access to it:

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I also wroe a rAPPido review on Showbie which you can see here.

3.Conference notes by Melanie Leblanc

Last but not least, Melanie gave us a whirlwind tour of a dizzying amount of resources she learned about at her conference. Highlights include resources for making info graphics, and mind mapping tools.

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The presentation includes many excellent links so check it out!

Thank you so much to our presenters!

 

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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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!

 

Google Drive Tutorials

Last week a teacher came to me with a few questions about the new google drive. It speaks to our level of busy-ness at the school that it has been almost a year since google docs became google drive, and we are still trying to figure out the new lay out.

Now, if you use google drive, you will notice that as soon as the new platform was implemented, all your documents became jumbled up. The teacher who came to see me likes her interface to be clean and organised and the new look of google drive was driving her nuts.

I didn’t want to admit it to myself, as it is indicative of a flaw in my personality where I can ignore little niggly things until they become big pains in my backside, but I agreed with her. It’s annoying how the default setting on google drive is alphabetical- it means that documents you haven’t seen in years are suddenly showing up and the ones you use the most are lost in a jungle of other files.

Personally, I would love a default setting where all I see is a nice list of my extremely organized, colour-coded files instead of a long list of documents. Alas, I am coming to the conclusion that my reliance on files dates me. The search function in google drive is faster to use then to go digging through files (assuming you remembered what you named that darned document).

This epiphany occurred while I was perusing Alex Anson’s tutorials. He has a four part series on how to effectively use Google drive that I highly recommend for all those who’s brain hurts when they are faced with a jumble of documents. I would also recommend for those who think they know all about google drive (like myself)- two minutes into the first tutorial I learned about the “Activity” view, which shows you only those documents that have been recently updated (Halleluiah!)

Here is the first tutorial:

I watched a little bit of this one but then skipped to number 4 called document organization.

But if you don’t feel like you have the time to watch the videos (which are about 15 minutes long each), Here are a couple of tips:

1. The default view in google drive is My Drive. This will show you all your documents. If you click the sort option in the right hand corner, you can sort by last modified:

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But then I noticed that it only shows me documents that I created that were last modified, not all documents including those shared with me.

2. If you want to see all the documents (created by you as well as those shared with you, I recommend you go directly to the activity function (if you don’t see it, click on the “more” on the left hand sidebar):

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Tomorrow…Unexpected functions of Google drive!