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Five Google Drive Tips You Should Try

by Diana Benner
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Google Drive has so much to offer, so why not take advantage of it? If you asked me to name an application I use every day, Google Drive would be at the top of the list. It’s one of those tools that’s so useful and extensive. Did you know you that you can create badges right inside Google Drive? Or did you know that you can access your Google Drive files without having an Internet connection? Learn about these tips and more below.

Tip #1 – Analyze Data in Google Sheets with One Click
With a recent addition of the Explore feature in Google Sheets, you can now analyze your data with just one click. Just highlight the data in your Google Sheet and then click the Explore tab in the bottom right corner to instantly create charts and see an analysis of your data. If you make changes to the data, the Explore view will update and adjust in real time. This is a tremendous tool for having students analyze data and not spend so much time inputting it.

Tip #2 – Gamify Your Classroom with Google Drawing
At a recent TCEA Lunch and Learn, tools were shared to gamify your classroom. If you know anything about gamification, you know it consists of adding game elements to a non-game situation. It introduces concepts like badges, levels, and points to the classroom. Google Drawing is a great tool to use if you have ever thought about creating your own badges. It is simple and easy to use, and you can even collaborate with others to get your badge created in no time.

Tip #3 – Find and Insert Copyright-Free Images in Google Docs
One of the challenges in education is finding copyright-free images to use in daily student work. Google has a collection they provide free to anyone. While in Google Docs, click on Insert, Image, and then click on the Search link. The option to search Google, Life, or stock images will appear. Google restricts the results to images licensed as Creative Commons.

Tip #4 – Collect Digital Exit Tickets with Google Forms
When you reflect on the day’s lesson, do you often wonder if your students “got it?” If so, collecting exit information from students will help answer this question. Google Forms is a fantastic tool to use to collect responses from students. Your form can simply be re-used from class to class and contain questions such as “What did you learn today?” or “Do you have any questions?”

Tip #5 – Access your Google Drive Files without the Internet
Internet outages shouldn’t prevent you from working. Just set up offline access so you can access and edit your files at any time. While in Drive, click on the Gear icon and scroll to Settings. Under General, check the box next to Offline.

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Featured Image: Chromebook by Melk Hagelslag from Pixabay

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