Google Extensions-Anyone Can View

Google Extensions have saved time on my life…..literally! With the click of a few buttons to install, I have ways to cut down my time on lessons plans, organization but most importantly my sanity!

I’m a true believe you have to give credit where credit is due.

I have been to various CUE conferences and have come away with some amazing resources because many educators have been generous to share their resources with me and countless others.

I attended a CUE Rockstar: Google Edition one summer and was blown away by the diligence of Lisa Nowakowski’s list of Google extensions. Here is Lisa Nowakowski’s List of Extensions! Follower her on Twitter @nowatechie, she is amazing! Through my exploration in using Twitter, I have come to know many amazing educators like yourself, who are always willing to share and educate other teachers to spread the useful tools of technology. Upon my exploration, I came upon Alice Keeler’s extensions. I currently have 3 of Alice Keeler’s extensions: Anyone Can View, Side by Side and Quick Share Screenshot!

With the Anyone Can View you are able to instantly share your Google Docs/Slides/Sheets/Drawings, so that anyone with the link can view. My domain at my district, defaults the shared setting to only people within our district can access. However, if you share your documents of websites, with parents or other educators who are not in your domain, you have to change your settings. It’s not a super long process, but takes away valuable time in the grand scheme of things. So now, due to this extension is makes it way FASTER! You are able to click the extension button and immediately access the link to share out!

I have created a quick tutorial on how to use this extension.

If you are interested in more extensions, I suggest you check out Alice Keeler’s Big ‘ol List of Extensions! Follower her on Twitter @Alice Keeler

Digital Portfolios

“Students yearn for an educational experience that caters to their interests, innate desires for expressive creativity, and a need for play.”

-Eric C. Sheninger Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids

Are you in the dilemma of keeping your students spiral bound Interactive Notebook and replacing it with a Digital Portfolio? Do you feel that the students need a change? Do you, as an educator need a change?

Are you ready to try something new and shift into the Digital Age? 

Technology is a great tool to help express students voice, personality, and classwork. Through the use of  “New” Google Sites, students have the ability to create a user-friendly Digital Portfolio, with ease.

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Within my classroom, students create meaningful work through various Google Applications: Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Charts, YouTube etc. By creating a Digital Portfolio it allows the students to organize their work in a simple visual display for me to view, as well as, an online audience.

Here is a tutorial on how to navigate through the “New” Google Sites.

Within the tutorial is a way to collect students URLs to their newly made Digital Portfolio. Through the use of Google Forms, there is a quick way to gather data, so you can easily view students portfolios.

Here is a link to a Google Form Template

Here is a link to the “New” Google Site I created during the tutorial of this video.