Creative ways to enhance the utilization of Google tools

There is a boatload of amazing Google tools that we use every day. They are free too that tends to be a big winner for teachers and students. Free is most likely the number one reason for giving Google's tools a try you haven't lost anything however a bit of time if you decide you don't like the tool.

All the tools also assimilate well with one another, have similar user interfaces and are pretty darned easy to use; as a result if you can use one, you are sure to feel right at home using a lot of of the other tools, too. As Google's search might be their ubiquitous tool, there are a lot of others that you may have not heard about yet.


Maintain reading to learn about the tools and some ideas to utilize them in your classroom. Voice Comments For use within Google Drive documents, you be able to now record audio comments and share them with other users. Professors can record comments to share with students regarding their work; students can share audio comments for peer reviews and in professional development arena and teachers can collaborate on documents with a more in depth description when necessary. Audio comments can allow the reader/listener to recognize intonation and other things that are sometimes lost in written conversation.

Research Tool

Research tool is the function considered to compose it easy to add information from the web to your documents and presentations. Essentially, it adds a search bar into the sidebar of your document, and you can use it to search web for specific types of information related to what you are working on. It still offers suggestions based on what you are writing about (or you can perform your own search, too). A preview function allows you to preview search results, you be capable of easily insert information (clippings, images, etc) right into your document and it also offers a cite function so that you don't lazily forget where you got your information from. It is a good resource for student's writing papers.

Write Space-

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Write Space is an installable expansion for Google Chrome and derived web-browsers. It is a minimalist, full-screen text-editor that aims to be simple and distraction-free, up till now customizable to suit the user's preferences. This is one of those great tools for those who require a digital environment free of the distractions typical of web (click click click click - wait, what was I doing, again?)  Simple to use, free, and your work saves often with an autosave function to your local hard drive. This one would admittedly be better if it might automatically sync with your Google Docs so that you wouldn't have to yourself save them there to access your work from anywhere, although maybe that is in the pipeline.


Google Forms allows users to make surveys. Whether your students are doing research projects or you are polling the students in your class for assessment, as a collective brainstorming tool or just for fun, it is easy to use and allows easy export of your data to spreadsheets for your analyzing and calculates pleasure.


Google Moderator allows users to generate a meaningful conversation from various different people's questions, ideas and suggestions. A user can ask a series of query and allow other users to respond to the questions, ask follow up questions or contribute an anecdote or opinion to the discussion. You can make your own questions; allow users to respond via YouTube video, vote on the questions and more. It might be a great tool for student projects that involve qualitative data or opinion polls, for asking other teachers questions about professional development and experiences with technology etc or for non-academic school and district ample discussions. As an instance, the moderator function was used throughout the last presidential elections. 20,441 people submitted, 3,076 questions and cast 321,432 votes, that's a big dialogue happening.


Google Templates has the whole section devoted to students and teachers housing a lot of templates for schedules, syllabi, rubrics, lesson plans, presentations and so more. You can share your own templates for these things and leverage the existing content if you are short on time or creativity.

Image Directory-

Google's Image search is remarkable. If you are looking for a picture, piece of art or something else related to something you see, you can upload or take a photo and search via that, rather than typing in a silly description "photo of a boy playing in grass". This is exceptional for when you're looking for something really specific that you don't know the name of or you would have to make a really long-winded description with words to find it.


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