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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Three of My Favorite Google Tech Tips

Force a copy of a Google Document
If there is a Google Document that you want students to make a copy of, you can share a URL in Schoology that forces the student to make a copy of the document.  The /copy works with ALL types of documents. Sheets, Documents, Slides, Draw!!

Example:

The URL on this Google Drawing is: https://docs.google.com/a/apps.rdale.org/drawings/d/1LMasDcJRv_6sfu1qTbby5vtjSOhwQB02_XSwBsKLZi4/edit?usp=sharing

DELETE the /edit and replace with /copy
Notice when you click on the link that it prompts you to make a copy of the drawing.

Voice Typing in Google Documents  
A new feature in Google Documents is the Voice Typing option.  This is a speech to text option.  Users can find the option in tools in a Google Doc.  Then everything that the user says, is typed into the document. This can be a great tool for students who have arm injuries or trouble typing. It can also be a part of a lesson plan where students add punctuation to a spoken sentence.  Click here for more information and a list of punctuation indicators.

Research Tool in Google Documents
Students and teachers can do quick research within a Google Doc or Presentation.  Go to Tools, Research and then a research box will appear on the right side of the screen.  You can search images, information and more.  Click here for more information.   


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