Saturday, June 3, 2017

A Clever Use of Google Keep for Grading in Google Docs

Earlier this year Google Keep became a core service of G Suite for Education. That update brought with it an improved integration of Google Keep into Google Docs. Eric Curts who writes the blog Control Alt Achieve has a great idea for using Google Keep to give students feedback in Google Documents. Watch his video, which I have embedded below, to see how he does it.

If You're Still Using Delicious, Stop and Try Something Else

Delicious (, once the darling of the Web 2.0 bookmarking community, has been sold again. This marks the fifth time that the service has been sold. This time it looks like this is really the end for Delicious. The service was acquired by Pinboard who earlier this week announced that on June 15th Delicious would become a read-only site. This means that if you're still using Delicious to bookmark websites, you'll have to find another way to bookmark after June 14th.

In Pinboard's announcement it was mentioned that they will be reactivating the option to export bookmarks from Delicious. As of this morning, that option is still not available.

If find yourself looking for a new way to bookmark and share your favorite websites, I recommend using either Google Keep or Diigo.

H/T to Lifehacker for the news about Delicious and Pinboard. 

The G Suite Newsletter - What's New In G Suite

There are times when it seems that keeping up with the updates in G Suite can be a full-time job in itself. Fortunately, at then end of every month Google publishes a newsletter that highlights the updates made in the previous month. You can find this month's G Suite Newsletter here.

Highlights from the May issue of the G Suite Newsletter:

  • Smart(er) replies in Gmail.
  • Vertical item grouping in Google Sites.
  • A new community for G Suite administrators.
  • New folder & migration options for Team Drives

How to Invite Students to Google Classroom & How to Join a Google Classroom

The addition of Gmail users to the Google Classroom platform has made it possible for almost anyone to create and join courses in Google Classroom. This has also caused some confusion for people who previously used Google Classroom with a G Suite for Education account. The confusion arises when a person tries to join a Gmail-based Google Classroom while logged into a G Suite for Education account. I recorded the following videos to hopefully clear-up some of that confusion.

How to create a Google Classroom with a Gmail account.

How to invite students to Google Classroom. How to join a Google Classroom with a Gmail account.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from rainy Maine. I'm not complaining too much about the rain today because I'm inside spending today working on developing and editing materials for the workshops and webinars that I'm leading this summer. One of those webinars, From Blog to Job, is starting tomorrow night at 7pm EDT.

In my typical pattern of booking travel a little later than I should, this week I finally made my flight and hotel reservations for the ISTE conference. This year, I'm once again attending as a media member. I'll be using YouTube to live stream some interviews with a variety of speakers and vendors in attendance. Of course, I'm also looking forward to connecting with many of you who will be in attendance. If you see me, let's grab a selfie!

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise
2. 6000+ Children's Books Available for Free
3. 5 More Overlooked Google Slides Features Students Should Know
4. Grade Items in G Suite Side-by-Side With Otus Rubrics
5. 5 Handy Chrome Extensions for Teachers
6. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Music Online
7. 10 Apps & Sites That Help Students Learn To Spell

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