April 18, 2024

Years in the past once I would converse to folks about Google Docs I’d get humorous seems to be. It was an unimaginable instrument that was simply beginning to be adopted by colleges.  I bear in mind the primary time I informed somebody that there was no save button in Google Docs as a result of it saves robotically.  I’d drawn them in by invoking the deep emotional ache of labor misplaced by exiting with out saving. Greater than a decade later, I can’t think about going again to grading papers with a crimson pen.  I’ve grown to like “Suggesting” mode, including audio feedback, and the consolation of “Model HIstory.”

Because it was rising, new options appeared to look every week. I waited for them like a child ready to open their birthday presents.  Now Google has develop into ubiquitous in colleges for lecturers and college students alike.  As we use Google, we get excellent on the expertise we use frequently. And whereas the rollout of recent options continues to be widespread, these rollouts could not get the press they used to.  However they’re occurring nonetheless. In consequence, there are highly effective instruments that sneak previous us. 

Personally, I’ve discovered that it takes humility to return to one thing the place I contemplate myself an professional, however there’s worth in doing so.  No instrument represents this higher than Google Workspace. To assist lecturers keep present Google provides the Google Licensed Educator Program. This system provides two ranges. Degree 1 teaches the fundamentals.  However Degree 2 takes that subsequent step and dives into a few of the highly effective options which can be hiding slightly below the floor ready to be found.  

Whereas Degree 2 Certification is more difficult, it additionally delivers affect.  Not solely does it broaden a trainer’s use of those instruments, it additionally prepares lecturers to assist their college students in growing the usage of these greater stage expertise.  

This week whereas instructing a Google course, a trainer discovered easy methods to use the translate function embedded into Google Docs.  Once I confirmed her that with one click on she will translate textual content into any of over 100 languages she received tears in her eyes. “I do know that is going to assist my children AND their dad and mom!” It was one thing she wanted that was hiding in plain sight. I can solely think about her pleasure in sharing it and having the ability to present a wanted answer for her co-workers, her children and their households.

Here’s a record of 10 Google Workspace expertise which can be typically missed, however are thrilling to find: 

  • Sensible Chips
  • Google Scholar to streamline analysis
  • Google Jamboard to construct actions and collaborate
  • Automated sorting of your inbox to avoid wasting time and deal with what’s necessary.
  • Setting expiration dates when sharing recordsdata to guard privateness
  • Including accessibility options to Google Websites to make them extra equitable and accessible
  • Google Translate in Docs to assist college students and oldsters
  • Automated supply quotation by means of the Discover function. 
  • Exercise Dashboard all through Google Workspace

Shawn McCusker shall be main the  “Google Degree 2 Workshop: Superior Makes use of of Google Workspace for Schooling”course as a part of the Edtechteacher “Summer time Studying Go.”  Get entry to all of our summer season programs with one single membership.