You’ve probably heard the phrase “less is more” and wondered how could that be. Surely it isn’t true in all instances however with writing we can help students become better writers by writing less. Google Docs is equipped with a Word Count tool which also counts characters and/or spaces. What if you told your students to write a paragraph that contains 35 words or less to summarize a story read in class. You determine what the summary must include and then challenge your students to meet that goal with the help of the Word Count tool.
Eric Curts, Certified Google Expert explains this activity in his video below.
Google Drive and Dropbox… let’s combine them and call it Google Work Collector. This hybrid tool allows users to place items in your Google Drive without having to log in to their Google account. What better way to get files off an iPad that is used by so many students! It sure beats having to airdrop to an iPhone, then going to iCloud and downloading to a PC in order to use the file or media type you created on an iPad. Hot diggity! YES!
Watch this short video (2:50 minutes) to see how easy it is to set up. Once you have your special app link created, I suggest shortening the URL with Bit.ly or Tiny URL or create a QR Code you can readily scan we needed.
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