Integrating Tech:

How Google Drive and Web 2.0 Tools Can Change Your Practice

Google Apps for Education (GAFE)

All TVDSB staff and students have access to FREE Google accounts with unlimited storage! TVDSB is in the process of changing "" accounts to "". For example, is now It is assumed that you will still be able to access your current account for the current school year. If you do not have an account, please contact me and I'll be happy to help you and your class get started.
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Google Classroom

Google Classroom is designed to help teachers create and collect assignments paperlessly, including time saving features like the ability to automatically make a copy of a Google Document (doc) for each student. It also creates Drive folders for each assignment and for each student to help keep everyone organized.

Students can keep track of what is due on the assignment page and begin working with just a click. Teachers can quickly see who has and who hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback, and also deliver grades right in Classroom!

You can easily attach videos, links, and images for students to view/discuss and a the is a great application if you are considering "flipping" your classroom.


  • Easy setup - teachers can add students directly or give students a code to join
  • Saves time - simple paperless workflow allows you to create, review, and grade assignments quickly all in one place
  • Improves Organization - students can see all of their assignments on an assignment page, and all class materials are automatically into folders
  • Enhances Communication - allows teachers to send announcements and start class discussions instantly. Students can share resources with each other or provides answers to questions on the stream.
  • Secure - contains no ads, never uses content or student data for advertising purposes

Ask me about how to share YouTube videos without the distraction (or potential danger) of advertisements!

Google Extensions

Extensions are small programs that add new features to your browser and personalizes your browser experience. It enhances student learning and differientates instruction.

How to Add Extensions:

1.) Click on three bars in chrome, more tools, extensions, get more extensions or

Google “Chrome webstore”

  • Adblock/Adblock Plus: blocks all annoying ads; watch the ad increase -- (Stop hand symbol)

  • Google URL Shortener: shortens the url; 1 button click

  • ViewPure: (*website: watch youtube videos without ads; comments or other simple distractions are removed; purified)

  • Turn off the Lights (put the focus on the video and blacks out other things around it, click on light bulb)

  • Google Incognito: hides what you do online, traffic; allows 2 user signed in at the same time; when you close tab everything logs out

  • Readability: strip down articles and webpages to make them easier to read (click on comfy chair); take article and sends to a new link (changes url) with 1 picture and text only

  • Clearly: similar to Readability

  • Announcify: like clearly and readability-- takes further and reads to you and takes out things you don’t want to see (didn’t change URL)

  • Speakit: similar to Announcify: select text you want to read and it reads to you

  • Google Dictionary: double click on a word when reading and it tells the meaning; (click dictionary symbol)

  • Read and Write: word prediction; read text aloud; summarize articles; works with drive; picture dictionary; only free if your board has purchased

  • Extensity: tool to organize your extensions on chrome

  • Dream Afar: open a new tab and it takes you to new places around the world

  • Screencastify: create your own videos, helpful for the flipped classroom

Meredith Routliffe TVDSB Instructional Coach

Please contact me and let me know how we can work together to improve and enhance student learning.