Notre Dame GOOGLE Newsletter

May 2016 - Google Google and More Google

Welcome to the May edition of the Notre Dame Google Newsletter. This is the last Google Newsletter for the 2015/16 school year.

There are so many new and exciting opportunities to provide our students with the best possible educational experience. Please take some time and look through the newsletter and see how Google can help you engage, inspire, and connect with Notre Dame's students.

If you haven't already checked out the new Google+ Notre Dame Teacher's Community, please accept the invitation I sent you and start sharing all the great stuff happening in your classroom along with any other interesting items your fellow faculty might find interesting. If you want me to send you another invitation to be part of this community, don't hesitate to send me an email.

If you want to learn more about anything in this newsletter, send me a message.

Did You Know 2016

Click above to watch an amazing video on innovation, change, adaptation, and development.

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Look what you can do with YOUTUBE ...

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Google Apps + Extensions + Add-Ons can be found at the Google Chrome Web Store

What is the Google Chrome Web Store?

The Chrome Web Store is Google's online marketplace for web applications for Google Chrome or Google Apps.

How do I get to the Google Chrome Web Store?

Type "Chrome Web Store" into the Omnibox (The address bar box at the top of the page).

Google Dictionary

This is one of the best chrome extensions developed by Google itself. It is a useful extension that helps you find the meaning or definition of any word. It also helps you to translate a word or a sentence into a desired language. All you need to do is select a word on your page and right click and the definition of the word will pop out above the word.

Click here to get the extension


This is best chrome extension to save your passwords. You need only to remember one password – your LastPass master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will autologin to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them.

Click here to get the app.

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Enhance Your Lecture!


Rather than lecture, teachers can use their resources (such as a Google Slides presentation) to screencast themselves explaining content. Teachers can do this for free using Screencastify (check out the previous newsletters to find out about Screencastify and other screen casting applications) Teachers can post the screencast video on their Google Classroom so students can benefit from their instruction multiple times.

Guided Notes

Guided notes sheets help students who struggle with taking notes during a lecture. Many students have trouble with structure - so share a guided note sheet with bold headings and tables to organize notes. These guided notes sheets are easily made into hyperdocs (see the picture below to find out about hyperdocs) with links to further resources such as websites, YouTube videos, and other Google Drive files. Click on the link below for an example of a guided notes sheet.

Spicing up the conventional lecture, a combination of screencasting and guided notes sheets allows students to watch the video lecture at their own pace on their devices as they complete the guided notes sheet in Google Docs. Thanks to Google Classroom, all student notes sheets are in one place for the teacher and student. No more missing notebooks and students asking for pencils. Students can watch the video on their Chromebook while completing the guided notes sheets.

Click here for an example of a guided note sheets used in the classroom.

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