Tech Tip Tuesday

6 January 2015 (updated 8-28-17)


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Download Google Drive (a.k.a Backup and Sync)

Check out this video to find out how to download Google Drive (also called "Backup and Sync") to your work computer. Why? Once you download, then Drive is one of your options to save files (in addition to the H drive, P drive, etc.). Click the photo to the right to enlarge an example. Download at home, too! Then, you can access your files as usual through Drive, from anywhere and on any device! (Don't forget-you're automatically signed into Drive when you sign in the Chromebook. So, there's no need-and no way-to do that there.) Do you use Word more than Google Docs? You can save Word documents to your Drive, too. I save documents there to send things to translation since they ask for Word documents.

Want the steps? Here you go:

  1. Visit the Google Drive download page on a home computer. At work? Search for the "Software Center" under the start menu.
  2. Click to download on the download page or in the Software Center. (You can download on a mobile device as well, which opens up even more kinds of awesome.
  3. After installing, enjoy! If you want to add Drive to your favorites, follow these steps.

Don't forget about Chrome!

In addition to Drive, don't forget to sign into Chrome! There are so many great perks to signing in. This is a repeat, but if you missed why it's so great, check out the Smore below!

Bonus Tip

In December, all of the best of lists were coming books, best tech tools, etc. Check out 5 of the Top Tech Tools of 2014! I've been playing around with one of those tools, eduCanon, and it's pretty darn cool. You can assign videos (from You Tube, Teacher Tube, Vimeo, Khan, and more) and then ask questions at certain parts of the video as an assessment. You can assign students and add them to a class, or you can track progress without them being assigned.

The free version only allows multiple choice and checklist questions, or you can ask them to pause and reflect on something. If you want free-response questions, that costs $80 a year. But, you can combine those "pause and reflect" questions with a link to a Google Doc or Google Form to collect the free-response answers!

Take a look at the example lesson linked below. It's just to get an idea of what you could do with eduCanon. If nothing else, it's a great little video from Apple that's sure to make you smile.

If interested in eduCanon, you can sign in with your Google account, and it's simple to add students to a class with a code. If you ever want to try flipped lessons, this tool is a cool option! Check out more about eduCanon on Graphite.

If you want to learn even more, I'd be happy to walk you through the teacher side of it anytime. Follow them on twitter: @educanon123

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