Schools around the world use G Suite to facilitate collaboration and creativity with ease. Here, at PSUSD we have G Suite for Education. Google G Suite for Education is a powerful system for instruction and learning that provides tools for both educators and students.
Our district has been delivering professional development about Google tools for the past couple of years and below are some tips to simplify your workflow.
Google Chrome Tips
If you are using the Google Chrome browser, then you will love these time-saving tips.
1. Use a "Pin Tab". If you have multiple tabs open, use a "Pin Tab" to make the tabs the size of the little icon on the left side.
2. Reopen a Closed Tab. Oops! If you didn’t mean to close that tab, just press Ctrl+Shift+T to reopen it.
3. Go Incognito. If you don’t want to leave traces of where you were browsing, use incognito mode instead of having to go back and delete your history and cookies.
Incognito mode is a clean window that is not automatically logged into anything, and it doesn’t save your history or save cookies. It will also remove login information so that it doesn’t appear the next time a window is opened.
Google Search Tips
1. Search for a specific file type. If you know you want a PDF (or maybe an MP3), just type in "filetype:pdf" and your search term to find results that are only in that file type.
2. Search within a specific kind of site. If you know you only want results from an educational site, try "site:edu" or for a government site, try "site:gov" and your search term to get results only from sites with those web addresses.
3. Search withing a specific website. If you know you want to look up Babe Ruth in Wikipedia, type in "site:wikipedia.org Babe Ruth" to go directly to the Wikipedia page about Babe Ruth. It works for any site, not just Wikipedia.
1. Add files or folders to different locations. In Google Drive you can add the same file or folder to multiple locations. This means the original file or folder is accessible in different locations without being duplicated. First,select your file or folder. Next, press and hold Shift+Z (PC and Mac). Then, choose your target folder and press the Add button.
2. Temporarily Share a Google Drive File or Folder. You can set a time limit on a share of a file or folder in Google Drive. Once you have shared the files, click the Share button again and then click on Advanced. Next, click on the stopwatch next to the user group and choose how long you want to share the file or folder.
3. Advanced Search on Google Drive
You can find files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides by searching for: file title, file contents and items featured in pictures, PDF files, or other files stored on your Drive. You can only search for files stored in My Drive or shared drives. Files stored in folders shared with you won't appear in your search unless you add the folders to My Drive.To narrow your search results click on the down arrow to the right of the search box to open a drop-down that will allow you to narrow your search by File type, owner and location with additional filters.
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Google for Education offers a free online program called Applied Digital Skills. This program provides a curriculum with a wide variety of lessons including coding, collaboration, communication, financial skills, job skills, math and language arts, online safety, study skills and others. Students watch short video lessons and tutorials, and apply those skills using either google sheets or docs to demonstrate their knowledge. Students share their work online by submitting them digitally to their teachers for review.
Palm Springs Unified has implemented a Financial Literacy pilot program in several middle and high schools using Applied Digital Skills. Many students, especially in the high schools have voiced an interest in learning how to better manage their finances. These students are concerned about falling into debt and having to struggle like their parents. They want to be prepared for the real world when they live on their own. The pilot has been a success and many teachers and students find value in learning these skills. We may consider expanding the content of these lessons and offer it as a permanent part of the curriculum.
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