A SPRINKLE OF TECHNOLOGY
I was VERY sad when Google disabled the Research tool within Docs. This tool was one of my favorite things to show teachers and students - it was pretty much guaranteed to get a "Google can do WHAT?!" reaction. But, over the summer, Google changed the Research feature to Explore and disabled the citation feature. Users could still search for a topic through the Google search engine while in the document, but the automatic citation feature was no longer available.
Luckily, Google listens to its users! After receiving feedback from teachers and students when this citation feature was taken away, Google has now officially added it back into Docs! It looks a little bit different, but it is still basically the same process.
First, open a new Google Doc in your Drive.
Let's pretend that you are writing a research paper over William Shakespeare. You can conduct a Google search over Shakespeare without ever leaving the Google Doc! First, select Tools > Explore. A search box will appear on the right side of the screen. Now, type in the topic that you want to search. This will generate a Google search with live links related to the search request. You can click on any of the links and the page will open in a new tab!
Once you've searched and found the information that you want, you can automatically site the website(s) as a footnote! First, place the cursor where you would like for the citation to be and then hover over the link that needs to be cited. Look for a large " symbol to the right of the link and CLICK IT! The link will be cited AUTOMATICALLY!
The default citation format will be MLA, but maybe you need it in Chicago? Or APA? NO PROBLEM! Scroll up to the top of the search menu and click the three dots on the right side. Click on the format that you would like to use for the citation!
Collecting digital work from students can be overwhelming. Many teachers ask that students share the assignments through email, but a teacher can receive hundreds of emails from students and it can be difficult to organize and keep all of the assignments straight.
Try creating a digital dropbox through Google Forms! Teachers can create a single Google Form and have students use the same link all year to turn in assignments. Then, at the end of the year, the teacher has a single spreadsheet that contains links to every assignment students have turned in along with a timestamp showing when each assignment was submitted! The best part? It's REALLY EASY TO DO!
First, open your Google Drive. To access your Google Drive, go to www.drive.google.com and log in.
Then, create a new Form. Click the blue New button and select Google Forms.
Title the form and make sure that the first question requires students to put their name. After you type "Name:" in the question blank, Google should automatically change the format to short answer! You could also add a question for class period if you have multiple classes.
Create a question that allows students to select the assignment they are turning in. You can choose to make this a drop down menu and add different assignments as the year progresses. Any time you add items to the list throughout the year, the link for the form will automatically update - it is a true working document!
Include one more question that requires students to paste the direct link to the assignment in the form. Most digital assignments will have a link that can be shared to access the project or assignment.
Now your form is ready to be shared with students! Click the preview icon in the top right corner (it looks like an eye) to see the form as students will see it. There are several ways to share the form, but my favorite way is to create a customized shortened URL so that students can memorize the link and can go to it quickly throughout the year. You can also have the link posted somewhere in your room or/and in Google Classroom.
My favorite customized URL creator is the Bit.ly extension. Click HERE to download it now. Once the extension is installed, you will need to create a free account. After you have created that account, you can quickly click the extension icon while visiting a webpage and it will allow you to create a customized URL for easy sharing!
Now, anytime a student goes to bit.ly/sprinkdropbox (no need for www. or .com) the student will automatically be taken to my dropbox form! Then, all of the assignments submitted are thrown into a single spreadsheet for me to access in my Drive!
I am a teacher, Digital Learning Specialist, presenter, wife, mom, Google nerd, and life long learner. I am dedicated to finding and sharing easy, quick, and engaging resources for use in every classroom!