How to add folders or documents that have been shared with you to your Google Drive


A lot of times, I create folders for my journalism students where they can submit miscellaneous documents that I don’t want to collect through Google Classroom. I share the folder with these students by providing a link to it, and they are able to access it when they click the link, but when I ask them to return to the folder a week later…they have no idea how they got there.

If someone shares a document or folder with you that you’re pretty sure you’re going to need to reference again, add it to your Google Drive! It won’t make you the owner, unless the person doing the sharing set the permissions that way, but it will make it accessible whenever you need it.

This quick handout tells you how!

Use Sorc’d to save and share online information


I often encounter websites that contain information I’d like to share with my class at some point in the future. An easy way to catalog and store that information is by using the Sorc’d extension and add-on. After installing Sorc’d to your Chrome browser and to your Google Docs (see this how-to page for directions – it’s easy!), you’re ready to use it whenever the mood strikes! Here’s a quick video that shows me saving something I read in an NPR story:

Find contacts in the new Gmail


I spent too long looking for my contact list in the new version of Gmail, stubbornly thinking I’d figure it out without looking it up. I’m glad I finally gave in and Googled it. I never would have guessed where they moved it. Read this quick article to find out how to access yours.

Help students to summarize articles/websites

noun_1018335_ccI loved this article on Control Alt Achieve by Eric Curts – “Seven Summarization Tools for Students.” Why would a student need a summary of an article before (or after) reading? What are the best tools out there? Click the link to find out! (And if you decide to use an app or extension that he suggests, let me know so that I can be sure it’s available to students.)

Google Keep

I use the Notepad function on my iPhone when I need to jot things down, but that doesn’t help me when I’m on my laptop. Google Keep, however, syncs with Chrome…so it’s on every device I use! And I can create notes to share with specific people, and the notes can have links! Images! Fun things! If you’re interested, look at this aesthetically-pleasing article, “How to Conquer Productivity With Google Keep” – or check out the video below.