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:

Don’t steal photos. Don’t let your students steal photos.


What do I mean by “stealing photos”?

  • Taking an image from the Internet that isn’t labeled “fair use.”
  • Using a fair use photo without citing it.

It’s not difficult to use online images responsibly, it just means adjusting the way you do things. There’s a page on the #ChromebookPirate website about how to use photos, music, and video without stealing, and there’s one on the student Chromebook Handbook as well.

If we’re not modeling ethical behavior, we can’t expect it of our students.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like for me to come in to your classes to show students how to search and cite fair use photos, please let me know!

But for starters, Photos for Class offers a simple fair use search feature and does the citation right on the photo for you!

Why Use Google Maps?

It may seem like an app for history classes only, but there are endless uses for Google Maps in the classroom. Settings for a novel? Estimating the circumference of famous landmarks? Calculating distances?  Viewing places in the Bible? The best thing about Google Maps is that you can personalize them by using MyMaps from your Google Drive.

Share a map with your class, or ask your class to create them individually or in small groups. Add photos, text, links, images, etc. Here’s a video to get you started!

Assign or receive tasks easily


noun_7133_ccLots of people in our community collaborate through Google Docs (or Slides, or Sheets, etc.). If your group needs a quick and seamless way to assign tasks, consider “tagging” group members either on the document itself, or in a comment. You don’t need to leave the document you’re working from – Google will recognize when you have typed out a task, and if you add a person’s name to the sentence, it will offer to “tag” that person (prompting a notification) in a comment that it creates. You can also create a comment on a document and tag the person yourself – when they open the document, that item you’ve tagged them in on will be highlighted. Watch the short little how-to gif on this website, which takes you through the process.