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The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast is a weekly podcast designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shakeup Learning).

Apr 23, 2018

Google News and Updates

Featured Content

Kaizena (voice comments) (

  • Leave voice comments for students
  • Discuss student work in an online hub
  • Reuse commonly use comments
  • Track and rate student progress

Highlight tool

  • Highlight a document in different colors
  • Pull highlighted text from a document and sort in a table at the end of the document


  • Hides and reveals text in a document
  • Use a password to reveal hidden text


  • WriQ is a new Add-on from Texthelp that helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar errors so you can focus on the things computers can’t score.
  • WriQ auto-scores your students’ docs and tracks the following measures over time:
    • Time spent writing
    • Text Maturity
    • Spelling error rate
    • Grammar error rate
    • Punctuation error rate
    • Percentage error free
    • Correct Word Sequences score
  • The teacher dashboard gives you a clear graphical view of your students’ writing activity, and let’s you track their progress over time.
  • Video overview

Read&Write for Google Chrome

  • Technically a Chrome extension but can use in Docs (and web)
  • Read&Write offers a range of powerful support tools to help you gain confidence with reading, writing, studying and research, including:
    • Text-to-speech to hear words, passages, or whole documents read aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting
    • Text and picture dictionaries to see the meaning of words explained
    • With speech-to-text, dictate words to assist with writing, proofreading & studying
    • Word prediction offers suggestions for the current or next word as you type
    • Collect highlights from the text in documents or the web for summarizing and research
    • Create and listen to voice notes directly inside of Google Docs
    • Simplify and summarize text on web pages to remove ads and other copy that can be distracting
    • FREE for teachers

Easy Bib Add-On

  • The Bibliography Creator by EasyBib allows you to easily create a bibliography for your research paper.
  • Automatically cite books, journal articles, and websites just by entering in the titles or URLs. Format citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, Harvard, and over 7K other styles.
  • When you're finished creating your bibliography, click Generate Bibliography and we'll alphabetize your citations and add them to the end of your paper.

BONUS: Equatio (chrome extension)

  • Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn.

Google Teacher Tribe Mailbag

  • Renee Johnson (Oakhurst, CA) - ctrl+z - to add to another location in Drive … Add student work samples to PD folder for teacher training.
  • Craig Klement (Garland, TX) - Same three questions on student forms: First name, last name, class period (drop down) … Spreadsheet: right click on awesome box, sort range (by class period, then by last name) Differentiate forms: three dots, section based on answer (if correct: to next question, if incorrect: YT vid, article, picture, do over or similar question)
  • How to Differentiate Questions in Google Forms

On The Blogs

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