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The Google Teacher Podcast is designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools in classrooms and schools. Hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shake Up 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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