10 Google Drive apps for teachers

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In a previous post, I wrote about five newer features of Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) which many educators may not be aware of. One of those points was that third-party applications and services can be added to your Google Drive account so that in addition to applications like Docs, Slides, and Sheets, you can access a large variety of other online services which can all save their files directly to your Google Drive account for safekeeping.

Here are ten Google Drive apps which teachers in particular will find useful.


Grading

Voice Comments

voice comments

Many teachers already swear by Google Docs for homework collection and grading. Recently, this Voice Comments app added the ability to—you guessed it—record voice comments directly into documents.


Classroom Presentations

Presentation Remote

presentation remote

This simple Drive app lets you control presentations on a number of online services using a smartphone app.

RealtimeBoard Whiteboard

realtime whiteboard

This Drive app can be used to create charts and mind maps, but it can also be used more directly as a live digital whiteboard.


Charts, Diagramming, and Mind Maps

Several products exist for diagramming. Here are some of the more popular competitors:

Lucidchart

lucidchart

Cacoo – Diagramming & Real-Time Collaboration

cacao

MindMeister

mindmeister

draw.io (Diagramly)

diagramly


Mathematics

A variety of math visualization apps exist in Google Drive such as data plotters and graphing calculators.

Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com

graphing calculator

Plotly

Plotly

GEOGEBRA

GeoGebra

GeoGebra is uniquely powerful. As a “dynamic geometry environment,” it enables teachers to create interactive geometry, algebra, and calculus simulations. These simulations can be uploaded to the GeoGebraTube website. Here is an example simulation demonstrating circumference and the area of circles:

http://www.geogebratube.org/student/m279


I picked out these ten apps as being especially relevant to educators, but dozens more exist. Click here for the full list of Google Drive apps.

Have you ever used one of the many third-party Google Drive apps? If so, what did you use it for, and how did it go?


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  15. Google Drive-apps zijn eigenlijk alleen maar een website die-bestanden laadt in de browser vanaf Google Drive. Ik zat te denken dat, aangezien het belangrijkste project bestand is slechts een XML-document, het zou kunnen worden in een pagina’s DOM boom geladen en weergegeven in de pagina in een leesbaar formaat (Het is hoe de belangrijkste GUI begint dingen, niet?).
    Zoals voor het bewerken van de RTF-Files, Google Drive heeft ook de directe mogelijkheid om RTF-bestanden importeren en exporteren rechtstreeks, zonder te hoeven een apart conversie programma.
    Natuurlijk zou de uitvoer functies veel zorg nodig hebben, maar voor eenvoudige maken en bewerken van de basisstructuur moet netjes uitvoeren.

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