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New post: Google Apps "GAFE Smashing" activities -- Part 4: To the next level

I've gotten some great feedback about these GAFE Smashing posts, where we combine multiple Google tools to create great experiences for students. (GAFE = Google Apps for Education)

So ... here's an encore post! 

In today's post, you'll see how two teachers take regular class activities to the next level by smashing Google Apps.

Some ways these ideas can be used:

  • Sensational state reports
  • Virtual (or real) field trip reflection
  • Take a trip with your favorite character or author
  • Interactive reading journals
  • Science experiment documentation
  • And more!
Check them out!

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May 23, 2016 08:41 am | Matt Miller

Using Google Apps like Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drawings and MyMaps give you access to features that can take your activities to the next level. However, when you use them together — smash them — you can pull the best of several tools into one superb activity. In today’s post, Karly Moura and Sean Fahey introduce [...]

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