Voice Typing in Google Docs
Voice typing was released in Google Docs in February of 2016. This is a great option for students who have a hard time getting ideas from their brains to their fingers or hands. To use voice typing go to "Tools" in your Google Docs menu and select "Voice Typing". A little microphone icon will appear on the left hand side of your document. Click the microphone and away you go.
SAS Writing Reviser
SAS Writing Reviser is a great little Add On in Google docs that allows writers to revise their written work for sentence economy, clarity, variety, and power. I always say that this is a good "first look" at your composition. It does not "correct" any errors that it detects, but rather suggests that you might want to revise certain sentences.
So what does this have to do with Google, you ask? Four nice little features: 1) users can sign into Actively Learn with their already existing Google accounts 2) Actively Learn is now a Chrome App for all you Chromebook schools out there 3) now teachers can import their existing rosters from Google Classroom into Actively Learn classes! Whoot-whoot! and 4) the Actively Learn extension allows users to grab great non-fiction off the web and move it to your workspace with a click of a button!
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The Digital Learning Team at Grant Wood AEA