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Below are widely used simple tech hacks used by many Google-savvy students. You do not need to be a major computer geek to do any of these.
#1 MAKE & USE AN ONLINE TO-DO LIST
As a teenager, your life isn’t as carefree as it use to be in grade school! You’re a busy teenager with a lot of things you have to get done. A To-Do list will make your life easier!
There are many great to-do list apps to choose from; try “Google Tasks” or “Google Keep” both work great on mobile devices.
#2 MAKE & USE GOOGLE CALENDARS
Make it easier to remember where you need to be. You have commitments at school, at home, at work and many other places. Learn to use an online calendar. Create and share an online calendar with your family. Then when you mother says, “I didn’t know you were doing that.” you can reply with, “Mom, it’s on our family calendar.”
If you have a problem, search Youtube for a how-to video on “Google Calendar.”
#3 WORK IN THE CLOUDS NOT ON A COMPUTER.
Your best ideas are likely come to you when you are not sitting at a computer. Create and store your work online, then no matter where you are, you can access your work. If you are going to be working without an internet connection, download the file to work offline, and then sync when you are back online!
Do you have a teacher telling you that Google Docs is not used in the “real world?” Well, it isn’t true! Over 64% of Fortune 500 companies use Google Docs, and many of the nation’s top universities have also embraced Google Apps.
- Google Docs
- Google Sheets
- Google slides
- Google Sites
- Chrome Apps & Extension
#4 STUDY TOGETHER WITHOUT BEING TOGETHER
When a teacher gives you a study guide, you should enter it into a Google Doc and then share it with everyone in your class. Your classmates and you can then add what you know to the study guide. Doing this isn’t cheating, it’s collaboration!
#5 SAVE MORE THAN JUST GOOGLE DOCS IN GOOGLE DRIVE
Take advantage of Google Drive storage and store more than just Google Docs in Drive. Here are some ideas:
- Take pictures of your teachers notes on their marker board.
- Take pictures of important pages within your textbook. (Remember your textbook is copyrighted, and you can not copy your entire book. However, you can take pictures of a small portion of your book as long as you do not share these pictures with others.)
- Copies of class handouts (Save time and ask for digital copies of the handouts.)
- Video recordings of class experiments / projects
- Audio recording of a class lecture (Be polite and ask for permission before recording.)
You can store many different file types into Google Drive.
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