Ryan Rydstrom, just clued me into a really cool, new feature in Google Drive: Connected Apps. This feature is available for both teachers and our students. Connected Apps allows you to integrate tools right into Google Drive. For example, I was able to connect Mind Map – an Inspiration-like mapping tool. So, if I want to brainstorm ideas and show that in a mental map, just open up Google Drive. Click the “Create” button and instead of starting a Sheet or a Doc, select Mind Meister. This allows you to keep all of your stuff in one spot very conveniently.
Another cool Connected App I ran across was Voice Comments. This App does just what the name promises. It makes it easy for teachers to leave recorded, voice comments within a Google Doc, Sheet, or Presentation. This is a really powerful feedback tool. There are many, many other Apps available, too. But, be wary. Not all are great and not everything is free. So, read the descriptions and reviews carefully before connecting.
I’ve created a brief screen cast that shows how to get started with Connected Apps. Please give it a look. I would be really interested to hear about what other cool Connected Apps you’ve run across. Please post a comment here if you have one.