Archive for Category: "Google Educast"
Join the crew this week as we dissect all the latest news and events from the last week in Google education. Tons of announcements from Google I/O as well as a bunch of new stuff that was released the day before. Images in Forms, unified Google storage limits, new maps, new scripting tools, Images Easter eggs, and lots more this week!
This week we show you the many faces of Google Maps. We discuss upcoming improvements to maps and how you can use Google Maps to chart YouTube trends, environmental change, how far you can go in a car and where you guitar classmates are located. Hear about updates to Google Forms, Google Translate, a voice to dictation app and how to take your phrasebook on the go.
Kevin and Kim are back. Along with Fred and Juan, they look at Google Now on iOS, Blogger and Google+ joining forces, and Doodle 4 Google State winners announced. Google releases a killer tech support feature. The Educast crew also contemplates the meaning of an anonymous kraken and chupacabra showing up in your chat.
On tonight’s show Juan leads Fred and Sean on a whirlwind tour of current Google events including new chat features in (most) Google Docs, viewing MS Office Docs without leaving your comfy Chrome browser, new resources for the Admin Control Panel, offline Drawing is added to offline features, and how to change your tabs back from the new UI.
Juan De Luca, Sean Williams, Chris Betcher and Fred Delventhal give Kevin Brookhouser a well deserved day off this week after his presentation at TEDx Monterey. They lead you through more Google Coding education efforts, great management options for the Chrome Web Browser, citing resources in Google Scholar and how to turn your Google Site into a newsletter. All this and more on this week’s show.
One of the several unpopular assignments I force upon my students is the Sophomore Speech. I am capitalizing Sophomore Speech because it has become a thing at our school … a proper thing. Every single one of my 10th grade students is required to write a personal essay and convert it into a speech to be delivered in front of the entire school during our assembly period we call Break.
On this episode of The Google Educast Kevin is joined by Google Certified Teacher, Kevin Brookhouser, Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainer, K.J. Brookhouser, and celebrated chicken farmer Kevin DeBrookhouser. Topics on the show include two-step verification and creating a custom currency converter in Google Sheets.
This week we look at the April Fool’s aftermath, Google Translator now offline on Android, a great way to send email confirmations upon form submission, how to find out which teachers won #ifihadglass, introduce students to Google Apps using Haiku, and why you should use Google Moderator or lose it.
This week on the Google Educast: Sean, Kevin, and Chris cover the latest Google news including new street view maps, new maps engine, shopping, and Chris’s amazing spreadsheet voodoo!
Kevin leads the gang through a quick look at Google Keep, Google Art Project news, Chrome Maze, Hover Free, capturing screenshots in Hangouts, and how students can put their spin on silent films. In addition, for the classroom we look at ideas to use Google Ngrams for word usage analysis through history and using The Google Art Project with Pixlr for student self portraits.
The ‘cast along with guest Tanya Avrith from Montreal, Canada, discusses saving Google Reader, why Google Reader is great, followed by an overview of how Google Reader is used in our schools, and the despair facing millions without Google Reader. Oh, and magic fill in sheets is back, or maybe never left, a great Chrome app “One Tab” and “Cargo Bridge”, a game that can be used for STEM programs in schools.
On this week’s show Sean, Kevin and Fred look at the new Field Trip app for iOS, Microsoft’s Fear, Unknown and Doubt campaign, and is Picasa Web Album going away. Kevin issues a favicon challenge along with a great bookmark bar tip. We also share a couple videos from educators who recently were accepted to the Google Teacher Academy in Sydney, Australia.
Kim, Sean, Chris, and Kevin answer the following questions: Do all students need to learn coding? Do we really want students bringing Google Glass to class? Which of those tabs in Chrome is making all that racket? We also talk about using Google Drive Apps such as Pixlr and Desmos Graphing Calculator for math projects.
Corin Richards joins Chris, Sean, and Kevin to discuss the slick new Chromebook that we’re all trying to justify. We fail. Chris shows off the new preview mode in Drive, Sean tries to tell if you’re actually reading his emails with the archaic read receipt feature rolled out in gmail, Corin shows off book sheets instead of book reports, and Kevin shows how canceling a photo upload in Google+ actually saves it.
I’m in my third year teaching English in a classroom with a cart of ten netbooks running Windows XP. I am so grateful to have them, and my students use them at least every other day. However, as an aging operating system, XP runs slowly and is much more complex than we need. The start time is long and we have varied success connecting to the wireless network. On the recommendation of Colin Matheson, an IT specialist at Carmel Unified School District, I installed Ubermix.
While Drive is adding more and more formatting options all the time, it simply doesn’t have all of the formatting capabilities of Office documents. And while Office is adding collaborative features, they’re definitely not there.
This week on the Google Educast: The mystery deepens – where did the template gallery go? Why can’t I see folders shared with me? Is Google Apps expensive to install? What’s next, Android? Kevin and the Hardy boys solve these and other mysteries on tonight’s show. Is it Valentine’s?
This week on the Google Educast: Kevin leads the crew in a fast-paced discussion of the new Forms interface, some creative learning opportunities, as well as the new road to Oz. Also workflow ideas and Advanced Power Searching tips!