Archive for Category: "Google"

Google Educast #159: Google Unlimited October 12, 2014 5:15 pm

Google Educast #159: Google Unlimited

Google has been working overtime releasing new apps, new features and making announcements about what is coming in the future. This week the Educast looks at unlimited storage for education accounts, free backup for school districts, image editing in Google slides, spell check in Google Sheets plus other additions and tricks in Google Sheets. Google continues to show that Google Voice is not going away by adding MMS support. They released a new Google News app for iOS and on Android and the web you can quickly create polls.

Google Educast #158: Google’s Moonshot Teen Scientists October 2, 2014 6:17 pm

Google Educast #158: Google’s Moonshot Teen Scientists

Join Juan, Kimberly, Fred and Chris as they bring you all the latest education news from the Googleverse. Learn about the Google Science Fair winners ( some truly amazing teens who are probably going to change the world), new features in Takeout and Drive for Mobile, the new file picker, calendar changes and more. Learn to make some awesome, styled maps, get cool app packs for back to school, and dig into the finer points of Google Classroom.

Google Educast #157: It Ships Itself October 2, 2014 6:08 pm

Google Educast #157: It Ships Itself

Where did Maps Engine Lite go? Oh, it’s now in My Maps! What password should you choose now? Who cares? Let Chrome make one for you! What’s the shortcut for bulleted lists or numbered lists? I don’t know, I just let it happen automatically. Why is managing iOS devices so hard? Because you’re not letting Google do it for you. Listen to the GoogleEducast this week to answer more of your most pressing questions with the help of Chris, Fred, Megan and Kevin.

Google Educast #156: Scratching The New Forms September 15, 2014 5:41 pm

Google Educast #156: Scratching The New Forms

This Week on the Google Educast: Now you get two hours to return apps that you buy in Google Play. Google Voice update may signal a longer life for this Google Product. The first Android Apps that can run on Chromebooks includes 3 educational apps. Google Educators Groups go global. Check out the new Snagit for Chrome. Juan shares a cool way to use Google Calendar in history class and Chris shares his Scratch theme using the new customizable themes […]

Google Educast #155: Makes My Organizational Heart Sing September 6, 2014 5:38 pm

Google Educast #155: Makes My Organizational Heart Sing

On the show we chat about the new iPad Drive apps including Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Hangouts is now a core part of the Google Apps for EDU suite meaning Google is fully supporting this if admins have any problems. Juan gives the Pope a big +1 for his Scholas initiative. Kevin shows how to quickly customize the calendar view by using the minical. Juan busts out a great workaround for group work in Classroom. Megan reveals the new themes in forms and there is much rejoicing. And Kevin wonders why you can’t see a calendar if it’s hidden.

Google Educast #154: RISE Above It August 23, 2014 4:21 pm

Google Educast #154: RISE Above It

In this week’s show, Fred, Juan and Chris look at recent changes in Drive, including the handling of native Microsoft Office documents and new features in charts for trendlines. We also talk about big tablets and their place in education, fill you in on the RISE awards, share some amazing new Android apps, and much more!

Google Educast #153: Classroom Validation August 14, 2014 4:58 pm

Google Educast #153: Classroom Validation

There were a lot of new changes in July and Google is keeping the updates coming into July. We share the release date for Google Classroom that will the next school year. Google Science Fair has been narrowed to the final fifteen. Megan tells us that Gmail gave you an update that will make your busy life so much happier. We go to Mars and the moon in Google Maps. Kevin shares an example of using data validation in Sheets (psst it sounds harder than it is.) You can do a vector drawing on the web and we share the app that allows you save them to your Google Drive. Juan shares an app to work with language learners and to build vocabulary.

Google Educast #152: There Is A Power Tool For That August 1, 2014 10:11 am

Google Educast #152: There Is A Power Tool For That

This week we cover new announcements from Google about Hangouts for everyone along with better support and an eject button. Google Drive might look different in the coming weeks, but like it or hate it, the new appearance is most likely here to stay. Learn how to split or concatenate cells in Sheets and Chris shares how to open Microsoft Office files in Google Drive with their new add-on along with making it the default way to open Office docs on your operating system.

Google Educast #151: Drive Scripts Guru, Andrew Stillman July 26, 2014 9:09 am

Google Educast #151: Drive Scripts Guru, Andrew Stillman

Today on the Educast, we welcome two new faces to the show. First Megan Ellis a language arts teacher from Palo Alto will join the gang, and she kicks off her first show live, roughing it from Maui. We’re stoked to have Megan on the team. Our special guest for the show is none other than EdTech royalty, Andrew Stillman, creator of insanely useful scripts and Add-ons … most notably, Doctopus and Autocrat.

Google Educast #150: Code Gym Class With Google’s Coach D July 15, 2014 9:00 am

Google Educast #150: Code Gym Class With Google’s Coach D

This week we’ve got a very special Educast with a special guest “Coach D”- D. Feher from Google, who works on special projects with Google.

Google Educast #149: “Classroom” Application July 14, 2014 9:00 am

Google Educast #149: “Classroom” Application

This week we dig deep into Google Classroom. Kevin shows us all the bells and whistles of Google Classroom for your school. Also, get excited that Google Classroom is coming to your school-much sooner!

Google Educast #148: Making Sense Of Making Sense Of Data July 13, 2014 9:34 pm

Google Educast #148: Making Sense Of Making Sense Of Data

On this very special Google Educast, we welcome Amit Deutsch from Google, who works on their MOOCs! Enjoy the show!

Google Educast #147: Shut The Front Door! Google Sites Gets Updated! June 6, 2014 1:36 pm

Google Educast #147: Shut The Front Door! Google Sites Gets Updated!

This Week on the Google Educast: Breaking news! Sites sees some love and upkeep with some huge updates. You can now embed custom maps from Google’s Map Engine Lite your site. You can also make images BIG, up to 100% across the page. Google Now helps keep you safe with weather and geological events. Do you want save use more of the food in your fridge rather than throwing food away. Google has teamed up with Sainsbury’s for Food Rescue. […]

Google Educast #146: Google’s Self Driving Classroom June 1, 2014 6:46 pm

Google Educast #146: Google’s Self Driving Classroom

Google+ is not dead, and it’s not dying, but why doesn’t anyone know this? Will we be putting school children on self-driving school busses? Is your ISP killing your YouTube viewing pleasure? And why are there no more Google Apps for EDU Certified Trainers? All these questions and more are answered in this week’s Google Educast. Additionally we explore how to be a boss at switching applications on the computer. Hint: don’t minimize the window you want to get out of. We take a quick look at The Pebble Watch as well as Snagit from Techsmith and Lucidpress.

Google Educast #145: OK Google: What’s On The Educast? May 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Google Educast #145: OK Google: What’s On The Educast?

This Week on the Google Educast: Google+ now makes it easier for you to share your memories. Fred talks about YouTube rejecting RSS feeds. Juan and Kevin talk waaaaay too long about Google vs. Apple in the branding wars, but they don’t apologize. The gang gets excited as the preview of Google Classroom nears. They also welcome 100 new invitees to the Google Certified Teacher Academy and offer tips to those who didn’t get that happy email. Hint: Go for […]

Google Educast #144: What Did The Fox Say? May 17, 2014 3:59 pm

Google Educast #144: What Did The Fox Say?

Free upgrade Read&Write for Google Apps teachers, take it for a test drive! Samsung School plays with Google Edu and offers new tablets. Great tips on using Google Maps for research as well as Google Earth Tour Builder, a lightweight version of Google Earth. Find out what the fox says by checking out the new Chrome Experiment SpellUp.If you are in Michigan there are some great opportunities for Google Educator Bootcamps lead by fellow GCT John Sowash. Finally, Let me Google That For You comes to come to iPads with a nifty app!

Google Educast #143: In The Classroom With Eric Curts May 9, 2014 8:58 am

Google Educast #143: In The Classroom With Eric Curts

This week on the Google EduCast we have a discussion on Google’s new tool, Classroom! More Chromebooks are coming your way and have you heard of the Google Bar? Learn how to add text to drawings, stretch your images in Draw, and special education teachers will be interested in the Read&Write and Speakit Chrome extensions. Our special guest Eric Curts shares some great resources and interactive uses for Google Slides.

Google Educast #142: Google Subtracts Ads May 3, 2014 11:21 am

Google Educast #142: Google Subtracts Ads

Big blog post from Google this week addressing student privacy and completely disabling ads from Google Apps for Education. The finalists for the Google Doodle are out, so vote early and vote often. The gang talks about the beauty of separate apps for Docs, Sheets, and coming soon Slides! We talk about new updates to android’s camera app, mirroring to Chromecast and a brief review of the 2013 model of Nexus 7. Finally, we take a look at British archive videos.