Archive for Category: "Google"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I recently posted this on my Google+ profile, and it has generated a lot of activity. More than anything else I’ve done. Last week I had a student tell me that he forgot his assignment at home. I asked him, “did you create it using your Google Drive account?” He had, so we just grabbed one of the school’s computers, brought it up, and he shared it with me.
I heard a story on NPR the other day that caught my attention. The gist of the story was that despite the increase in demand for quality programers in the Seattle area computer science majors graduating from Washington University has remained basically unchanged since 1999. WHAT?!?! Are you as shocked as I was? Here are three free ways Google is helping to pump up everyone’s programming skills: 1. Learn. Take a spin through some of Google’s free programing courses: http://code.google.com/edu/languages/ 2. Get ideas. http://code.google.com/hosting/ [...]
The Khan Academy PR machine is getting to be in full swing after last night’s CBS 60 Minutes airing. I’ve always stated that I’d like to see teachers being their own Khans, being master publishers, and using their many years of teaching mastery to “teach the world.” Khan beat us to it, but it doesn’t mean we can’t do it better..
Earlier this month I spent two days at the Google campus in Mountain View, California. The Google in Education team invited an assortment of Google Certified Teachers, Trainers, and partners to learn the latest about the recently released Chromebook. There are some neat things on the horizon. Jaime Casip, Google Education Senior Evangelist, spoke for a large portion of our second day together and explained the reason Google is venturing into the world of operating systems and hardware. His response [...]
In this episode, we talked about a number of changes Google has made recently to available products as well as the interface, including the new iPad app for Apps. We discussed EasyBib as a fantastic third-party add-in to Google Apps for Education. You can use Google Groups embedded into a Google Site to run a very simple LMS for easy access to threaded discussions. Holiday fun is here with new Angry Birds Seasons and NORAD Tracking Santa. Finally, QR codes [...]
The Google Educast is Reborn! This week we discuss the new look across all Google products, the new Presentation editor, discuss file versions in Google docs, using collections to organize and share documents, and highlight a teacher’s use of Google Moderator in the classroom. Show Hosts: John Sowash, Sean Williams, Diane Main, Daniel Rezac The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us [...]
As we gather more data using Google Forms and Spreadsheets there are a lot of questions out there about how we can reformat and share this data in a more consumable understandable way. In the last couple of months the Maine 207 technology team of Mark Ordonez and Janice Cacciatore and Hank Thiele have tackled this issue on several projects and as a result have created a reproducible Google Script that takes the information off a spreadsheet and ultimately creates a unique document that can be shared with anyone.
This week on EdReach: The struggles with updating iPads, and the promises of a Google+ and Google Apps integration lead us to re-think the future of media and broadcasting. Show Host: Daniel Rezac Show contributors: Scott Weidig The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki. Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on our very own EdReach Comment line: That’s: (443) 93REACH.
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