This week the Google Educast crew (well, most of them) took on SXSWedu! We sat down at the Google Lounge, and chatted with Jaime Casap, Lisa Jiang, and Devin Sandoz about the current awesomeness from Google Edu.
More fiber? Several cities say yes please to Google Fiber. The official end of life policy for Chrome OS devices was recently published, does that mean Chromeaggedon is coming? The new Google Maps is out for everyone, what do you think? There is a site for check out for adding Hangout apps and an old tool comes comes back – newspaper archive. Is that a scanner in your pocket? Why yes, I am using the Drive app! Fred brings back an old friend, Google Voice while Kevin shares the most recent update to MIT’s Android App Inventor 2.
Juan, Chris and Fred talk about two Google competitions for students; Doodle4Google and the Google Science Fair. VMware is teaming with Google to bring Windows applications to Chromebooks. Chris shares a great update to the new Google Sheets. The first screencasting app for Chromebooks has crossed the finish line, but is it the winner educators need? Juan shares a very nice drawing app for Chrome. All this and more in this week’s Educast.
This week we mix things up by beginning with the end and ending with the middle. Kim shares a new program that works with Google Apps allowing you to turn videos into lessons. Wilderness Classroom is going to connect with your classroom and take students on a dogsled run using Google Glass.
Chris, Fred and Juan talk about the latest news with Google including new, useful information on your search results pages, Google Education site gets a makeover as well as the Google Apps Certified Trainer rebranding and makeover. Take a look at visualizations of big data from dictionary words to cyber attacks to music. Juan shares a way help move your school from paper forms to digital. In addition, he shares a little known notification setting for spreadsheets. Juan was on fire with information as he also shared how to view revision history in Google Docs on mobile devices as well as a standardized testing solution using Chromebooks.
Chris and Fred take you through what’s new this week with Google including the activity panel in Google Drive, searching images for classroom use just got easier and a brand new eye-popping thing coming out of Google Project X. Using Google Chrome can now save you on your data plan as well the new Connectivity Diagnostic tool can help you find problems with your wifi and network connections. Lastly, we share two upcoming Connected Classroom field trips for you and your students.
It’s a Happy New Year with the ‘cast! Chris leads the way with some dashboard tips and Fred reports on the latest additions to the Google graveyard. Special cameras for Google Helpouts? Yes! Juan also shares a nifty Chromebook tip to zoom in on your screen. The folder is back in Drive! Fred has five good reasons you should Google yourself. Tune in for some great tips and apps as well as ideas for using using Google in your classroom!
The Educast crew spent some time over the holidays going over all of the shows we’ve done in 2013 and culled what we be believe are the top stories for the year of Google and education. Ranking the stories we came up with out top ten stories and events for the year. We count them down to number one. Listen or watch and let us know if you think we missed something that made your top ten list.
Kim, Chris, Fred and Sean go over the river of new things happening with Google Drive and through the woods of the Google Sheets. Photo Sphere on Android devices now allows you to bring street view to places that might have been missed by the Google car. Kim asks “Shall we go a-caroling?” and doesn’t wait for an answer from the guys. Teachers will find two news/non-fiction gifts for their classrooms when they open Ponder and Newsela. We’re reminded that the year is coming to a close by the latest Zeitgeists by Google and some talented students.
Nick Cusumano joins Kevin this week, as Kevin returns from paternity leave. Kevin and Nick sing a song of “these are a few of their favorite things” as they dig through tools like Google Keep and the new Google Sheets! This is one Sheety podcast you won’t want to miss.
118? Did you say 118??? The question about where Episode 118 went has been solved! After a glitchy Google Hangout, Episode 118 disappeared. Then a month later- it came BACK! So here it is- in all of its glory!
Can it be? A Chromebook with touchscreen for $300? According to Juan it is! What do you think of the new Apps login screen? Sean rants (just a little) before sharing that Google Now will look up that song that is playing. Juan shares some great tips on embedding Picasa slideshows as well as HTML5 tips. New ways to download your data – thanks for tip Chris! Be sure to have your students add to the White House Film Festival, details in the show notes.
The Zim is back and her hair looks great! She paid for her ‘new do’ with Google wallet via GMail while Sean was busy checking out the new Massive Open Online Courses for Edu and Fred was checking out the new voice commands using Google Now. Did you know that Chrome apps are developing to be able to delete local files to keep your machine running smoothly. WeVideo Next has new options for greatness while GMail has a new user interface that previews any of your attachments and works seamlessly with Drive.
This week Juan and Fred look for deeper meaning behind the release of Tour Builder. Juan shares how you can now save Gmail attachments to any folder in your Google Drive and how you can now insert research data tables into Docs and Slides.
This week Kim takes the lead as the ‘cast ponders the Google barge mystery, perhaps there will be a field trip there one day using Google hangouts! Sean and Juan share how Google+ communities get granular permissions for edu domains and YouTube gets Google+ like commenting on videos.
Juan De Luca joined tonight! just in time for Halloween, a Google Barge off each coast full of mystery. Sean shares some formatting options for images in docs and Fred gives an in depth review of Google+ updates.
On Tuesday Apple had a little product announcement that made the bloggosphere ‘splode with excitement. The most interesting part for me as fully committed Google Drive fan-middle-aged-man is the iWork for iCloud beta announcement. Like Google Drive, the iWork suite is now free, and like Google Drive, it offers real-time collaboration. Sorry Microsoft SkyDrive 365 Office Sharepoint. If you don’t give your software away now, you’re in even bigger trouble. Last night on The Google Educast, Sean, Fred, and I […]
Kevin takes the lead on the show this week and along with Sean and Fred shares how Google is helping people in oppressed countries get around firewalls, but how does it affect us in education? The gang puts Apple’s iWork for iCloud through an iTest.