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All sorts of hints, tips, ideas, thoughts, apps and extensions to help make your experience using Google tools as awesome as possible. Primarily, but not exclusively, with an educational focus.


General stuff at the top. Scroll down to find sections on Chrome, Classroom, and Drive (includes Docs, Sheets and Slides).

Background image free for commercial use/no attribution required image from Pixabay. Welcome home to the new Google Earth. Start with Natural Treasures from BBC Earth, and journey to six habitats—from islands to mountains to jungles—and learn about the unique and thrilling wildlife in each.

Welcome home to the new Google Earth

Then head to Gombe National Park in Tanzania and hear from Jane Goodall about her team’s chimpanzee research and conservation efforts. And make a stop in Mexico with Lola, one of 12 little monsters featured in Sesame Street's Girl Muppets Around the World, and learn about modern Mayan cultures. With more than 50 immersive stories in Voyager, and more added weekly, there are lots of adventures to choose from. Explore and learn about anywhere Uncover hidden gems the world over with “I’m feeling lucky,” a new feature that takes you somewhere unexpected with the click of a button.

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Google's Buried Treasure. Can’t see the slides above?

Google's Buried Treasure

Click here. Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Bammy! Just in Time! G Suite Holiday Tools. 1.

Just in Time! G Suite Holiday Tools

Santa Tracker Play games with elves in jetpacks, rolling. Turn that frown upside down, with suggested rotations and more. 16 Incredible Uses of Google Maps You Should See and Try. Google Maps is an incredible tool on its own.

16 Incredible Uses of Google Maps You Should See and Try

But innovators have harnessed its power. They have created games, tools, and visuals that take Google Maps to the next level. Google Maps makes a certain amount of its platform available to third-party developers, and the results of these collaborations go far beyond navigation tools. Tables. 10 Lesser Known Google iPhone Apps You Should Be Using. There are plenty of essential Google apps for your iPhone that you already know about.

10 Lesser Known Google iPhone Apps You Should Be Using

Think about the everyday utility of Google Maps or the hour by hour use of Google Calendar. There are also some lesser known apps that bring unexpected benefits to little corners of our worlds. With over 2 million apps in the App Store, it is easy to forget that Google and its little band of merry apps aren’t only about search and email. They are also a bit about education and creativity, which is what this article is all about.

Yes, “lesser-known” is a very subjective hyphenation, but just like the not so obvious Google services on the web, these apps can be surprisingly handy when you put them to the task. GradGopher. Flippity.net: Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff. Control Alt Achieve: 20 Instant Google Searches your Students Need to Know. Google strives to make their search as useful as possible, bringing back the most appropriate results for the terms you entered.

Control Alt Achieve: 20 Instant Google Searches your Students Need to Know

Sometimes though Google goes above and beyond the normal list of search results by providing instant search cards at the top of the page. These cards contain the information you searched for, but often also include interactive controls to let you dig deeper, branch off, or experience the information in a more engaging manner. As students learn to become better at searching and researching, many of the instant search cards can be useful to them in a variety of their school subjects. 15 Creative Ways to Get The Most Out of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts is just one of many programs available that allows you to connect with friends and family through video chat.

15 Creative Ways to Get The Most Out of Google Hangouts

How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends How To Use Google+ Hangouts To Meet With Friends Google Hangouts is a key feature of Google+. If you are not using Hangouts already, you are missing out! Maybe you haven't yet joined Google+. Well, if you do have a Google account, then joining... Read More Unlike many other video chatting services, Google Hangouts (available on Android, iOS, or as a web app) offers features, communities, and the option for public accessibility that make it useful for creative conversations not only with your existing friends and family, but also with people around the world. 20 locations to tour virtually with Google Maps Street View. Take virtual field trips all over the world from the comfort of your classroom.

20 locations to tour virtually with Google Maps Street View

Use Google Maps Street View to tour these places virtually. (Public domain image via Unsplash) Ever wish you could take your class to impressive landmarks around the country or world? Google Maps Street View makes many of those visits possible virtually — and for free. Google Is Your Friend - GIYF The Musical! 11 Advanced Searches To Bookmark To Become A Google Power User. Google has now become such an ingrained part of our daily lives that we just take it for granted, turning to it for everything from recipes to directions.

11 Advanced Searches To Bookmark To Become A Google Power User

For the most part, it’s pretty good at answering our queries with a simple search, certainly on the more popular topics. But did you know there are lots of ways to make your Google-using experience even better? Turn yourself into a true Google power user with these 11 advanced searches — then check out an awesome pro tip at the end! This will make sure you never have to recall these searches and yet will always have them at your fingertips. 1. It’s really annoying when you’re trying to search for a term that has lots of meanings or lots of different references. Take “Gouda” as an example. How to Measure Area and Distance in Google Maps & Earth. Advertisement The secret to planning a trip using Google Maps or Google Earth is in accurately mapping distances.

How to Measure Area and Distance in Google Maps & Earth

How Does Google Maps Work? How Does Google Maps Work? Google finally learns to talk like an Aussie. Google Maps now understands Australians a little better. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP "Chuck a u-ey" is arguably the most 'Strayan road direction you could give, but your GPS probably has no clue what it means. Google, maker of the popular Google Maps mobile app which many use for its GPS directions feature, has gone some way to correcting that today by updating its assistant so it replies with an Aussie accent and better understands the unique Aussie turn of phrase.

Slang words like "arvo", "footy" and "Maccas" have been added to the search engine and Google Maps vocabulary, along with tricky Australian town names like Tibooburra and Unanderra. The Advanced Google Searches Every Student Should Know - November Learning. “Did he seriously just ask that? How old is this guy?” Well yes, I recently seriously just asked a group of students if they knew how to search Google. Google - Year In Search 2015. Guide to Google Account Privacy Settings for Students.

Even if your student doesn't use a Chromebook, they may have a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) account, which is essentially a Google account provided by the school. GAFE accounts can be accessed from any browser, and the privacy settings affect your student regardless of which browser they use to log in to GAFE. In order to maximize your child's privacy, we advise changing the settings below. Google Turns Image Search Into Pinterest With New “Collections” Feature. Watch out, Pinterest, you’ve got new competition. Google has now rolled out a new feature on its search engine that offers users an easy way to save to save images they find to collections they can reference at a later time. The search giant suggests you could use the feature for saving things like hairstyle examples to show your stylist, or snowman ideas to have some winter fun.

Yep – the same sort of “inspirational” content that Pinterest users often collect and pin their many boards on the service. In Google’s case, however, the new feature is only being made available to mobile users for the time being, and is only rolling out to those in the U.S. The feature will work across all major browsers on both iOS and Android, the company says. Three Google initiatives to make mobile more webbish. Three Google initiatives to make mobile more webbish Remember before the Web if you wanted to do something new on your computer you had to install an application?

Even if you only wanted to do it once or twice? This barrier meant most people used their computer mainly as a fancy typewriter. Supercharge your Gmail with These 4 Google Drive Addons. Gmail is a ubiquitous and easy to use email service, but it’s not without its faults. How to Search Gmail in Chrome Without Opening Your Inbox. You don’t need to open Gmail’s web interface every time you want to find an old email. With one quick tweak, you can search your inbox from Chrome’s omnibar just like you search the web.

All you have to do is add a custom search engine. Begin by clicking on the hamburger icon to the right of the Chrome’s omnibar, then click on Settings from the dropdown menu. On the Settings page, click on Manage search engines… in the Search section. You should now see a dialog box with a list of available search engines. Official Google Blog: Google’s look, evolved. Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again: So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC.

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Bradley Horowitz Says That Google Photos is Gmail for Your Images. And That Google Plus Is Not Dead… — Backchannel. An interview with Google’s head of Streams, Photos and Sharing To Bradley Horowitz, Google Photos is not just another product. It’s a culmination of 25 years of his work in processing images. Horowitz — who is Google’s Vice President of Streams, Photos, and Sharing — first studied computer vision in grad school and later dropped out to co-found a company in the field, Virage. In the late 1990s, when Horowitz worked at Yahoo, he was the executive behind the purchase of Flickr. And he has been involved with Google’s previous photo apps at various times in his seven years at the company.

“Google’s been into photos for a long time, but this is the first time we have launched a standalone product built from the ground up,” he says. Google Photos, announced today at its I/O conference, is important for another another reason to Horowitz. The move is indicative of how Google has lowered the temperature on the social fever that undertook it a few years ago. The Beginner's Guide to Google+ When Google+ entered the social space in 2011, it was met largely with skepticism. Joining a crowded field with platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, many users questioned the need for another social network. But roughly two years later, Google+ has established itself as the second-largest social media site in the world and boasts a monthly active user base of 235 million.

Here Is Another Great Drive Tool for Math Teachers. Top 8 GAFE Resources for Educators. Believe it or not, it’s that time again… Summer is coming to an end and soon millions of teachers and students across the Northern Hemisphere will be heading back to the classroom to kick off another school year. If you haven’t already, now’s the time to get up to speed (or refresh your knowledge) on the skills you need to help make this school year a success.

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