20 Awesome Google+ Tips for Teachers Given the importance of Google Plus and its promising potential as an educational social networking website for educators and teachers, I am adding here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning another article for teachers to discover more about its hidden secrets. Just to put you in the picture, we have started a series of posts on the the topic Educational Social Networking. We have already published three parts namely : We are actually working on more parts to add to this series. Whether you have been using Google+ for long time or you have just started , the following tips will help you better maximise the potential of this social network both in your classroom and for your professional development. Each of the tips below are based on articles from a variety of online sources namely Mashable, Chronicle, Appsusergroups, Hackededucation, Geekestry, Theatrprof, and many more. 1- Use Hangouts for Teaching Hangouts is a great service offered for free by Google+. 5- Crossposting updates
- 30 Online Multimedia Resources for PBL and Flipped Classrooms by Michael Gorman 1 Comment May 28, 2012 By: Michael Gorman May 28 Written by: 5/28/2012 12:30 AM ShareThis Welcome to the another in a series of PBL Mania Posts here at Tech & Learning. In this PBL Mania Post I explore Online Multimedia Resources. WGBH Teacher Domain - Teachers' Domain is a free digital media service for educational use from public broadcasting and its partners. PBS Teachers – Launched within the last year, PBS Teachers is an awesome place for all kinds of educational multimedia. The Khan Academy – At Khan, students and teachers are encouraged to “Watch… Practice… Learn almost anything for free”. YouTube – Let’s not forget YouTube and its amazing searchable collection. Thinkfinity – This site is worth an entire write-up in itself and will provide a wealth of activities for PBL products. NeoK12 - Take a look and you will find a vast collection of resources and Web 2.o tools that might fit into any lesson. PicsForLearning - Not everything has to be video.
Provide Tech Help Remotely via Chrome Remote Desktop Yesterday, I received an email with a question about how to remotely help students and teachers with the Chrome browser and with Chromebooks. Almost as if he was reading my mind, later in the day Fred Delvental shared a bookmark for the Chrome Remote Desktop App. Using the Chrome Remote Desktop App (still in beta) you can grant access to your computer to another person who also has the Chrome Remote Desktop App installed. If you want to share your desktop just click "share now" and Chrome Remote Desktop will generate an access code to give to the person who will access your computer. To access and control another person's computer you just need to enter the access code that they provide to you. Applications for Education The Chrome Remote Desktop app could be very helpful in aiding teachers and students when they get stuck trying to accomplish a task on their computers.
Making the Most of Google Docs: Tips & Lesson Ideas Since attending the Google Teacher Academy in April, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about each Google application. The result? I am realizing how little I actually knew about these tools and how tragically I was underutilizing them! So, in this blog want to share some information on basic functionality as well as fun ideas for using Google Docs (now Google Drive for some of us) with students. Back to Basics Let’s start with a definition, Google Docs “is a suite of products that lets you create different kinds of online documents, work on them in real time with other people, and store your documents and your other files — all online, and all for free.” Types of Docs: Documents Documents are a free online word processor. Click here to check out “Google Docs in the Classroom” a resource created by CUE and WestEd for Google. Forms “Collect RSVPs, run a survey, or quickly create a team roster with a simple online form. Use forms to: – Collect student data & get to know them better
20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom The Current State Of Technology In K-12 7.62K Views 0 Likes What is the next device most students will soon purchase? How many schools have a digital strategy? Find out in the current state of technology in K-12. Say hello (or olá or halo or salam) to automatic message translation in Gmail Posted by Jeff Chin, Product Manager, Google Translate We're excited to announce three Gmail Labs graduations today: Automatic Message Translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks. Automatic Message Translation Did you ever dream about a future where your communications device could transcend language with ease? We heard immediately from Google Apps for Business users that this was a killer feature for working with local teams across the world. Since message translation was one of the most popular labs, we decided it was time to graduate from Gmail Labs and move into the real world. and it will be instantly translated into your language: If you're bi-lingual and don't need translation for that language, just click on Turn off for: [language]. Title Tweaks With the graduation of Title Tweaks, we've changed the text in the browser tab so that you can more easily see if you have new messages.
Paintmap | Painting-sharing community, painting the world. 8 Crucial Resources For Flipped Classrooms Have you “flipped” yet? My colleagues have this week; it’s PSSA week in Pennsylvania (PSSAs are standardized tests.). That’s not the flipped I meant, however. YouTube This might be the most popular tool teachers have used for flipped instruction. You don’t have to establish a class list to allow for student discussion. Other services, such as those that approximate a LMS, require a lot of preparation before a teacher can use it. You can edit the video online (somewhat). Evernote Tutorial as a Cartoon Trim and stabilize Swap audio tracks Change the look of the video (for instance, make it look like a cartoon) Add annotations Add captions Download the new version of the video for offline use It’s easy to share with colleagues, friends, and professional development organizations. I would assume that teachers might want to share their videos with other teachers or use them when they present at professional development conferences. Edmodo, Moodle, and Schoology Edmodo Schoology iPad Apps
10 Great Free Google Forms Every Teacher Should Be Using Today's post is about a great work that has been done by our colleague Tom Barret. He has created awesome example forms for different topics. He has also made all these forms available for us to download and use with our students. To download any of the forms below, make sure to visit Tom's original post. 1- Get to Know your Class Use this form to collect information about your students such as their likes, dislikes, club affiliations, and many more. 2- Emotion Graph This is a form ideal for use by students when studying linear narrative both written or visual. 3- Spelling Test As its name suggests , this form is great for use inside the classroom to test students spelling. 4- Comprehension Questions This is a form that test students understanding of a text or anything thing else you want to test. 5- Weekly Reading Record This is a form where students can provide data about their reading. 6- Maths Data Handling 7- Guided Reading Record 8- Prior Learning Assessment 9- Library Book Review
Google Drive and Dropbox Cloud Storage Services Compared Can new kid on the block, Google Drive, take on Dropbox, the current king of file syncing? Check out our Google Drive vs. Dropbox comparison to find out how the services compare. Google finally launch their much-anticipated Google Drive cloud storage service, which holds up to 5GB of data for free and adds extra storage to your Gmail account. Let me show you whether the new cloud storage service can compete with the more traditional cloud storage and sync service Dropbox in a feature-for-feature competition. We’ll look at storage, price, features, apps, and third-party support. Storage and Price Both Google Drive and Dropbox offer a free account, Google with 5GB and Dropbox offering only 2GB. Google Drive will work with multiple devices The monthly cost for upgraded Google Drive accounts ranges from $2.49/month to nearly $800/month. 5GB – Free25GB – $2.49100GB – $4.99200GB – $9.99400GB – $19.991TB – $49.992TB – $99.994TB – $199.998TB – $399.9916TB – $799.99 Winner: Google Drive Features Apps
When Gaming Is Good for You Google Earth in Education - A Google+ Hangout Google Earth is a very versatile program that educators often associate only with social studies. Google Earth can actually be used in literature, mathematics, and science lessons too. On November 2, 2012 Jerome Burg and Thomas Petra will host a Google+ Hangout all about using Google Earth in education. Applications for Education In many of my presentations I talk about finding your own PD opportunities that are meaningful to you.
7 Tips & Tricks To Get The Most Out Of Google Drive Google Drive is a great service, but installing the application and synchronizing some files is just the first step. These tricks will help you take advantage of Google Drive, both on the desktop and on the web – whether you’re looking to easily synchronize other folders with your Drive or take advantage of the features only available on the website. Many of these tricks will also work with Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive, and any other service that provides a magic folder that automatically synchronizes your files over the Internet. Google’s Drive integration with third-party web apps is a unique feature, though. Use The Send To Menu You can add Google Drive to the Windows Send To menu and easily send files to your drive from anywhere on your computer. The Send To menu actually shows the contents of a special folder, and you can add your own shortcuts. %APPDATA%/Microsoft/Windows/SendTo Encrypt Sensitive Files BoxCryptor also supports Google Drive. Move User Folders Customize Windows Libraries
13 Tips for Increasing Your Company's Google Rank Scott Gerber is the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes youth entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment and underemployment. The YEC provides young entrepreneurs with access to tools, mentorship, and resources that support each stage of a business's development and growth. It goes without saying that entrepreneurs know the importance of search engine optimization, and how to boost their Google search rankings. Right? Google rank is critical to a business’s success in this digital age. Instead of letting your Google rank get you down, apply these tips and techniques from a group of successful, young entrepreneurs in order to boost your company's SEO results. 1. You'll want your content to take the top slots for your name and various keywords and phrases, so you'll want to have high-quality, authoritative content. - Colin Wright, Exile Lifestyle. 2. Take a few minutes to login to each of your company's online profiles. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.