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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. And some of the products that Google built into the platform, such as Hangouts and Communities, along with its added integration in Google News that can benefit an active poster, have made Google+ an intriguing network for all users. If you're a newbie to Google+, these tips will help you get started. Creating a Google Account First things first, in order to have a Google+ account, you must have a Google account. Next, you'll be prompted to add a profile photo to accompany your Google Account. After adding your profile picture, you will then be redirected to your new Gmail account. Creating Circles Navigating the Stream

Power Searching with Google Thanks for visiting! For a short time, the course materials for Power Searching with Google will remain accessible below. Then they will be made permanently available at the Google Search Education site. For a handy reference of all search tips from the course, check out our printable Power Searching Quick Guide. To receive announcements about future search-related classes, add yourself to the Search Education Google Groups mailing list. Note that only Google can post to these groups, and you will not receive messages from other users. Hope to see you in one of the upcoming classes!

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine Mixed Messages And Simple Truths On Monday, I heard Dylan William say that computers don’t make a difference to learning in the classroom. On Thursday, I heard Gerry White say that technology is responsible for a 12% increase in achievement. Both asserted that their statements were backed by research. Dylan William said on Monday (and Friday), “You are entitled to your own opinions. You are not, however, entitled to your own facts.” John Hattie said something similar back in 2011 when he was in Adelaide, “I’m sorry but you can’t argue with the research.” Over time, we as educators have become used to listening to and reading from gurus with simple truths. Another example from Monday. “What would some blogger know about Brain Gym? So I kept my mouth shut. Don’t get me wrong. Just think of it as a form of information literacy.

7 Vital Google Image Search Hacks Where do you go when you need to search for something? Probably Google. Where do you go when you need to find images? With all these images right at your fingertips, how do you go about finding the one image you’re really looking for? Note: Yes, I know Google Images is about to change, it’s just been announced today. Use Search Tools & Advanced Search This is pretty obvious, but I want to mention these tools before we go further just in case you’re not using them yet. Click on the “Search tools” button after entering your keywords, and create some quick filters for your search. As with any Google search, you can use the advanced search syntax to narrow down your search. Search For Specific File Types Although available in advanced search, the file type filter is absent from the more accessible search tools, which is a shame. You can use the filetype operator to look for any supported image file type. Get The Old Google Image Search Back Remember this? Find Similar Images Skip Source Website

40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies Ok, so at this point, we are all newbies at Google Plus, right? At least if you got in recently via a Google Plus invite. At this point I’ve spent a decent amount of time with it and have concluded that Google has finally made a positive mark in social networking. It’s still early, but there is a lot of excitement around Google+ by those who have jumped on early, and for good reason. 40 Google Plus Tips for Newbies Last Updated August 18th, 2011: Replaced tip #22 (old) with a fresh resource on changes on Google plus. July 20, 2011: Added a video in the advanced tips section informing readers how to share a link on Google Plus as their currently isn’t an easy way for website owners to offer that option for readers. *A word about updates to this post. [/unordered_list] [/toggle] Friends First thing you’ll likely want to do is add some friends right? Tip #1: Adding Friends from Suggestions. Tip #2: Adding Friends from Yahoo Mail. Tip #3: Adding Friends from Hotmail. Tip #4: Blocking Friends.

Machine Learning - Download Free Content from Caltech NewsNow Beyond Emily: Post-ing Etiquette Educators offer guidelines for promoting good online behavior. Some educators are leading the way to school-based netiquette education with guidelines advising students on what to do, and what to avoid, in online communication. We've put together excerpts from some sample guidelines. Florida Virtual School This public virtual school for secondary school students includes netiquette in its online orientation for new students. Sections on posting to the school's discussion board and on emailing address key dos and don'ts. Using the Discussion Board Do reread your post to make sure what you're saying is clear.keep your posts short and concise.keep your posts on topic.spell-check. Don't make fun of someone else's thoughts or opinions -- respecting your classmates helps ensure everyone can maximize the benefits of a discussion board.immediately respond to a post in anger -- responding to a post in anger may lead to classmate resentment. Using Educator Email Have you ever heard of netiquette? Style