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Sweet Googleness: Goggle tools, tips, tricks – Part Deux

Yesterday I shared something most of you already know. I love the Google. I’m getting into the idea of Keep and Tasks, my new favorite Google tools. Yesterday, you got a few of my favorite Google Search tips and tricks.

Today? Google Drive and YouTube. Read more

Sweet Googleness: Google tools, tips, tricks

A week or so ago, I wrote about Google Keep, my latest new Google favorite tool. I‘ve always been a fan of the Googles. Google Earth. Docs. Maps. Tour Builder. Drive. This week, Keep. And, yes, my favorite Google tools do change weekly. That’s because there’s just too much Google goodness going on for me to keep up. 

You might be the same way. You enjoy Google apps and tools but there’s so much. I spent some time last Thursday at the 2015 MACE conference, talking with teachers about Chromebook tips and tricks. And it was awesome. But I begin to notice a common theme.

Everyone had a different tip. A different trick. Some teachers know about the cool way to create a timer in Google Search. Others know that how to take screenshots on a Chromebook. Someone else shared how to add images to a Google form. But we can unintentionally get in a rut and not realize that there are some sweet little tips out there.

Of course, a quick Google search reveals more than enough lists to get you started. Some of my favorite tips? Read more

Google Keep – Note taking alternative, cross-platform sharing tool, and all around nice guy

I waded into the shallow end of the Google Apps / GAFE / Chromebook pool last summer. In November, I dove off the high board as my office went all Google – mail, calendar, documents, the works.

I’ve been using Google Docs forever so it’s not like the stuff is completely foreign to me. But going all in . . . with all my stuff, emails, contacts, online? Yeah, there was an adjustment period.

But after a few months, I really am falling in love with the syncing of info and materials between all my different devices. I’ve also had a chance to start playing around with all of the different Google tools buried in my account.

My latest favorite? Google Keep. Basically Keep is Google’s version of

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Google Classroom moves to mobile world

I’ve been toying with Google Classroom since it came out last fall. And despite a brief breakup with Google due a serious lapse on their part to send me a beta invite, I  really think that Classroom has a ton of uses and potential. Teachers apparently think the same thing – 30 million assignments have been uploaded to Classroom since it came out five months ago.

Much of my conversation with teachers concerning Classroom is that Google has a habit of releasing a tool and then upgrading as time goes along. they seem to be following the same pattern with Classroom. Yesterday they released mobile versions of Classroom for both iOS and Android and made a few minor adjustments to their web-based version.

There are some pretty sweet features that make the mobile app very handy, especially from the student side. Read more

Google My Maps: Life just got way more fun for us geography nerds

Long time readers of History Tech already know how much I love maps. They how much I love Google goodies. So they also know that Google Earth and Google Maps just might be the sweetest tools of all time.

And recent changes in Google Maps make the tool even better. They’ve created a separate map creation tool called Google My Maps that makes creating online maps easier while storing the completed maps in your Google Drive.

Too sweet.

This fall, I’ve had the chance to work with all sorts of teachers and districts as they’ve moved deeper into the Google world. Google My Maps just adds another piece of Google goodness to the GAFE world.

With the new Google My Maps, you have the option to  Read more

Is Google making our students dumber? And should we care?

Dumber may be too strong of a word. But it does seem as if Google and social media are changing the way we think.

Perhaps the bigger question?

Is that a good or bad thing?

It’s not a new question. Way back in 2007, Mashable author Stan Schroeder highlighted his concerns with Google:

It will be interesting to see how this – if it keeps up, and my bet is that it will – will affect our ability to think in the future.

Carr expanded his thinking a bit in a book titled Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

In 2008, Atlantic Monthly author Nicolas Carr shared his concerns about how the web was changing the way we think:

. . . media are not just passive channels of information. They supply the stuff of thought, but they also shape the process of thought. And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation.

In 2011, Adam Clark Estes suggested that

we’re not necessarily losing our ability to remember things. Rather, the internet is changing how we remember. Ars Technica sums up the results nicely, “People are recalling information less, and instead can remember where to find the information they have forgotten.”

A more recent article at Salon has re-opened the can of worms and starts by saying that “we’re hooked on Read more

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