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
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.
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
Today it’s all about the Constructivist learning. I’m going to share a few things and will leave it up to you to do most of the exploring. There is literally so much stuff that is available for me to share at today’s Tip that there is absolutely no way I could cover it all.
How much stuff you ask?
How about over 6,000,000 artifacts and photos? So . . . you’re gonna be on your own on this one.
Titled the Google Cultural Institute, you can seriously get lost in here for hours. Think the largest museum you can think of, then multiply that by a very large number and you get a sense of what’s available. And I’m not even talking about the whole Institute. Just the Historic Moments and World Wonders sections.
Ready to dive in? Read more
I’ve been on a bit of a Chrome browser / Chromebook / Google Apps for Education kick lately. There’s always been a strong connection between me and Google but we’ve been hanging out a lot more the last month or so.
Firefox has been ticking me off since last spring and so I migrated over to Chrome during the summer. I got my first Chromebook in July. Had the chance to do some training on using Google Drive mobile apps. And we’re hosting an awesome GAFE/Chromebook mini-conference in October. So it’s past the tipping my toe in the water stage. I’m at least waist deep and then some.
As a result of all the Google love, I’ve been spending hours in the Google Web Store. Trust me . . . it’s a quick way to lose all sense of time. But I have found some useful stuff in there. Today? Two of my latest finds that I think you might like too.
I’ve always been an Apple guy. Way back in the early 80s, I got started on an Apple IIe and nine-pin matrix printer before spending a few years in the wilderness with a clunky HP laptop. I’ve been part of the MacBook world ever since.
And while I don’t see myself moving from my MacBook / iPad / iPhone trifecta, some recent experiences with an Acer Chromebook might open up a bit of space somewhere in the margins for a JV player. I started playing around with my Chromebook this summer and have had the chance to work with some teachers over the last few weeks. Ease of use, Google Classroom, GAFE, handy Google Store apps all make the Chromebook a nice option for both individual and instructional use.
If you and others in your district are playing with the idea of using Chromebooks or are already in the pool, here are a few goodies that might help you along: Read more