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Google Educast #025 - Reborn!

Host: Diane Main
Host: John Sowash
Host: Sean Williams
Host: Dan Rezac

Special “re-set” for the rebirth of the Educast
  • The purpose of the Google Educast
    • The Google EduCast is one of many podcasts produced by the EdReach Network. EdReach exist to take education forward by bringing voices together.
    • The contributors to the GoogleEducast are all Google Certified Teachers and/or trainers and have a wealth of experience and knowledge in integrating various Google Tools into the classroom.
    • This podcast is produce weekly and features a variety of contributors from around the country. Each week our show will be divided into four main sections:
      • Google in the news-- recent happenings and activity from the search giant.
      • Tool shoutout-- an in-depth look at a different Google product each week as well as a discussion on how it can impact education.
      • Tips and tricks-- neat, fun, and entertaining things that will increase your productivity, make you smile, or make you say “wow”.
      • Classroom applications-- a look at how we, or others, are actually using Google products with real students in real classrooms.

Segment #1: In the News - What happened this week?
  1. Google Interface Alignment: discuss the new look of Google Docs, Gmail, Calendar, Reader, etc: what do you like, what do you hate?

From the official Google Blog, 6/28/2011 Three keys to the new re-design
  • Focus: With the design changes in the coming weeks and months, we’re bringing forward the stuff that matters to you and getting all the other clutter out of your way. Even simple changes, like using bolder colors for actionable buttons or hiding navigation buttons until they’re actually needed, can help you better focus on only what you need at the moment.
  • Elasticity: The new design will soon allow you to seamlessly transition from one device to another and have a consistent visual experience. We aim to bring you this flexibility without sacrificing style or usefulness.
  • Effortlessness: Our design philosophy is to combine power with simplicity. We want to keep our look simple and clean, but behind the seemingly simple design, use new technologies like HTML5, WebGL and the latest, fastest browsers to make sure you have all the power of the web behind you.

  1. Docs Presentation Update: Introducing a new Google presentations

Here’s a quick look at the latest features available in presentations:

  • Character-by-character collaboration lets you see others’ updates as you edit presentations together.
  • Chat with collaborators directly within the presentation.
  • Draw organizational charts, flowcharts, design diagrams and much more right within Google presentations.
  • Transition between slides to add more effects to your presentation.
  • New and improved animations make your presentations more dynamic.
  • Shape linking lets you turn shapes within your presentation into hyperlinks that link to other slides, presentations, or webpages.
  • Revision history stores edits so you can revert back to previous versions.
  • New themes make it easy to create show-stopping presentations.

Segment #2 Tool Shoutout - An in-depth look at 1 Google product

Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.
Diane would like to talk about Collections and sharing in GDocs.  You can also do collections within collections.  I also want to describe a little bit about sorting/searching in the Google Docs listing.  How we like it?

Segment #4: Classroom Applications - Cool things that we (or others) are doing with Google in the classroom.