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Google Educast #027 - Change is Good (and Tough)

Host: Fred Delventhal
Host: Sean Williams
Host: John Sowash
Host: Diane Main

Segment #1: In the News - What happened this week?
Google shuts down lots of stuff!
http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/22/google-announces-plans-to-shutter-knol-friend-connect-and-more/

http://searchresearch1.blogspot.com/2011/11/changes-always-changes-to-google_28.html

New iPad interface===just freakin’ awesome http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/43167/google-search-ipad-app-launched

HEADS UP - The black navigation bar is going bye bye.
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/11/next-stage-in-our-redesign.html - Fred

Google Maps moves indoors (John) http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/blogspot/MKuf/~3/3EibZj0A9aA/new-frontier-for-google-maps-mapping.html
Currently only available on Android devices. This has some interesting classroom applications. Imagine a geography class being able to create a map of the school. Google has not opened up their indoor mapping tools for the general public.

Segment #2 Tool Shoutout - An in-depth look at 1 Google product
Can it be a third-party app available in GAfE? If so, I completely HEART EasyBib and would be willing to share about that. -- Diane
iPhone app EasyBib http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/easybib/id436768184?mt=8

Don’t forget to add yourself to our listener map: http://g.co/maps/vq3t2


Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.
you can embed a group into a google site - that creates a discussion board, which means g sites might be a viable lms for online learning (albeit simplified)  - sean

Example - https://sites.google.com/a/pjrprojects.co.uk/groupssitestips/toc
How to - http://support.google.com/groups/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1050677

Another option is Tal.ki
Here is an example of a Tal.ki embeded into a Google Site: https://sites.google.com/a/southfieldchristian.org/apbiology/discussion-forum

We can skip this if we’re too long and once again it is more fun than instructional. Chrome Web Browser now features a special version of Angry Birds (looks like Angry Birds Seasons on iOS). Includes special unlock features and more http://chrome.blogspot.com/2011/12/eggnog-mistletoe-and-pigs.html - Fred

NORAD Tracks Santa http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/here-comes-santa-claus.html


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

goo.gl for QR codes and more- if nothing else comes up? Alice Keeler has been doing a lot with these.

(I can describe some cool things I know Alice and others have done with QR codes. I’d love to hear more, too! -- Diane)

I’ve done some QR code things with my art teacher using goo.gl too. Ties in also with the Google iOS app mentioned above. - Fred http://audioboo.fm/
Template for the poster https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eQbTUSiPZLAaesYx5ejU7ZXX7Uaip4hXNIO0IrX2L6s/edit

Audio Boo iOS App: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/audioboo/id305204540?mt=8

Not from Google, but COOL: http://www.qrstuff.com/  (generate QR codes for more than just URLs!)  AND IN COLOR!!!!

Brief introduction page on QR Codes: https://sites.google.com/a/sowashventures.com/gpad/Home/tips-tricks/qr-codes
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