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Google Educast #030 - Googling Ahead to a New Year

Host: John Sowash  
Host:  Chris Betcher
Host:  Diane Main

Segment #1: In the News - What happened this week?

Google extends free calling through  Gmail through 2012.

YouTube Slam - Vote for the best videos - Chris

Love this YouTube Rewind for 2011 - Diane

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

Google Voice-- 10 tricks to rock your phone

Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.
Use the Gmail Tasks shortcut (Shift-T) to turn emails into actionable tasks, then date those tasks to appear as calendar ToDo items. Finally, integrate those tasks with Tasky (Chrome app) or GoTasks (iOS app) - Chris
(Using Tasky actually raises an interesting point about the behaviour of palleted Chrome windows running in fullscreen mode in Lion... I think it’s a broken feature of Lion/Chrome)

Merlin Mann talks to Google about Inbox Zero:

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

What if we each suggest one thing to try in 2012:
  • John: Google forms in the one-device classroom
  • Diane: Google Docs List -- Don’t Fear It; Embrace Its Many Functions (search)
  • Chris: Best practice ideas for working with others on shared documents, especially when needing the sort of “Track Changes” type of control that Word offers. I find change tracking to be a bit of limited in Docs so I wouldn’t mind talking about how you guys do it, and what techniques work best.
  • Chris: App Inventor. Creating apps for Android devices

Re: AppInventor... this is the message you get if you go to

“Google's App Inventor service is transitioning to the MIT Center for Mobile Learning.  This server will be shut down after December 31, 2011.  MIT plans to deploy a public App Inventor service in the first quarter of 2012.

In order to have access to your App Inventor projects after the shutdown, you must download them before the shutdown occurs. You can use the Download All Projects button on the My Projects panel to download all of your projects at once.

For more information about the future of App Inventor, please see

We are delighted and gratified by the interest you've shown in App Inventor, and we encourage you to return to it when it becomes available from MIT.”

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