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Google Educast #033 - Let's Hangout!

 Host: Kimberly Zimmer[c]

Host: Fred Delventhal[d]

Host: Sean Williams


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

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

Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.

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

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

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Google Hangouts for Low Bandwidth

When you're in a Hangout, just open the settings, and select "Slow connection". This optimizes things to better suit a low bandwidth connection, aimed at giving you a better experience overall.  It’s also a great way to save data on limited internet plans or mobile connections.  This setting is available to all users globally, but we expect it to be more useful in countries where the internet is slower.

Doodle 4 Google Announced

Starting today, we’d like to invite K-12 students in the U.S. to participate in our fifth annual U.S. Doodle 4 Google contest. Draw your rendition of the Google logo and you may see it on the ultimate gallery: the Google homepage. The winning doodler will also take home a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school.

The theme for this year’s contest is “If I could travel in time, I’d visit...”. That could mean visiting a past, present or future setting—whether it’s traveling back in time to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the future to witness everyday space travel, or to just a few moments ago to relive a poignant experience.

Building on last year’s record-breaking participation (107,000 entries!), we’ve made a few enhancements to the 2012 contest. First, we’re opening Doodle 4 Google up to an even wider audience—with a winner from every state. There will be five finalists and one winner per state, so everyone will have a local doodle champion to cheer on. From these 50 State Winners, we’ll find 5 National Finalists and the lucky National Winner.

We’re also partnering with Crayola this year and the winning doodler’s artwork will appear on a special edition of the 64-crayon box—a first!

Participating is easier than ever, since we’ve eliminated the registration step. All you need to do is submit your child’s or student’s artwork by March 20 with a signed and completed entry form.

Contest judging starts with Google employees and a panel of guest judges—including multi-platinum singer Katy Perry, Phineas and Ferb creator and executive producer Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, and recording artist Jordin Sparks,[f] as well as other great illustrators and artists—who will help us pick the state finalists and winners. Then, on May 2, we’ll put the 50 state winners up for public vote. All 50 State Winners will be flown to New York City for the national awards ceremony on May 17, with the winning doodle appearing on May 18.

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

Google Good To Know

Google’s new consumer education campaign - lots of uses for the classroom and teacher training. The campaign and Good to Know website build on their commitment to keeping people safe online. Google has created resources like privacy videos, the Google Security Center, the Family Safety Center and Teach Parents Tech to help you develop strong privacy and security habits. They also design for privacy, building tools like Google DashboardMe on the Web, the Ads Preferences Manager andGoogle+ Circles—and you can bet that there are more on the way. We’ll add these hyperlinks to our show notes for you to check out.

Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool little things we run across.

Highlighed Areas in Google Maps

When you search for a location in Google Maps, it now outlines and shades that area in pink. Take Chicago for example. If I did a Google Maps search for Chicago it would show me a outline of the borders of Chicago. It's a really useful feature and the nice thing is that's enabled by default. Just search for a country, a city, a state or a ZIP code and Google Maps will automatically highlight it. Apparently, the functionality does not work in all countries yet.


Clicking on the black bar at the top will scroll you back up to the top of your stream

Picnik is now integrated into photos shared on Google+ posts. When looking at one of your photos on Google+ you can click on “Creative Kit” to edit your photo with tools from (Google owned)

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

How to make a table of contents in Google Docs - This is an often overlooked functionality of Google Docs that I just showed to my teachers and they loved it. Could come in very handy to teachers and technology trainers who are sharing documents containing a lengthier set of instructions that they want to break down by topic or chapter. Students can use this for writing book reports, research papers, chapter books, their science fair project and journaling. When you create a table of contents it hyperlinks and allows you to jump to different sections of a document.

Here is how to make a table of contents in Google Documents.[h]

Write the title to a section of your document and highlight the text. Go to Format > Paragraph Styles > Heading and chose a heading size. I find that Heading 2 is a nice size. When the text size changes, simply go to Insert > Table of Contents. Google Docs will create a box at the top of your document containing the hyperlinked section. Each time you create a new heading, scroll up to the box and hit the circular refresh button to update the table of contents. It’s as easy as that!


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