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Google Educast #036 - Playing Nice

Host: Kimberly Zimmer
Host: Diane Main
Host: Fred Delventhal
Host: Chris Betcher (probably)
Guest Host: Corin Richards

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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 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?


Google offers a new scholarship for student veterans pursuing computer science - KIM

Google Docs introduced the ability to edit and modify the built-in styles, as well as the tools to easily updated changes in the doc. Yay! (--Chris B)
http://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en-GB&answer=116338&p=styles_promo

New look in calendar: http://support.google.com/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1351806
Google+ coming to a GAFE domain near you!

US government’s challenge to adopt digital textbooks and put devices in the hands of all students within the next 5 years (it’s so last week, I know but I’m a little behind in my reading) WHO PUT THIS IN?


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

Why re-invent the wheel? (or the world)  There’s a lot of pre-created Google Earth content available online.  AND there’s a fun new site called Google Earth Walks, specializing in educator-created science and math activities for Google Earth: http://googleearthwalks.com/

Want to find pre-made content on a topic? Add the operator filetype:kmz or filetype:kml (no space after the colon) after your search term(s).

Some to try:
tectonic plates filetype:kmz
california missions filetype:kmz
charles dickens filetype:kmz
humpback whale filetype:kmz
baseball filetype:kmz

Listeners, please add your location to our shared Google Map: http://g.co/maps/zcysk


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


Social Folders - Neat application that backs up your Google Docs to your hard drive...the idea is that you should be able to “own” your cloud items.

Regarding the above - see also http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news/2012/02/gdrive-at-last-google-reportedly-ready-to-launch-online-storage-service.ars

new Related Image Search being piloted

Weather Underground Wundermaps has partnered with Google Maps to bring you weather data from the past and future! I knew that one year ago, a few days back we had a major snowstorm in Chicago so I simply clicked back one year and a few days and came up with the radar from the days that we were off of school, which looks much different from the radar on that day this year.
Here is the post

iBooks Author/Sketchup - Fred Screenshare
How Google can help make your iBook pop!
Quick run through of adding 3D Warehouse items to an IBooks Author book. I’ll share my screen and quickly go through the steps then switch to my camera to show the book preview on my iPad.

For the show notes:

What you need:
  • iBooks Author (Free)
  • Sketchup (Free)
  • Web Browser

  1. Get your iBooks Author project open and ready
  2. Google [3d warehouse]
  3. Search for an object in the warehouse
  4. Download the .skp or .dae file
  5. If you download the .skp file open it in Sketchup
  6. Export the file as a Collada file (.dae)
  7. Switch back to iBooks Author and click on Widgets to select 3D Object
  8. Insert your object
  9. Preview on your iPad



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


FABruary: Embrace Failure . . . https://sites.google.com/a/mcsi.org/middle-school-tasks/fabruary-embrace-failure
-- Diane

Choose Your Own Adventures using annotations in YouTube; featured here: http://www.thinkb4u.com/
Here’s another example: http://youtu.be/l8rJ1WML60Y

http://www.youtube.com/my_webcam - Record your video here or use a camera and upload it to YouTube (I’ve assigned this as homework for one kid in each group)
http://youtu.be/OCVUXBvq8dE  - tutorial on using the spotlight annotation tools in YouTube

Teaching Search? Dan Russell’s personal homepage has an amazing wealth of resources! Whitepapers, slide presentations, videos, etc. If you want to teach your kids how to be better searchers, or you’d just like to be better at it yourself, this is a great resource.  (--Chris)
https://sites.google.com/site/dmrussell/
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