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Google Educast #037 - Go Chrome or Go Home



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


http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/update-on-google-bar.html
http://www.pcworld.com/article/249747/google_abandons_big_black_dropdown_menu.html  
Google abandons the drop down and goes back to the black bar - Sean

Google Docs started its own Google+ page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112893701314508522131/posts (Chris B)  In fact, lots of the Google properties are on Plus now.

Chromebooks now available in Australia!  Yay! 2 models, 2 plans. (Chris B)



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

Chrome webstore has sub categories now - http://blog.chromium.org/2012/02/changes-in-chrome-web-store-categories.html

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


Chrome Extension: World Time Buddy (http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/)
Works without logging in. Works even better if you log in, with great Docs integration.  (Chris B)

Google has a series of fun, super quick videos about Chromebooks. Jim Sill made a playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL3D376C665927116A&feature=g-playlist

***People who have Chromebooks...can just quickly go back over the major reasons why a school district is silly not to look into them? My district is all bent on the “management” piece. i.e. how do you prevent kids from installing a billion apps and extensions? Is it possible? Does it work with all web filters or do you buy into Google’s filter, etc etc?? Just a little 411 for tech admins that are now grappling with “Macbook Air vs MacBook Pro vs. Chromebook (Kim)

The iPad / Chromebook Showdown: http://electriceducator.blogspot.com/2012/02/ipad-chromebook-showdown.html

Chromebook Ninja Tips (From the recent Chromebook Summit last week in Mountain view)
  • Release channels: stable, beta, dev (important that IT people are on the Beta channel)
  • Setup shortcuts to other search engines (amazon, wikipedia, etc).
  • Right click search
  • Bookmarking:
    • Right click on tab: bookmark all open tabs
    • Right click on bookmark folder → open all.
  • CTRL + tab = flip between open tabs




The New Look Gmail... be careful about switching back to the Old Look!  You might not get back. A tip from a couple of our staff who learned the hard way. (Chris B)

Have you ever noticed that your text formatting is often inconsistent after copying & pasting something online? Next time you’re about to paste something, hit Ctrl+Shift+V (or Cmd+Shift+V on a Mac) instead of the usual *Ctrl+V *and your content will be pasted without any of its previous formatting, matching its new surroundings. (Chris B via the Chrome team on G+)


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


If no one else has anything, I am happy to pimp out my kids’ survey projects.  My 6th graders need responses to their surveys now, and then my 7th and 8th graders will need them in March.  I can talk about the survey project itself (uses Google Forms, Spreadsheets, and Sites). -- Diane

Our Year 8 and Year 10 students are using Sites as an alternative to the old paper notebooks as they complete their SRP (Science Research Project - an independent scientific investigation) It’s the first time we’ve done this, and we’ve found the ability to create a standard Sites template to be very cool!  I could talk briefly about setting this up, and how it works. (and a pitfall I found!) (Chris B)
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