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Google Educast #048 - Ex'cite'ing Times with Google Docs

Host: Diane Main
Host: Sean Williams
Host: Fred Delventhal
Host: Chris Betcher


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


There’s a Research Tool in this Google Doc!!! (DM)

It is set on rapid release for Google Apps for Education and some schools districts are already seeing it.
http://googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2012/05/find-facts-and-do-research-from-inside.html
You can read more about from the official blog post
http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2012/05/find-facts-and-do-research-inside.html

and the Google Docs support page


http://support.google.com/docs/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2481802&p=documents_research

From Tasha Bergson-Michelson
“At this time, when you open a new doc, you will see a "Getting Started" interface within the "Research" column on the right. At the very bottom of that column you will see "Settings." Click on "Settings," and you can set your system to "Free to use, share, or modify, even commercially." Then, when you run a search, you will be set to the highest level of approved sharing.”

http://mashable.com/2012/05/16/how-to-use-the-new-research-tool-in-google-docs/


Doodle 4 Google WINNER!
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/shiver-me-timbers-2012-d4g-winner-is.html - FD


A Google A Day - the GAME
http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/05/14/google-a-day-trivia-game-gets-the-google-treatment-with-social-update/ - FD

Gmail added a useful little feature to its search feature today, adding details for all your contacts to your search results for quick access. - CB betchaboy
http://lifehacker.com/5910954/gmail-adds-contacts-to-its-search-bar-makes-emailing-calling-and-iming-a-snap
Who is doing the Screen sharing








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

Search - Knowledge Graph
Blog post
Google + post
YouTube video - http://youtu.be/mmQl6VGvX-c







Segment #3 Tips and Tricks - Cool things


The Mini Calendar - Selecting date ranges in the mini calendar to get a quick look at the same date range in the big calendar. - CB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XLMEiqTrhw&feature=plcp



Chrome Add-ons

Not totally productive but fun


Little Alchemy Fun building game, start with just 4 elements - sw

My Chrome Theme - design a Chrome theme for your school or district.  - FD

























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

Using Gmail’s Canned Responses features to create an email “webquest”. - CB










Shoutouts!

Ashley Proud, watching from Brisbane Australia

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