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Google Educast #059 - Google asks for your Help

Host: Fred Delventhal
Host: Kevin Brookhouser
Host: Sean Williams

Pre show:
Join the Google Educast Show in a few moments on a Google+ On Air Hangout!  @edreachus  

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: In The News

Google Grants -
Not new but cool

Congratulations to all those that received acceptance letters to the Google Teacher Academy in New York City. We look forward to you joining us. For those that didn’t make insert Journey song sung by the cast of Glee “Don’t Stop Believing” or P!nk’s “Raise A Glass” {jk}

#GTANY list
GTANY YouTube playlist (well, application videos)

Named and Protected Ranges plus border styles released in Google Spreadsheets (FD)
Named & Protected Ranges: Users now have the ability to name a range in a spreadsheet. You can then protect such a named range instead of protecting the whole sheet. You can also use the name of the range in formulas.

Border colors: Users can now pick the color and style of cell borders. This features is accessible as an added option through the cell borders toolbar button.

Coming August 14 (FD)
Calendar: Users have had the ability to change the colors of calendars from a default color palette. Users can now choose a custom color if the default palette does not meet their needs.

Sign Up for a Google Search + Gmail Field Trial  (FD)

Google Drive - Help us
Want to help us curate a new batch of stock images?

When you’re creating a document or a presentation to share with others, the right picture can be worth a thousand words. That’s why earlier this year we added a gallery of stock images to Google Drive to help you find that right picture more easily--and for free. (In Google presentations, documents or spreadsheets, go to Insert > Image, click Search, and select Stock images).

You shared a lot of positive feedback about this feature, so we decided to expand our library to give you even more photos to choose from. To make this gallery more useful, we’d like your input on what we should add.

If you’re interested in helping us out, go to and search for images, or browse through them by category. Using the Google form linked below, submit the item numbers (linked underneath each image) for up to 10 images you’d like to nominate for use in your documents, presentations, spreadsheets. We’ll use your ideas to create and curate the next generation of our stock image library.

New editing tools in YouTube launched yesterday. (KB) Thanks to  Aaron Slutsky’s Google+ post

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

Readablility used to be in Google Docs. It is no longer under tools.  What are some workarounds if you want to check for leveled reading?

The Readability Test Tool also includes a bookmarklet.

Readability Calculator

Segment “Ask a GCT”:

Question via Skype. (FD)

Is it possible to subscribe to the video stream of the Google Educast?

use the YouTube channel

Segment  Tips and Tricks - Cool things:

Hangouts in GMail -

Chrome Add-ons

Google+ 1 Button - Allows you to +1 any page. (FD)

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

WebGL Globe (KB)
The Done Manifesto (KB)


Maine Summit August 16 and 17, 2012

Latin America Summit August 31/September 1

miGoogle Conference (Michigan) - October 19, 2012.
  • Keynote speaker: Ronald Ho, Product manager for Google+
  • Conference chair, John Sowash, @jrsowash