Monthly Archives: September 2014

Google Sharing

Google Drive is one of the most used, or should be, the most used item on google for teachers and students. It is a storage service that allows documents and other files to be saved in. Within Google Drive, there is Google Docs, that is a word processor that can be shared with others. This feature will allow you to share with other people inside the documents itself. Within the sharing there is editing, comments, suggestions, and a view only feature as well. Continue reading

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Google’s Search Operators

Many people know how to search Google. Its easy, right? Just navigate to Google.com and enter what you would like to learn about. What if I told you that the way you have been searching is wrong. How? Well, by using Google’s Search Operators, you can more accurately and more easily find the information that you are looking for.

Say you want to find a line from a song, speech, book, or other line of text. You may not remember the title, but you go and search: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Wrong. Now, lets try it with Google’s Search Operators. Using quotes around your search query tells Google to search for that phrase in its entirety. Lets try it again: “it was the best of times it was the worst of times”. Much better, now you are searching more accurately. Continue reading

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Google Products: Google Calendar

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.21.00 PMThe calendar on Google is a product that probably goes unnoticed by people. Maybe you see it when you first use Google but then forget about it. Why would you need that calendar when you already have one on your desk, in your kitchen, on your phone? If you already have five other calendars, is using the one that Google has really necessary? Probably not a necessity, but then again, neither is having an iPhone, laptop, $300 pair of cleats, a pair of Louboutin’s or that Louis Vuitton handbag. It’s something that you absolutely love, but don’t really need. The calendar is fun and easy to use. Since it’s a Google product, it comes free with a gmail account. Continue reading

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Google Books

 

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WHAT IS GOOGLE BOOKS?

Google Books is a service from Google that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converts it, and stores it in their digital database.

A click on a result from Google Books opens an interface in which the user may view pages from the book, if out of copyright or if the copyright owner has given permission. Books in the public domain are available in “full view” and free for download. For in-print books where permission has been granted, the number of viewable pages is limited to a “preview”. For books where permission for a “preview” has been refused, only permission for “snippets” may be allowed, but the full text of the book is searchable on this limited basis. Continue reading

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Google Glass in the Classroom

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Google glass with the frame

Google glass is a fairly new device that functions as a wearable smart phone.  It can be attached to a pair of glasses, or as a standalone device.  While the device is currently a whopping $1,500 dollars, it still has a lot to offer in todays tech savvy society.  It is pretty much a hands-free smart phone, as it has many of the same functions.  While it maintains functions such as sending messages, taking calls, and such, it allows a certain freedom to the user, whereas cell phones can inhibit the user.  When people have their heads buried in their phones, they tend to bump into stuff, like this woman in this video.       http://youtu.be/bGpVpsaItpU

While google glass currently is too expensive to be used in the classroom, it could offer many benefits for use in the future.  The devices handless features could enable students to seamlessly search terms, essay topics, and how to’s at the simple command.  Now, it could be argued that having students shout out random commands in class would be a disruption, but the ability to use this device can be set to free time during the period, as to allow the teacher to actually teach their lesson.  For college students, this would be a more applicable way to spend the day, whether its looking up something on the fly to your next class, or using it between classes, or even getting directions to somewhere, all with the use of your hands being occupied by books and coffee.

There are a numerous different things that google glass can currently do, while most of the beneficial pieces for students are being highlighted here.  For a full list of info on google glass, click here.  –>  https://www.google.com/glass/start/  Being the first of its kind, this device will have many convenient uses that are not thought of, and there will be many more upgrades to the device within the next decade.

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Utilizing Google’s Search Operators: Getting the Best Results for your Search

Everyone uses some type of search engine everyday of their life. We use search engines for research, the weather, directions, addresses, facts we are curious about, school work, and pretty much everything else we need to or want to know. There are many different search engines;  Google, Bing, and Yahoo are probably most commonly used but there are others. Some of these search engines have different ways to make searches more defined. I will focus on how to use Google’s advanced search features so that you can get the best results from your search. Continue reading

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Google Products: Google Drive

One product that is or can can be great for school is Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud service that provides storage for many things such as documents, photos, and videos. It can be used in many ways and accessed by anyone who you want to share it with. It is completely free and a 15GB storage across g-mail, google+, and drive. It is very efficient  and is very flexible so things can be easily worked around to get what you want done and ready.

There are many ways Google Drive can be used. I mainly use drive to work on essays for my english class because whenever something is typed it is saved instantaneously, which is very helpful when teachers allow their students to work on it during class and I don’t have to waste about 5 minutes to send it to myself through e-mail. Not only It is good for writing essays and other assignments, but you can do presentations and so much more. Presentations/Projects being done one google drive is very efficient. If projects are put for people in groups working on the project on Google Drive can be worked on simultaneously, meaning you and your peers can write or edit at the same time at the comfort of their own homes. I have a friend named Eric who lives in Maryland and he goes to a private school. This year his school decided to go all technology, meaning all work in school, for both teachers and students, will be done through a tablet or a computer. Eric says that the students at the school use Google Drive to get their work done, and that it is recommended during the school year. So far according to him, the work there has become easier for the students and more efficient. With work being done you can share it with other people. Teachers can check the work of the students in one folder that they can all send to, so assignments can be neatly organized.

Those are the common uses of Google Drive, and there still are many more that haven’t been brought up. But if Google Drive was used as a main tool in education, it can enhance the way students work in school.

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Drawing with Google

Google Drawings is a useful application for creating flowcharts and diagrams. In a school environment, a teacher or student could use Drawings to make a diagram based on a particular lesson and then share the diagram with the rest of class via Google Drive. This creates easy access from home to information learn inside the classroom.

Everything made inside Drawings can be shared, which means a teacher could start a folder full of diagrams for lessons throughout the school year. Google Drawings utilizes line tools for straight, clean lines. No student or teacher will have to worry about poor drawing skills. Drawings is also capable of making different curved or straight shapes, which is beneficial to any geometry class.

Google Drawings can help teachers and students of almost any subject. Organized diagrams, flowcharts, and shapes are the basis of Drawings. Worrying about losing papers, or forgetting old lesson diagrams is a thing in the past. Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.15.03 PM Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.15.36 PMScreen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.18.40 PM

 

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Google Docs – Sharing/Editing

Google Docs is one of the most popular google products. It is widely used everywhere for business, education, and personal use. This products allows for people to write documents and keep them saved through the internet.  A particular feature that is very useful in google docs is document sharing and editing. Documents can be accessed through different devices and can be shared with other people. People can also be allowed to edit the document. This feature is very resourceful in education.

Teachers and students both use google docs exclusively. The sharing feature allows teachers to share important  documents regarding the student’s studies, such as class notes, class syllabus, and assignment details. Teachers can also share between other teachers lesson plans, teaching techniques, ect.  When students have to work on group projects,  they can share a document and perform their part of the research. Another part of the sharing capability is also allowing others to edit their documents – even when multiple people are working. Students may change or improve what other students wrote on the group projects. And because google docs can be access in many different devices any where, students can work on projects together through the internet. On the document, one can see who is also online and they can communicate and work with each other simultaneously. And while the document is constantly being edited, it automatically saves after every edit to ease the group experience.

Ultimately, google docs is a very resourceful product in an educational setting due to its sharing-editing features. You can allow people to view your document and edit to make changes. In addition, the ability to access google docs if very useful when working on a collaborative project. Teachers and communicate class notes and lesson plans to their students and other teachers. Google docs a a very good application and it changes the way we work together.

~Toyin Yusuf

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Goo.gl(e)

Have you ever had to deal with one of these?

An image of a very, very long URL.
Click for details. 

Some teachers use the internet in their assignments, especially when it comes to projects and research. Many of those teachers just copy the URL they want their students to go to directly from the address bar to a worksheet. Unfortunately, this means that the students have to type in those unwieldy links (often tens of random characters long) into their own computers to do their homework. While this system is convenient for the teachers, it creates a huge obstacle for the students.

Enter goo.gl. Continue reading

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