This looks like just the type of program a middle school librarian could love. CS, or Computer Science First is a free Google program designed to increase student exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs in a club approach run by teachers and/or community volunteers. CS First works towards its goal […]
If you teach with technology, you learn that nothing is forever. My pre-service library grad students recently expressed concern about jumping in when we have no guarantee of platform immortality. The problem is that, if you wait, you risk not experiencing anything. Another lesson you learn is that, along with grit, agility is an essential […]
Lately, finding stuff in my Drive has been a lot like finding stuff in my closets. Sure, I’ve created lots of folders to help me. But the problem now is that I have lots of folders. I’ve starred lots of documents too. But the problem is that I’ve starred lots of documents. Sadly, my closets […]
Want to convince kids that their creativity and inventive spirit can make a difference? I know of no better way than to share examples of that spirit demonstrated by the winners of this year’s Google Science Fair. On September 22, three young women from Ireland took the Grand Prize for their investigation of the use […]
The Official Google Blog announced today a preview of its new Classroom, a free and also ad-free tool in the Google Apps for Education suite. I am hopeful that this will prove the answer to my hopelessly messy Drive issues and a serious organizational and communication solution for my our classes. The post shares that Classroom […]
Among the reasons I’ve been reluctant to build more of my presentations in Google Slides was, frankly, that working with images in Google Slides was a painful process. But then, collaborating anywhere else is a painful process. This morning I got a sweet little surprise when I began a new preso. The little note said: […]
With its clean, kid-friendly design and cheery accent colors, the HP Chromebook 11 could fit nicely into K–12 classrooms and libraries, writes Test Drive reviewer Joelle Alcaidinho.
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In a sworn statement filed in federal court, Google has admitted to scanning student emails to serve students targeted advertisements. Although Google does not display ads in Apps for Education, Google “does scan [student] email” to “compile keywords for advertising” on Google sites, according to an EPIC blog post.
Google has launched add-ons–easily accessible tools created by Google’s developer partners that offer on-the-fly features for your documents and spreadsheets.
It just got a lot easier for students to find copyright-friendly content using Google Image Search. Here’s how: After entering a search term, click on Search Tools. A pull-down menu appears offering a variety of options: not filtered by license, labeled for reuse, labeled for commercial reuse, labeled for reuse with modification, labeled for commercial […]
Now that the Google Play for Education store is here, is it everything we hoped it would be? In many ways, yes—with education app heavies like Explain Everything and ClassDojo in the mix. But there’s still work to be done to make it more attractive to libraries.
There are those times when a student wants to use and cite an image, but the original creator of the image and other important details are not exactly easy to identify. Google’s reverse image search is a wonderful tool, but it’s a two-step process, requiring you to open Google and drag the image, or copy […]
Remember Google Search Story? Google now offers the opportunity to tell stories by animating simulated Docs with its Story Builder. Each document can host up to ten participants and ten actions that may include staged edits. Storytellers may add a soundtrack from a library of six styles. Because no login is required to create […]
Coupled with the much-anticipated Google Play for Education store, the Nexus 7 bolsters Google’s growing claim to the K–12 tablet landscape.
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The iPad has been the tablet of choice for schools, thanks to volume purchasing, volume management, and the vast selection of apps. But that may be about to change. With the recent launch of Google Play for Education, Google is set to challenge the iPad’s dominance.
It’s just a little easier to find your apps these days and to discover and connect to new ones. On Friday Google announced a new feature in its Drive interface. The Create menu now expands to list a lovely variety of third-party Drive-connected apps. These apps may now be conveniently added to your Create menu […]
More fun ideas to transform students into skilled researchers
It’s Sunday night and Amanda and Zach are instant messaging each other on Gmail chat. Their high school is staging the musical Man of La Mancha this spring, and they’re searching for some background information about Cervantes’s Don Quixote for their Spanish class. Although it’s already 10 p.m., the night before their assignment is due, these ninth graders aren’t worried. They plan to conduct a few quick Internet searches and then call […]
Sure, your kids are familiar with Google (even to the exclusion of other search engines). But how effective are they at using it?
It’s 10 a.m. and Kate Elder’s ninth-grade English class is in the library researching early 19th-century Paris, the setting of Victor Hugo’s classic Les Miserables. In her first attempt to learn about the French Restoration, Emily enters www.restoration.com in the address bar, and finds herself at the site of a swanky hardware store based in Pasadena, CA.
She tries […]