October 24, 2016

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New York Libraries To Offer Wi-Fi Hotspots to Needy Students


New York City Schools partners with the city’s three library systems, Google, and Sprint to bring free, year-long Wi-Fi service to households without it.

Migrating from G+ Hangouts on Air to YouTube Live (Thanks, Nikki!)

I was in a serious panic a few nights back when I discovered my go-to strategy for meeting and sharing with my classes and hosting and archiving guest visits was kind of (but not really) going away. Hangouts on Air was so, so easy to use. So when the news that Hangouts On Air was […]

Happier sharing: Google Chromecast (2nd gen) and Cast for Education

I experienced a bit of gadget lust this weekend. Visiting my daughter and her boyfriend in Boston, I tried out Google’s 2nd generation Chromecast tool. Available for a modest $35, Google’s cute little device plugs easily into the HDMI port on your TV and allows you to stream media from your mobile device or your laptop or […]

Gboard: Don’t know how I lived without it

I am a bit mobile keyboard challenged. While I type like a maniac, I’m what anyone would call a slow texter.  I have trouble with tasks others find simple–finding the perfect emoji, as well as basics like copying and pasting.  So, for me Gboard is a major keyboard shift. Last week, the Official Google Blog […]

Google Slides Q&A and the laser pointer

When you are presenting or teaching, it helps to know what your audience is thinking.  A little while back I gathered a little round-up of interactive presentation tools. This week, Google Slides announced a very handy new feature. Slides Q & A allows presenters to accept questions and vote them up or down during a […]

How to Teach Internet Research Skills

New from Pew: How Teens do Research in the Digital World

Here’s what librarians need to know to work with—not against—the online information-seeking behavior of youth and achieve the best results.

Copyright: Will We Always Be Behind the Times? | Tech Tidbits


High school teacher librarian and Tech Tidbits columnist Phil Goerner shares some of the resources he used in a recent class on copyright and fair use.

Gale Databases Integrate Google Apps for Education 


Most kids don’t exactly leap at the chance to use a reference database. But now Gale is leveraging students’ penchant for Google to quell their common objection that databases are hard to use.

A next chapter: Editions at Play

In a world where smartphones are transforming into all-purpose devices, not surprisingly, an October 2015 Pew study found a sizable decline in e-book reader ownership. It’s possible that digital may not be the best container for all physical books. And it’s pretty clear that print and e-readers are not the perfect containers for emerging forms […]

Camp Google

There’s a new (free) camp in town.  No bus necessary.  Camp Google is designed to engage kids ages seven through ten in creative science activities. Each week students explore provocative questions and themes with experts across the globe, courtesy of such impressive partners as: Khan Academy National Geographic Kids NASA National Park Service This week is […]

For me, Google Keep’s a keeper!

I don’t know why I haven’t discovered this super handy tool before, but I am delighted to find it.  If you love using stickies to organize your life, and you find yourself keep list after list, then Google Keep is a keeper. The digital sticky note service is available for the Web, for Android, and […]

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

CS (Computer Science) First: for middle school libraries, and your CS program

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 […]

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

Agility is the word: Whither G+?

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 […]

Coming in March: “A Crossover Year”


A preview of our March issue.

On searching your drive

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 […]

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

Google Science Fair: inspiration from kid and adult scientists

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 […]

Google Classroom announced (sign up to text drive!)

Google Classroom announced (sign up to text drive!)

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 […]

Google Slides and images news

Google Slides and images news

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: […]

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

The HP Chromebook 11 Has Strength and Charm | Test Drive

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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Google Admits to Data-Mining Student Email

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.