Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Google Instant Previews of Search Results

Two months ago Google launched Instant search which generates new search results each time you add a letter to the search box. Today, Google launched Google Instant Previews. Instant Preview provides a snapshot screen image of each website in your search results without having to open each link. To see the previews simply place your cursor over the magnifying glass icon next to any link in your search results. Watch the video below to see Instant Previews in action.

Applications for Education
Instant Previews could prove to be useful in helping students spend less time clicking on links to irrelevant websites when conducting online research.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Twenty Google Tools Tutorials for Teachers
Google for Teachers - Free Ebook
Google for Teachers II - Free Ebook

Try DROPitTOme to Collect Assignments Online

When announced that they had sold out to Facebook and would be shutting down effective on December 15th, I immediately shared that news with you. One of the services offered by that I'm really going to miss is their hidden upload tool which allowed you to have others submit files to your drop. For the last couple of years I used's hidden uploader to collect assignments from students. Since's shut down announcement I've looked for a replacement to their hidden uploader and I think I've found a good one. Actually, I didn't find it it was recommended by Bill Ferreirae in a comment he posted.

DROPitTOme is a free service that works with Drop Box to allow people to upload files to your Drop Box account without giving them access to the contents of your Drop Box account. For those not familiar with Drop Box it is a service that provides 2GB of free online file storage (by the way, that's way more than the 100mb offered). You can access your Drop Box from any computer and most mobile devices. You can also sync it across multiple computers.  Learn more about Drop Box in the video below.

DROPitTOme works by synchronizing with your Drop Box account. After connecting the two services DROPitTOme provides a url that you can give to others to upload files to your Drop Box account. You must specify a password that has to be entered before an upload can take place. Give the url and password to those people you want to be able to upload files to your Drop Box account.

Applications for Education
I've implemented DROPitToMe on my course blog by placing a link to my DROPitTOme url along with the password for uploading assignments.

The Travel Film Archive - Hundreds of Travel Films

The Travel Film Archive is a collection of hundreds of travel films recorded between 1900 and 1970. The films were originally recorded to promote various places around the world as tourist destinations. In the archives you will find films about US National Parks, cities across the globe, and cultural events from around the world. The films are a mix of color and black & white footage. The earliest footage is silent while the later footage is narrated. You can view the films on The Travel Film Archive site or on The Travel Film Archive YouTube channel.

Below is a video about New York in 1956.

Applications for Education
The Travel Film Archive could be a great place to find footage documenting the way the world was in early and mid 20th Century. Create a collection of films and have students discuss discuss what was perceived to be important or interesting to the people to whom the films were directed.

My Most Frequently Shared Resources in One Place

I'm often asked if there is a centralized place where I list all of my resources. The short answer is yes, but it's not a comprehensive list. Rather than a comprehensive list, on my PD Site I have categorized lists and summaries of the resources I most frequently share when conducting professional development workshops at schools and at conferences.

For those people who wonder what the best tool is for a specific task and or for a specific age group, with the help of Kern Kelley, I'm working on a resource selection tool for visitors to Free Technology for Teachers. Look for that to be unveiled before the end of the year.