Monday, July 9, 2012

47 Page Guide to Google Sites for Teachers

The rest of this week I will be running workshops on Google Docs and Google Sites with Kern Kelley and Alice Barr as a part of Google Apps Bootcamp NH. For the Google Docs section I will be using my guide to Google Drive and Docs for Teachers. For the Google Sites section I will be using a brand new guide to Google Sites for Teachers. Google Sites for Teachers was designed as a guide for new users of Google Sites. I have designs for expanding it to include more advanced features in the future. You can view the 47 page guide as embedded below.

I have stopped allowing downloads of this document. After seeing my documents downloaded and used for profit, I decided to stop giving away the downloads. 

Say Goodbye to iGoogle and Hello to Symbaloo

Last week Google announced that they are shutting down iGoogle, Google Video, and three other services. According to my Google Analytics reports, iGoogle is still very popular with readers of Free Technology for Teachers. If you're an iGoogle user who will be looking for a new start page, my suggestion is to try Symbaloo.

Symbaloo allows you to bookmark your favorite websites and arrange them into tile boards that you can share or keep private. Symbaloo calls the tile boards webmixes. You can create multiple webmixes arranged according to topics of your choosing. Symbaloo offers a free iPhone app and a free Android app that you can use to access your webmixes anywhere.

Applications for Education
Symbaloo does offer an education version, but the education version is not free except for individual use which doesn't make it different than signing up for a regular Symbaloo account. Symbaloo can be good for organizing a set of resources to share with your students or colleagues. You could also have students create their own Symbaloo accounts and create webmixes around topics that they are researching.

The War of 1812 in Animated and Google Maps

Inspired by a recent post on Google Maps Mania about Brock University's The War of 1812 in Maps I decided to revisit a couple of similar resources. Brock University's maps of The War of 1812 provides historical imagery of battle sites layered on top of Google Earth imagery.

History Animated offers an online tour of the causes of The War of 1812, notable battles and strategies, and the outcomes of each battle. History Animated's maps show troop movements throughout the war. Students can advance through the tour at their own paces using the fast forward, pause, and rewind buttons.

Learn Alberta has a nine-part resource providing maps of The War of 1812. The maps are arranged chronologically. Each map is accompanied by a short explanation. You can find a simple support document for the maps here. For history teachers in the United States, Learn Alberta's resources on The War of 1812 could be useful for providing an alternate view of the war.