Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - Broadcast Your Slides to Everyone In the Room is a neat service for sharing slideshow presentations. Through you can broadcast your slides to the laptops and iPads of everyone in the room with you. To broadcast your slides you must first upload them to After uploading your slides will provide you with a link to share with your audience. When people use your link they will be able to follow your slides on their laptops or iPads. An alternative way for people to join your slideshow is to visit and allow to access their location after which they will see your slides. (Note, that feature only works when you're audience is in close proximity to you).

Applications for Education
Using could be a good way to keep your students on the same slide that you're projecting. Likewise, provides a good way for students to share with classmates. A chat feature is built into Students could use the chat feature to ask clarifying questions about each slide that they see.

5 Ideas for Developing and Using Multiple Layer Maps in Your Classroom

As I have written in the past my favorite feature of Google's My Maps (now available to access from Google Drive) is the option to create multiple layers of placemarks in each of your custom maps. Here are five ideas for creating multiple layer maps in your classroom.
  • Multiple layers can be used for showing data differences on a year over year or month over month basis. 
  • You can display the same data with different base layers for comparison. 
  • Students working collaboratively on a map can be responsible for editing their own layers on the same map. 
  • If you’re using My Maps to have students create literature trips (look here for inspiration), they can create a different layer for each chapter of a book. 
  • Students mapping the history of an event like the U.S. Civil War can create a different layer for each year of the war.
Click here for video tutorials on My Maps. 

How to Create Custom Maps From Your Google Drive Account

 Earlier this fall Google renamed Maps Engine Lite to My Maps. My Maps is Google's service for creating custom maps. Today, My Maps was integrated into Google Drive. Now in you can create a custom map from your Google Drive account. To do this just open the "new" menu in your Google Drive account and select "My Maps." See the screenshot below for directions. Below the screenshot you will find three video tutorials on using My Maps to create custom maps.
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