Thursday, October 6, 2016

Use Feedly & Google Keep to Keep Track of Your Favorite Blogs

A few months ago Evernote made changes to their free plan that essentially made it worthless. At that time I completely switched all of my bookmarking and mobile note-taking activities to Google Keep. It has been a few months now and I can honestly say that I don't miss Evernote one bit.

The primary way that I use Google Keep is to bookmark things that I find while reading through my favorite blogs in Feedly. Feedly is the RSS reader that I have used since Google shuttered Google Reader. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how to use Feedly and Google Keep together. The first video is a demonstration of using the two tools on my desktop. The second video is a demonstration on my Android phone.

Applications for Education
Feedly provides a great way to keep up with your favorite blogs about education. It also provides a good way for students to track topics that they are researching. One way that students can do this is by creating a Google Alert then subscribing to that Alert in Feedly. Of course, they can also just follow a some blogs about the same topic in Feedly.

A Cute Video About Email Etiquette for Students

Next Vista for Learning is a unique video sharing website because it focuses on sharing videos made by students to help other students (you will also find some videos made by teachers). One good example of this can be found in Emailing Your Teacher, With Captain Communicator. The short video features two students demonstrating how to write an email to a teacher. It's cute and well worth 90 seconds of your time.

On a related note, the following video produced by a teacher and shared on YouTube outlines five email etiquette tips for students.

Google Apps for Education Has a New Name - Everything Else Pretty Much the Same

Google Apps for Education users might have noticed a small tweak to their accounts this week. That tweak was a name change. Google Apps for Education is now called G Suite for Education. This changes absolutely nothing about the way that your Google Apps err, ahh, umm G Suite tools work.

In that same announcement regarding the name change, Google shared that the Explore feature for Slides, Docs, and Sheets that was rolled-out last week should be appearing in your G Suite account soon.

Why Google made the name change is a bit unclear. But it seems that the change is designed to reflect Google's belief that the new name reflects that "apps" was too limiting of a description for what G Suite tools can do.

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