Saturday, July 14, 2012

Save Your Gmail Attachments in Google Drive

If you're looking for an easy way to save and organize the PDF, Word, and other file attachments you receive in Gmail, try Gmail to Drive. Gmail Attachments to Drive is a Chrome extension that you can use to have your attachments automatically saved in your Google Drive account. See how it works in the Tekzilla video below.

Applications for Education
If you accept emailed assignment submissions from your students, Gmail to Drive could be a great tool to help you organize those submissions. Set up a folder in your Google Drive account just for attachments to keep track of the files your students send to you.

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Greenwood, Maine. This week I had the privilege to work with more than 200 educators over four days of workshops in New Hampshire. Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Google Apps bootcamps this week. The bootcamps were long days, 11-12 hours each, and I wasn't able to get my average five posts per day published, but I did get twenty published this week. These are the most popular posts of the week.

1. 47 Page Guide to Google Sites for Teachers
2. Say Goodbye to iGoogle and Hello to Symbaloo
3. Mobile Formative Assessment
4. The War of 1812 in Animated Maps
5. Unite Online to Amplify Teachers' Voices
6. 10 Ways to Create Videos Without Installing Software
7. 5 Free Tools for Curating Educational Videos from Across the Web

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Add Colorful Pins to ThingLink Interactive Images

This week I received an email from ThingLink informing me of nice little addition to their interactive image creation tool. Now you can add colorful pins or nubbins to your interactive images. This is just a simple update, but ThingLink is looking for suggestions for new pin or nubbin options. Here'a a part of the email I was sent:

We want to hear from teachers about the kinds on tag icons they might like to see:
A star?
An audio/video player button?
A text icon?
A check mark?
Teachers can write us with their ideas and suggestions at

Applications for Education
For ideas on using ThingLink interactive images in your classroom please see 26+ Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom.

Video - The Difference Between England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom

As students watch the Olympic Games this year they might wonder, "what is the difference between England, Great Britain, and United Kingdom?" Or they might think that all three refer to the same thing. The following five minute video from CGP Grey explains what each name refers to and the differences between the three.

Applications for Education
When I taught a World Geography course one of the things that occasionally baffled and or annoyed my students was my insistence that they knew that United Kingdom, Great Britain, and England are not correct interchangeable terms.This video does a good job of explaining the historical origins as well as modern implications of the differences. My only complaint about the video is the narrator speaks very quickly. You might have to pause it or show it twice in your classroom.

Britain from Above - 16,000 Historical Images

Britain from Above is a gallery of more than 16,000 historical aerial images of the U.K.   The imagery was gathered between 1919 and 1953. You can search the database of images by clicking through the interactive map. You can also search for historical imagery by entering place names in the search box. If you just want to browse the imagery, you can browse the galleries.

Applications for Education
One of the galleries in Britain from Above is titled "unidentified." The images in the unidentified gallery are not tied to locations. The unidentified gallery could be the basis of a challenging geography activity. You could have students select an image and try to identify the location that the image should be connected to.

H/T to The Google Earth Blog