Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Manage 3rd Party Apps Accessing Your Google Account

On Friday I published a review of an online lesson planning service called Teaching Objects. One of the nice features of Teaching Objects is that you can pull-in resources from your Google Drive account if you grant that access to Teaching Objects. And, like a lot of other web-based services, you sign into Teaching Objects by connecting your Google Account. This raises the question that a lot of people ask, can I revoke access if I decide I don't want to use Teaching Objects after trying it? The answer to that question is yes. If you have connected any third party service to your Google Account you can revoke its access to your account at any time. Here's how you do it.

Step 1: Go to (sign into your Google Account if you aren't logged in).

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "manage access" under "connected applications and sites."
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Step 3: Click "revoke access" next to the name of any service that you don't want to be able to access your account any longer.
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The Week in Review - Freezin' for a Reason

Good morning from Greenwood, Maine where it is a balmy 4F outside. This is actually the warmest morning we've had this week. Despite the cold this afternoon some of my brave friends are jumping into a local lake to raise money for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. While I will not be jumping in, I am sponsoring a few jumpers who will be freezin' for a reason. Harvest Hills is a no-kill shelter that I support with volunteer time and donations. My dogs are members of the Harvest Hills alumni association. If you're looking for a pet for your family, please consider adopting from a local shelter instead of shopping at a pet store. Now that my Bob Barker-like announcement is over, here are this week's most popular posts. 

1. Six Weeks of iPad Apps
2. Five Essential Google Drive Skills for Teachers
3. Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos
4. A Short Guide to Green Screen Special Effects in iMovie
5. Hello Sign for Gmail Allows You to Put Your Signature on Attachments
6. What To Do Before Posterous Shuts Down and How To Do It
7. How to Export Your Blogger and WordPress Posts

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Use Evernote and StudyBlue to Create Online Flashcards

This morning on iPad Apps for School I wrote a review of the StudyBlue iPad app. That app allows students to create and share flashcards on their iPads. StudyBlue can also be used in a web browser. If students use StudyBlue in a web browser they can create flashcards from the notes that they have stored in their Evernote accounts. Students can import individual notes or entire notebooks from their Evernote accounts. After the notes are imported students can copy and paste text, images, and links to use in their StudyBlue flashcards. Click here to try it today.

Applications for Education
If your students are using Evernote to record and organize notes during their classes, importing some of the notes into StudyBlue could be a convenient way to create review materials.

Teaching Objects - A Lesson Planner That Integrates Google Drive

Teaching Objects is an online lesson planner that I stumbled upon today and that I think has great potential. The first thing that you'll notice when you try Teaching Objects is that you have to create your account using a Google account (either a personal account or a Google Apps for Edu account). Then you can optionally authorize Teaching Objects to access your Google Drive and YouTube accounts. Giving authorization will enable you to pull materials from your Google Drive and YouTube accounts into your Teaching Objects lesson plans.

Teaching Objects can be used without authorizing it to access your Google Drive and YouTube accounts. Even if you choose not to authorize it there is a nice feature of Teaching Objects that you might want to try. That feature is Common Core standards alignment. As you write your lesson plans and organize your materials in your Teaching Objects account you can search for an identify the Common Core standards that align to each of your lesson plans.

The Science Behind the Bike

The Science Behind the Bike is a four part video series from The Open University. The series has a total running length of 33 minutes and is a complement to a larger Open Learn course called The Science Behind Wheeled Sports. The videos and the course are designed to help students understand the physics, the physiology,  and the technology that influence the outcome of cycling events. (I recommend forwarding the first video to about the midpoint unless you're really interested in the history of cycling races).