Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Collection of the Best Google Maps Street View Imagery

Google Maps Street View imagery provides a good way to show students the world without leaving your classroom. Over the last few years Google has added Street View imagery of many notable culturally significant places throughout the world. Street View Special Collections allows you to find that imagery in one place.

Applications for Education
Browsing Google Maps Street View imagery is one of my favorite ways for students to virtually explore the world. Browsing Street View imagery provides a prospective that that they generally can't get by flipping through printed images or looking at flat maps.

Reminder - If It Doesn't Look Legit, Quit

This evening Peter Vogel shared a screenshot of a phishing attempt that he had received in the form of an email attempting to look like a Google Documents shared document. If you receive one like the one that Peter shared, don't complete the request for information. This is a good time to remind your friends, students, and colleagues that may be new to using Google Drive that if something doesn't look right, it probably isn't it.

While we're on the topic of phishing scams, Common Craft offers a great explanation of what they are, what to look for, and how to avoid falling for a phishing scam.

Phishing Scams in Plain English.

See and Print Pages More Clearly With Evernote Clearly

Evernote Clearly is a free browser extension available for Firefox and for Chrome. Clearly can strips the sidebar content from any webpage that you're viewing. You can send the cleaned-up version directly to your Evernote account for easy reading whenever you open your Evernote account. You can print the cleaned-up article from your Evernote account or directly from your web browser.

Applications for Education
Evernote Clearly is an excellent extension for teachers to use before printing articles to distribute to their students to read in class. Stripping the sidebar content not only saves ink and paper it also makes it also creates a distraction-free reading experience for your students. Evernote Clearly can also be used to highlight sections of an article. And if you have students that need webpages read to them, Clearly has a text to speech capability that your students can use. 

A YouTube-free Video Search Engine

Yesterday, I shared a list of 43 educational alternatives to YouTube. At the suggestion of quite a few people, I put all of those sites into a custom search engine and I have embedded it into this page. Give it a try the next time that you're looking for educational videos that are not hosted on YouTube.

Take a look at the Google Slides presentation below to learn how to create your own custom search engine.

Monday, August 12, 2013

September Webinar Series - How To Use Google Drive In School

How To Use Google Drive in School is a three part series designed for teachers and school administrators that are new to using Google Drive. I offered this course in four times earlier this year and it sold out each time. This fall I'm offering the course on September 9, 16, and 23 at 7pm Eastern Time. The course covers everything from the basics of creating documents, presentations, and forms to advanced uses of scripts in Google Spreadsheets.

The cost of the three part course is $87. While the webinar series is not free it is significantly less than cost of flying me to your school for the day or the cost of attending one of the Google Apps Summits. Click here to register.

Course Highlights 
*Creating and sharing documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
*Using Google Documents and Presentations for collaborative writing and reading exercises.
*Using Google Forms and Spreadsheets for collecting and analyzing data.
*Using Google Documents as a publishing platform.
*Managing the flow of files in your Google Drive.
*All sessions are recorded and every participant can download the recordings.
*All participants receive digital hand-outs that they can download and share within their schools.
Registration is limited to 25 students per course.

This course is designed for educators who: 
*Are new to using Google Drive/ Documents.
*Have previously used Google Drive/ Documents but would like a refresher course.
*Would like to learn how Google Drive/ Documents can be used to help their students meet ELA Common Core Standards.
Costs & Payments
Payments can be made with a personal credit card, with a school district credit card, or with PayPal when you register online.  Checks and purchase orders can be accepted however the cost of registration is $15 higher to cover additional processing associated with those payments.
Please contact me directly at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com with questions about course registration and or payment processing.