Sunday, February 14, 2016

The US Presidents in Google Earth

Monday is President's Day in the United States. In celebration of that day, Google has published a kmz file containing images and links to information about each former President of the United States. You can download the file and launch it in Google Earth or preview it here. The file shows where each president was from, offers an image of each president, provides a link to more information about each president, and shows how many states were in the Union when each president was elected.
Applications for Education
In the past Google offered some good suggestions for using Google Earth on President's Day. This is what they suggested:
  • Explore the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and other historical monuments in 3D and have students explain how architecture is used to honor people, concepts and establishments
  • View a 3D model of Valley Forge National Park in Google Earth
  • View a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln and map the areas where slavery ended, as well as the areas that were not initially covered by this executive order
  • Discuss the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by German American artist Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze and use the ruler tool in Google Earth to measure the width of the Delaware River.

How to Get Add-ons in the New Version of Google Forms

Last week Google announced support for Add-ons in the new version of Google Forms. Lack of support for Add-ons had been holding me back from making the switch. This week I switched and many others did too. One question that I have gotten in my email about the new version of Forms was about how to install Add-ons in the new version. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to find and install Add-ons in the new version of Google Forms.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Week in Review - Snow and Ice

Good morning from snowy Woodstock, Maine where I'm getting ready for a fun weekend of skiing and ice fishing on Moosehead Lake. As it is a holiday weekend for most of us in the United States I'm sure I won't be the only person out there. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you get some time for fun and relaxation too.

Before I head out the door with my loyal dog Max, I have this week's most popular posts to share.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Students
2. How to Create Historical Facebook Profiles With Google Drawings
3. 5 Ways Your Students Can Create Digital Valentine's Day Greetings
4. Complete This Free Course and Become a Power Google Searcher
5. 11 Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart
6. 7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart
7. How to Mix Privacy Settings on Google Calendar - And a Handful of Other Google Calendar Tutorials

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How to Create a Collaborative Whiteboard Space on NotebookCast

NoteBookCast is a free whiteboard tool that will work in the web browser on a laptop, iPad, Android tablet, and Windows tablet. NoteBookCast is a collaborative whiteboard tool. You can invite others to join your whiteboard by entering the code assigned to your whiteboard. You can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use NoteBookCast.

Applications for Education
NoteBookCast could be a good tool for students to use to remotely work together to solve problems, create mindmaps, or tutor each other.

7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart

Last winter I made a series of charts in which I compared popular ed tech tools. I'm now going through those charts and removing some tools and adding some new ones. The chart embedded below is the updated version of my chart comparing seven tools for creating multimedia quizzes. At the bottom of the chart you will find links to video tutorials on each of the tools featured in the chart. You can download the chart here or find the Google Docs version here.

Video Tutorials
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