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Google Photos now lets you send images to your TV using AirPlay

posted by Skip Zalneraitis


The most recent update to Google Photos’ iOS app now lets you send images from an iPhone to your TV, so long as you have an Apple TV streaming box hooked up. The update, out today, uses AirPlay to transmit the images, letting you browse on the Google Photos app and choose which ones you’d like to beam to the big screen."


Google Chrome’s New Major Feature Is Indeed A Welcome Change

posted by Skip Zalneraitis

"If you’ve been using third party extensions on Chrome to block Ads, it’s time to suit up for something new. As per reports from inside sources at Google Inc., the search giant is planning on introducing the most awaited feature – an adblocker – in the mobile and desktop version of Chrome web browser."

Google's $149 Photo Editing Tool Is Now Free

posted by Skip Zalneraitis

"We have just learned through Open Culture that Google has made its popular photo editing software, Google’s Nik Collection, free of charge for both Mac and Windows users. The original retail price of this software is $149. The Nick Collection provides a wide variety of photo editing features that allows you to easily create and edit photos. ‘It is comprised of seven desktop plug-ins that provide a powerful range of photo editing capabilities — from filter applications that improve color correction, to retouching and creative effects, to image sharpening that brings out all the hidden details, to the ability to make adjustments to the color and tonality of images.’

Watch the video below to learn more about Google's Nick Collection.


Top 10 Google Docs Add-ons for teachers

posted by Skip Zalneraitis   [ updated ]

"One of the powerful aspects of G Suite is its 3rd party integrations that the community members can build to make Docs more powerful. With Addons for Google Docs, Sheets and Forms, we have more options than ever to improve our teaching and learning as well as make our lives so much easier!

Lets take a look at the top 10 Addons for educators:

Want to quickly and easily make detailed maps with data from a speadsheet? No problem with the Mapping Sheets Addon."


An Introduction to Google Docs and Hyperdocs

posted by Skip Zalneraitis



An interesting example of the use of Google Docs is in the creation of HyperDocs. A cross between Thinglink and a webquest, a HyperDoc is a document which incorporates different interactive features, such as graphic organisers and linked content. In its basic form, it can be conceived as a digital worksheet. However, as with all technology, it has the possibility of amplifying preexisiting practices, providing a means to structure self-directed learning. As Highfill, Hilton and Landis explain,

A true HyperDoc is much more than some links on a document. Digital collaboration is choreographed through the inclusion of web tools that give every student a voice and a chance to be heard by their classmates. Critical thinking and problem solving skills can be developed through linked tasks that ask for authentic products to be created and shared digitally."


Google Play Music Is Better on Samsung Phones

posted by Skip Zalneraitis

"Samsung owners will get three distinct benefits over everyone else using Google Play Music:

The first is the chance to upload 100,000 tracks to Google Play Music. Everyone else is limited to “just” 50,000 tracks. 100,000 tracks should be enough to accommodate most people’s music collections.

The second is a free three-month trial to the paid version of Google Play Music. This gives you ad-free, on-demand access to 40 million songs and curated playlists. YouTube Red is thrown in for good measure."


SeeSaw Now Directly Accepts Google Drive Files

posted by Skip Zalneraitis

SeeSaw is a great tool for creating digital portfolios with your students. SeeSaw lets students create digital portfolios that include pictures, documents, presentations, and videos. Your students can even use SeeSaw to record a video of themselves talking about an artifact in their portfolios.

Google Home Now Recognizes Multiple Users’ Voices

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:30 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Two years ago, Amazon quietly released the Echo, a 9-inch tall cylinder speaker controlled by a cloud-based voice assistant that goes by the name Alexa. Thanks to the Amazon Echo’s popularity, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is about to unleash a voice-powered speaker of its own, the Google Home. Next year, Apple could also join the fray and release a similar product, this one powered by Siri.

In this article, you’ll learn the differences between the Amazon Echo and Google Home. We’ll also take a look at what features an Apple speaker may include."


Report: Google will add an ad blocker to all versions of Chrome web browser

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:24 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

Enlarge / A totally not official rendering of what the Chrome Adblocker logo might look like.
Ron Amadeo

The Wall Street Journal just dropped a shocker of a report: Google, the biggest Web advertising company in the world, is planning to build an ad blocker into Google Chrome, the world's most popular Web browser. The ad blocker will reportedly end up in the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome and would be switched on by default."


Chrome: secure by default, for everyone

posted Apr 26, 2017, 6:22 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"You shouldn’t need to be a security expert to browse the web, which is why we built Chrome to be secure by default, and easy to use safely by everyone. Chrome protects our users from malicious webpages by showing warnings more than 250 million times each month before users reach dangerous sites. We have also given more than $3.5 million to the security research community in rewards for helping us identify security bugs so we can fix them and strengthen Chrome. Here’s a refresher on how Chrome makes it easy for you to stay safe online."

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