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New Google Maps Feature to Explore Outer Space

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:41 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

Google Maps has made it possible for you to explore the moons and several other planets right from the comfort of your couch. You can now discover and explore the secrets of each of the featured planets and moons , 12 in total and include  Pluto, Venus, Titan, Mimas, Mars, Moon, Lapetus and many more. For extra fun, ‘ try zooming out from the Earth until you're in space!’

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Interactive Google Earth Updates and Map Tools: Solar System Exploration and Nuclear War

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:40 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"In this week’s EdTech Situation Room podcast (tomorrow/Wednesday evening at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain) I’m going to share several new space related features in Google Earth as well as some new Google Maps mashups (at least new to me) that can be used in the classroom to interactively explore and discuss current nuclear war risks as well as nuclear history around planet earth. In this post I’ll summarize what I plan to share on the show, along with related and supporting web links."

Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts for Teachers

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:25 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Google Drive is one of a Swiss Army knife comprising some of the best productivity tools to use in your instruction. Besides being a cloud based storage system where you can save and access all of your digital content, it also embeds handy applications enabling you to write documents, design presentations, create spreadsheets, and make beautiful drawings. It offers several collaborative features to enhance team work and facilitate collaboration on joint projects. Our Google Drive section here in EdTech and mLearning provides you with the necessary resources to help you tap into the educational potential of Google Drive, check it out learn more."

Warning: Chrome Extension Uses Your Gmail to Register Domains Names & Injects Coinhive

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:22 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"With Chrome being the most widely used web browser, attackers are starting to develop more advanced and malicious extensions for it every day. Whether it's impersonating popular extensions to deliver adshijacking search queries, or injecting the CoinHive browser miner, it is easy to see that malicious extensions are on the rise."

Explore the World by Drawing Shapes in This Chrome Experiment

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:20 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Geometric shapes often go unnoticed. But an interesting Chrome experiment will help you fuse different shapes and see how common they are all around us. And it will enable you to go around the world in a more interesting way."

Five Great Add-ons for Google Forms

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:16 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Google Forms are one of the most flexible of all of the tools in G Suite for Education. There are countless ways Forms can be used by teachers and students. There are a number of add-ons that can be used with Google Forms which can make them even better.

Before we begin exploring a variety of add-ons, let's take a look at where you can find add-ons. When you are in Forms, click the hamburger menu which is the three vertical dots on the upper right side of the screen. Select Add-ons from the menu. A selection of add-ons will open up. Once you install an add-on you will be able to access it by clicking the puzzle piece icon on the toolbar in Forms."











A Free Google-designed Digital Citizenship Course for Teachers

posted Oct 18, 2017, 7:11 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Google has recently launched a free online training course for teachers and educators to help them learn more about the concept of digital citizenship. The Digital Citizenship and Safety Course offers a wide variety of materials and tutorials geared towards educating teachers on the best strategies to integrate the ethos of digital citizenship into their curriculum. Upon the completion of the course, teachers will get a recognition badge and a downloadable Digital Citizenship and Safety Curriculum that they can use with their students in class.


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Google Publishes Series Of Video Instructions About Creating Online “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:59 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories (The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories).

Earlier today, Google published a series of instructional videos about using Google Slides to create these kinds of stories online."

http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/2017/10/12/google-publishes-series-of-video-instructions-about-creating-online-choose-your-own-adventure-stories/

Google invested in Neverware, a company that (sort of) puts Chrome OS on aging computers

posted Oct 18, 2017, 6:57 AM by Skip Zalneraitis

"Easily one of the best aspects of Chrome OS is how lightweight it is. That’s what enables it to run incredibly well on the inexpensive and low powered hardware that makes up most of the Chromebook market. However, Neverware found another use for it — a lifeline for aging computers, and now Google is investing in them."

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