Last weeks Tech Talk was: Picasa
Google’s Picasa software lets you organize, edit, and upload your photos in quick, easy steps. If you are at home, download Picasa at http://picasa.google.com. At school, just put in a helpdesk request for the Picasa software. Watch this video to gain a better understanding of what Picasa offers.
Looking for a simple way to get photos from your camera and/or computer onto the web? Google’s Picasa Web Albums provides 1GB of free storage that makes sharing your photos a snap. Visit http://picasaweb.google.com. PicasaWeb would be a great place to host your classroom photos, and the site allows you to embed the slideshows right into blogs, wikis, websites, and more!
Recently, Google issued an update to Picasa that has really upset many users. Instead of being able to upload directly from Picasa to PicasaWeb, the software forces you to upload to Google+. Since Google+ is not a supported feature with Google Apps for Education, this puts all Google Apps users at a disadvantage and forces us to use an extra step to upload our photos. I sincerely hope Google rethinks their decision and gives us the option to upload to PicasaWeb again!
Google has created an awesome “Getting Started Guide” that will help you understand how Picasa and PicasaWeb work.
If you have any questions, please let me know!
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Chrome
Which Internet Browser is your favorite? Internet Explorer? Mozilla Firefox? Safari? Google Chrome? If you’ve switched to Gmail and haven’t checked out Google Chrome yet…you’re missing out!
Chrome isn’t just a web browser. It offers many extensions and applications that can increase productivity. Chrome allows you to sync your Google account so that you can log in from any computer and continue to use the same bookmarks, extensions, and apps. To get started with customizing Chrome, just click on the little wrench in the upper right hand corner of the browser. The drop down menu with give you options to check your history and change many of the options that come with the web browser.
Here are some resources that may help you understand Chrome -
Here are some of my favorite Chrome extensions/Apps -
If you are familiar with Chrome, which ones would you add to my list of favorites?
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Sites
Prepare to fall in love with Google Apps for Education this month! West De Pere is GOING GOOGLE! This week we covered Google Sites!
Here are some resources that may help you understand Google Sites-
Have a GREAT weekend!
Last week’s Tech Talk was: Google Docs
Prepare to fall in love with Google Apps for Education this month! West De Pere is GOING GOOGLE! Last week, the topic was Google Docs.
Here are some resources to help you understand more about Google Docs-
Have a great week!
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Calendar
Prepare to fall in love with Google Apps for Education this month! West De Pere is GOING GOOGLE! This week, the topic was Google Calendar.
Here are some resources to help you understand more about Google Calendar -
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This week’s Tech Talk is: Gmail
Prepare to fall in love with Google Apps for Education this month! West De Pere is GOING GOOGLE! This week, we started off with Gmail!
Here are some resources that may help you understand Gmail -
- Life After Microsoft Outlook – This resource does a great job of explaining the differences between Outlook and Gmail. If you are more of a visual learner, you may enjoy instead.
- Google Apps for Ed Training Center – Learn more about the ins and outs of Gmail. Again, if you are more of a visual learner, the GoogleApps Channel on YouTube has oodles of Gmail how-to videos.
– A quick video to help explain how priority inbox works.
If you have not switched over to Gmail yet, and would like to do so before next school year, please let me know! Our goal is to make you feel very supported as we make the transition. Please let me know if you need any help or have any questions!
Have a GREAT weekend!
This week’s Tech Talk is: Google Search Strategies
There are few things more frustrating than doing a simple Google search and coming up with 18,392,584 results. It can be even more aggravating when you want your students to find something, only to discover that they’ve gotten lost in “Internet Land” and wasted an entire class period. The Internet can be overwhelming, but there are MANY things that you AND your students can do to help narrow down Internet search results.
Take some time to watch this video about web search strategies. It is also a great video to show to your students!
Here are some other resources that may help -
Have a great day!
Last week’s Tech Talk was: Google Apps for Education
There has certainly been a “buzz” around the district about “Going Google.” That has left many people wondering…what is this Google Apps stuff, anyway?!?
Check out this video –
So… now you’re probably wondering…why the switch??? Here are a couple of reasons why many school districts are “Going Google” -
The Tech Talks will have a definite Google focus through the month of February. I’ll hope you’ll join me to learn more about all of the exciting features that Google offers!
Have a great week!
Have you Googled your child(ren) lately? If you are Googling their name, remember to put quotes around it. Also think about Googling their screen name, phone number, and/or email. You can even set up a Google Alert that will tell you when certain information is posted online. Have you Googled yourself lately? J Let’s help ALL of our students create a digital footprint that they are proud of!!!
Have you heard of Google Docs
? According to Wikipedia
, Google Docs is a “free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google.” The major benefit of using Google Docs is that you can invite people in for “real-time” collaboration. Here is a video explanation of Google Docs- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRqUE6IHTEA
One feature of Google Docs is their forms component. This component allows you to create a form (survey) with various information gathering formats (multiple choice, text, check box, etc.) to send out or embed into a webpage. While everyone is responding, the answers automatically feed into a spreadsheet within Google Docs. The spreadsheet is much like Microsoft Excel so you can sort, edit, etc. your data.
To use Google Forms, you must have a Google Account. If you need to set up a Google account, click HERE first.
Here is step by step video example of how to set up an assessment using Google Forms. As you can imagine, there are many other ways that you can use Google forms. HERE are some additional ideas for you from Tom Barrett.
HERE are some directions about embedding content onto your CMS4Schools webpage. (If you would like to add the Google form to your webpage.)
If you have any questions, or need help setting this up, please let me know!
***Next week’s Tech Talk topic - StoryJumper: Bringing your stories to life!